R's Commonplace Book

Category: Mindful (page 1 of 62)

Like several other writers I can think of, Wm. Barclay is great in so many ways, but when he is bad, he’s awful. His treatment of 1 Jn 4.1ff is murky and much off base. I’m reading him devotionally these days and was in no way edified this morning. Glad to have just the text of heaven by which to be strengthened.

  1. Lots of rain. Leaked in my office last week, guy plugged openings, but is leaking again today, though not as badly. But it can’t leak at all.
  2. Carnaval holiday started Friday, so fewer people tonight at meeting. Dynamic was great, however.
  3. Wrote a poem this morning, but not one I’ll share online. Maybe when I publish the book of 2019 poems. If I publish.
  4. Got my Forthright editorial primed for in the morning. Not a bad one at all. (Link is to my author page.)
  5. Have started reading Wm. Barclay’s commentary on 1 John for devotional material. So far, so good.
  6. New verse of mine: With little shall this Christian be content; / For nothing in this world will I lament.
  7. Verse of His: “The Lord was pleased that Solomon made this request” 1Kgs 3.10.

Jesus had to humble himself to become our Savior, Phil 2.5-11. We must humble ourselves to be saved. So in the sense of a mental attitude, we must be like him.

Jeremiah Tatum wrote in his article, “The biggest mistake Churches of Christ have made in the last 50 years“:

I’m going to be bold now and put the majority of the blame on the common disciple. For the most part I don’t believe that preachers and missionaries who are in the trenches have contributed to the problem. In fact we have often had to run interference. Mostly it is the members of the Lord’s church, who have either not been listening or who have not taught themselves, who use language like “I’m a church of Christ.” Or who use phrases like, “You have to be a church of Christ.” Or even, “Well the church of Christ teaches…” Such Christians who misrepresent the kingdom are doing the church and the world’s population a disservice by turning the body of Jesus into a denomination that follows a creed.

This is not a laity versus clergy problem. This is a generalized problem, a denominational concept of the church. It is leaders who hang “CHURCH OF CHRIST” on their buildings. Leaders have denominationalized the church as much or more than their followers. When leaders take down the names (for that’s what it is) from their buildings, maybe, just maybe, the laity will listen to the preachers’ rants about their use of language.

I use laity and clergy referring to the brethren, because we got it in most places. Stan Mitchell observed, in his last article on Forthright published today but written before his death last week: “We say we do not believe in the clergy-laity system, but we certainly act like that’s what we want.” It’s there for those willing to see.

In the moment of our awakening, there will be no sadness, no regrets, no fear, no doubts. What we felt before will have no place in the life beyond. The faithful will possess full knowledge, complete confidence, perfect love. Once through the portal, when the eyes are opened, all attention will fly to the glory of God and the victory of Christ. Any feeling of dread will fall away even as corruption is transformed into incorruption. Peace and joy and ultimate satisfaction will be ours. May we fix them firmly in mind now, so that our passage, whenever it may occur, will be one of confidence and certainty in the promise of God.

The same is true of Philip the evangelist, who was called “the evangelist” not merely because he was a passionate preacher, but also because he understood that God’s purposes were outward from Jerusalem, not inward to Jerusalem. By contrast, the apostles remained in Jerusalem, probably because they saw the Holy City as the center of God’s end-time universe (52). Barnett continues: “The notion of Jerusalem as centrifugal and not centripetal in God’s mission to the nations, which became so much associated with Paul, had its seeds in the vision of Stephen and the activities of Philip” (53).

Don Garlington, review of Paul Barrett, Paul, Missionary of Jesus

“My definition of faith- faith is a willing commitment to a known truth. It is never used any other way in scripture.” —Dick Sztanyo on ‘Unmovable Reasoning’

Many things which we consider advantageous may well inhibit exactly what we consider them to promote.

This, pretty much:

We like to take medication, as a culture. Sometimes it’s absolutely necessary. Sometimes we can’t return to our body’s baseline without it. Sometimes, though, we want to take medication because we hope it’ll create change without demanding that we make any changes to how we’re living.

Like the guy at the gym the other day who said he worked out so he could eat (and drink) more. We want what we want.

A member of an alternative social network wrote today: “I have nothing to offer the world. The sooner I admit that, the better.” I don’t know what prompted his post, if he felt that his contributions paled compared to others. But I take his words for my own. Of myself, I have nothing to offer the world. None of us does. Can we confess this? Only when Christ is ours, when he is Lord and Savior of our lives, do we have a word, a purpose, and a future to offer the world.


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