The True Love of Our Hearts

“Today the true love of your heart will be revealed by what you grieve and what you celebrate.”

Paul David Tripp, New Morning Mercies, April 28

Tripp goes on to say, “Our lives are shaped by grief and celebrations … Daily we are sad, mad, upset, or disappointed by something, and every day we are excited, happy, joyful, pumped or thankful for somethings. It’s at the intersection between sadness and celebration that the true love of our hearts is exposed.”

I recommend the above quotes and the remainder of that entry for your sober consideration. Below are the bibliographic details:

Tripp, Paul David. New Morning Mercies: A Daily Gospel Devotional. 2014. Crossway Publishers.

Bible History and Geography

Some ask why I’m so much into the history and geography of the Bible. “What’s the big deal?” they wonder. Jim Monson, author of Regions on the Run, answers this question succinctly:

The Bible is not merely history; it is ‘purposeful’ history for it teaches us how to live. Its message is embedded in the everyday lives of people, most of whom lived in a small area called the land of the Bible.

Jim Monson, Regions on the Run, p. 5

Words: Improving my use of them

“Words can sometimes be a poor form of communication, but they are the tools that we have to work with.” – Barry Rubin, You bring the bagels I’ll bring the Gospel, 1997:93

I’m jealous of the way certain people use words. They make it look easy to paint a picture with words; beauty seems to simply flow from their keyboards. I know that some people do have a natural flair for communication, but communication with words is also a skill that can be honed into a craft. And those that make it look easy, usually have worked hard at honing their craft.

Some of the suggestions I’ve seen for improving writing skills are to spend significant time reading good writers, and then to write more. A friend once justified the time he invested in reading Sports Illustrated by saying “they have good writers.” I think he was serious and it seems to have helped because he is an effective writer and has been published by others.

So, even though I’m not much of a New-Year’s-Resolution-Type, one of my goals this year is to improve my writing. I have a few writing projects I intend to work on, which include some journal articles and other derivative works from my dissertation.

What are some of your plans for this year?

We’re Not Raising Grass!

Famed Minnesota Twins slugger Harmon Killebrew has decided to end his battle against esophageal cancer and enter Hospice care.

As a kid, I had the opportunity to see Killebrew and the Twins play against the Texas Rangers at (the old) Arlington Stadium more than once. And, while I don’t remember a specific occasion of seeing him play, I do remember something that I heard said about him.

He is quoted as saying: “My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, ‘You’re tearing up the grass’; ‘We’re not raising grass,’ dad would reply. ‘We’re raising boys.'”

I’ve always thought that was one of neatest things a father could say, and locked it in my memory bank in case I ever needed to use it. Now, that I have a boy, I just might get to use it.

Churchill on Cowboy-ing

“No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle.”

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