Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Wisdom from Paul

Thanks to the encouragement of my wife, Renée, and good friend Michael Tso, M.D., earlier this decade I became friends with Paul Louis Metzger, Ph.D.

Dr. Paul Metzger serves as Professor of Christian Theology & Theology of Culture and Director of the Institute for the Theology of Culture, New Wine, New Wineskins at Multnomah Biblical Seminary.

The past two years I’ve had the privilege to serve on Multnomah Biblical Seminary’s New Wine advisory council. During our most recent council meeting, Dr. Metzger opened with a half-hour meditation from God’s Word. Some thoughts I jotted down as Paul spoke:

The apostle Paul went for broke because Jesus was willing to be broken for him.

The end of the rope is where God lives.

God gives us this profound opportunity to trust him in the midst of our journey.

God’s character is never jeopardized by his emotions.

Knowing the answers doesn’t eliminate all of our existential angst.

Jesus redeems our story to share in his hour of glory, but he doesn’t do that by giving us all the answers or getting rid of our problems.

Jesus’ good news goes forward when we’re victimized and yet we go forward vs. staying in bitterness.

We are participants of Jesus Christ’s sufferings.

Am I willing to go for broke because Jesus was willing to be broken for me?

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