Monthly Archives: February 2012
Greg Lucas, author of the excellent book Wrestling with an Angel: A Story of Love, Disability, and the Lessons of Grace, writes on his blog:
The tragedy of disability is not disability itself, but the isolation it often creates. This was one of the most important lessons our family had to learn. Sadly, we learned it the hard way. But hard lessons often lead to great insights and over the past few years we have had the wonderful opportunity to gain great wisdom from several families in many different communities. While there are still many discoveries to be made along this journey, here are at least 7 helpful insights gleaned from the community of disability that have made a powerful difference in our family.
Here is an outline:
- God is both sovereign and good.
- You have been brought into this community for a purpose.
- Disability magnifies our vision for joy in the smallest things.
- Community brings much needed perspective
- Outspoken men are often minorities.
- When marriage takes second place to disability, it ends up in last place.
- A child with a disabled sibling is anything but typical.
Hh/t Justin Taylor
Last Saturday we at spch.org.au had the privilege of hosting Peter O’Brien for a overview session on the book of Hebrews in preparation for our preaching series on the book this term.
During the course of the morning, we asked him about the warning passages in Hebrews. As part of one of his answers, he referred to this interview he had recently done with Colin Hansen of the Gospel Coalition.
Here it is…
The Book of Hebrews daunts even the most gifted preachers and scholars. For one thing, we don’t know the author. He quotes the Old Testament at length and repeatedly, but his method of interpreting these passages doesn’t always make sense to readers. His arguments about angels, Moses, and the temple require more than cursory understanding of the Hebrew Bible.
And then there are the s0-called warning passages. It might be hard at first to grasp the significance of the priest Melchizedek, but many Christians viscerally understand the practical importance of these warnings. Can I lose my faith? What if I doubt? Fail to overcome sin?
To answer these questions and more, I turned to the acclaimed scholar Peter O’Brien, professor emeritus at Moore College in Sydney, Australia. Many who have studied Ephesians, Colossians, Philemon, and Philippians have benefited from his rich, insightful, and faithful commentaries. He has also written an immensely helpful commentary on the Letter to the Hebrews. He draws on some of that study to help us understand the famous warning passages in their immediate and canonical context.
Read the full article here.
“You worship what you live for, whatever is most worthy of your attention and devotion. It is what drives you at the core, and it flows from the essence of who you are.
You can’t turn off worship. It’s your basic human wiring. To not worship is to not live. It’s like a garden hose stuck on full blast. You can aim it at the grass, the car, or the shrubs, but you cannot stop its flow.
Or you might imagine yourself as a sort of human billboard, always advertising what you find to be important, valuable, worthy. What you pay attention to, how you spend your time, the way you work, how yo relate to others in your life – all these things broadcast your heart’s worship, making visible and advertsing what is most important to you. God created you to broadcast him.”
M.Wilkerson, Redemption (Wheaton: Crossway, 2011), 29.