a little monday afternoon luther

“The love of God does not find, but creates, that which is pleasing to it…  Rather than seeking its own good, the love of God flows forth and bestows good.  Therefore sinners are attractive because they are loved; they are not loved because they are attractive.”

-Martin Luther “Heidelberg Disputation” 1518

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Naked Christianity

“Losing our illusions is painful because illusions are the stuff we live by.  The Spirit of God is the great unmasker of illusions, the great destroyer of icons and idols.  God’s love for us is so great that He does not permit us to harbor false images, no matter how attached we are to them.  God strips those falsehoods from us no matter how naked it may make us, because it is better to live naked in the truth than clothed in fantasy” (13)

Brennan Manning “Lion and Lamb: The Relentless Tenderness of Jesus”

Where God Meets Damien Rice

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There are certain songs that I go to when everything seems to be falling apart.  One of those songs is Damien Rice’s “Cold Water” which is about that moment:

“When you’re right on the edge about to fall off a cliff or in a car accident or whatever…  When you feel your life might be taken away from you.  All of a sudden we shout ‘Jesus,’ ‘God…’  It’s just one of those thing…  The strangeness of how we drift from from one side [not needing God] to the other [calling out to him] depending on where we’re at.” –Damien Rice Pukkelpop 2003

What I love about this song is the way it portrays the emptiness and subtle hope of those moments.  God feels completely absent experientially  yet somewhere; somehow we know he’s working.  Have a listen and see what it invokes in you. Continue reading