(one of my girlfriend’s many aliases)
here’s a poem I wrote in honor of our 1st year milestone today. (for the actual meeting behind the poetic interpretation, see patricia’s post here.) I love you dear! <3
the fog lingered
the smoke machine of heaven
so I sat at the…
You cannot be a Christian by yourself.
Christianity is inherently communal.
You cannot be baptized by yourself.
You cannot receive Communion by yourself.
You cannot “love one another” by yourself.
Christianity is not a set of internalized beliefs.
Christianity is the shared life of Christ.
Truly is it said, “One Christian is no Christian.”
A year has passed since you led me to that fridge of a gazebo so we could “catch up.” I was bewildered, wondering why we had to talk out in the garden when it was perfectly warm and cozy indoors. I thought we would really just chat about our lives and nerd out over Star Wars the whole time. I was (partly) wrong.
It took me a while to process that you were already inviting me to tread the unfamiliar terrain of romance with you. I remember you telling me that I looked so puzzled while you were, um, explaining yourself. I certainly was! At least for the first five minutes of our talk. Or maybe I was still wondering why we couldn’t have made it official inside the APTS chapel? I don’t really remember. What I do recall is that cold as the evening was, your words and your presence warmed me better than your jacket did.
I thought I would be waiting for a few more months. You knew I was willing to wait. But right then and there on that cold, May evening you asked me to be yours. I cried, I’m sure you remember. My heart also did a backflip when you held my hands tight for the first time.
You gave me a suitcase full of gifts. You still held my hands tight as we ended the evening with prayer and a blessing from the guy who “set us up.” :) But ultimately, the mastermind of this whole thing is God Himself.
Thank you for your love, darling. Every time I see you, it always feels like that May 15 evening. You’ve been so patient and generous to me. You have challenged me in so many ways this past year. Words fail to convey how much I appreciate you. You are simply exquisite :)
I’m thankful to our Father for bringing you into my growth process. Now we’re growing together and I cannot imagine a better setup than what we have now. God has indeed been good to us, no doubt about that.
I pray that in the days, weeks, months, years to come, our relationship will continue to serve its purpose: to know God and make Him known. There’s no greater calling and I’m glad to be pursuing this goal with you.
I love you more than this blog post can say. Happy first anniversary :)
What does it mean that Scripture is “inspired” and what are its implications?*
“God is in control. He doesn’t need people, but He uses us. He did not invade Amos’ brain. Rather, He used Amos’ background and experiences to communicate to His people.”
Read Abbie’s Response→
“Theology, if its texts are truly inspired by this absent divinity, is not guided by a firm Archimedean point, but paradoxically, by a greater question mark; theology, guided by inspiration, is less firm than its secular contemporaries.”
Read Justin’s Response→
“If being fully human does not take away from being fully divine in the case of Christ, then why can we not have the same mysterious hypostatic union with Scripture?”
Read Alvin’s Response→
*Note: This is not an ‘apologetics’ post on whether Scripture is inspired or not, but rather what inspiration means.
A subject I’m very interested in as of late.
I’m far too lazy to write a lengthy response and besides, I need to read up on this more. All I’ll say for now is that I trust Scripture to be divinely inspired; inspired enough to have survived bad preaching for so long.
What if when one says “the Bible is infallible,” it’s actually code for “I am infallible”? Explain.
John the Baptist was a voice.
“Most preachers are only echoes,” said Leonard Ravenhill.
Regional Research Coordinator (Asia Pacific)
I now have an official job title. It scared me at first.
Welcome to the world of employment and taxes.
Welcome, opportunities to exercise faith and stewardship.
Green Lights | Aloe Blacc
It’s an Aloe Blacc kind of day!
Beautiful morning here in my hometown. I’m all by myself at the coffee shop, reading the gospel of Luke, Seven Reasons Why You Can Trust the Bible, and White Nights and Other Stories. My brain seems to have ADHD at times so it can’t read just one book in a day. I’m also people watching while waiting for Carlo to go online for our Skype date.
Ahhh life after graduation. So wonderful.
So on graduation day, Carlo got me this plus the textbook. Let’s just say he’s the best. P.S. I look like a promo girl of some sort here. Oh well. #books #Greek
Wait So Long | Trampled By Turtles
1. Milestone: I’m graduating from university tomorrow.
2. I may or may not have gotten an iPad Mini as a graduation gift. That’s 32 gigabytes of happiness and convenience.
3. Might watch Iron Man 3 later today. Rotten Tomatoes’s Tomatometer gave it 93%. We’ll see about that.
4. After all these years, Connor Oberst still has that uncanny ability to make me happy and sad at the same time.
5. “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice”
the challenges of cross-cultural work.
#1: Time differences.
It’s midnight here in Manila and I just finished two Skype meetings: one with someone from Chicago and another with someone based in Florida.
I’ll most likely be doing more of these online meetings as I work full time next month. Tonight I was reminded to make sure I get enough sleep and watch my diet.
I praise God for what He’s doing in the children and youth of Asia Pacific. I’m humbled to be involved in His work.
Yes, we can feed the children and give them clothes. But it’s not the same as feeding them with Scripture. We are admonished to feed the hungry and clothe the naked, but teaching them to obey all that He has commanded is of greater importance.