Sunday Collectives 11/03/14 – 11/09/14
Twenty-five years ago a client asked me to meet with her president for an hour-long lunch. Her president was an industry innovator. But, she told me, the president was also almost wordlessly introverted. She proposed I come prepared with a stockpile of stories to fill the conversational void.
The night before my visit, I talked with my father. He suggested an alternate plan.
In today’s society, a name does not have much symbolism. Many expecting parents today will choose a name according to its sound and not according to its meaning. This is not say that there are not any eager parents who research their awaiting bundle of joy(s) name, it is just not the expected custom in our culture.
This was not the case in biblical times, in fact parents would often name their children based on how they perceived God. We can see this thought conveyed in Samuel 1:20, when the mother of Samuel Hannah named him….
Psalm 139:7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit?
or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
I can relate to how Adam and Eve must have felt after they disobeyed God.
Sometimes I feel like hiding too.
I’m going to share a secret with you now……
I’m a sinner. No, really!
I realize this revelation may affect how you think of me ~
but there it is.
By Wendy Alsup
A few weeks ago, I read an article on child rearing by a somewhat reformed, conservative evangelical in which he distinguished gospel centered parenting techniques from what he called “grace based libertarianism.” It was a classic example of what my pastor calls being “suspicious of grace.” Here was an author who was learning the doctrines of grace, enamored by the concept of gospel centered living, yet still suspicious of the core value of the gospel – unmerited favor. Better known as GRACE.
“For those who have never experienced God’s grace, and for those who have not yet discovered that their own righteousness is woefully inadequate, this book provides a practical guide for living a joyful Christian life, filled with God’s grace. Its pages are filled with God’s extravagant love for mankind as well as admonition for avoiding the trap of legalism. It clearly points out the distinction between law and grace and the role of each in our walk with the Lord….
The one accuses of too much grace, the other of a focus on too much law (Though often tainted as a focus on our sinfulness.). One is weary that others will be told they have to do nothing to do, now that they are saved.
The other is worried that an unbalanced focus on our sin will lead to others wallowing in a feeling of unworthiness. So are they both right, or are they both wrong? Is one wrong and the other right? More importantly how does this play out in our daily life?