Checking In

I just want to point out that I really am still alive. I just haven’t gotten around to working on any of the things on my list of topics to write about. Currently on the list are:

  1. Justification: Faith or Works (or Why Did God Choose Abraham?). This also pertains to the issue why God chooses one person for a certain role and not another. Is it because they have certain qualities that makes them more likely to succeed? It is arbitrary? Does God prefer people who keep his laws, or is he just as likely to choose a lawless person? Could God have chosen King Ahab or Queen Jezebel? If not, then could we get on his good side by doing the right things?
  2. Marriage in the New Testament: I have talked about why a society should prefer some idea of marriage to another but I’m also trying to understand what God’s plan and ideas about the issue. Is it better to marry or not to marry? What should be the aim of marriage? How do children fit into a marriage?

There were other things on the list, but someone deleted my sticky note, so I can’t recall them.

Midweek Praise -The Lord Our God

The Lord our God is ever faithful
Never changing through the ages
From this darkness
You will lead us 
And forever we will say 
You’re the Lord our God 

Promise maker, promise keeper
You finish what You begin
Our provision through the desert 
You see it through ‘til the end 
You see it through ‘til the end

I Believe

In the silence, in the waiting
Still we can know You are good
All Your plans are for Your glory
Yes, we can know You are good
Yes, we can know You are good 


We won’t move without You
We won’t move without You 
You’re the light of all 
And all that we need


They Don’t Need Feminism

tumblr_nln0nl8vWW1syitgfo1_1280I recently found myself on tumblr browsing Women posted pictures of themselves with statements about why they don’t need feminism. The reasons are far ranging, but some are common.

  • They don’t want double standards for men and women and they believe feminism does that. Women rape and abuse people too.
  • They like being wives and mothers and they don’t see how staying home makes them oppressed.
  • They can vote and play video games – why else would they need feminism?tumblr_neclm61qdM1syitgfo1_1280
  • They don’t like watching feminists insult and disparage men. Men are cool. (my interpretation). They like their brothers, fathers, sons, and boyfriends who have done a lot for them. They don’t want to think of them as potential abusers.
  • They don’t believe in rape culture or the patriarchy and the wage gap thing is false.
  • They are strong, capable women, who do what they like. They don’t need the help. Try Afghanistan.
  • They are egalitarian. Men and women are different and have different roles in life. Things work better that way.

tumblr_nq0zvrG4QH1syitgfo1_1280The idea is that feminism has become obsolete in the west. Women women the right to vote. Women can do the same jobs as men and no one is paying them less for it. I don’t know enough about what feminism does to weigh on the issue, but I can appreciate the sentiments. tumblr_npcxcle08Y1syitgfo1_1280

As with any survey of public opinion, there are hits and misses. A bad personal experience with feminism is no reason to reject it. Nor does it pay to be uninformed about about the wage gap and rape culture – even if they are myths.

Reading Note – Psalm 69 – In Search of Vengeance

  • The Psalmist appeals to God to answer him at an acceptable time. (69:13). That’s patience.
  • Steadfast love and abundant mercy are God’s attributes (69:17).
  • In the proud tradition of the psalms, the psalmist pleads for vengeance against his enemies. He does not go after this vengeance himself. He leaves it to God, but he seeks the harshest punishment. (69:22 – 28). It is acceptable to seek reparation for wrongs. It is not merciful, but it is not wrong. After all, executing justice is one of God’s responsibilities.
  • The Psalmist claims that praising and thanking God is more acceptable to God than an animal sacrifice (69: 30 -32). It’s probably true. What point is a sacrifice if you’re not really grateful? Proclaiming what God has done will also encourage the other faithful, the psalmist says.

Midweek Praise – Psalm 67

May God be gracious to us and bless us
and make his face to shine upon us, Selah

that your way may be known on earth,
your saving power among all nations.

Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you!

Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,
for you judge the peoples with equity
and guide the nations upon earth. Selah

Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you!

The earth has yielded its increase;
God, our God, shall bless us.

God shall bless us;
let all the ends of the earth fear him!

Midweek Praise – Great I Am

This is late, but what can I do?

I want to be close
Close to Your Side
So Heaven is real
And death is a lie
I want to hear voices of angels above
Singing as one

Hallelujah, holy, holy
God Almighty, the great I Am
Who is worthy, none beside Thee
God Almighty, the great I Am

I want to be near
Near to Your heart
Loving the world and hating the dark
I want to see dry bones living again
Singing as one


The mountains shake before You
The demons run and flee
At the mention of the name King of majesty
There is no power in hell
Or any who can stand
Before the power and the presence of the great I Am
The great I am, the great I Am

Chorus x2

Reading the Psalms Means Gaining Confidence in God

If you’re like me, you’ve always thought the psalms are rather boring. And there are 150 of them, there is no way you’re going to read them. With a great deal of determination, though, you can learn a lot of them. I’m learning that they can help you trust God.

Reading the psalms means hearing the same things over and over, said with eloquence and confidence. Psalm 1 tells of the way God blesses those who commit to him. Psalm 2 speaks of his victory over his enemies (and the enemies of his chosen). Psalm 3 talks about his strength as protector, sustainer, and savior. Psalm 4 says to trust God because he hears the prayers of his people. He is good to them. He keeps them safe. Psalm 5 expresses trust in God’s goodness and the security that all who follow him enjoy.

After 20 chapters of that, you actually start believing that God is good, strong, and on your side (not that *ahem* you didn’t believe that before). And those words do not nearly express it. Here’s a brief sample:

But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;
    let them ever sing for joy,
and spread your protection over them,
    that those who love your name may exult in you.
For you bless the righteous, O Lord;
    you cover him with favor as with a shield. – Psalm 5:11, 12

Scared yet? I am. I don’t know what I’ll be thinking after reading all 150 chapters. I might start writing poetry about how the breath of the Lord brings thunder and stuff. We’ll see.