Five Guys and Holiness

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

As I walk through the building, I am overcome by two powerful sensory experiences. The first is smell. I can smell cooking beef everywhere in the office. It doesn’t usually smell like that, but right now, I am driven nearly mad with the thought of getting to a Five Guys, fast.

Our summer residents are doing food prep for our trip to a music festival. That means browning somewhere around 30 pounds of burger for Sloppy Joes. It has been fairly hard to concentrate on my task at hand; which is to pray for that trip.

As I move into the game room, I am struck by a second, and completely overwhelming sight. It is that same staff on their knees praying through our student list. I am humbled, proud and exhilarated at the same time. It is the experience that I feel has most closely replicated attendance at one of the Temple’s high festivals. Fire smoke wafting the scent of roasted meat while the voices of thousands pour their hearts out to a living God. That is when I realized that the cross has made this moment, exactly the same as that moment. Holy.


Happiness Is

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

This last weekend Stephan talked about there being more to life than being happy. It probably made you think, “Like what?” Let’s explore that topic a little bit further. 

I have heard tons of people tell me that they knew that God ultimately only wanted for them to be happy. To them, I always respond, “Actually, that isn’t really logical.” You cannot believe that an all powerful God really wants for everyone to be happy. If he willed it, then the Muslims would eliminate the Jews. The Jews would displace the people living in modern-day Palestine. Detroit Lions fans would celebrate a Super Bowl victory, as would Green Bay, New England and the rest of the 32 cities that have teams in the NFL.

It would mean that two guys in love with the same girl would both be married to her and live happily ever after. If you start to make a list of the things that make us happy, you would realize that we could not possibly have it all. Workouts wouldn’t be necessary because no one would be fat. No one would die because that makes us unhappy.  We would live in a perpetual state of getting everything we wanted all the time. Our lives would become meaningless.


Turns Out That There Is A Dumb Question

Thursday, January 05, 2017

In keeping my promise to answer some of the tough questions that students ask, I am ready to tackle the second question that we received. The question was, “Why do you want to believe in something so stupid? Why trust those dumb Bible stories?”

Let’s lump this with a couple of other questions that are similar.
“The Bible says that there was nothing in the beginning but darkness. Isn’t that something?”
“Can God create a rock so big that he can’t lift it?”
“How can you believe in something that cannot be proven?”

Let’s answer the first question first and then deal with all of the other “Got Ya,” questions.


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