Packer's Knowing God. From the Forward,
quotes from John Mackay's Preface to Christian Theology..
sitting on the high front balcony
travelers go by on the road below.
overhear the travelers' talk,
chat with them;
may comment critically
way that the travelers walk;
about the road,
can exist at all,
might be seen from different points along it,
they are onlookers,
their problems are theoretical only.
travelers, by contrast,
they have their theoretical angle,
essentially practical --
of the 'which-way-to-go'
which call not only for comprehension,
decision and action too.
think over the same area,
their problems differ... "
Evil -- the philosophy of
-- how to master it
-- How to think of it
-- how to properly reverence them
-- How can God allow it?
-- what can I do about it?
very easy to talk about problems;
difficult to enter the arena and fight them!
simple to play "Ain't it awful;"
"Too bad about those people ...
The government ought to do something."
difficult to roll up your sleeves
12:1 (from THE MESSAGE)
This is what I want you to do
(God helping you).
Take your everyday, ordinary life -
place it before God as an offering.
Embracing what God does for you
is the best thing you can do for him.
Don't accept so much of your culture
that you fit into it without thought.
Instead, fix your attention on God.
You'll be changed from the inside out.
the two phrases,
God, not just "knowing about God."
not in your own strength.
yourself as well as others.
was a boy,
was a hymn we sang.
not appreciate it then.
believe it -- really believe it -- now:
you walk with the Lord,
light of His word,
GLORY he shines on your way...
eyes have seen that glory...
Colores John Burgeson, March 1997