Monday, June 15, 2009

Christ and the Church

St. Chrysostom, commenting on Ephesians 5:25:
Do you wish that your wife would submit to you as the Church does to Christ? Then care for her, as Christ does the Church; and if it is necessary that you should give your life for her, or be cut into pieces a thousand times, or endure anything whatsoever, then refuse it not; yes, for if you were to suffer in these dreadful ways for your wife, you still would not have done what Christ did for you. For you did this for one with whom you were already united; but he did it for her who, until then, had only rejected him and hated him.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

God Pursues - Jonah 1-2

This past Sunday, I had the opportunity to preach at Chesterbrook Taiwanese Presbyterian Church from Jonah 1-2. It was sweet to meditate on how God pursues us even in our disobedience. An excerpt:
Of course, for humans, running away is usually far more sophisticated than simply taking off on our two feet. Sure there are bullies that can chase us, but too often, our fears are far more complicated: Sickness, loneliness, stress, frustration… all these are things that hound us, and so we spend much of our lives inventing ways to run away from these things. Whether it’s procrastination, or the Internet, or romantic fantasies, or alcohol… For so many people, life consists entirely of finding new ways to escape from the realities of life.

But as much as we may be running from a thousand things, the Bible really describes our lives in much simpler terms: We are either running away from God, or running to Him. That’s basically what it boils down to. We are either running away from God, or running to Him. So which one are you? I think if we’re honest with ourselves, we have to admit that too often our lives are characterized by a running away from God. In all the things we are running away from, we are ultimately running away from God and running to ourselves.

Well this morning we’ll be looking at a prophet who also decided to run away from God, and what we’re going to find is that even more important than the fact that we run, is the fact that God pursues.
LIsten to the sermon here.