Gibson on Enjoyment without God

“Endless enjoyment does not come in the box with your iPhone— if it did, why have you been considering that upgrade? Enjoyment is not automatically part of sex. It is not on the keyring to your dream house. It doesn’t ride with you on the passenger seat in your new car. We all know what it is like to have tasted the best life has to offer and still to be left wondering what comes next.”

David Gibson in Living Life Backwards

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Durson on Grace and Sin

“Let’s be clear here. There are no degrees of behavior or, more directly, sin. In God’s eyes sin is sin, which is why grace is freely given. You and I were never good; we were never good enough to receive what God has for us. He does not move faster to forgive the pastor than he would an adulterer. This logic does not exist in God’s economy, and because of our earthly logic, some of us take issue with such equal treatment. When we struggle with God’s desire and ability to forgive what we might classify as big sins and small sins and the fact that He forgives all who have fallen short, then we ultimately have an issue with grace. If we can’t give grace, then we certainly do not have an understanding of the grace we have been given.”

Chris Durso in The Heist

Furman on Doctrine in Life

“But if our destiny is to become what we are in Christ, what does it matter what we think? Is our transformation not inevitable? What do these detailed doctrinal implications really do  for us? Well, simply put, what we believe concerning doctrine determines the way we respond to God, his church, and this world, which in its present system is marked out for destruction.

Doctrine matters when you’re reading the news and can’t stop weeping. It matters when your neighbor tells you she’s pregnant, and the next time you see her, she says, ‘I took care of the problem.’ It matters when your husband comes home from the office early with a cardboard box full of his pictures and lunch dishes from work. It matters when you’re facing another evening of free time and you feel restless. It matters when your prayers are answered and a door to share your faith swings wide open. When your new medication doesn’t do anything; when you get a raise; when your laptop crashes; when you are shopping at the grocery store; when your child rolls his eyes at you; when you’re laughing so hard your face hurts; and when you get a phone call you never thought you’d receive. In every moment of life, doctrine matters. From the global concerns that affect everyone on this planet to the minutiae of our vaporous lives, doctrine matters.”

Gloria Furman in Alive in Him

Raymond on Contentment

“Just as we may not think of Genesis 3 (with its focus on sin) as a passage about discontentment, we may also fail to see conversion as a declaration of our contentment in God. But what else could it mean? We are certainly not saying that when we become Christians, we now find our supreme, soul-settling joy in creation plus God. Conversion is not about adding Jesus to an already crowded shelf of idols. May it never be! Conversion is about sweeping clear the shelves of our heart and pledging supreme love and loyalty to God— and God alone.”

Erik Raymond in Chasing Contentment

Peterson on Worship

“There is a sense in which the hour of worship never ends. It is merely adjourned until the next appointed time for meeting. We are sent out with our hearts made right and our minds informed with God’s plans for the world and our wills charged with response.
That’s the pattern we repeat every time we gather in worship. It doesn’t matter if we are bored with the repetition. It is cutting a channel for something lasting. Worship is the action that centers our lives in the holy life of God and sets us firmly in the glories of creation and salvation. Faithful and intelligent and reverent worship keeps us in touch with what is real.”

Eugene Peterson in As Kingfishers Catch Fire