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How to Measure God's Goodness and Glory: Thoughts after the Storm

This morning I watered my lawn. Houston is flooded. The storm was supposed to flood the Coastal Bend, and I am watering my lawn.

Theology is sometimes a scary word. Theology for many is seen as a leisurely activity of the pretentious and smart who sit in libraries or coffee shops and read books. In the real world, theology is an exercise by the those who question. Many in Texas have acted as a theologian this week. When why ask “Why did God...”, we are theologians. In times like this theology matters.

God has Glory. God is good. These are all true. Even in a storm.

As Christians and skeptics alike ask why and how God is involved in all of this, we become theologians. Our faith and our ideas of God are put to work and tested. I want to list a few scriptures, observations, definitions, and a hymn that I have pondered today.
God has Glory. Scripture as a definition.  Biblical glory is a word that is often stolen by a worldly idea of glory. It becomes synonymous with power or prestige. B…
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God Saved The Philistines Too?

Most of Nations and God's has been well-known parts of scriptures or parts of well-known stories. This blog's lesson comes from a little book in the bible called Amos. I do not believe that I read Amos (apart from a yearly bible challenge) before 2016. Amos is part of what many Christians call the minor prophets in the Old Testament. I wanted to read these minor prophets, so I decided to do a bible study at my church on them. We started with Amos, and I remember re-reading this verse multiple times.

"Are you not like the Ethiopians to me, O people of Israel? says the Lord.Did I not bring Israel up from the land of Egypt, and the Philistines from Caphtor and the Arameans from Kir?"


To this point, I have been suspicious of a choosey God that loved one nation more than others but almost felt out of place saying it out loud. I knew that God was God of all, with the covenant being a blessing to all nations and lines in the Epistles like Romans 1:20, or Acts chapter 17. But…

Exodus of our Heritage

Who was in the Exodus

According to the book of Exodus, it wasn't just the descendants of Jacob(Isreal or Jews) that were freed from Pharaoh and left Egypt."A mixed crowd also went up with them, and livestock in great numbers, both flocks and herds."-Exodus 12:38 This was not told to me, and I think it matters. It affects theology and biblical political view of other people groups (mixed crowds). Theology and politics are related, whether it is stated explicitly or subtly. Exodus is not just about the ancient Jews, but it's about all aliens and a theme that is seen allot in the bible. As well as the Exodus itself is a theme for the later prohpets as well as the New Testemant.

The old testament spends allot of time making laws and rules about how to treat immigrants, foreigners, mixed crowd folks, or as the NRSV translates alien. Here is a non-comprehensive list a few declarative statements  Exodus 22:21 Moses gives God’s law: “You shall not wrong or oppress a resident…

Ancient Satire

God's use of a bad example.  Why we do not want to be like Jonah

Now if your dialogue with the book of Jonah is anything like mine over the past few years it all about the fish. The discussion of the fish in my experience had paths. This had to happen because it is in the Bible, here is how it is scientifically possible. Perhaps the opposite, this is an impossible thing this book is dumb don’t listen to it. Some have seen as just a secret code for the three days of Jesus in the tomb, and the only function is to hint to Jesus. This 4-page little book is not about the fish, it about Jonah. Specifically about Jonah emotions and feelings about Nineveh.

When I read Jonah, I am reminded a bit Mark Twain, Trey Parker, Stephen Colbert. I see satire, but I will call it “Satire Adjacent.” If I am honest when I close my eyes I see the story in the art form of South Park and Jonah is no doubt Cartman. It may not be theologically or historically accurate to call Jonah a satire, but I find it …

Blessings and Curses

Introduction
Some verses of the Bible just seem bigger. Like anytime God Makes a covenant seems BIG. And the implications are bigger than other parts. Often what we believe about these Covenant Bible verses and our theological interpretation of them have tremendous ripples into the rest of our life. Whether that is religious thought, politics, or everyday interactions. I do believe that Genesis 12:3 is one of those verses. This verse is a cornerstone of modern American political support of Israel, and to some may lead to unhealthy nationalism. I do believe it should be a cornerstone of Christian Politics, just not Zionism. I will spend most of this blog providing an antithesis to Zionism and Nationalist interpretation of Genesis 12:3 and lay a gracious biblical cornerstone to replace it. As this series continues I hope it builds up, but this first post has more tearing down.



Zionism a Theological Complicated Reading When I was in college, I was an intern at a Zionist Southern Baptist…

Nations and God's

There are a few different reasons why I want to write about Nations and God's. Of course, some of it comes from the politics so immersive in our times, but allot of it emerges from wanting to share my "theological" journey. This blog series will spend most of its time with the Old Testament and an antithesis to the assumption that I spent most of my earlier years thinking was a center point of the Bible.
God loves the Jews, so much that the Jews are all he cares about and he is on the side of the Jews. At least until Jesus comes.
I have taken applied some of these ideas to my recent sermons. But this blog series is not my sermons typed out. I have manuscripts if anyone wishes, but these are not them. Sermons and blogs are different mediums with different styles and content. I am a little nervous because my prose has always been more suited for the ear. But I am excited to join the cranky opinionated and hopefully the prophetic medium of blogging. So in patients bear with …