Originally posted on Charis: Subject to Change:
“We modern people think of miracles as the suspension of the natural order, but Jesus meant them to be the restoration of the natural order. The Bible tells us that God did not originally make the world to have disease, hunger, and death in it. Jesus has come to redeem where it is wrong and heal the world where it is broken. His miracles are not just proofs that he has power but also wonderful foretastes of what he is going to do with that power. Jesus’ miracles are not just a challenge to our minds, but a promise to our hearts, that the world we all want is coming.”
– Timothy Keller
Two ways to prepare for Thanksgiving.
First, ponder this quote: “Dogs are God’s way of apologizing for your relatives.” Give thanks for your dog.
Second: Giving thanks is the opportunity to express our gratitude which many think is the foundation of healthy spirituality. What are the best gratitude quotes you know? Would you be willing to share them with me?
Have a great weekend.
Mike Horton’s new book Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World scratched me right where I itch. I highly recommend it.
And then today Scot McKnight blogged about it, giving the book a wonderful review and offering a helpful reality check at the same time.
Fact check: one famous study said a study of high school students discovered 90% thought they were above average. That tells us more about our culture than those students, God bless ‘em.
Fact check: most of us are ordinary, and ordinary is OK. When everyone is extraordinary no one is, which means most of us — the vast majority — are ordinaries. Day in and day out, ordinaries. There is no other option.
Read Scot’s blog then read Mike’s book.
It became obvious why Catholics had built such beautiful cathedrals and churches throughout the world. Not as gathering or meeting places for Christians. But as a home for Jesus Himself in the Blessed Sacrament. Cathedrals house Jesus. Christians merely come and visit Him. The cathedrals and churches architecturally prepare our souls for the beauty of the Eucharist. ~ Allen R. Hunt
Work hard to seem infallible and others will work to find our flaws. Admit our shortcomings and others will work to help us be infallible. ~ Simon Sinek
Have a great weekend!