16 September 2016

This 'n' That

What could be more dreary than sitting for unknown endless hours in the emergency room? Sitting in the emergency room a few seats down from a woman who seems to think that we would all enjoy hearing the soundtrack of the game she is playing on her smartphone. You see, that element adds annoyance to the dreariness. To help set the scene, it sounded a little something like this (it wasn't exactly that, but it was just as irritating, maybe more). Couple that with coughs, sneezes, and moans and you have all the ingredients for a fun afternoon!

photo: Emergency Sign, Ballard Swedish Hospital
via photopin (license)
No one likes going to the emergency room. I like to think of it as a little taste of purgatory. You know, if purgatory actually existed. I'm convinced emergency rooms actually exist to help spread the influenza virus, which then increases the amount of people who get those useless flu vaccines (I'm not anti-all vaccines, but I am anti-flu vaccine for all except the most vulnerable population).

So, how do we take away some spiritual applications from this? Good question. If we consider emergency rooms, we realize that, in general, these exist for acute treatment of pain, injury, and illness. When we have a chronic condition, we visit our general practitioner, and he/she treats us accordingly. Unfortunately, all too often, people treat God, Christ, and the gospel as acute treatment. "Come to Jesus, He will solve all your problems, be they medical, financial, or relational!" "Stuck in a quandary? Open your Bible!"

Friends, God does not merely offer acute, short-term care and the Bible is more than a tourniquet. Your fallen condition is severe, indeed. It is also chronic and deadly. Further, no amount of self-diagnosing on Google will help you self-treat. Christ did not die so that our problem du jour would be fixed; no, He lived a life in perfect obedience to the Law and died as an unblemished, atoning sacrifice so that you, upon repentance and faith in Him (i.e., salvation) might be clothed in His righteousness and justified before the Father. He died that sinners might live. The Great Physician does what no other doctor can do: He gives life.

Well, whether you're relaxing on the couch, enjoying the fresh air on the porch, or gritting your teeth next to an obnoxious person in the emergency room, I hope you enjoy these links as they offer your week in review (kind of):
  • Does it really matter if you "have peace" about something? Does that necessarily mean it's right and godly?
  • A despicable and all-too-familiar story it seems.
  • I hate hawks. Legitimately hate them and wish they weren't protected creatures. Nevertheless, I have to admit that this is a great picture.
  • The ESV is done changing (I still prefer my NASB).
  • Ladies, April will be here before we know it! Will you be joining me here?
  • A firsthand reflection of 9/11 from passengers aboard the only plane in the sky.
  • Unfortunately, I have another bittersweet dose of adorable for you this week.
  • The blog in our eyes. Good words from Nate Busenitz.
  • What was Spurgeon's secret sin and how did he overcome it?
  • Has evangelicalism created a monster?
  • "...we ourselves err when we reduce discernment to little beyond calling out false teachers and exposing deviant practices." Amen to that!
  • Sympathy and supremacy at Calvary:


  1. I stupidly clicked on your game music link and now that awful song is stuck in my head. Thanks. Just.... thanks.

  2. Disgusting! I agree, no matter what you make it out of, margarine is nasty!

  3. The link is broken for:
    "...we ourselves err when we reduce discernment to little beyond calling out false teachers and exposing deviant practices." Amen to that!"


    1. Hi Sharon,
      Yes, several people alerted me to that! It is fixed now! Thank you!

  4. It's interesting that Dr. MacArthur emphasized Christ's change of reference to his mother the moment His ministry began. The apostle John likely highlighted a shift of focus from a familial relationship to Mary to a spiritual one (Lk 8:19-21). MacArthur also mentioned that Joseph was likely dead during Christ's crucifixion, hence the reason John was given responsibility for Mary (Jn 19:27). As usual, sharp observations from arguably the best expositor of our generation.


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