November 25th, 2006


A directional grace

Most of us are not spiritually coherent because we are more concerned about being coherent externally. . . . Re-state to yourself what you believe, then do away with as much of it as possible, and get back to the bedrock of the Cross of Christ.

—Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest (25 November, "The Secret of Spiritual Coherence")

Many of us just want a Comforter, not a King. We want an endless wellspring of forgiveness for our own sakes, so that we can do as we please, as much as we please, as often as we please, with whomever we please. But that's not what the Cross is for. It is a directional grace. We are set free from sin and death to follow the King, to love what He loves, to serve those He serves, to do as He commands. Certainly none of us have arrived yet, but if we have no interest in this kind of journey or its destination, integrity demands we go back to that Cross and get honest. We cannot embrace the Comforter and reject the King.

TV dinner, old-school

When I heard nothing from my microwave well over six minutes after starting a frozen dinner, I discovered that it had given up the ghost—no lights, no nothing, with full power coming from the outlet. So now it's cooking away for the next thirty minutes or so on a cookie sheet in my oven. I really do know how to rough it.

Anyone up for an early wedding present?