God is a God of order, not confusion. By means of good order people are served and needs fulfilled. Jesus recognized and used to good effect the principle of organization in his ministry. Continue reading
From Tuesday through today, I was out of pocket. On purpose. No Internet (lan house, once), no phone (called home from a payphone, how 20th century is that?), no car, no contact with known humans.
One of my objectives was to unthink. I sometimes kid myself that I think too much. My mind works overtime. I seldom put it in neutral. So part of my time was to walk, walk, walk, lose myself in a city of umpteen million people, and disengage.
And as paradoxical as it may sound, I went to get away from people. (I’m an introvert, get peopled out after a while.) Some go into a wilderness; I find it easy to become anonymous in the city.
In three days I had one conversation that lasted more than two minutes. That was this morning, with the owner of a franchised bookstore, where I asked about a new Bible version in Portuguese. It was early in the day, little activity in his store, and we talked for more than an hour. Continue reading
This text deserves some reflection: “The men of Israel gave ground to Benjamin, because they trusted the men in ambush whom they had set against Gibeah” (Judges 20:36 ESV). Continue reading