This is some stuff I found helpful, challenging, interesting, or amusing today that I think may enrich your day as well...
I’ve been intrigued for many years by how much about our relationship with God is represented in the human relationship of marriage. This excellent article speaks to that…
The Real Reason You Can’t Date Jesus –Andrew Wilson
If we reject the idea of Jesus as boyfriend because the language of intimacy bothers us, then we have reached the right conclusion, but for the wrong reasons. The problem is not using intimate language for the Christian life—the Bible certainly does that—but taking union with Christ too lightly. We neglect the corporate, covenantal, and permanent dimensions of marriage. We trivialize a relationship in which two become one, forever, enjoying all things in common.
Preachers, this is important…
Why You Should Stop Ripping Off Other Preachers (The Led Zeppelin Scenario) –Carey Nieuwhof
I propose a rule for preachers that goes something like this:
Write your own stuff. And if you didn’t, tell people you didn’t.
There’s actually nothing morally wrong with borrowing other people’s great ideas.
But just be honest and tell people you didn’t think of it yourself…
…So what’s the problem with idea-theft, sermon-theft or writing-theft? Well, clearly it’s not financial. Few of us stand to make millions (or even hundreds) off of having original message or blog ideas. It’s a free economy that way. And we ARE in this together.
But here are 5 things that are simply wrong about plagiarism…
1. You want people to think you’re smarter than you actually are
2. You lie
3. You stop growing
4. You lose touch with God
5. It creeps into other areas of your life
(Go to the link for his elaboration on these points.)
Good thoughts for songwriters…
Why Lyrics Might Not Be The Most Important Part Of Your Song –David Santistevan
Yes, there is an equation to a bad song. Matter of fact, there’s a couple:
Great lyrics + bad melody & phrasing = Forgettable Song.
Bad lyrics + great melody & phrasing = Unhelpful Song.
No one wants to write forgettable or unhelpful songs, right? That’s why the marriage of lyric and melody is so important…
…So why are lyrics not the most important part of your song? Because without a great melody and catchy phrasing, your song is forgettable. It’s the melody that makes the song sticky.
He’s a good, good Father…
God Doesn’t Need to Be Convinced to Give You What You Need –Michael Kelley
We know that through the gospel, we are God’s beloved children. And we know that as a good Father, He does not provide for us reluctantly, but instead delights each day in giving us our daily bread, and doing more than we can even conceive. God does not need convincing. He already knows what we need, and He is going to give us just that.
Of course, that does not mean that God is some kind of cosmic genie, granting the selfish wishes of anyone who rubs the lamp in just the right way. It’s better than that.
God will not stoop so low as to be our butler; He insists upon being our Father. And as our Father, He will give us the fish we need even when we are convinced that we actually need snakes.
There’s something about this that seems a bit too “pop psychology-ish”, but I still thought it was insightful…
The Ten Pleasures –David Murray
The Ten Commandments are framed mainly in the negative: “Thou shalt not.” But each negative also implies a positive, and each prohibition of vice enjoins a pleasure in virtue.
So, here’s my attempt to re-frame the 10 commandments as 10 pleasures to pursue…
…When understood in this way, Psalm 1 and others like it begin to make huge sense.
“Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day” (Ps. 119:97).