Titus 2 is Not Just a Woman's To-Do List →
Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. — Titus 2:3-5 I think we may have put the cart before the horse. Titus 2...
Jesus can be a hardbutt
Shallow inspection of his character will never do. Time to examine the heart of Christ. Jesus correcting opponents: Often did it quite publicly and humiliatingly. (Matthew 15:1-20) Straight-up calling false teachers wrong. (Luke 11:37-53) Name-calling, sometimes semi-racistly. (Matthew 7:6, Matthew 7:15, Matthew 23:33, Luke 13:32) Compared people. (Matthew 8:5-13) Called BS on seemingly good...
The Power of Words →
A simple sentence, thoughtless or meditated, can bring tears of pain or tears of joy… this we have all experienced from every side. We have been the speaker who brings joy, the receiver who is encouraged; the speaker who inflicts pain, the receiver who cries. Here are some of my favorite Bible verses about the power of words. Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and...
Views on Marriage →
As Valentine’s day approaches, debates about dating and marriage have proliferated around me. For most of you that have talked to me about it, you probably have yet to hear a serious answer about how I feel about marriage or really dating in general. Dating is something I take very seriously and it is probably because I take it so seriously that I rarely date. I observe the couples around me and...
Anonymous asked: best abdominal workout?
Anonymous asked: Who is your favorite freshman?
Anonymous asked: *hugs & kisses* (but for a question, how'd you get such a big heart?)
Clockwise barrels and babymills…don’t know how I’m getting maneuvers this quickly
ELLICEPARK: overcomer vs succumber →
ellicepark: traits to acquire if you want to be a succumber [not a real dictionary word] 1. convince yourself that nobody cares about you 2. tell yourself that everybody is against you 3. act like doom and gloom is around every corner 4. believe that the successes of others are due to the lucky breaks they get 5. become convinced that your best efforts will not succeed anyway 6. presuppose...
Swipes, mill to headspin
Anonymous asked: What are your thoughts on the wordpress entry on dating that you just reblogged? I found the tone to be well-intentioned, but rather self-righteous and condescending - especially in the last paragraphs. To assume that God cannot redeem relationships that don't fit perfectly with what he claims as the only biblical way betrays too little faith in God to use our mistakes (whether or not...
The reason for dating
Are Women Crazy? →
“The first time I met my friend Theresa was when she interviewed at our church some years back. In the first five minutes of the interview I already had a girl crush on her. About 20 minutes in – much to the horror of my male colleagues I could no longer contain myself. I began to gush (in an Anne Shirley/Diana Berry-kind-of-way) that I felt certain that if she moved to Austin we would be...
We love God for what he says about himself
It is a great irony to me that Calvinists are stereotyped as logic-driven. For forty years my experience has been the opposite. The Calvinists I have known (English Puritans, Edwards, Newton, Spurgeon, Packer, Sproul) are not logic driven, but Bible-driven. It’s the challengers who bring their logic to the Bible and nullify text after text. Branches are lopped off by “logic,” not exegesis. Who...
A mark of sanctification
I am now deliberately searching for the radio edits of hiphop songs for my Grooveshark playlists. What. the heck. is wrong with me..
Just had a dream within a dream
In the second level of dreaming, I’m watching CCTV4 cooking programming in my living room, but from my periphery I spot my ex-girlfriend with a katana. I am not fearful - for the LORD my God is with me - annddd my house apparently has an electric fence. I text her to say that the Zhang office is closed, it’s a federal holiday. I wake up from that level, still in the living room, and...
Cheers, to 2012 →
There are many reasons for why I haven’t written a post in a while. I don’t think words are enough to explain my thoughts or articulate my emotions. And while it may seem that there hasn’t been anything interesting to write about, it’s actually quite the contrary. There were too many things, too many emotions, too many questions, too many doubts to put in one entry. And above all, for some reason,...