Thursday, December 8, 2011

On purpose

"Contend for the faith once for all delivered unto the saints."

The Good News is a message. It is something which is relayed. You cannot be it, make it, add to it, or take away from it. You can either report it verbatim or create for yourself something more tailored to your liking. However, if you do the latter you are not reporting the Good News, but rather just plain ol' news. News announcing to all your opinions and the vain imaginations of your heart. We speak of a God who sent His one and only Son to be crucified for our sin, to be buried, and to be raised on the third day. This is an event that actually happened. What it means that the event happened is colored in by the writers of the New Testament. Just because you own crayons, doesn't mean you get to keep coloring. And to borrow a line from Pastor Mark Driscoll, "Just because you own a Bible does not mean you get to keep writing."

A baton is passed from one to another. The next runner does not have to find their own baton. They do not have to polish the one passed to them. They have to pass that same baton to the next runner. They have to stay on the right track, in the right lane (the one assigned to them). They don't earn the baton. It is passed to them. They receive the baton. The same baton that was passed to the runner before them. The same baton that started the race will finish the race.

You are not the baton.

The worst news in the world is the weight of thinking I have to be the Gospel. The worst scenario for the next runner is that I am the baton.

This blog is intended to be a resource for those interested in preserving that which has been consistently proclaimed by those who know, love, trust, and believe in YHWH. It may include some commentary from time to time, but the main thrust of it is to capture and report back to the reader that which I am gathering from the Bible and those that love Jesus who talk about, write about, and blog about the Bible.

I am not seeking to do your spiritual growth for you, but simply to gather all that I find interesting and helpful and condense it here in a context and proportion more easily digested. In other words, I will hit up the buffet and then tell you what was worth the space on the plate. That said, test all things, keep the good and chuck the bad. I will try on my end if you try on your end. Don't take my word for it.

Read for yourselves.

Enjoy. Please comment on what is helpful. Ask questions. If I don't know the answer, I will seek to find it. If the answer has not been unveiled yet by God, I will point you back to trusting in Him and His character (right, Elihu? - any Job love out there?)

1 comment:

  1. wow - the baton analogy was right on. i've never heard it phrased that way before, but it's exactly right!

    i'm excited to read more of what you're learning and thinking about!