Work on this later… Eden Interrupted.

If a person moves from the country-side to the city or from the city to the country…
~ A little bit of the city remains in the person who moves to the country. A little bit of the country remains in the person who moves to the city.
~ You can take person out of the city, but you cannot take the country out of the person. Vice versa.
~ This speaks to two longings within us. We desire the jazz, the sights, the sounds of the city. We desire, the rustic silence, the peace, the silence of the country.
~ We live between two worlds. We live between Eden and the New Jerusalem.
~ ~ We live between the Garden and the Garden-city. Eden was to become the New Jerusalem, an arboreal city – an arboreal city that speaks to both longings.
~ We live our lives as Eden interrupted.
~ Hence the fallen-ness, the brokenness, the dysfunctionalities, the sinfulness that characterizes life in this world.
~ The closest we will have to the New Jerusalem in Eden Interrupted is the Church… The Church is the dawning of the New Jerusalem. Zion.
~ ~ Sunday morning services are our already but not yet moments. All fellowship is.
~ ~ So when our Sunday morning services end… we leave the garden and enter the wilderness. We leave what is constructed and ordered and enter what is spiritually speaking, formless and void. And the erosion begins.
~ You can take a person out of church, but can you take church out of a person. You can take person out of fellowship but can you take fellowship out of a person? You can take a person out of New Jerusalem, but can New Jerusalem be taken out of them? Does Zion live in us.

Remain in me ~~> Remain in me, as I also remain in you. ~ John 15:4

The Green & the Grey

Fellowship begins with prayer.

Idolatry is adultery. Adultery is Idolatry.
Happiness is holiness and holiness is happiness.

Grace be to you and Grace be with you.

Abound & redound whether this week or 15 years from now… your grace has reach.


Virtue Aesthetics

~ I just created the following in XARA PGD.  I am not done with it as yet. I need to make changes… However … for now I will leave as it.


~ The thought of the moment is the following:

Jonathan Edwards said that everyone in Heaven will be fully happy, yet will have differing degrees of happiness. So Sanju and Manju will be fully happy while Sanju may be more happy than Manju. Without getting into the philosophical particulars, what I want to mention for now is that according to Edwards we all will have differing capacities for happiness and this is because in this life we develop our capacity for it.

My thought: Mozart had a greater capacity to enjoy Classical Music that I do. Yet I can develop my capacity for Classical Music thusly and enjoy it more also.

~ The key word here is arete from Virtue Ethics. It means something like excellence.

~ Finish this post later…

Weakness – Making Some Distinctions

~ I have always puzzled over the theme of weakness as found in the Bible. An entire book of the Bible, 2 Corinthians, has that as one of its main themes. Here is a classic verse on the matter:

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. ~ 2 Corinthians 12:9 

And … Here are some distinctions that I am processing:

(W1) Weakness Transformed:  This is of the form where you work hard at a weakness to improve on it until it is a strength. E.g. John Piper struggled to preach in his early days.

(W2) Weakness Receded: This is where you work on a strength instead of a weakness. So for example C.S. Lewis sucked at math and failed his math entrance exams. As a result he did not go into Engineering. The rest was history.

(W3) Weakness Obviated: Here God basically steps in and does what you cannot do. Your weakness is not removed, but what you needed to get done by way of the weakness gets done anyway by God. Think of Joni Eareckson Tada  and her incredible ministry, Joni & Friends.  (Tada became paralyzed from the neck down on account of an diving accident.)

(W4) Weakness Supplanted: Here God basically steps in and removes the weakness and puts in place the relevant strength. For example, the blind receiving sight by Jesus.

(W5) Sinful Weakness: Like when you just can help but tell white lies habitually or help but go out on the Net and look up porn. This is not the weakness in view when God is talking about God’s strength being made perfect in weakness. See 2 Cor. 12:9 up above.

~ In W1 and W4 your weakness is removed.
~ In W2 and W3 you weakness is not removed.

~ And … With regards to W1-W4, submit your weaknesses to God in prayer and you an have full assurance that He will come through for you.

~ With regards to W5, you have a little more work to do starting with repentance…

That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.  ~ 2 Cor. 12:10

Joni Eareckson Tada
Joni Eareckson Tada