22 August 2014

This 'n' That

photo credit: saturn ♄ via photopin cc
I love thunderstorms. I've probably indicated this at some point in the past, but just in case, now you know.

I was awakened in the wee, early hours of Wednesday morning this past week to a true gift: the perfect thunderstorm. At 2 AM, the lightning flashes lit up the room as if it were day. The thunder began in a low, growling rumble with a growing, perfectly-timed crescendo. The patter of the rain was so methodical, so relaxing and yet all of it—this perfect storm—demonstrated itself to be a comforting, but truly awesome, display of God's power.

Also earlier this week, I found myself engaged in a Twitter conversation with a woman who insisted on defending Kenneth and Gloria "We can control the weather" Copeland. The combination of this conversation (which grievously revealed the woman to love her idols more than Christ) and God's gift of the perfect thunderstorm made me step back again in awe of our magnificent Creator. He alone controls the weather.
On that day, when evening came, He said to them, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd, they took Him along with them in the boat, just as He was; and other boats were with Him. And there arose a fierce gale of wind, and the waves were breaking over the boat so much that the boat was already filling up. Jesus Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” And He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Hush, be still.” And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm. And He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They became very much afraid and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?” 
(Mark 4:35–41)
The man or woman who denies God's sovereignty over all things stumbles into treacherous territory. God's power is revealed in His creation. May we never fail to acknowledge it.
When He imparted weight to the wind And meted out the waters by measure, When He set a limit for the rain And a course for the thunderbolt, Then He saw it and declared it; He established it and also searched it out.
(Job 28:25–27)
Whatever the LORD pleases, He does, In heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deeps. He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth; Who makes lightnings for the rain, Who brings forth the wind from His treasuries.
(Psalm 135:6–7)
So, whether today it is rainy or sunny, cloudy or clear, wintry or warm, praise our great and powerful God and our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Then, once you've done that, sit back and take a few minutes to enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • Twenty-one former Mars Hill pastors have brought formal charges against Mark Driscoll. And no, I'm not sure why the document says it is confidential but is posted on the internet for all to see. 
  • Funny thing, when my pastor preached through 1 John, there was no professional, fancy stage designed. And yet every message was clear, bold, beautifully proclaimed truth.
  • Are you following Jerry Wragg's blog yet?
  • Um…does anyone else think it's odd that there just so happened to be an "expert" "in the area"? I mean, really? How does that happen?
  • So, do I get frequent flier miles for these trips, or what?
  • Cue the Partridge Family theme song (and prepare yourself for some Scripture pulled hopelessly out of context. Oh, and an equally horrible appeal to man's so-called 'free' will).
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Good grief, Brian Houston, can't you come up with a more original argument?
  • Acts 29 canceled its Resurgence conference, presumably in light of the Driscoll dust-up. Driscoll also is no longer a featured speaker at the Act Like Men conference that he founded with James MacDonald.
  • Hey, parents, here's a phone app you might like.
  • Which gospel tracts do you use?
  • Is courtship fundamentally flawed? J.D. Hall of Pulpit and Pen takes this popular article to task. What are your thoughts?
  • Old records in church attics. Nowadays we just have the internet, I guess.
  • The everlasting gospel:


  1. Re Partridge family: "us" or "we" mentioned 12 times, God mentioned 4 times.
    Re Driscoll charges: I predict more sound of crickets from MH and Evanjellyfishdom on this one.

  2. What is the definition of your friendship or the purpose of being a mentor and accountability partner, when you (JM) resign from the BOAA at a time when issues are being confronted (for MD/MH)?
    #JMcheapmove #throwMDunderhisownbus #hidingliability

  3. Re Houston's tweet: atheists and cultists also use out-of-context verses to justify personal opinions or attack biblical Christianity (not Churchianity). Not a good look for an alleged Christian preacher to do the same.

    P.S. on behalf of Australian Christians I apologize for Hill$ong's growing influence in the USA. Now it seems internationally many people mistake musical experiences for spiritual experience and/or pep-talk in Christianese for biblical preaching.

  4. The same morning that Copeland conversation came up, I had been reading the final chapters of Job. I was reminded of God's scathing monologue in chapter 38, where he firmly puts Job in his place as created being. Here are just a few morsels.

    Have you ever in your life commanded the morning, or made the dawn know its place, that it might seize the corners of the earth, and shake the wicked out of it?

    Do you know the laws of the heavens, or can you set up their rule over the earth? Can you raise your voice to the clouds so that a flood of water covers you? Can you send out lightning bolts, and they go? Will they say to you, ‘Here we are’?

    What kept coming to mind? No, Lord, but Christ did and can! He alone is the Creator and Sovereign of the universe, and our rightful response is fear and faith. Thanks for the reminder, Erin.

  5. I read the Driscoll "charges" document, having learned through bitter experience just how often and how quickly these things disappear from the net. When the pastors left the Mars Hill Church, they had to sign a "non-disparagement agreement" ?!?!? Wow. Way NOT to rely on Matthew 5:11. Or 1 Peter 3:16.

  6. I didn't read in Driscoll's comments that he desires to be granted repentance. I sensed in reading his comments on this and another article that his pride will not allow him to see the need to repent. He mentions confessing yes, but not repentance.


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