Spreading a passion to prize God supremely, to praise God wholeheartedly, and to proclaim God universally.
A Good Friday Reflection
"Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world."
The cross has opened the gate into a world which Jesus Himself desires
to share with us. He fully knows the glory that awaits those who follow
Him. Jesus has tasted the delights of this "heaven" for all of
eternity. We ourselves encounter it briefly and find ourselves trying to
cling to elements of it that are yet beautifully reflected in this
realm. We reminisce of moments when we have caught a glimpse of it but
find that we can not hold it or even recapture it. We create idols that
we vainly hope will continually convey to us the pleasures of which our
souls have once tasted and for which we now long. Yet, these are fading
shadows indicating the reality of that ultimate pleasure that He has
always known in communion with His heavenly Father. The death of Jesus
on the cross ought to indicate something to us of the infinite beauty
and worth of what is to be enjoyed if we should follow Christ. The cross
was the sacrifice that He was willing to pay in order to share His joy
completely and fully with as many as would come. When you think of how
terrible the cross must have looked to the Son of God, imagine how
glorious heaven must be that He was willing to pay the price.
summer of 2008, I attended a lecture on artificial intelligence and Christian
faith at Cambridge
University. At the C.S.
Lewis Conference's annual Summer Institutes, Nigel Cameron of Washington's Center
for Policy on Emerging Technology gave us a cursory glimpse of some of the
fast-developing advancements in the field of A.I. His primary purpose was to introduce and to
explain a few of the real and challenging ethical dilemmas that these
technologies were posing for researchers, academic institutions, and political
bodies. For those of us who were on the outside looking in, it was almost a bit
surreal. First, the technologies that were already being developed sounded like
they were coming out of a sci-fi novel. It was hard to believe that we would
see some of these things in our lifetime. However, we were told and we are now
seeing that technology is advancing far faster than most of our imaginations. Second,
and probably for the reason that the advancements seemed so…
"The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad; the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus;it shall blossom abundantly and rejoice with singing...Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,and the ears of the deaf unstopped,and the lame man shall leap like a deer,and the tongue of the mute will sing for joy."
Isaiah 35 This
morning, I sat outside and read my Bible. It was early but the sky was already blue,
the sun was shining, and it was warm. The European Starlings sang and chirped
as they dashed about getting food for their little ones, occasionally stopping
to rest at the top of the neighbour's orange tree. That tree is laden with
oranges hanging like Christmas tree ornaments. That is about all that is
reminiscent of Christmas. This is a snow-free zone where winter is forbidden.
Despite my allergy to bee stings, I observed, with genuine pleasure, the busyness
of bees gathering nectar from blossoms atop the cactus' (cacti?). What a
wonder to me that bees…