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I’ve been lost for almost a year.
It has its perks, of course. I never would have known, for instance, the left turn I thought would take me in the general direction of home, would actually take me past a local gardening center I hadn’t found yet. Or the right turn I thought would head me toward the Super Target would actually end me up on a dead-end street. You win some, you lose some. Or get lost some.
Money matters, because the heart matters. So it’s good and right for us to think about stewardship in terms of money. At the same time, stewardship is not exclusively about money. Instead, it’s a holistic view of God as the owner, and we as His servants who have been entrusted with all kinds of resources, each of which provides an opportunity for the sake of the kingdom of God. So while we should think deeply about the money God has seen fit to flow into our lives, our view of stewardship cannot stop there. It’s got to be bigger.
I am still trying to forget my first sermon… In hindsight, that sermon was an absolute train wreck. Even now, I pray it was not recorded and that it does not someday surface in my life. My feeble attempt to preach was earnest, but the finished product was no doubt laughable.
To clarify some of the issues involved, it’s important to understand something of the history of Arabic-speaking Christianity. It’s also important to separate the linguistic question related to the legitimacy of using “Allah” to refer to God in Arabic from the theological question pertaining to the nature and character of the word’s referent. Some Western Christians may be surprised to learn that Arabic-speaking Christians (and Jews) have used “Allah” to refer to God since well before the emergence of Islam.
I can be such a people-pleasing chicken sometimes. Through the Lord’s grace I’m growing in this area, but I confess I still identify with the apostle Peter a bit much. In Galatians 2 we read of Paul’s opposing Peter “to his face”. It’s easy to read this and think only of Paul and to place ourselves in his shoes as champion of gospel fidelity. But I think I understand a bit too well what was going on in Peter’s heart.
Just twenty minutes earlier, I yelled at my children. This was not a loving, firm correction, but an explosion. They disobeyed, and I lashed out at them, trying to provoke feelings of guilt and shame and smallness. It was terrible and embarrassing. I needed to come clean.