Monday, July 15, 2019

to whom?




If you write, unless you write to someone, you write to no one.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Art




To reduce works of art to their ideational content is to rob them of their power, distort their true nature, and make them finally unnecessary.

                                                                              -Leland Ryken, Liberated Imagination, 128

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Love and Respect Message

This is a message I shared at the Olympia Chinese Christian Church on June 23, 2019.  Some people asked for some of the slides for reference so here they are. Much of the material is obviously from Dr Eggerich's book and seminar, Love and Respect I highly encourage reading the book or getting in on on of his seminars.

A few of the slides:



Click HERE to download the entire power point file.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Faithfulness





Long-term faithfulness to its calling, rather than short-term relevance to culture, should be the church’s goal.

                                               -Millard Erickson, Christian Theology (3rd ed, p988)

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Community





Christianity is a corporate matter, and the Christian life can be fully realized only in relationship to others. 

While acknowledging the distinction between the visible or empirical church and the invisible or spiritual fellowship, we should do whatever we can to make the two identical.

                                                           -Millard Erickson, Christian Theology(3rd ed, p969)
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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Our Problem with Limits




Reinhold Niebuhr sees the problem of sin as arising from human finitude on the one hand, and freedom to aspire on the other.

Humans seek to overcome the resulting insecurity in two major ways. The more common is by asserting the will in an effort to gain such power as oversteps the limits of the human creature’s place. A more intellectual form is attempting to deny the limited character of human knowledge and perspectives. This intellectual pride and assertion of will to gain undue power disturb the harmony of creation.

Adam and Eve’s sin consisted in yielding to the temptation to try to be more than what they were created to be, human. They tried, in effect, to be God.

                                 -Adapted from Millard Erickson, Christian Theology (3rd ed), p 535-6
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Friday, May 3, 2019

What kind of doctor do I want to be?





If we use the language of business to describe medicine, it changes who we are and what we do as providers.

                                                                           -Richard W Sams II

Friday, April 19, 2019

God




God is not a bureau


                                    -Millard Erickson, Christian Theology

Monday, April 1, 2019

Who is this About?


When you read the Bible, you are going to be tempted to think that this or that passage is about somebody else.  Let me just warn you: don’t go there. Let the word of God plunge deeply into your heart. Let it expose things that are uncomfortable. That’s the only way you’re going to grow. That’s the only way you’re going to become like Jesus.

                                                                 -Phillip Miller

Friday, March 22, 2019


Diversions can make us numb, leading us to a state of indifference with respect to what is true. 

                                               -Robert Miner, "Pascal and the uses of Skepticism"

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Risk in the Church





A church which pitches its tents without constantly looking out for new horizons, which does not continually strike camp, is being untrue to its calling…[We must] play down our longing for certainty, accept what is risky, and live by improvisation and experiment.

                                                                -Hans Küng – The Church

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Skeptic-ing





Every man who thinks and lives by thought must have his own skepticism, that which stops at the question, that which ends in denial, or that which leads to faith and which is somehow integrated into the faith which transcends it.

                                         -T.S. Eliot, Intro to Pascal's Pensées