For the gospel’s sake, not many

Reading about the dedication of many brethren to the gospel is just amazing, like this story out today on BNc.

Not many Americans nowadays, and probably not many Brazilians either, would be willing to put themselves out terribly for the gospel’s sake like the poor farmers in the story.

That reminds me of a tweet yesterday by brother Hud Griffin.

Are we too pampered to get out of our recliners and away from our HD wide-screens? Apparently, that tweet is something of a motto for Hud. In case you don’t recognize the Bible reference in the hashtag, it says, “For if I preach the gospel, I have no reason for boasting, because I am compelled to do this. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!”

On his Twitter account, Hud said he had two Bible studies yesterday. Let’s imitate his faith. I’m grateful for examples like his and the ones above.

Great Commission Evangelism

Whatever your hurdle, you can jump it

This is what it’s all about, people. Getting the gospel to others, no matter the hurdles, be it transportation, typhoons, or missing your Duck Something TV show.

• Visitors to BNc from India and the Philippines say the site is blocked. Seems our server goes overboard to avoid hackers. Protection is one thing, killing the client is another. Much like Mayor Bloomberg prohibiting people from donating food to homeless shelters after Hurricane Sandy, because the food might not be healthy, eh, Richard? So he’s going to let them starve? Sounds like our web host.

I don’t pretend to understand the specifics behind the practice, but I do understand that when decent folk, people in the church, can’t access a site designed for them, that somebody’s not doing their job right. So looks like we’ll rethink our web host when renewal time comes up.

• I’m finding out that I’m not the only person who doesn’t like to be surprised with changes, implemented without consultation, that affect me. Often, just knowing ahead of time takes out the sting. If a course of action will have an impact on someone, letting them know about it beforehand—not to mention requesting input—is a gesture of basic respect.

• Frustration can sometimes be a feeling of being let down by someone who takes a different direction or none at all, or who doesn’t come up to expectations. Often it’s our own responsibility because of bad or high expectations. But there were times that Jesus, Paul, and others expressed disappointment that people weren’t where they should have been spiritually. See, for example, Mt 17.17, Jn 14.9, 1Co 3.1ff or Hb 5.11-14. These disappointments were expressed, too, as a means of giving the slow or recalcitrant a little push in the right direction. We tend to be too hands-off, maybe?

• I mentioned somewhere that I was writing up some notes for an unlikely autobiography some remote day in the future. One of my jottings in that compilation is that, if there is a title I might aspire to some day, it would be that of poet. Among the many lines carved into a gravestone (buried here, I won’t even get a little plaque) which I would not be unhappy with is one like this, “Here lies a poet.”

• Brazil was supposed to have gotten a high-speed train running between Rio and São Paulo by the World Cup in 2014. Then they said maybe it’ll be up and zooming by the Olympics in 2016. I read an article today that said the HST station at the São Paulo airport should be done by 2019. If it ever gets here, it would be 10-15 minutes, maybe, from here to the airport, not the hour it now takes by car. By 2019, then, said the article, the airport should have a megaterminal with a normal passenger train from the city, an express train from the Centro, a metro subway station, plus the HST. That’s a lot of whizzing around! Then a monorail to get you from the megaterminal to the airport terminals. All this by 2019, they say. Now, about that bridge for sale …

All of that goes to illustrate Pro 19.21, “Many plans are in a person’s mind, but the Lord’s purpose will succeed” (CEB). I shake my head at the central planners in big government, and how badly, slowly, or inefficiently they do things. But individuals, you and me, aren’t much better at planning and executing, are we? What do you think?

• Last, a pet peeve, which I’ve argued with one of my children about: Don’t make Sunday a part of the weekend. It’s the First Day.

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