The Blame Game

The Blame Game

Take a look at the today’s “amusing” cartoon.  Ever had that experience.  Dumb computer, it cannot possibly be my fault could it?

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In reality, this is just a new spin on a very old problem.  Take these for example: (all from NIV 1984). Continue reading “The Blame Game”

Consider The Possibilities

Consider The Possibilities

“If you don’t know where you’re going, you might end up some place else.” (Yogi Berra)

This is one of the many amusing quotes from Yogi Berra, who played Major League Baseball for 19 years with the New York Yankees. During his career, Yogi played on 10 World Series Championship teams, ending up as a MLB Hall of Famer. Despite some awe-inspiring stats, and being considered one of the best catchers in baseball history, he may be just as well known his for his less than polished use of English and his nonsensical quotes.  Yet behind the comical quotes, often lies some wisdom, intentional or otherwise.

This quote reminds me Continue reading “Consider The Possibilities”

Popular Theology

Popular Theology

2 Timothy 4:1-5  – In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.  (NIV 1984)

Popular Theology

My Musing – Last week, my Sunday “amusing” was about fake theology (a not so subtle dig at a lot of the fake news we hear so much about these days) and how to spot it.   This week, I want to focus on one particular aspect of fake theology, which is popular theology.  Popular theology is exactly what Paul was warning Timothy about, theology that suits our desires and itching ears, but in all other aspects is unsound.    Like fake theology, there are as many aspects of popular theology as there are itching ears.  So with so many popular brands of theology popping (pardon the pun) up all over, how do you spot what is real and what is not?  The same way treasury agents are trained to spot counterfeit currency.  You do not study the counterfeits.  You study the genuine article, becoming so familiar with it that you can readily identify that the counterfeit is different and not the real deal.

My Advice – Spend so much time with God’s Word that you develop a “sixth sense,” so that you will  not “turn [your] ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” This way you will never have to be “mythtaken” (sorry, I cannot help myself) again.

Fake Theology

Fake Theology

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Time for another Sunday amusing.  But as I am sure you are finding, what appears to be amusing at first, may not be after all.  Read on.

Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine – Source unknown.

We both laugh and complain about change.  Yet this quote has it all wrong.  There is something else, or rather someone else, who does not change:

Malachi 3:6 – “I the LORD do not change” (NIV 1984).

My Musing – But sometimes it sure seems like it, when you consider what passes for right and wrong nowadays.  Still God has not changed.  And neither has mankind.  We are still looking for ways to twist God’s moral standards to suit our own needs and desires.  We recreate God in our own image and accept “fake theology” as a substitute for  the truth.  As Christians. we must relentlessly guard God’s truth, hide it in our hearts and share it with others with gentleness and respect.  Because, despite what Arlo might say, change is a big deal if we are changing what God says.

But there is so much of this fake theology out there, that we have to ask ourselves how can we be relentless in guarding the truth? Continue reading “Fake Theology”

Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (NIV 1984)

In the middle of a forest, there was a hunter who was suddenly confronted by a huge, mean bear.  In his fear, all attempts to shoot the bear were unsuccessful.  Continue reading “Giving Thanks”

Who Gave The Universe Its Design?

Who Gave the Universe It’s Design?

 What may be known about God is plain…because God has made it plain… For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. (Romans 1:19-20)  All scriptures references are NIV. Continue reading “Who Gave The Universe Its Design?”

A Dad’s Advice To His Son

A Dad’s Advice To His Son

When I was a kid we subscribed to the Chicago Daily News, a newspaper (like so many others) that no longer exists. On Sundays, my two brothers (and dad) and I could hardly wait for our turn at the Sunday comics. I’ve since grown-up (kind of) and have outlived many of those childhood comic strips. But I still enjoy a bit of “comic relief” now and then. Given that bit of nostalgia, I’ve decided that Sundays will be when I share my “amusings.” My first one relates to “A Dad’s Devotions.”

Below is an Arlo and Janis (one of my current favorites) comic that I included with “A Dad’s Devotions.” It is a stereotype of how a father’s advice is often viewed by young sons – ignoring it. In Joel’s case, unlike Gene, he has always been pretty good about seeking out and following his mom’s advice or mine. Following the strip is my introduction to the devotions.

Arlo and Janis by Jimmy Johnson
June 14, 1996

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Joel,
Things Joel might think or say about his Dad…
At 4 years old: My Daddy can do anything.
At 7 years old: My Dad knows a lot, a whole lot.
At 8 years old: My Father doesn’t quite know everything.
At 12 years old: Oh well, naturally Father doesn’t know it all.
At 14 years old: Father? Hopelessly old fashioned.
At 21 years old: Whoa, is that man out of date. What did you expect?
At 25 years old: He knows a little bit about it, but not much.
At 30 years old: It’s amazing how wise he got in the last few years.
At 35 years old: We need to find out what Dad thinks about it.
At 50 years old: What would Dad have thought about it?
At 60 years old: My Dad knew everything.
At 65 years old: I wish I could talk it over with Dad one more time.

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These devotions are for that day.
My hope: that you will not wait for that day to read these pages to learn what I think. Hope does not disappoint.
My wish: that the advice will be a reminder of things you were taught and not a new revelation. Wishes can come true.
My fear: that you will find that I am better at giving advice than I have been at following it. Forgive me. Perfect love drives out fear.
My faith: that you will accept and follow the advice that is given and that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion. Faith is being sure of what we hope for.

Congratulations on your College graduation (May 12, 2007).
Love and devotion,
Dad