Henri Nouwen on Van Gogh

“That was [van Gogh’s] vocation: to touch people by tenderly expressing his solidarity with the human condition - not motivated by anger but by love.”

Stewardship & The Rapture

Some or most of you would disagree but I came across this cartoon on stumbleupon earlier today and I can't help but be provoked to think about Stewardship and our stand on Pre-Tribulational, Pre-Millenial Dispensational Escathology perhaps it's high time for us Christians to think about how we treat the environment in light of Scripture

consider the following verses:

Psalm 24:1 The earth is the LORD's, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it;

Genesis 2:15 - The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.

True environmental care is respect for God's handiwork, not a return to idolatry. Stewardship is the recognition of humanity's high created position, not a pantheistic ruling out of our responsibility before God.

Environmental issues are a major concern of our day. Christians should do their part to help the earth glorify God. After all, we know the Creator. Of course, we must also spread the gospel message, telling others about the Creator of heaven and earth.

Perhaps the confusion is that if in any case Pre-Tribulational, Pre-Millenial Dispensational Eschathology is true then perhaps it is then a question of God's will which is both revealed in a manner that is both sovereign and commanded. And as far as God's sovereign will is concerned Eschathology and Jesus' imminent return will happen regardless of our response towards it, while at the same time the Scripture's given mandate to take care of creation is commanded and therefore at the same time also holds us accountable as to whether we as part of creation yields to it.

Therefore it is our Christian duty as stewards to take care of the environment

emo, punk and other whatnots

"wouldn't it be more of an act of rebellion if you didn't spend so much time buying blue hair dye and going out to get punky clothes? it seems so petty. stop me if I'm being offensive. you wanna be an individual, right? you look like you're wearing a uniform. you look like a punk. that's not rebellion. that's fashion."

- slc punk

"Today's emo kids are nothing but androgynous poser punks..!"

- chuck baclagon

N.T. Wright on Evangelism

'The task of evangelism is therefore best understood as the proclamation that Jesus is already Lord, that in him God's new creation has broken into history, and that all people are therefore summoned to submit to him in love, worship and obedience. The logic of this message requires that those who announce it should be seeking to bring Christ's Lordship to bear on every area of human and worldly existence' - N.T. Wright, Commentary on Colossians (pp. 79-80).