>But I Didn’t Pray for Patience!

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I try to read Colossians a few times a week. It is so Jesus-focused, gospel-focused, it has for a long time been my “favorite” book in the Word.

So yesterday I’m reading and two words jumped out and slapped me.

As you probably know, we are leaving for Missouri and a new position (Midland Ministries) as soon as we sell our house. The market is not exactly booming. It only takes one, and God is bigger than the economy..yeah, yeah, we know that…but, being human, we get a tad, well, impatient. We know God has perfect timing, is sovereign, and all that…but…

So I’m reading along and come to verse 11 of chapter one:

May you be strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy.

Those two words, “with joy,” are tough for me at this present moment.

But if I want to be strengthened with His power and might, I gotta take the “with joy” part too. Thomas Jefferson cut out parts of the Word he didn’t like, but I’m not that dumb.

I’m reminded that it is the “joy of the Lord” that is my strength. Not “my” joy; but His joy! After all, “for the joy that was set before Him He endured the cross.”

So I rejoice in the Lord…yeah, gritting my teeth a bit…always. And I pray the Lord would send the buyer…soon…and in the interim I’ll be thanking Him for providing the buyer at exactly the right time, and in His own way.

A side note – Ben Patterson writes, “Perhaps one reason God delays His answers to our prayers is because He knows we need to be with Him far more than we need the things we ask of Him.”

>"Emergent" – Another Meaningless Word

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“Emergent”, to me, is like “baptist,” it doesn’t mean much anymore. If someone says they are or are not “emergent” you need to ask them to define the term…but these two borrowed posts are hysterical and pretty revealing…(the links are from where I obtained them)

http://krusekronicle.typepad.com/kruse_kronicle/2008/05/why-did-the-eme.html

Why did the Emergent Chicken Cross the Road?

Why did the Emergent Chicken cross the road? Here are my top ten reasons in no particular order:

  • The Chicken was drawn to the candles and incense on the other side of the road.
  • There was a Hauerwas discussion group at the coffee shop on the other side of the road.
  • The idea to cross the road emerged from the chicken’s generative cohort.
  • It was more “post” on the other side of the road. (i.e, postmodern, post-evangelical, post-colonial, post-institutional, post-post, etc. Pick your favorite “post.”)
  • D. A. Carson showed up on the chicken’s side of the road.
  • Obama was on the other side of the road.
  • To demonstrate that it is more environmentally sustainable to walk across the road than to drive across the road.
  • Bono said crossing the road would save Africa.
  • The chicken was seeking change. Everything must change!
  • The question is merely a foundationalist modernist attempt to distill complex realities down to a single proposition in accordance with some metanarrative.

The Kruse Kronicle wrote a brilliantly funny post about why the emerging chicken did cross the road, so I thought that I would write why the emerger did not cross the road.

10. Because he did not want to be labeled.

9. Because he was not absolutely certain that he could cross since in order to get to the other side, you would have to go half way, and in order to go half way, you would have to go half way to the half way, and in order to go half way to the half way, you would have to go half way, ad infinitum.

8. Because it was not a labyrinth shaped road.

7. Because only arrogant people cross roads.

6. The liquor store was on his side. ( 🙂 Come on, lighten up!)

5. Because they don’t ordain women or homosexuals to street preaching on the other side.

4. Because everyone crosses the road, it must be wrong.

3. Because to cross the road you have to go West.

2. Because it was a one-way street.

1. Because he did not want to be accused of J-Mac-ing.

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