Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Reformation Day!

I wish the Reformation of the 16th Century had not been necessary...but it was.

Here's a great depiction of Martin Luther's stand at Worms-

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Tell Everyone

Notice how Jesus instructs some of the recipients of miraculous healing-

Mark 1:40-45 And a leper came to him, imploring him, and kneeling said to him, “If you will, you can make me clean.” Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, “I will; be clean.” And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean. And Jesus sternly charged him and sent him away at once, and said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, for a proof to them.” But he went out and began to talk freely about it, and to spread the news, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter a town, but was out in desolate places, and people were coming to him from every quarter.

Mark 5:39-43 And when he had entered, he said to them, “Why are you making a commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him. But he put them all outside and took the child's father and mother and those who were with him and went in where the child was. Taking her by the hand he said to her, “Talitha cumi,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” And immediately the girl got up and began walking (for she was twelve years of age), and they were immediately overcome with amazement. And he strictly charged them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.

Mark 7:33-36 And taking him aside from the crowd privately, he put his fingers into his ears, and after spitting touched his tongue. And looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. And Jesus charged them to tell no one. But the more he charged them, the more zealously they proclaimed it.

I am struck by something. In certain situations Jesus instructs people to tell no one about His miraculous works, yet they told everyone. He tells us to tell everyone, yet all too often, we tell no one.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Steve Jobs

As everyone knows (unless you've been on a Dell computer that crashed about this time yesterday and haven't gotten outside yet), Steve Jobs died yesterday after a lengthy battle against cancer. I suspect he lived quite a bit longer than someone without money would have. Nevertheless, as it goes with everyone, death eventually caught him.

Jobs was a genius, gifted by God with a mind that thinks on another plane from the vast majority of the human race. Apple will not be the same without him, everyone knows it. One of my biggest regrets is not switching to Apple computers five years ago. Jobs' Apple team make the best technological gadgets in the world, at least for now.

One of my favorite Steve Jobs quotations came when he responded to someone asking about his perspective on Microsoft's success-

"I am saddened, not by Microsoft’s success - I have no problem with their success. They’ve earned their success, for the most part. I have a problem with the fact that they just make really third-rate products.”

If you have used Microsoft products, then tried an Apple product, any product- you know Jobs spoke the truth here.

Jobs spoke a lot about death and the important things in life. He seemed to understand how fleeting life is and had an incredibly down to earth perspective for a guy who thinks on another level from most. I find it so sad that a man like Jobs never publicly came to acknowledge the Lordship of Christ. Unless something changed in the last few months, Jobs died an unbeliever. It's one of the stranger ironies of human life- how God can use a person to make incredible discoveries and advancements that benefit millions- yet that person doesn't acknowledge the Creator.