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Romance Redefined

February 16, 2016

As Christians we toss words around like intimacy and passion transforming relationship with God into romance with God.

In a sexualized culture, it is natural to start using these words to speak of our fellowship with God. We believe the highest human form of relationship will take on a sexual nature.

I’ve heard stories of churches putting a bed on stage and speaking of how God wants to romance us. Is it anyone wonder women are more attracted to the church than men?!?

The Bible does not use our romantic notion to describe relationship. In fact when sexual imagery is used, it is a negative speaking of prostituting our hearts (Ezekiel 16:30) or walking in whoredom (Hosea 4:12).

What picture does the Bible take?

It would not make for a good movie or racy novel!

In fact, in our culture, it might be considered boring.

God Loves Snail Mail

June 29, 2012

When I started in missions, the way you communicated was through a pay phone or a letter.

I know, some of you do not even know what that is!

I remember a long time ago, writing a letter, rolling it up, and sending my trusty carrier pigeon off on his journey. (Ok, slight exaggeration)

Yes God is ultimately the author of technology and innovation, but I think He still has a soft spot for things which take longer.

In the Bible, we know Him as a supernatural God. He parted the Red Sea, spoke through a donkey, and performed countless other miracles.

Yet, he is still the God of “snail mail”. In other words, He loves things that involve a process and take time.

We curse the microwave and the drive-through for being too slow. God, however, enjoys the slow cooker.

Which one of these statements describes your life? Is it a:

– Marathon or a sprint?
– Drive through coffee or waiting for it to brew?
– Sit down restaurant or fast food?
– An Atm or walking in and seeing the bank teller?

Perhaps the harder question to answer would be, is it :

One good, record-setting season or a lengthy, consistent, high performing, championship career?

I’ve been reading Jim Collins’s book, Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck–Why Some Thrive Despite Them All. He identifies successful companies as ones that take the “20 mile journey.” They don’t merely look for the quick fix, or even seek to capitalize on all a moment may hold. Instead, they seek steady, incremental growth over the long-term. This is common among the best companies.