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Going Blind with Paperwork

03.14.07

I don’t think I’ve updated most of you to the fact that I am now employed, for which I am thankful to God. It was a long time coming (over 2 months), and I started about a month ago at my new place of employment. I work for essentially a software company that is growing very fast and is heavily involved in speech recognition. I work on the Order Management side of things making sure orders and credits are correct and appropriately substantiated. The end of March is our quarter end, so, needless to say, I have been getting pummeled at work this week. The fun continues for the next 2 weeks as the crunch will result in numerous days of overtime and working on weekends. To ease the pain, I have had a signficant increase in pay between this job and the last, and enjoy a flexible schedule, free soda and popcorn, and a take-home laptop.

Although I can see how this job will open up many opportunities for me in the future, it certainly is not my first love. I do go into work everyday feeling a little empty inside, knowing that I want to do something else, namely, working full-time at a church. I want so badly to study Scripture and read all day, to have an open schedule so that I can meet with people all the time, and dreaming with saints about God and his glory spread to his people. I find it funny that I have gone into great debt and spent may years in theological education, while volunteering time for ministry with the goal of working in a church, yet nothing has opened up for me. Yet, I have no degree in business and just about 3 years of experience and I got 3 job offers in one day in early February. Figure that out. People are willing to pay me more money than I would make in most churches even though I have no where near the same level of qualifications.

Well, for now I am rolling with the providence alotted for me in Grace, and am stoked about the prospects of the Gospel in our area. We have a wonderful group of saints gathering on Tuesdays now in Haverhill. In the sixth month of our habitual meeting, I have encountered Christ in very sweet levels. Praise be to him for is infinite power and grace and wisdom to channel his waterfall in the greatest direction possible. Soli Deo Gloria.

Gerhard Forde: A Lutheran View of Sanctification

03.02.07

Here is an essay by Gerhard Forde, former Professor of Theology at Luther Seminary, now with the Lord. He represents the Lutheran view in the book, Christian Spirituality: Five Views of Sanctification (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 1988). This is a riveting piece by Forde that I believe is must reading for everyone. Props to Danny O for bringing this to my attention, because the weight of what Forde is saying and its implications are earth-shattering. May God cause you to read with grace, joy, and freedom in the promise of God through Jesus Christ. Please post your feedback too!

SANCTIFICATION, IF IT IS TO BE SPOKEN OF AS SOMETHING other than justification is perhaps best defined as the art of getting used to the unconditional justification wrought by the grace of God for Jesus’ sake. It is what happens when we are grasped by the fact that God alone justifies. It is being made holy, and as such, it is not our work. It is the work of the Spirit who is called Holy. The fact that it is not our work puts the old Adam/Eve (our old self) to death and calls forth a new being in Christ. It is being saved from the sickness unto death and being called to new life.

In German there is a nice play on words which is hard to reproduce in English. Salvation is Das Heil—which gives the sense both of being healed and of being saved. Sanctification is Die Heiligung—which would perhaps best be translated as “being salvationed.” Sanctification is “being salvationed,” the new life arising from the catastrophe suffered by the old upon hearing that God alone saves. It is the pure flower that blossoms in the desert, watered by the unconditional grace of God.

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Audition: A Podcast from Mars Hill Audio

03.01.07

I was very pleased today to find a most welcome podcast: Audition from Mars Hill Audio.  The Mars Hill Audio Journal has been a wonderful staple for segmenting literature, science, art, theology, philosophy, and culture in an audio format.  It’s much like the format of many NPR programs, with a more poignant focus from a christian/theological perspective.  Ken Myers and the group at Mars Hill Audio has done a phenomenal job of attracting world reknown scholars, authors, and professors, as well as amassing more book/resource recommendations than one could every hope to read.  The Audio Journal comes out bi-monthly and costs $30/year and $55/2 years.  It is available in tape, CD, and MP3 download.  The podcast is free to add to your iTunes podcast library, and can also be downloaded freely on their site: http://mhadigital.org.  The cast only comes out monthy and are usually around 30 minutes in length.  For you convenience, I have included link to the available casts below:

http://mhadigital.org/index.php?post_category=podcasts