Archive for December, 2010

21st Century Christmas

My friend Rael has written a new poem this Christmas, I think it’s brilliant!

Think

Today I bring you a quote from John Piper’s latest book ‘Think’. I’ve only read one chapter and already I’m enticed by Piper’s claim that today’s western church has a dangerous culture of anti-intellectualism as well as a tendency of over-intellectualism which is equally poisonous. He seeks in this book to restore a balance, he says, to show how rigorous thinking leads to more seeing and savouring of Jesus Christ. And he assures readers that thinking is ‘soaked in the scriptures’, and so he starts to take the reader to the Bible, citing two key verses that will underpin the arguments of the book.

‘Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything’ (2 Timothy 2:7)

(The other is Proverbs 2:1-6)

And Piper talks about B.B. Warfield on the connection between knowing God better and time at work thinking hard about the Bible; ‘He reacted with dismay toward those who saw an opposition between prayer for divine illumination and rigorous thinking about God’s written Word. In 1911 he gave an address to students with this exhortation: “Sometimes we hear it said that ten minutes on your knees will give you a truer, deeper, more operative knowledge of God than ten hours over your books. ‘What!’ is the appropriate response, ‘than ten hours over your books, on your knees?’”

Both-and. Not either-or. That’s the vision I am trying to encourage in this book.’

I’m looking forward to getting more stuck in over the duration of the holidays as I seek to think correctly. I don’t think I’m a deep thinker by nature so I’m thankful that when I do start thinking hard, the promise is ‘the Lord will give me understanding in everything.’

Christmas Cheer

Well I’m home for Christmas and intend to blog much more frequently over the holiday so watch out for some posts on here and twitter (and maybe some Ashes thoughts on the sports blog).

First though, my step-Dad Andrew just gave me a little Christian joke book by J John and Mark Stibbe and I had to share the lightbulb joke section with you:

How many AMISH does it take to change a light bulb?

What’s a light bulb?

How many BAPTISTS does it take to change a light bulb?

Change? Who said anything about change?

How many CALVINISTS does it take to change a light bulb?

None: God has predestined when the light will be on. Calvinists do not change light bulbs. They simply read the instructions and pray that their light bulb will be the one that has been chosen to be changed.

How many CATHOLICS does it take to change a light bulb?

None. They use candles.

How many CHARISMATICS does it take to change a light bulb?

Ten: one to change the bulb and nine to pray against the spirit of darkness.

How many LIBERALS does it take to change a light bulb?

At least ten, as they need to hold a debate on whether or not the light bulb exists. Even if they can agree on the existence of the light bulb, they still might not change it, to keep from alienating those who might use other forms of light.

How many MEMBERS OF AN ESTABLISHED BIBLE-TEACHING CHURCH THAT IS OVER 20 YEARS OLD does it take to change a light bulb?

One to actually change the bulb, and nine to say how much they liked the old one.

How many TELEVANGELISTS does it take to change a light bulb?

One. But for the message of light to continue, send in your donation today.