God’s grace is not infinite. God is infinite, and God is gracious. We experience the grace of an infinite God, but grace is not infinite.
22 December 2016
It is not that the methods and institutions of science somehow compel us to accept a material explanation of the phenomenal world, but, on the contrary, that we are forced by our a priori adherence to material causes to create an apparatus of investigation and a set of concepts that produce material explanations, no matter how counter-intuitive, no matter how mystifying to the uninitiated. Moreover, that materialism is absolute, for we cannot allow a Divine Foot in the door.
The eminent Kant scholar Lewis Beck used to say that anyone who could believe in God could believe in anything. To appeal to an omnipotent deity is to allow that at any moment the regularities of nature may be ruptured, that Miracles may happen."
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That higher authority might be the police - but what if two separate police forces disagreed on the nature of crime - we again have to appeal to a higher authority.
So despite what others may say, I thank God today that there are absolutes of right and wrong - and I thank God that I am suffering from the weakness of not just a sense of morality, but an actual knowledge of morality revealed to us in Jesus Christ and His Word.
24 November 2016
"Oh, full of scorpions is my mind" - Macbeth
"To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow, creeps in this petty pace from day to day to the last syllable of recorded time, and all our yesterdays have lighted fools the way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing." - Macbeth
"I have no words. My voice is in my sword." - Macduff
23 November 2016
God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform;
He plants His footsteps in the sea
And rides upon the storm.
Deep in unfathomable mines
Of never failing skill
He treasures up His bright designs
And works His sovereign will.
Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take;
The clouds ye so much dread
Are big with mercy and shall break
In blessings on your head.
Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
But trust Him for His grace;
Behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face.
His purposes will ripen fast,
Unfolding every hour;
The bud may have a bitter taste,
But sweet will be the flower.
Blind unbelief is sure to err
And scan His work in vain;
God is His own interpreter,
And He will make it plain.
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However, if there is something that I love more about Ohio State than Buckeye Football, it is the Ohio State University Marching Band. The only thing I regret about my choice of undergraduate school was missing out on playing in the OSUMB. They truly are the best student musical group in the United States, if not the world.
Recently, my son and I went to the skull session before a home game, and I was completely struck by themes of worship. Not overt worship of the band per se, but of any and all things Ohio State.
Someone has well said that man is a worshipping creature. That observation was on full display. Thousands of people wearing the sacred robes of scarlet and gray. Women dressed in outfits that they would never wear in front of their mother with makeup applied to attract and catch the lust, desire and worship of men. Songs written to an Alma Mater ("Oh! Come let's sing Ohio's praise..."). I saw fans of music, sport, achievement - you name it - clapping, screaming, and cheering this scarlet and gray hued theme. Most people would blow off my concern saying that I am a religious fanatic and that I am just reading things into this experience. But doesn't it evidence the truth that when we stop worshipping the true God, we must find something to take its place?
C.S. Lewis said that one of the pivotal moments in his understanding of specifically worshipping God was the realization that everyone in life worships. In his book, Reflections on the Psalms, he states:
"The world rings with praise—lovers praising their mistresses, readers their favourite poet, walkers praising the countryside, players praising their favourite game – praise of weather, wines, dishes, actors, motors, horses, colleges, countries, historical personages, children, flowers, mountains, rare stamps, rare beetles, even sometimes politicians or scholars... I had not noticed either that just as men spontaneously praise whatever they value, so they spontaneously urge us to join them in praising it: “Isn’t she lovely? Wasn’t it glorious? Don’t you think that magnificent?” 1
In some ways it is beautiful to see people enjoy something deeply with great abandon. In other ways, we all need to watch that the things we enjoy do not become idols. Idols that we keep giving priority to eventually let us down (best case scenario), or completely eat our souls.
So while I will continue to enjoy Buckeye football, I need to be continually reminded that all praise needs to be submitted to the greater praise for God and all of the gifts that He grants us in this world - not as an end in itself. I need not be so worked up no matter the outcome of the game as to feel that God is not on His throne (in the event of a loss), or that there is nothing better in the universe than a Buckeye win. God is the greatest object of our attention and praise – not because I say so, but because our souls testify to this need to worship things greater than ourselves – things that do not perish with the use.
1 C.S. Lewis, Reflections on the Psalms. (New York: Harcourt, Brace & Co., 1958), pp. 93–97
10 November 2016
|Game Time Seats! The Buckeyes won 62-3!|
|A Panorama Shot of the Ohio State University |
Marching Band during Skull Session
|A attempted surround picture|
|Great to spend some time with Brian - thanks for the ticket!|
|The OSUMB during Skull Session at St. John's Arena|