How do we love what God loves?

“And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blamesless for the day of Christ …” Phil 1:9-10   Here is an excellent and challenging comment on these verses from Alec Motyer:   “the hymn-writer caught the matter perfectly: … Continue reading How do we love what God loves?

Twisted Lips: the love of God displayed

The following are some of the most evocative words I’ve read in a long time. Read them slowly and allow your imagination the space to fill in the full colour and intensity:   “In his book Mortal Lessons, by Richard Selzer, MD, writes: I stand by the bed where a young woman lies, her face postoperative, her mouth twisted in palsy, clownish. A tiny twig … Continue reading Twisted Lips: the love of God displayed

Jesus’ upside down view of leadership

The following quote from Scott Sauls, although it uses America as the comparison with Jesus’ leadership worldview could so easily be replaced by the UK or the Western World in general. Feel provoked: “In America, credentials qualify a person to lead. In Jesus, the chief qualification is character. In America, what matters most are the results we produce. In Jesus, what matters most is the … Continue reading Jesus’ upside down view of leadership

What is the most context-specific act in the entire spectrum of human behavior?

Eugene Peterson destroying the overly simplified definitions of love and leads us to an life of immersion in acts of love. Just brilliant! “Love is the most context-specific act in the entire spectrum of human behavior. There is no other single human act more dependent on and immersed in immediate context. A dictionary is worthless in understanding and practising love. Acts of love cannot be … Continue reading What is the most context-specific act in the entire spectrum of human behavior?