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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…

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…