Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Nope, I'm not dead.

Sorry for the long delay in updating the blog. I have been getting pestered, almost threatened, so I take that as a good sign.

On the family front we have moved in, celebrated 4 birthdays, our anniversary, plus Christmas and New Years! Between Dec 31 and Jan 1 I wired the second floor AC and on Jan 2 I put in my first oak stair way. We will have to push pretty hard during the next 2-3 weeks to wrap up 2 bath installations, finish the exterior siding and lights, detail some of our cabinetry, install about 10 doors and then start on the trim work. . . details are not my strong suit but that is where we are at this point!

On the ministry front I have been loving a new bible sent to me by a friend in the bible biz (thanks BP!). It is an ESV translation that is bound like a journal (hardback with one of those elastic straps that holds it shut) and room to write on all pages, but with no notes. I am going to make this my study bible for the year and concentrate on considering Biblical Justice from front to back.

As I have mentioned earlier, I believe that attention to mercy (something all Christians are wired and called for) inevitably leads to a conversation about justice. So what is justice and what is our role in seeing justice and peace roll down?

Can you have peace (even the peace of Christ) without concern for Justice?

But if anyone has the world's goods, and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him? (1 John 3:17).