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But the Word Is Not Used

Christianity has boundaries. Within those boundaries there is movement and debate and even disagreement. But there are still boundaries beyond which there is only heresy. Rejecting the trinity is rejecting the eternal God. We no longer get to define orthodoxy. That was done long ago by the saints who came before us, many of whom suffered, were tortured, executed, or were exiled. Today, orthodoxy defines us, we do not define it.
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Merry Christmas

“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!’” Luke 2:13-14 (ESV)

Have you ever wondered what that angel song sounded like? Were the angels singing the sound of Beethoven’s Ninth with booming drums and crescendo surrounded by deep bass voices elevated by sopranos and altos? Or was it a concerto styled like Mozart or a lullaby from Brahms? Was it other worldly? Did it lift the souls or send chills down the spines of the shepherds who had to be told, “Fear not, for behold I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.”

Was the heavenly host composed of a choir? Was there a solo, were there instruments, did it sound like something we would know or appreciate? Maybe it was otherworldly. Perhaps it was relatable to the music of the day and would be something else entirely were it to happen today. Created in the image of God, mankind has a sense of aesthetic. We can tell when something is good or bad. I do not mean like a dog who likes the beef and carrot food, but not the chicken and rice food. I mean we know intrinsically that something, though it may not be to our personal taste, is beautiful and glorious. Music is one of those things.

The Heavenly Host sang. They related great joy and a miracle through a song in the heavens appreciable to the ears of mankind. We do not know the rhythm and meter. We do not know if there were soloists or instruments. We do not know how long it lasted. But we know the angels sang with great joy over the restoration of Immanuel. We had walked in the garden with the king then, after exile, could do it no more till then. God had come back and it was time to sing songs of joy across the heavens.
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A Brief Theology of Suffering

Times like this make you realize there is a theology of suffering. We make our lives antiseptic and comfortable. We euthanize and abort to avoid pain, discomfort, and inconvenience. But to be human is to suffer and to be inconvenienced. Our suffering is the greatest personal ministry we can give others.
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Has the Church Dropped The Ball?

And all I can wonder is if there is a level of failure on the part of the church in this. Have preachers, comfortable in Christian America, failed to preach that we are just passing through? Have we failed to make the case that our citizenship is not dependent on a nation, but on a Savior? I don’t hope in the United States. I hope in Jesus. And because I believe God is sovereign I just cannot get angry about the direction of one election in one year. God is in control. He is never going to demand I have to choose between two evils. He will order this world perfectly to lead me toward his perfection.
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Quote of the Day
"I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear"
- Martin Luther King Jr.