Great List of Questions about Kids’ Sports and Church

I came across a great article filled with good questions for Christian parents to ask themselves about their various commitments to their local faith family (church) and to other entities such as kids’ sports teams (or replace team with “band” or “debate” or whatever…).  You can check out the full list of questions here, but I especially liked this one:

“If your child attended the same percentage of practices as he/she attends worship services, would the coach let your child stay on the team??

Someday in the future, perhaps, I’ll write my own, more opinionated thoughts on the subject.  I try not to harp on this issue too much since I don’t have kids of my own yet, and I recognize the limitations that puts on my opinions.  But then again, you don’t have to own a baseball team to recognize that the Royals don’t win a lot. And you don’t have to be a parent to see that telling your kid that the body of Christ ranks last on the totem pole for 18-plus years probably isn’t the most spiritually beneficial way to disciple them.

Sabbath Psalm

I took note that this was a Psalm dedicated for use on the day of rest. Note the focus on God’s work and consider how that relates to our rest.

Psalm 92

A psalm. A song. For the Sabbath day.

1 It is good to praise the LORD
and make music to your name, O Most High,
2 to proclaim your love in the morning
and your faithfulness at night,

3 to the music of the ten-stringed lyre
and the melody of the harp.

4 For you make me glad by your deeds, O LORD;
I sing for joy at the works of your hands.

5 How great are your works, O LORD,
how profound your thoughts!

6 The senseless man does not know,
fools do not understand,

7 that though the wicked spring up like grass
and all evildoers flourish,
they will be forever destroyed.

8 But you, O LORD, are exalted forever.

9 For surely your enemies, O LORD,
surely your enemies will perish;
all evildoers will be scattered.

10 You have exalted my horn [a] like that of a wild ox;
fine oils have been poured upon me.

11 My eyes have seen the defeat of my adversaries;
my ears have heard the rout of my wicked foes.

12 The righteous will flourish like a palm tree,
they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon;

13 planted in the house of the LORD,
they will flourish in the courts of our God.

14 They will still bear fruit in old age,
they will stay fresh and green,

15 proclaiming, “The LORD is upright;
he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.”

Tozer on today’s church…

“Every age has its own characteristics.  Right now we are living in an age of religious complexity.  The simplicity which is in Christ is rarely found among us.  In its stead are programs, methods, organizations and a world of nervous activities which occupy time and attention but can never satisfy the longing of the heart.  The shallowness of our inner experience, the hollowness of our worship and that servile imitation of the world which marks our promotional methods all testify that we, in this day, know God only imperfectly, and the peace of God scarcely at all.”

A.W. Tozer

“The Pursuit of God”- 1948.

Resurrection People…Day 8 and 1

“Resurrection is a Person”

Your brother will rise again, Jesus told her.

Martha said, I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.

Jesus said to her,

I am the resurrection and the life.

The one who believes in me, even if he dies, will live.

Everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die–ever.

Do you believe this?

John 11:23-26

Resurrection People- Day 7

“New Week, New World”

“The resurrection of Jesus takes place, [John] is careful to tell us twice, ‘on the first day of the week’, and I believe this is best interpreted as the start of God’s new creation.  On the Friday, the sixth day of the week, Jesus stands before Pilate, who declares ‘behold, the man!’ (John 19:5), echoing the creation of humankind on the sixth day of creation.  On the cross Jesus finishes the work the father has given him to do (17:4), ending with the shout of triumph (tetelestai, ‘it is accomplished’, 19:30), corresponding to the completion of creation itself.  There follows, as in Genesis, a day of rest, a sabbath day (19:31); and then, while it is yet dark, Mary Magdalene comes to the tomb ‘on the first day of the week’…Jesus’ public career is to be understood as the completion of the original creation, with the resurrection as the start of the new.  The whole gospel [of John] is a kind of preparation for Easter, with signs of resurrection to be expected at several points.”

from The Resurrection of the Son of God, N.T. Wright, p. 440.

Resurrection People- Day 6

“The Temple of Life”

“Indeed, it would seem that he who disbelieves this bodily rising of the Lord is ignorant of the power of the Word and Wisdom of God.  If He took a body to Himself at all, and made it His own in pursuance of His purpose, as we have shown that He did, what was the Lord to do with it, and what was ultimately to become of that body upon which the Word had descended?

Mortal and offered to death on behalf of all as it was, it could not but die; indeed, it was for that very purpose that the Savior had prepared it for Himself.  But on the other hand it could not remain dead, because it had become the very temple of Life.  It therefore died, as mortal, but lived again because of the Life within it; and its resurrection is made known through its works.”

from On the Incarnation, by Athanasius.

Resurrection People- Day 5

“Resurrection and Re-Creation”

“The picture is not what we expected–though whether it is less or more probable and philosophical on that account is another question.  It is not the picture of an escape from any and every kind of Nature into some unconditioned and utterly transcendent life.  It is the picture of a new human nature, and a new Nature in general, being brought into existence…That is the picture–not of unmaking but of remaking.  The old filed of space, time, matter, and the senses is to be weeded, dug, and sown for a new crop.  We may be tired of that old field: God is not.”

from Miracles, by CS Lewis, p. 155.