Logos: Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament.

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A couple of weeks ago I was preparing a message for our church.  I have always used Logos as a resource rather than a tool. In my study I would look up a passage in a commentary I own. The ability to search those commentaries and cut and paste into my notes was so helpful. I am always so amazed how quick I have all the information I need. I remember how tedious it was in Bible College working through books to look up the meaning of the word. We are truly spoiled today. The problem we face today is not having the time to search for the information we need. The problem we have today is having a tool that is powerful enough to aggregate great content. This is essentially what Logos does. It data mines content you own and gives you what is most applicable helping you in terms of speed and focus.

Justice, Mercy, Humility and Ferguson

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Dustin Nickerson is a former children’s pastor who is bursting on to the standup comedy scene. He is a great friend, deep thinker and keen observer of life. For more about Dustin check out his site http://www.dustinnickerson.com/

Ferguson reminds me (maybe us, are we officially an us yet?) of our great desires for both peace and justice. We want this for ourselves and in our best moments, we want it for others even more so.

But we are broken people living amongst brokenness. We see this now as tragedy leads to more tragedy. We see this now as we rush to make our conclusions on the events that happened and how exactly we think others should respond.

People riot, some out of desperation and some for selfish gain. People protest, some out of a desire to bring others down, and some out of the righteous desire to pursue justice.

Simultaneously, some people will dismiss these events, blaming the media for an over inflation of tragic narrative. Some will look to the protesters and rioters and call them fools, disregarding that perhaps their actions are the best way they know how to pursue justice in a trying time. Some people will make these events about something they are not, meanwhile, others will oversimplify.

GOOD-FAST-CHEAP

Someone told me this years ago. It is so true. Such a great way to help in terms of project development and budgets. You can have two of the three but never all three. Good fast cheap doesn’t exist. Not practically, spiritually or theologically. This wee diagram has served me well hopefully it will help you as well.

The Spiritual Discipline of Gratitude  

There are many disciplines in the Christian life. When you start to quantify them you usually get into trouble. Of all the disciplines that can be practiced and demonstrated in the Christian life I believe Gratitude is the singe most important discipline. Gratitude is the byproduct of something we can’t produce ourselves. Gratitude is something we feel when we have been given what we don’t deserve. Gratitude happens when we experience grace and it happens with regularity when we understand grace. Gratitude strikes at the heart of the gospel. If you have ever been to a sporting even in the past 40 years you would have seen the large happy fan of any given team holding up a sign that says John 3:16. “For God so loved the world that he Gave….” Gratitude is us understanding what we have been given and receiving it with joy.