“Therefore I intend always to remind you of these qualities, though you know them and are established in the truth that you have. I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to stir you up by way of reminder, since I know that the putting off of my body will be soon, as our Lord Jesus Christ made clear to me. And I will make every effort so that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall these things” (2 Peter 1:12-15 ESV).
I am frequently asked whether I know someone in Nepal, Bangladesh, or India. Often I can answer yes and recall events which were shared with those persons. But sometimes, though the name may be somewhat familiar, I must admit that I do not really have any substantial memory of the person. I don’t really know them at all. The same is true of specific events such as gospel meetings or seminars which were held several years previously. Similar occasions tend to blend together so that I may be confused over what was done and who was involved in a particular instance. Continue reading “Good memories”
I avoid sensationalism, preferring the understated approach. Sex is one of those subjects that turns a lot of heads. In Brazil, money and religion are volatile subjects. So when addressing them, we try to deal with them in all sobriety. Last week, I posted for the congregation in Brazil 26 summary points on the biblical teaching about sex and marriage. Maybe I’ll share it here one of these days. (Update: Read them here.)
The points reinforced a lesson to the church on sexual immorality. To be holy means, in part, knowing how to deal with our sexuality.
Modern society is soaked in sensuality. The word is counted as a good thing. Not so in Scripture. It’s the door to immorality. Continue reading “Sundries: Sex, memory, and a bad sort of minimalism”
“And when he had given thanks, He broke it and said, ‘This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me” (1 Corinthians 11:24).
If we could put God and man in one, stark contrast, it might be this; God remembers, and humans forget. Continue reading “Remember”
Even before our son’s wedding last month, people asked us to send or show them pictures of the ceremony. Both those who were present and those who couldn’t attend wanted to see pictures. For those who are present, pictures are a way of remembering. For those who can’t attend an event or make it home for a holiday, pictures tell what happened. Continue reading The Perfect Picture