on judgement day, gods and the april fools come late

and so, my students said, saturday will be the judgement day. and then i asked – do you have the grammar exam so early? no, they said, it’s more like the end of the world come this saturday. so i went to the google, and dug round a bit. it turned out to be much…

god is the tool-kit to repair a broken world

If you remove the yoke from among you, the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil, if you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday. The LORD will guide you continually, and satisfy…

when tempting god could have been the right thing to do

Later, the Lord sent this message to King Ahaz: “Ask the Lord your God for a sign of confirmation, Ahaz. Make it as difficult as you want—as high as heaven or as deep as the place of the dead.” But the king refused. “No,” he said, “I will not test the Lord like that.” Then…

in god’s potter shed

thinking of the sunday’s sermon i came up with this outline: in jer. 18:1-11, jeremiah is referred to potter for an object lesson. potter’s shed clay mixture (god’s folk) – has to be worked and prepared before making pots – needs clay (faith) – needs water (prayer) – needs sand (hope) – needs crumbs of…

harvesters

(Luke 10 1-10) jesus sends his followers out on a harvest mission. there are a number of things to observe here. first, the sender. it is the lord, the owner of the harvest. god sees the souls ready to join his kingdom, and he sees the people who can bring them there. so he adds…

when you complain, are you sure you are completely right?

in the martha, mary and jesus story (lk. 10:38-41), we see three main sides and quite a few side-sides. first: martha. she is so busy with how to make things proper. so upset about not meeting the high standards she has set for herself and her environment. so concentrated on what has to be done…

post-easter hangover

for whatever reason, started reading george macdonald (1824-1905) in ccel.org. maybe lewis is to blame, been listening to his books lately. among other things, that is. a lot of things. this talk about the consuming fire struck me as very.. well.. logical in a totally crazy way (lol). this (see below) is how it feels…

why do they think they own the truth?

If you cannot divorce yourself from hypocritical self‐deceit, you will never be successful as a magician, much less a Satanist. (Anton LaVey, The Satanic Bible, p.47) i sometimes think – if you do not divorce yourself from self-deceit and hypocrisy, you will not make even a successful nobody, leave alone becoming your own self. seeing…

just

because god is so holy and omnipotent, nothing can stand in his way. it is no use to try to achieve something on one’s own, to climb up to god’s dwelling: the higher one will go, the higher they will see the throne of god, out of reach, ever inaccessible. the higher the climb, the…

gospel-centered life

just finished the fist reading of  The Gospel-centered Life by Bob Thune&Will Walker, World Harvest Ministries, and for once i have to say that this is an extremely well-conceived, challenging and perfectly planned study guide to a number of  key-concepts, practices and theology in your everyday christian life.

Even if

Even if the sun did not shine, and the heaven withheld the promised rain, i still have the consolation of the presence of my god. Posted by Wordmobi

understanding

eph.3:19 it ir impossible to completely understand god, whatever the reason for that. yet, it ir possible to be filled with the love of Christ, and Christ’s love. and then, suddenly, all that god is, is understood, and there ir nothing hidden. god groks me, and me groks god. some shortcut Jesus made. Posted by…

stones and skeletons

there is this story, about Jesus writing in the sand. there is this story about that woman accused of fornication. the story of the ppl knew what god likes, and what’s correct, right and proper. this is a story about looking for skeletons in closets, sb else’s closets, too. while they carefully search elsewhere, they…

wine old and new

in Luke 5:36-39 Jesus tells a story about mending clothes and making wine. maybe it also holds true when we think of human interactions in communities. if one splits up a new community to plant its young leaders in an old community (thinking the best, wishing a revival, hoping for things to move on) the…

the bringing back bit

Lamentations 5:21 (NCV) reads Bring us back to you, Lord, and we will return. Make our days as they were before. how does one return to the first love? or – does the first love ever return? i dont know. its just that the memory of ir grows so strong, so unbearable, so overwhelming, that…

imagined

in the chicken run, the farmer at some point admitted that it was all in his head (see the film for more details). and then i thought – yes, maybe it is really so – it all is in me head. i am imagined, perceived, invented etc. the virtuality is more real sometimes that reality,…

sermon on the mount

Matt 5:10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven /NKJV maybe this is why the christians in this country are so intolerant (to the point of persecution) to those that are different or think/feel differently – they want to help those they persecute, to attain heaven.

King-Kong, Uncle Tom and Job (the Book of)

Job, in the Book of Job, experiences an interesting situation. We observe a beginning of a paradigm here. The structure is as follows: There is this God entity, and there are these angel entities, and among them, there is this satan entity, and they all meet up there at God’s. God is the one doing all the questioning,…

Esther and male chauvinism

In the Book od Esther, queen Vashti is banished. …King Xerxes […] gave a banquet for all his important men and royal officers. […]The banquet lasted one hundred eighty days. All during that time King Xerxes was showing off the great wealth of his kingdom and his own great riches and glory. […] Wine was…

force and balance

In the Second Book of Kings, Hezekiah is king over Judah. (2. Kings 18: 13- 19:14) His nation is attacked by an overwhelming force of the Assyrians. There are the talks, of course. The enemy commander comes to offer terms. It is interesting that these terms boil down to the following structure: 1. we have…

Saul and all that

In the 1st Book of Samuel (12), Saul is made king over Israel. With that sole condition, that both the people and the king ruling over them must obey the commands of the Lord, their God. Though the choice of king instead the Lord is sinful per se, the Lord chooses to stay with his…

Kings

Samuel, in 1st Samuel, chooses Saul to be king over Israel. And it is interesting to hear that Samuel, the chosen priest, still cannot keep his family in order. Just like his predecessor, he fails to communicate goodwill and obedience to God’s laws to his children. God gives strange comfort to Samuel: it is not…

Samuel and lemons

(Why this title? – because I had no other in my mind, and titles is not my specialty) I guess I have reached a record in unslept night of my lifetime. The tale total slept in hours in the last week was 6.4 or thereabout. I have most certainly entered an ASC, and experience most…

Mainz. Oder?

Something like that. I am alive, and proicessing too much info at too little time. Will post when I am able to. German makes my head ache. The soul has not come yet, and I cannot sleep at nights. Three (or four?) unslept nights… soon I will have entered that strange state of consciousness where…

whatever was left out

Congratulations. That means, congratulate me. I have spent a whole day here, and I am still alive. We had the official welcome from the International office of the University, and from the Vice-president of the University and all that. The majority of the Internationals are French. Or at least it seems so. Or sounds. Filling…