Monday, November 19, 2007

Is it all about relationships?

In college I drew a series of poster sized drawings, in the center was a 2 foot tall stick figure, he was hanging by one hand onto the index finger of realistic hand that spread across the top. Along the bottom on one was water, on another fire... Last in the series is the stick figure curled up laying on the hand, a much safer place.

This past week my definition of culture shock and change was revised. What I thought was culture is only American vs Indian. But my culture is so much more. There is also my corporate culture way of living vs. a Jesus trust centered way of living. That means there is so much more that is available in my life for change. My organized way of living and thinking and working is also open game for change, all of me is open for change.

I am again hanging from the hand.

I was also reminded again this week that I let go of my goals I need to not make new ones.

I need to hold onto the hand...

I think the biggest thing that I am thinking now is all of life is about relationships. First with God, through Jesus, then on into other people.

...the Hand.

I am also thinking that I need to filter all my Living Theology thoughts with the Bible, find concepts in the Bible that support what I think. Not just verses out of context but passages in context.

...the Hand.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Messages from God

I have been aware for some time that at different times I am bombarded by a single theam of learning. These come at me in songs, my Bible reading, sermons, and life in general.

A while back it was 'Wait upon the Lord'

Last week it was being a christian is hard, the path is narrow and it has many hills and valleys and rocks on it. So many times we tell future Christians about the joy and good but do not let them know the hardship and cost. -What I have titled my Blog

This week it is the poor as supposed to be among us, our friends. With Rob Wegner's blog post being one of the sources.

I really need to start noteing these down consistanly so I can go back and see what the Lord is teaching me in my life over time.

A good map

Here in Chennai I have a great tool called the Eicher city map of Chennai. This 185 page book is great to help me know where i am in this strange land where most people do not even know themselves.

I am finding out that most people do not know how to read maps here. After looking it the book they will finally say 'well i don't think the book is accurate my house is about here.' I find it best to just go outside, walk up the street to the left a ways then the right looking at the landmarks. Then I will look at the book and without fail I find that the book is indeed very accurate. Their house does indeed exist on the map, and where they pointed was off by a couple blocks or more.

Do I treat the Bible like that? Saying that it is close but not accurate? Only to find out later that it is really very accurate?