Monthly Archives: December 2014
Years ago I was asked if I would be interested in teaching a short adult ed course on the nexus of faith and technology. Having spent five years working on a doctorate discussing both ideas I thought I might have something to offer. I spent about a month preparing lectures, notes, handouts, and wrestling with the ethics of privacy and the morality of a medical technology that can both give and take life. I was ready to wax eloquent.
The first day of class arrived. That was all that arrived. It’s a surreal feeling to be alone in a classroom of empty desks on an otherwise beautiful fall day.
I recall taking a class on Biblical counseling back in the politically incorrect era of the early ‘80’s and the professor said that one of the differences between counseling men and women is that women are often looking for security while men are looking for significance. He illustrated with what a dating couple might say to one another.
She likes to hear him talk about future plans concerning a family and vocation while he is euphoric she is asking his opinion!
Evaluating one’s own progress is fraught with difficulties. No matter what conclusion you come to you can’t help wondering if you are deceiving yourself. Oddly self is not much of an authority on self.
One criteria of discipleship used by Jesus surprises by its commonality, “And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward” (Matthew 10:42). Reflect on some of those words: Whoever . . . little ones . . . a cup . . . water.
There’s a lot of wisdom in the old adage “Take without forgetting, and give without remembering.” But forgiving and remembering is tricky. Who hasn’t felt a sense of apprehension when asked “Do you remember the time . . . ?” All you can think is, “Was I there?”
I’m at a point in life where I have witnessed a number of people facing the challenge of going into the “Home.” Children concerned for the safety of parents and parents torn between the fear of being alone and the terror of giving up their independence and identity.
I have been told on more than one occasion that a believer should not complain about the weather. As I understand it the reasoning is that Christians are to “Do all things without grumbling or disputing” (Philippians 2:14) and since God governs the weather I’m getting the weather that pleases God, “He it is who makes the clouds rise at the end of the earth, who makes lightnings for the rain and brings forth the wind from his storehouses” (Psalm 135:7);