… by way of answering some recent ones, which I’ve not been able to do lately.
• Some years ago, I confronted a couple of American preachers. One said — he was experimenting with the idea — he thought maybe we earned salvation. I told him it was heresy. Another called an elder’s meeting after I had preached on knowing God, fearful I was promoting denominational feel-good-ism. I faced him down. End of meeting. They’re both still talking to me, one I consider a good friend.
• Which NT church? Antioch. Better model than Jerusalem. It responded to the Spirit’s call. Jerusalem had to have persecution to starting evangelizing outside the city.
• Unexpected conversion? Similar to John’s, a brother who attended church for decades, gave generously, led most of his children to Christ, but never converted to the Lord. Then one day, he decided.
• Slow to catch on to a truth? I’m slow on most things, but often slow to remember that God is in control and he has his own timing.
• I prefer a long drizzle over a quick rain.
• I’ve been in no natural disasters that I can recall. Only some near misses.
• The name of God I most use in prayer is Lord. I need him in charge of my life.
• My fave fables are the two in the OT. I quote the old ISBE to give you background:
(2) The Semitic mind is peculiarly prone to allegorical expression, and a modern Arabian storyteller will invent a fable or a parable as readily as he will talk. And we may be entirely certain that the very scanty appearance of fables in the Old Testament is due only to the character of its material and not at all to an absence of fables from the mouths of the Jews of old. Only two examples have reached us. In Jdg 9:7 through 15 Jotham mocks the choice of AbimeItch as king with the fable of the trees that could find no tree that would accept the trouble of the kingship except the worthless bramble. And in 2 Ki 14:9 Jehoash ridicules the pretensions of Amaziah with the story of the thistle that wished to make a royal alliance with the cedar. Yet that the distinction between fable and allegory, etc., is artificial is seen in Isa 5:1,2, where the vineyard is assumed to possess a deliberate will to be perverse.
• What is beauty? The more I find good qualities in a person, the more I know the person, the more beautiful, or handsome, as the case may be, that person appears.
Who else needs to catch up? Take a look at the list of Nudges and have at: