Archive for May, 2017

Dwelling on the street

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

We all have a place we live.  Homelessness is not without a dwelling place.

We may not call it home.  We may not call it comfortable.  We may not even call it good.

Our real response to homelessness is based in a desire for human dignity.  Dignity is about sensing a greatness within each person that cannot be denied.  We degrade dignity when we shame others – expecting them to live within our standards.  A person degrades their own dignity when their own standard is not reached.

Let’s throw into this mix a far greater standard.  Let’s consider that there is a God who fixes a standard for humans.  To be like God would be the greatest goal – for surely a created being fashioned after God would be at their best, their most glorious, when they are most like God.

With that in mind – a person can be homeless and live with dignity.  A society can be oppressed and live with dignity. 

When we seek to live up to the glory that is God’s. 

Just a thought for the day!

Life is More Than Ethical Culture

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Yesterday stirred up in me a return to research on A.B. Simpson, founder of the Christian and Missionary Alliance.  Here is an interesting excerpt from his magazine “Living Truths” (a magazine that ran for a few years in the early 1900’s).

Practical righteousness is a fruit of life, but it is not life, and to cultivate it apart from union with Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is just as unsatisfactory as it would be to try to cleanse a foul river by putting disinfectants into the body of the river rather than the fountain head.

Morality may exist without life, but life cannot exist without morality.  There is a good deal of reform abroad today without spiritual power, just as we fear there is a good deal of religion without righteousness.  Both are wrong.

Living Truths, Vol 7, No. 3, March 1907, p. 122.

In memory of Valerie Jill Baker–July 1, 1953–May 17, 2012

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Five years have passed since the passing of my wife, Jill. 

Columbarium plaque - Jill 2012

I constantly remember.

Her laugh and love of life

Her music from the heart

Her love for family and friends

Her food for body and soul

Her love for me

I sometimes forget.

How quickly life passes

How grief is seasonally adjusted

How friends are precious

How God’s love is huge

How heaven is just around the corner

Rethinking Holiness–Bernie Van De Walle

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

Well, I feel like I’ve been away from my blog site for a considered time.  I would consider it about a few weeks!

I’ve just finished reading through Bernie Van De Walle’s book RETHINKING HOLINESS.  Good read.  In fact I would go so far as to say a great read.

I’ve been thinking along the same lines as Bernie (a professor at Ambrose University).  We are living in a day and age where many people are trying to figure out holiness.  They may express it as a desire to do what is right, or they want to be better than they are or . . .

Bernie makes the point that holiness is not morality but rather the wellspring of morality.  Holiness is a way of being.  

Our world is currently assailed by many moralities (moral pluralism) which cause division, death and defeat.  Stretch your thinking and you come to the conclusion that holiness is rooted in God alone.  Life requires us to have only one focal point for holiness – Almighty God – if we wish to live in harmony (OK, that’s getting off into my own pet peeve, but I think Bernie would agree).  Finally, Bernie makes the point that holiness is grounded in union with Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit.

The 151 pages of readable text fill in the gaps.  And yes, Bernie, this is good Alliance theology.  A.B. would be proud of you – he might even have published this as a series of articles in his magazine!!!!