Blog Break (11 Mar 13)… and Some [Not So] Bad News

Are you ready? Check these out:

  1. WHO CREATED GOD? No, the answer is not as simple as you may assume at first (it is not “no one”). This question is usually asked in the context of the argument that says, “If something cannot come from nothing, then where did God come from?” This article provides a brief but excellent way of approaching the question when confronted by atheists or skeptics. Check it out.
  2. BEAUTY IS IN THE EYE OF THE … MATHEMATICIAN? Did you know that there is a direct correlation between a woman’s physical beauty and mathematics? Read on and find out what it is… Amy Henry: “Telling our girls that outward beauty doesn’t matter isn’t going to keep them from wanting it. Somewhere in their soul, they know beauty matters.”
  3. SEX IN THE SERMON Melissa Kruger: “Society shames sex by speaking of it too often in the wrong context, with smirks and innuendos. Conversely, we in the church often shame sex by failing to speak of it all, missing the opportunities the Word of God appropriates for our instruction.” This article reminded me of a song by Mission Driven from a few years back, “Sex in the Temple” Check it out.
  4. Finally, in THE COVER VS THE CONTENT, Tony Were reminds us that “looks can be deceiving. Judgment is easily passed on the most trivial of assumptions – but that does not change the hard facts of stubborn truth. Some of the  greatest books ever written  have the  weirdest or most  bland covers ever. That doesn’t change the fact that they are great books!”

Enjoy the links!

NOW, TO THE [NOT SO] BAD NEWS…

I am taking a break. That’s right, Cornell needs to take some time off from blogging and social media to take more walks in the green countryside and gaze at the starry night skies. It’s important, you should try it too. There are also other private projects that I need to focus on and they may take up much of my time. Don’t worry, I won’t be gone for long, only a month or two… or less 🙂 Meanwhile, keep your light shining… and keep reading.

I’ll be back before you know it.

Cornell

Soli Deo Gloria.

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Blog Break (8 Feb 13)

Here are links to three interesting reads that I think are worth your weekend reading time:

  1. SHOULD WE CHEER FOR GOD? “When you’re watching a football game and your team scores, what do you do? You Cheer! You burst out of your seat and pump your fist and yell and clap and slap five with those around you!. So why aren’t you like that toward God? You should express that same kind of excitement and joy toward Him!”
  2. In A LETTER TO (SOME) ATHEISTS, Michael Patton responds to the way many atheists like to oversimplify belief in God, comparing and likening (or equating) it to belief in Santa Claus. “If belief in God was on par with belief in Santa, then why would there be people who hold positions in seminaries and universities all over the world who not only believe in God, but spend their lives making (what they believe to be) rational defenses for such a belief?”
  3. Do Muslims and Christians worship the same God, but by different names? Is God by any other name still God? In A ROSE IS A ROSE, R.C. Sproul attempts to show how and why all religions do not worship the same God. “It is a quantum leap to go from saying that God by any other name is still God, to saying that all the great religions in the world believe in the same Being though they call Him different names.”

Enjoy your reading, friends 🙂

 

Heaven Will Not Be Boring

“Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” [John 21:25]

heavenI love reading. I think anyone who has followed this blog for a while has already noticed this. I also write a lot, not just because I have the gift of writing, but also because I read a lot. It’s only natural that the two habits go together. If there’s any word that describes a writer, it is that he or she is a reader. In the past few weeks, I’ve had the privilege of visiting places with lots of books. Good, biblical books for that matter (and other great mainstream books, too). From my pastor’s house, to the church library to my (future) publisher’s bookshop; a constant reaction in all these encounters with thousands of unread books has been, “So much to read, but so little time!” Continue reading Heaven Will Not Be Boring

Blog Break (28 Jan 13)

Here are three links to some enlightening and encouraging reads to start off your week:

  1. AUGUSTINE: ON EVIL is a summary of Augustine’s ontological description/explanation of evil. For those who often have to deal with the question of why an all-good and all-powerful God would allow (not create) evil, it is my hope that this article will enlighten and encourage you. “The point is that evil and good are related, but that the relationship is not symmetrical.  Evil (nothingness) is dependent upon good (existence), but good does not depend on evil.  So it is correct, by Augustine’s reasoning, to say “There can be no evil without good” whereas it is mistaken to say “There can be no good without evil.””
  2. D. A. Carson’s FOR THE LOVE OF GOD devotional for 26th January explores the mysterious nature of God’s providence: “Providence is mysterious. It must never be used to justify wrong actions or to mitigate sin: Isaac and his family are more than a little sleazy, Judas is a deceitful wretch, Haman is vile, and the Roman court trying Paul is more than a little corrupt. Yet God sovereignly rules, behind the scenes, bringing glory out of gore and honor out of shame.”
  3. Finally, in 13 REASONS CHRISTIANS DON’T HAVE TO BE AFRAID, Jonathan Parnell, quoting John Piper,  reminds us that fear is really just a distrust of God’s sovereignty, power and goodness.

May you find rest in God’s sovereignty. Have an enlightened and fearless day, friends.