November 16, 2009
Who’s steeple is tallest of all?
On a leisurly walk downtown yesterday, I marveled, as I have done many times before, at the beautiful church buildings in Louisburg. In my opinion the Methodist’s and Baptist’s are the most impressive.
The Baptist church:
The Methodist Church:
What I find most interesting is the story behind these two steeples. If I remember it correctly, the Baptists constructed their building in the early 1900′s. Just a few years later, the Methodists constructed theirs. Not to be outdone by the impressive baptist building, the Methodists made their steeple 4 feet taller.
Seeing these steeples yesterday and reflecting on this story caused me to wonder. “What would it be like if, instead of trying to impress people with our buildings, we impressed them with irreproachable lives? What if, instead of trying to outdo each other’s steeple, we followed Paul’s command to outdo one another in showing honor (Rom 12:10)?”
November 11, 2009
I’ve heard a comment that surprised me recently, in fact I’ve heard it twice. One such comment went like this, “Of course, we won’t need faith when we get to heaven, since then we’ll see God face to face.” A book I’m reading said something similar, “The church triumphant does not need faith, how can it ‘believe?’” (Schreiner and Wright, 191).
Scripture, however, clearly teaches that faith, hope, and love remain forever (1 Cor. 13). The biggest question that raises is “Why?” Why will we need faith in heaven, since faith is the substance of things not seen, the evidence of things hoped for? And why will we need hope, since, “Who hopes for what he already has, but if we do not yet have it, we wait patiently?” Read the rest of this entry »
November 10, 2009
“Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime; therefore we must be saved by hope. Nothing which is true, beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; therefore we must be saved by faith. Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone; therefore we must be saved by love.”
-Reinhold Niebuhr, quoted in “How the Irish Saved Civilization”