Justin Khoe on Sabbath

“You will sabbath by choice or by force.

What do I mean?

If you don’t choose to enter into the rhythms ordained by God in creation, if you continually violate this law of nature, eventually sickness, disease or burnout will force your body to take the rest God designed it to enjoy.”

Justin Khoe on IG

I’m a theological dum-dum but it appears that while it’s not sinful to not observe a weekly sabbath; it’s certainly foolish.

As someone who is getting older (well, I guess *technically* we are all getting older – maybe I should say, as my body enters the back half of its’ useful life 😅) the idea of rest and prioritizing rest as a discipline is really becoming a practice I’m trying to get better at. 

I think Justin’s message here is very prophetic – in most situations, your body will take the rest it needs. You can push it, but eventually that engine is going to blow and you’ll be sidelined while it rebuilds itself. And as I’ve discovered you don’t always return to 100% from injuries.

Rest is something God designed for us to enjoy. I get everyone has a crazy situation; but rest is good and we’d be wise to figure out how to take part in it.

Although after following Justin on IG I’m now looking for a kettlebell. I’m sure throwing that thing around helps with rest part. 😅

Tim Keller on Better Discourse

“Never describe the view of an opponent in a way he or she will not own. Rather describe their view so they say, ‘I couldn’t have put it better myself.’ Only then should proceed to refute the view. If instead you caricature your opponent — you persuade no one.”

Tim Keller on Twitter

If I had anything to change about this tweet it would be to change the word “opponent.” Usually when I decide to engage online it’s to *understand* the other person not to battle or fight or win. But wow, could you imagine what our discourse would look like if arguments looked more like this?

I know what it would look like. It would be boring. The tweets wouldn’t get retweeted. The cable news shows wouldn’t get watched. The memes wouldn’t get made. Could you imagine if End Game consisted of the Avengers going back in time to convince Thanos the destruction he caused wasn’t worth the cost? BOOOOOOOOOOORING. 🥱😴

Maybe it should be boring? Maybe our interactions should be calm and thoughtful instead of loud and caustic. 

More and more I try to shy away from entertainment that masquerades as news. I’m not interested in listening to people that present their “opponents” as caricatures to tear down. I’m not paying attention to theology that is there to elevate the person with the shocking views and not elevate Jesus. 

Probably not as exciting; but it’s certainly easier to sleep at night. 🤷🏻‍♂️

Ruslan on Schooling

“As Christians, we cannot have a victim mentality. We cannot go out and look for things to be persecuted by. That is not helpful nor is it healthy.”

@ruslankd from a reaction video in response to an interview by Allie Stuckey with Kirk Cameron on the topic of homeschooling.

Phew – ok that byline was a MOUTHFUL! 😅 Sorry there’s a lot of parts there.

It’s funny, in watching the video I didn’t have a strong reaction to the topic of homeschooling (I’ll share my thoughts on that below) but rather how we engage with topics as Christians. I’m not of the mind that Christians shouldn’t talk about politics but I do feel like we need to go about it in a better way.

There are Christians facing persecution today, right now, in real time. I just don’t think it’s all of us, all the time, about everything. Schooling is one of those topics. Are there bad actors in the school system? Yes FOR SURE. But I don’t think we can attribute the extreme problems to those bad actors to the school system at large. Nor should we look down on the parents that had to deal with those bad actors and chose a different schooling path. I love Dr. Crenshaw’s quote, “we need to have better conversations” and describing the public school system as “grooming” our kids isn’t a better conversation. Let’s not be goofy and hyperbolic in our discussions. We can stand firm in our beliefs and add to the conversation without needing to demonize those that disagree with us.

I have a lot more to say but these captions can only be so long. 🤦🏻‍♂️

My thoughts on homeschooling? I’ve found from being exposed to ALL of the different types of schooling (public, private, military, home, unschooling, etc) it really seems like a family by family or even kid by kid decision. I don’t think it’s helpful to demonize the school system because a lot of people have a lot of different experiences there and I think the same goes for homeschooling. I’d support whatever works best for your family and your children. We’re all just trying to do our best out here and a little grace goes a long way.

Mr. Rogers on Love

“Love isn’t a state of perfect caring. It is an active noun like ‘struggle.’ To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now.”

Mr. Fred Rogers

I know personally that only loving or accepting people when they act in a manner that you expect them to is a frustrating, disappointing, and unloving way to go through life.

Garrett Kell on what people need

“Pastors, in your sermons, don’t give the people a political hot-take, a stand-up comedy routine, a story time fairy tale, a theological lecture, a moralistic message, a shame-filled scolding, or a feel-good motivational speech. They need more. They need Jesus. Give them Jesus.”

Pastor @j.garrett.kell on twitter

I feel like churches and pastors have an impossible task sometimes – all the sermons, and the programs, and obligations; I don’t know how they balance it all. I’m not a pastor or in professional ministry so I’d flip this advice around for us church-goers; don’t go for the comfy seats, the amazing sound system, the coffee, the parking spot, the atmosphere, the giant screens, catching up with friends…just go for Jesus. We just need Jesus.

Note: I totally failed in capturing his fade. 🤦‍♂️

C.S. Lewis on Desire

“If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probably explanation is that I was made for another world.”

C.S. Lewis

How do I not have more C.S. Lewis quotes here? I could literally make an entire account out of quoting “The Screwtape Letters.” 🤔

Ray Chang on Identity

“There are a ton of studies out there that show that political identities are a greater source of ones identity than their religion or ethnicity. The average Christian in the U.S. worships a donkey or an elephant more than the lamb of God. And the rising generation is taking note of this.”

@raychang502 speaking to @heatherthompsonday on the @viraljesuspod

I so enjoy this podcast. Whenever I find myself hitting the back button multiple times because I want to hear something said again I know it’s a thing that’s going in the “stuff to draw” folder. I’m a huge of Raymond (I drew him on here a few months ago) and he came swinging right out the gate on this one. 

I tried to fit A LOT into this one. I hope you can actually read it. 😅

Brady Boyd on Success

“Jesus did not speak English, was never married and had no children, did not own a home, and died an early death, abandoned by his closest friends. In other words, very little about his life measures up to our ideas of success. Maybe, we are the ones who need to redefine success.”

@pastorbradyboyd on twitter

There’s a lot of different ways to take this but I know personally that redefining success for me has nothing to do with owning large houses and electric cars and a lot more to do with loving God and loving people. I love the idea that a person can literally seek God and then redefine their definitions and become a “success” today. 

Charles Spurgeon on Pancakes

“There is hardship in everything, except in eating pancakes.”

Charles Spurgeon

I don’t know what else to add to this. 🤷‍♂️

I usually have pancakes after a long run on Saturday morning. Personally, I like the Bisquick gluten-free pancakes, not because I’m gluten-free but I really like that you can’t over mix it. Plus I don’t feel like I have a stomach full of paper ache after eating it. I used to use the Martha Stewart recipe that’s floating around out there but it’s kind of a hassle and way too easy to mess up. Waffles are good too, but they don’t get that crispy buttery edge like you can get with a pancake. 

I don’t know if you came here for breakfast talk but there it is – breakfast talk! 😅 This will be the second sticker in my series of Spurgeon stickers. I’ll make another post when it’s ready to ship!

Note: I’m colorblind so I sampled colors from a picture of pancakes. If it’s totally off just know I did my best!

Russell Moore on those in Ecclesial Power

“To those of you who have been bullied and intimidated, had your names and your reputations destroyed by those in ecclesial power because you spoke up about abuse, or stood with those who did: 

Jesus is far better than this. And he’s watching.

Goodbye to all of that.”

@russellmoore on Twitter

I know these tweets (and my post from yesterday) are in reference to the happenings at the SBC. I can’t say I understand 100% what’s going on but if there’s a side to take, one side being that of power and the other side being that of those who have been damaged, I feel like standing with the damaged is the proper position to take. We are not perfect, and we don’t expect those in power to be perfect but we expect them to be honest. My desire is that they’d rather risk their power than silence the powerless.