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Habakkuk #8—Quiet Profit

What profit is the carved image when its maker has carved it? … Woe to him who says to the wood, “Awake!” … But The Eternal is in his holy temple; hush before him all the earth. Habakkuk 2:18–20 Physics frustrates god-makers. We can’t get more energy out of a device than we put into … Continue reading

Habakkuk #5—Humble and Right

Behold, the puffed up one; his soul is not upright within him, but the righteous, by his faith, shall live. Habakkuk 2:4 Truly rational thought eludes the proud. Try as we might, attempting to solve problems with any hubris in our hearts keeps us from thinking straight and eventually leads to disaster. For arrogance erects … Continue reading

I Was Just Thinking … About Being Humbly Rescued

Each of us needs to be reminded (frequently, for me) that God’s great objective in dealing with his children is to teach us “to rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead” (2 Corinthians 1:9). Somehow my natural instinct is to think that only as I use my wits and work hard … Continue reading

I Was Just Thinking … About Humble Exultation

Because the gospel writers frame their narratives differently, we sometimes need to weave them together in order to see the big picture. Only Luke reprises Jesus’ parable about the noble who went to a distant land in order to receive the authority to rule as king. Because he was near to Jerusalem, and because his … Continue reading

Success #7—Wise Success

If the axe is dull and the user does not sharpen its edge, then he must use more strength. Wisdom has the advantage of giving success. Ecclesiastes 10:10 Success involves completing all the steps of a process that lead to the outcome we desire, so that when we finally achieve our goal, we are able … Continue reading

Success #4—Humble Success

Jesus took a towel … and began to wash the disciples’ feet. … He said to Peter, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with me … I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you.” John 13: 4–15 Jesus presents himself as both Teacher and … Continue reading

Christmas Sonnet 2018—Humble Exemplar

For this year’s Christmas prayer sonnet I thought Philippians 2:6–9 would be a good seed text. It’s not strictly a “Christmas text,” but it is definitely about the incarnation, and, significantly, about our response to it, as Paul suggests earlier in the chapter: Humble perseverance in the face of God’s sovereign dispensation yields effective love and … Continue reading

Behind the Scenes #4—Humbling Choices

Consider that God did not call many wise according to human standards, nor strong, nor aristocratic; but God has mostly chosen the foolish, weak, base and despised people of the world … so that none may boast before God. 1 Corinthians 1:26–29 Humility is essential to worship. And honesty is essential to humility. So how … Continue reading

Behind the Scenes #3—The Grace of Suffering

When you  face opposition, strive together for the faith of the gospel … that you suffer for his sake as I do … So then in my absence, be very careful  how you effect your deliverance, because God is at work among you, both to will and to work as he pleases. Philippians 1:25–2:13 God … Continue reading

Palm Sunday’s Ride—Humility’s Hurrah

Rejoice greatly, daughter of Zion! Shout, daughter of Jerusalem! Look! Your king is coming to you: he is legitimate and has been saved, humble and riding on a donkey. Zechariah 9:9 Jesus proceeded to tell a parable, because he was near to Jerusalem, and because his followers thought that the kingdom of God was going … Continue reading