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Just like God’s rational nature grounds rational truth and His moral nature grounds moral truth, God’s aesthetic nature is the grounding of aesthetic truth.
Brett's monthly letter for December 2014 Incarnation. The word captures the essence of Christmas. Jesus, “who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bondservant, and being made in the likeness of men” (Phil. 2:6-7). God, become man. But still God. Still the Sovereign Lord of the universe. Still the King of Kings.
Incarnation. The word captures the essence of Christmas. Jesus, “who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bondservant, and being made in the likeness of men” (Phil. 2:6-7). God, become man. But still God. Still the Sovereign Lord of the universe. Still the King of Kings.
Hell is always a hot topic. “Rock star” pastor Rob Bell hit a sensitive evangelical nerve by raising provocative questions about Hell and suggesting that no one goes there in his book, Love Wins.
Does Christianity have anything meaningful to say about the most important issues of life? Not according to most teenagers. “For most U.S. teenagers...religion actually appears to operate much more as a taken-for-granted aspect of life, mostly situated in the background of everyday living....” Our youth live in such a way that their Christian convictions are severed from most of life. Monday through Friday they study math, biology, chemistry, English, art, history and more. They live with the constant hum of technology all around.
According to New Atheist Sam Harris, “Faith is generally nothing more than the permission religious people give one another to believe things strongly without evidence.”* Coming from an atheist, this view is not surprising. But when it comes from believers? Recently, I heard a Christian argue, “Providing a reason for your faith is ultimately fruitless, regardless of how logical your reasons might be. Faith is believing without reasons or evidence.” Again, I’m not surprised. Disappointed, but not surprised.
Drinking. Premarital sex. Abortion. Homosexuality. Same-sex marriage. Christians have so many hang-ups with the behavior of non-Christians, don’t they? It all seems so judgmental. Christians have enough problems of their own, so why worry about others? Even Jesus warned against this. “Do not judge so that you will not be judged” (Matthew 7:1). Who are Christians to judge others?
Mystery is talked about a lot in the Church these days, but it's not usually defined. Mystery isn't divorced from knowledge; rather, it's a result of a deep knowledge of God.
Mormonism demands perfection. Thankfully the God of Christianity offers true grace to our LDS friends and family.
Prayer is mysterious in many ways, yet we must never stop praying. Recently I spent 4 days speaking in Alaska but instead of enjoying God’s beautiful country, I was trying to survive a severe case of the flu, trip to the ER and a red-eye flight home while sick. The experience got me thinking about prayer.