Saturday, October 30, 2010

Learning theology from a six-year-old

"Give thanks to the Lord for he is good." That statement, plucked straight from the Psalms, is the first thing my son says every time he prays for a meal.

Somewhere along the line he's memorized that text and now it's a constant reminder, to our whole family, of God's goodness. Simply by recalling that biblical text my son is nurturing my faith. It's beautiful.

That's just one of the ways I'm seeing faith being nurtured in my home.

How about you?

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Was Solomon's temple really what God had in mind?

As I've preached through the early chapters of 1 Kings, I've been reflecting on the temple.

In the book of Exodus (chapter 26 to be exact), God gives very specific instructions about constructing the tabernacle. It functioned as the portable tent where the ark of the covenant--the place where God was present in a particular way--was placed.

Fast forward to the temple construction. There are no specific instructions given by God.

Why not?
Was Solomon's temple really what God had in mind?
Did God want to dwell in a building build with cedar and limestone?
What if David and Solomon missed the point and God graciously inhabited the fixed building anyway?

What do you think?

Here are a handful of scriptures to consider:

2 Sam. 7
1 Kings 6:12-13
Eph. 2:19-21
1 Cor. 3:16-17
Jn. 2:19-21

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

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