Where can God be found? â€œOur fathers worshiped on this mountain, yet you |Jews| say that the place to worship is in Jerusalem.â€ Jesus told her, â€œBelieve Me, woman, an hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know. We… Continue reading Worship – John 4:21
I know God when he speaks... ...which is to say, I know God through his own voluntary self-disclosure. If, for the sake of argument, I was to take a chainsaw to your skull and open you up like a hard boiled egg, ...it would make a very big mess. ...But that's not really the point...… Continue reading Knowledge and Fellowship: Privileged Information
What Iâ€™m wrestling with at the moment is why that one thing doesnâ€™t seem so self evident most of the time. Perhaps I am suppressing the truth by my wickedness. Perhaps thatâ€™s really the essence of sinâ€”not really believing that and acting accordingly. I guess it is then in my own sinful self-interest to avoid that particular piece of knowledge. I know a couple of my friends are wandering away from the faith at the moment, because they donâ€™t really see why they need God. Knowing that our primary function and greatest good is knowing him is completely opaque to them. Deep down they donâ€™t really believe that theyâ€™re all that bad, and for the most part theyâ€™re happy in their comfortable middle-class, tertiary educated lives. How do I show them that our rebellion is horrifying, evil, disgustingâ€“not just intellectually credible? And how do I do it with humility and gentleness?
What does it mean to know someone? Even answering the question would assume at least a working definition of 'knowledge'. Answers might range between 'knowing how that person would act in a given situation', to 'knowing facts about that person', to 'the length of association that we've had with that person'. All are within the… Continue reading On Knowing