As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more.
At the Converge Transform meetings in California last week, President Scott Ridout highlighted three postures he would like people in the Baptist General Conference (Converge) to take:
- Be a learner.
Study to exegete the Bible and our culture.
- Be a leverager.
Steward the resources and influence God has given you by putting them to good use and not leaving them idle.
- Be a listener.
Be swift to hear. And the one voice we need to hear is God’s voice.
Psalm 1:1–2 states, "Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night."
Matthew Henry writes the following in commenting on these verses:
C.S. Lewis died one week before his sixty-fourth birthday. Saturday is one week before my own 64th. So I am prompted to reflect.
(Jonathon Woodyard is a third year student at Bethlehem College & Seminary, with twelve years in the military and previous pastoral experience. He and his wife, Gina, have two sons. He will be taking responsibility for Friday posts this year. Here is his first.)
As fallen thinkers, “we’re on our way to one extreme or another.”
—Tim Tomlinson, President of Bethlehem College & Seminary
Staying plumb is a miracle of grace and a grace-enabled labor of biblical fidelity.
God is too wise to be mistaken;
God is too good to be unkind.
So when you don’t understand,
When don’t see His plan,
When you can’t trace His hand,
Digging through some old files, I came across some notes from a lecture I attended of Henry Cloud, the clinical psychologist who wrote Boundaries: When to Say Yes and When to Say No to Take Control of Your Life.
My notes include the following three things:
Digging through my files in search of something else, I came across this poem by Lois Kendall Blanchard Eades, English professor, poet, and mother of a university president. She died three years ago with Alzheimer’s.
If Jesus came to your house to spend a day or two—
If He came unexpectedly, I wonder what you'd do.
Oh, I know you’d give your nicest room to such an honored Guest,
And all the food you’d serve to Him would be the very best,
And you would keep assuring Him you're glad to have Him there—
That serving Him in your own home is joy beyond compare.
When he preached at the North Campus on July 13, Pastor Jack said, “We do what we do, because we desire what we desire. And we desire what we desire, because we love what we love. Doing flows out of loving.”
The following outline and discussion questions have been prepared to accompany my sermon on June 7/8, “Homecoming and Holiness” (2 Corinthians 6:14–7:1). The questions can be used for discussion in small groups or for personal reflection.
In 2 Corinthians 6:14–7:1, we’ll look at the four scenes in the new covenant story: