Morning Musing: 2 Corinthians 5:4

“Indeed, we groan while we are in this tent, burdened as we are, because we do not want to be unclothed but clothed, so that mortality may be swallowed up by life.”‬‬ (CSB – Read the chapter)

On Sunday mornings right now I am taking the congregation I am privileged to pastor through the book of Ecclesiastes. We’re not hitting every verse by any means, but rather some key highlights, as we wrestle with the question of how we can find meaning for our lives that isn’t going to run out on us when the wind starts blowing in a new direction. What does this have to do with what Paul writes here? Well…everything. 

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Morning Musing: Proverbs 22:15

“Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline drives it far from him.”  (ESV)

We live in a culture that worships youth.  We fight the signs of aging (there are apparently seven of them).  We resist the pull of the years.  We celebrate youth movements.  We look for the young people to come and save us.  If a movement or idea is sparked by young people it is automatically assumed to be good and wise.  We are told to let children be themselves.  The truth, though, is that while it is good the humanity of young people is recognized and defended more than it used to be, most of this cultural moment is foolish to the highest degree. Read the rest…

Morning Musings: 2 Chronicles 10:6-8

“Then King Rehoboam took counsel with the old men, who had stood before Solomon his father while he was yet alive, saying, ‘How do you advise me to answer this people?’  And they said to him, ‘If you will be good to this people and please them and speak good words to them, then they will be your servants forever.’  But he abandoned the counsel that the old men gave him, and took counsel with the young men who had grown up with him and stood before him.”  (ESV – Read the chapter)

Rehoboam was an idiot.  But, he was an idiot with a lot of copycats around today.  We live in a culture that celebrates youth as one of the highest goods a person can achieve.  For those who don’t have it by calendar years, there are many measures that can be taken to maintain its appearance.  For those who do have it, though, they are given a seat at the cultural table that tends to be far closer to the head than they should be given.  See how many of the cable news channels have as anchors folks who are in their early 30s or even into their 20s.  While there are very many young people who are incredibly intelligent and articulate, there is something important and powerful to be said for the perspective and even wisdom that can only be attained by a breadth of experience that only comes with years.   Read the rest…