Showing posts from October, 2013

The right image to bear

Made in the image of God I am an image of God. That is, when I am who I was created to be I am an image, read "idol" (the words are the same in the Bible), of God in this life I live. I am not an idol that should be worshiped, obviously, but I need to cooperate with God as he conforms me to an image of himself, or, more specifically, Christ. Now, there are characteristics about God that I can participate in and, thus, imitate him. Things like his mercy, love, faithfulness, and holiness. These are his communicable attributes and I can make these an ever-increasing part of my life and bear his image more completely to the world around me. Basically, when I am more merciful today than I was yesterday, I am a better idol of his. Now, there are characteristics about God that I cannot participate in imitation of him. These things are incommunicable attributes and are things like eternality, omnipotence, omniscience, and omnipresence. I got to thinking about these attributes in

Children's Ministry = Controlled Chaos

Those of you who know my tendency towards train wrecks and detonations and away from harps and butterflies will not be surprised by what I am about to write. The rest of you will get a picture of me in your mind not unlike a mad scientist waiting for the lightning strike that will bring his creation to life. One of the things that I love about children's ministry is, well, the children. That is especially true when they are acting out certain scenes from the Bible that are more Cecil B. DeMille than Beatrix Potter like God's saving the Hebrews from the the Egyptian army by drowning them in the Red Sea. It was quite something to see the kids rush the stage where the Moses and the Hebrews were standing only to be hit by a wall of water (i.e. blue bed sheet) that completely covered them. The adults that I had holding the sheet did an expert job making sure that every last Egyptian was covered. Pharaoh (the teen that I had leading the army) even got into the act and drowned right