Forever and a day

My heart grew heavy when I read that two evangelical missions groups will merge, “forming a body representative of 35,000 evangelical missionaries deployed in every country by more than 190 agencies and churches.” Why heavy? Would to God that the Lord’s church had so many, and in so many places!

• Over on the Forthright Press Facebook page, a poll asks which offering of FP you most read or visit. Pop over there right now and give it a click.

• A pundit and fellow (adopted) Arkansan gives his view of education in this quote: “In his preface to ‘Culture and Anarchy,’ Matthew Arnold said the purpose of education was to pass on ‘the best which has been thought and said.'” Would you agree with that? If not, how would you define the purpose of education. I remember that one Christian college defined its mission as “teaching how to live and how to make a living.”

• Just received an email from an old friend, a former editor of a poetry magazine who was kind enough to publish an item or two of mine. She is an essayist, poet, and painter. I love her style in all three. Check out Margaret Been’s Northern Reflections.

Change• How quickly time changes things! Take the image at right, for example. Not everybody will know the connection. Over time, we ourselves change, too. Inevitably, the body runs down and expires. But the spirit can go against this world’s deterioration and deepening corruption. When we attach ourselves to Jesus Christ, “the same yesterday, today, and forever,” we grow toward his perfection, into his image.

• I’ve plugged the distributed social network Diaspora* before, but here’s a site and chart that explains it very well and shows comparisons to Facebook and Google+. Come on in, the water’s fine!

• Last, a quatrain; let’s call it “Forever and a Day”:

Forever and a day, they say,
Clichéd hyperbole;
Some want it now, without delay,
I’ll keep eternity.  —JRM

#change, #education, #eternity, #journey, #missions, #time

A Prodigal Error

One prodigal error was that he took his journey into a “far country” (Luke 15:13). He wanted to go as far as possible to get away from the influence and wise instruction of his father. The thinking of the prodigal was similar in nature to those folks described in Romans 1:28. As a result, he was given over to a reprobate [base and condemned] mind (AMP). Fortunately for the prodigal, “he came to himself” – he realized his lost and helpless condition (Luke 15:17), and returned to his father (Luke 15:18-20). Many folks never do.

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