Its been awhile since I updated the Lessons from Lent series. Something that I’ve learned in my absence is that whether it is television or other distractions you will always find a way to fill your calendar and be busy. There has been a steady stream of freelance design, a vacation, and then a pile of work to get through upon my return from said vacation. Mix in a healthy amount of Bible Study, reading, yound adult, and small group ministry and your plate gets full quickly.
Even with all the busyness, today brought a new and significant insight from my hiatus from television. It came after dinner when I asked my wife whether or not she missed TV. She commented that she hadn’t really missed it other than a few favorite shows, but it obviously wasn’t killing her to give them up. What she said next is the most important lesson to come out of this Lent experience, she said that she did notice that I had been more attentive and focused on her during the last few weeks.
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I’m not a guy who watches alot of television, nor did my wife feel like she ever had to compete for my attention, but she has felt more loved because I haven’t been watching.
Men, we’re missing out on our wives, whether we realize it or not. Something is stealing your attention from the things that matter most.
Maybe it isn’t television for you, maybe its golf, your car, fantasy sports even. You are missing out. God never commanded you to have hobbies, and persue lesiure activities, but he has commanded you to love your wife like Jesus loves the church (Ephesians 5:25).
He gave up his life for his bride, what will you give up for yours.
I’m just back from vacation and instead of writing something for this week’s Theology Thursday I’m encouraging everyone to watch TV, which I know is odd considering I’ve given up television for lent, but this is definitely worth watching.
This week on ABC’s Nightline, panelists which includes Pastor Mark Driscoll, will debate each other and the audience over the existence of Satan.
The full debate will be shown Thursday evening, check local listing for details.
Come back Friday and share your opinions about the debate, and your own beliefs about Satan.
Welcome to the second edition of Theology Thursday.
This week I’d like to share some thoughts on the most famous of Jesus’ parables – The Parable of the Lost Son. If you are unfamiliar with this story, please take the time to read it below, if you are well acquainted with it you can skip ahead.
It will be my goal every Thursday to share a little tid-bit of theology. Either something I am reading, or listening to, that I think would be beneficial.
This week I’ve bee reading “the Discipline of Spiritual Discernment” by Tim Challies . I will post a more extensive review once I’ve finished it, but so far I would highly recommend it. In the second chapter Tim expounds on how the importance of theology (the study of God) has been downplayed in recent years as the pursuit of fundamentalists, or intellectual elitist Christians only. His point is that theology should be the pursuit of every Christian, because as Christians we love God and desire to know him better. What does it say about us if we say we love God but have no desire to learn about him. Tim quotes Richard Phillips on this issue:
“Theology bore’s today’s Christians, which is another way of saying we are bored with God himself.”
Do you agree with this statement, or do you disagree? Have you seen this attitude in your own church or small group.
I’m interested to hear your thoughts and experiences.