“Cancer, and cancer, and cancer. My mother, my father, my wife. I wonder who is next in the queue.“
~ C.S. Lewis “A Grief Observed” 1961 p.12
As anyone who reads the articles on EvanWelcher.com knows: I deeply appreciate the ministry and writing of British Pastor-Scholar, John Stott.
47 For so the Lord has commanded us, saying, “‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.'” Acts 13:47 (ESV)
Matthew 20:17-19 (ESV) “17 And as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside
“From Jerusalem, twelve men went out into the world. These were uneducated and of no ability in speaking. But by the power of God, they proclaimed to every race of men that they were sent by Christ to teach the word of God to everyone.“
~ Justin Martyr (c. 160 A.D.)
Shadows of the Messiah
What do we do when we know in our heads that God is good, and that God is love (because His Son proves His love without a doubt by being nailed to the cross for our evil deeds and thoughts), but still can’t rouse ourselves out of the dumps to care?
“The world is driven and tempest-tossed by sins. Therefore, God has given to it assemblies- we mean holy churches- in which survive the doctrines of the truth.” ~ Theophilus C. 180
According to 1 Timothy 3 pastors are to be men who have the gift of teaching, and as any teaching pastor will tell you: we love metaphor.
“My wife and I are going to Southern Sudan for the entire month of June.” I announced with joy to my congregation.
We had sought God’s will as Husband and Wife.
I had prayed with, and sought counsel from my fellow Elders.