Saturday Snippets (February 5)

As well as reading a lot of books, I also read a ton of articles every week. Here are some of the articles that I’ve read recently and have found interesting, helpful, challenging and encouraging. I hope that they will be the same for you, my dear readers…

Why Christians Bond With Corrupt Leaders

“We often fail to distinguish between God’s love and mercy for us and God’s approval or favor or endorsement of the man or woman who built the institution or delivered the message. “

Does God Really Feel?

“If God is unaffected by his creation, then—well—he can’t feelanything about it good or bad. But that isn’t what the doctrine of impassibility is getting at. The issue isn’t really whether or not God has emotions but what they are like. Does God experience emotions the way we do?”

The Moans and Groans, A Shared Experience With Different Outcomes

“We have the feeling deep in our stomachs that something isn’t right. We feel disgusted at injustice. We feel angry at death. We feel wronged when the ‘bad guys’ win and the ‘good guys’ lose. We have the same common experience of live in a world and in bodies that groan. We grown to be made new. To be recreated and to be reunited with God in perfect harmony as we were create to be!”

What Was Paul’s Thorn in the Flesh? (2 Corinthians 12)

“Paul’s point is not the content of the thorn but its intent. And what is that intent? Paul’s humility”

Endangered Attention

“human attention is one of the most precious gifts we have to give. By it, we offer another creature the dignity of our loving regard. We humble ourselves to know and be known. We invite someone or something to stamp us, even for just a moment, with their unique, surprising existence.”

You Might Be a Stingy Forgiver If…

“In the moment when the other party feels bad and apologizes for whatever transgression he has committed, I should be ready to forgive; but sometimes, I must admit, I’d rather sit in my anger a while longer. Often I feel that I’ve not quite marinated in my righteous indignation long enough, so I withhold forgiveness until I’m good and ready. Now I have control in the situation, which is exactly what I want. No longer am I the weak, injured party; now, I’m the strong party with the power to forgive (or not).”

Jesus is Here

“Jesus is with us. He is everywhere, but very close to us. He cares and loves us. Let the reality of his omnipresence bring you immense comfort and push you forward in being more like him.”

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