Monday, September 13, 2010

Happy Monday

This passage could possibly sacntify Mondays...

According to Ecclesiastes 3:9-13, What is the best way to see beauty or touch eternity? Work!

He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man's heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. Ecclesiastes 3:11

God, because we are mortal, gifts us with the gift of work. So that for mortals there is nothing better than joining with God in the joyfully endless and good work of beautifying all things

There is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil--this is God's gift to man. 3:11-12

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Friday, September 10, 2010


"Greatness lives on the edge of destruction." Wil Smith

He has a point: Churchhill, Lincoln, Wm. Carey, Hudson Taylor, Chuck Yeager... all could have gone either way. Destruction or Greatness. I would move the discussion forward with the question, "Must it? Is this the only path to greatness?"

Jesus would say lose your life find it. So maybe...

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Stephen Hawking versus John Calvin

Stephen Hawking, in his new book, finally pushes God out of his universe. No surprise really and not a surprise to John Calvin either.

Eureka magazine of The Times of London quotes Hawking as saying, “Because there is a law such as gravity, the Universe can and will create itself from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the Universe exists, why we exist... It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the Universe going." See the report here:

A blow, perhaps, to Science as well as Creation-Science. Truth is (as Calvin has been saying all along) that...

"To nothing are we more prone than to tie down the power of God to those instruments the agency of which he employs. The sun and moon supply us with light: And, according to our notions we so include this power to give light in them that if they were taken away from the world, it would seem impossible for any light to remain. Therefore the Lord, by the very order of the creation, bears witness that he holds in his hand the light, which he is able to impart to us without the sun and moon." John Calvin, Commentary on Genesis One

Science and now Hawking, by "proving" that God is not necessary for creation falls into the trap that Calvin and Genesis One makes clear: human beings assume that creative power (all power really) must be tied to created things. Calvin, however, shows that it is God and not the sun who gives light its "lightness". The same can be said about gravity or electricity or biological systems.

Creation Science also falls into the trap of "needing" to find evidence of God or at least a Designer in created things. While such evidence may exist, Calvin's comment on the creation of light before the sun shows that finding evidence is not necessary to prove God's hand in creation and that find it may distract us from God's intent in creating... "that he holds in his hand the light, which he is able to impart to us with out the sun and moon."

So where Hawking's thought moves towards a universe that must explain everything by natural processes, and Creation Science moves towards a universe that can only be explained by God's "fingerprints" being all over it, Calvin would say that beyond evidence or non-evidence for God in the world creation firstly teaches that God is not dependent on creation to reveal his glory but instead chooses to reveal himself through his Son by it.

"The work, such as we now see it, was approved by God. Therefore nothing remains for us, but to acquiesce in this judgment of God. And this admonition is very useful. For whereas man ought to apply all his senses to the admiring contemplation of the works of God, we see what license he really allows himself in detracting from them." John Calvin, Commentary on Genesis One

Taken with Calvin's thoughts on God (not the sun) as the source of light, this second statement's implications are profound... we all, Stephen Hawking included, are asked to declare with God that the universe is good, not neutral, but good. Proving "design" or disproving design actually morally neutral but our response is not.

"The heavens declare the glory of God..." (Psalm 19:1) not so that we might find God, but so that we might be given opportunity to respond to that glory in the same way that God responds to what he has created and declare it good. This response is, in fact, how the Psalm ends... "May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord." (Psalm 19:14)

That he doesn't see God in the universe anymore as Hawking has now shown us, is not as eternally dangerous, it turns out, as whether his heart is responding to God's creation acceptably. These cards he still hold close to his chest and we pray that God would give him and all of us a heart that meditates on and is drawn to the Glory of which God's good good creation declares.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Death, in a word, Is Good

For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive...When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: Death is swallowed up in victory. ~1 Corinthians 15:22,54

"That which was God's ordinance for the infliction of judgement becomes an effectual means for the communication of mercy. It is by virtue of the death of Christ alone, that the souls of believers are freed by death from all impressions of sin, infirmity, and evils, which they had had from the flesh; which were their burden, under which they groaned all thie days... With wicked men it is not so. Death to them is a curse; and the curse is the means of the conveyance of all evil, and not deliverance from any. In what way they have been warmed and refreshed by the influences of the flesh, they shall be deprived of it." ~John Owen

Just read this last night... even death is good news now.

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Phone blogging

Blogging from my phone this morning.

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Friday, June 04, 2010

The John Owen Quote I Want on My Tombstone

After a long sincere endeavor for the mortification of all sin, I find it will never be absolutely perfect, but by this reduction into the dust. ~John Owen, The Glory of Christ