Small Folk

As I begin my study of 1 Samuel, I am reminded that God tends to use the small folk to accomplish his purposes more than the big wigs.

I am a smaller folk than ever before in my life, being sick unto death. I can’t lead, I can’t teach, I can’t influence even a small group of small folk. But I can still be available to God and I can still pray. I hope God can still use me in some way.

The End did not Come

The end did not come as prophesied for Daniel, nor did the final consummation arrive for John the seer by any human method of reckoning. This is an interesting problem, yet it is such only for those who see the Apocalypse primarily as a problem rather than as an act of witness. Indeed, the various theories of interpretation that have grown up around the book (preterist, futurist, church-historical, etc.) can be seen as a series of well-intentioned efforts to deal with the problem of the nonarrival of the end. Read charitably, they can be seen as different ways of relating the book to events in the ongoing history of church and world, a history that, no matter what the theory, remains under the sway and dominion of Christ the Lamb. Yet they still miss the point.

To hear the Apocalypse as it is meant to be heard—in the context of worship and as a prophetic word spoken to the ekklēsia—is to hear it not as a problem to be solved but as an authoritative testimony to and by Jesus Christ.

Joseph L. Mangina, Revelation, Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible (Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2010), 252.

Two Ways to React

In Revelation, when the powers of the world seem to be in ascendancy, the saints praise God for his rule and wait to see how he will manage it. We, on the other hand, worry and fret and try to get the right Supreme Court judges in office and try to pass legislation.

Probably the biblical way is better.

How should Christians respond to a new lockdown? | Psephizo

This article is UK-oriented, but the facts and reasoning is no different in the US. Most of the Christians in my acquaintance are not thinking Christianly about the virus and are actually making things worse for themselves and others. Ian has, as usual, a sane Christian look at a difficult situation.

We appear to have entered a rather different phase of engagement with the question of Covid-19 and our response to this legally and socially. At the beginning of the ‘first wave’ in March, there was a widespread sense that we needed to respond quickly and drastically, and most of the criticism was that Government had not acted quickly or seriously enough.

The mood appears different now. There is so much more information around, and much more that we do in fact know about the virus—and with that there has been a clearer divergence of expert views on both how to make sense of what is happening and how to respond to it.
— Read on