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Quotes to Chew On: Prayer and Finitude
“We pray as we live: in a sea of ambiguity. This is not because we are fallen but because we are finite. And we are inclined to forget we are finite. We ignore the ambiguity that accompanies our finitude, and thus we claim to know what we can’t know. We reduce the unfathomable complexity of the cosmos to the capacity of our finite minds. When we do this, we invariably end up blaming God or indicting victims. We align ourselves with Job’s ignorant and arrogant friends, with whom God was very angry (Job 42:7).”
“We pray best, live best and counsel best when we keep our eyes fixed on the God we know in Jesus Christ, remembering the sea of ambiguity that surrounds every square inch of this precious knowledge.”
Boyd, Gregory A., Is God to Blame? Beyond Pat Answers to the Problem of Suffering, IVP, 2003, pp. 150-151.
Supported by God
Here’s an exercise that has helped me experience God’s closeness and helped me feel “at home” regardless of my circumstances. It involves using the incredible gift of your physical body to help you remember God’s ever-present love and care for you. Think for a moment about the way God designed the world and the laws…
Why Isn’t God More Clear?
Ever wonder why God isn’t more clear and obvious? Here’s Greg’s take on that question.
On Obedience as Spiritual Warfare (podcast)
In this episode Greg talks about the role of obedience in Spiritual Warfare. Episode 33 http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0033.mp3
Why Did God Heal or Not?
In 1996 a 27-year-old man in my church named David was diagnosed with an inoperable brain cancer. The doctors decided to send David to the Mayo Clinic to receive some experimental treatments on the slim hope these might at least prolong his life. The night before David left, I and a dozen other people went…
If We’re Made For Warfare, Why Non-Violence? And What Will We Fight in Heaven?
In this episode Greg talks about our warrior nature and discusses some interesting implications of that on our understanding of heaven. Links: Website: ReKnew.org http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0006.mp3
Quotes to Chew on: Racial Reconciliation
Jesus perfectly embodied God’s heart for racial reconciliation. For example, most Jews of Jesus’ day despised Samaritans as racially impure and as heretics. They avoided physical or social contact with them if at all possible. Yet Jesus went out of his way to have contact with them, even touching some who were lepers. Moreover, he…