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On Being a Christian in the Workplace

My brother (Ryan) and my brother-in-Christ (Jim) are hard at work building an SEO (search engine optimization) company. I thank our Lord for putting Christians in every sphere of work and society today. I want Christ to be honoured from every type of job, from every level of employment in our city, country, and world. These guys are doing their part, by the grace of God.

Last week Jim wrote an excellent post on what it means to be a Christian SEO. He gives nine answers, and all of them are great. While some are specific aspects are specific to being an SEO, there is much application there for any Christian in any line of work.

Here’s an excerpt:

1. It means that we do everything whole-heartedly. Whatever work we have to do, Christ has given to us. As we enthusiastically and faithfully review websites and write lines of HTML code, we bring honour to Him. 

2. It does not mean that we are automatically the best SEO’s in the world. God has given talent and abilities to all men, not just Christians. Some are gifted more than us.

Those are the first two… you’ll have to go here to read the rest…

Back from Vacation

Well, I’m back from a bit of a ‘whirlwind’ vacation that wasn’t really at all like what we planned. Oh well. Here are a few of the highlights. Obviously, highlight number one was just being able to get away with my wife (although our ‘alone time’ was more limited than we had originally hoped). I would post a picture of the two of us, but I somehow think she would disapprove, so here are some other highlights.

Me and three friends from church (including Jason and Jim) went on a gruelling, 11 hour canoe trip across the whole of northern Ontario (or so it seemed to my shoulders, anyway…) that just about killed us. But it was good times together, good weather, and a beautiful display of God’s creation.

But I learned that you’re not supposed to drink the water, even if you’re very, very thirsty. There’s something called ‘Beaver Fever’ around that I had never heard of before…

Since Josh got to brag about his niece, I figured I have every right to do the same with my nephew, Wes (my brother Ryan‘s son). I still think this cute little man resembles his uncle at that age, no matter what everyone else says. 🙂 Here he is enjoying a watermelon for everything it’s worth.

And, of course, God was very gracious to us by blessing us with a gorgeous display in the skies our final night before our return to ‘the big smoke’ we call home. They’re never the same in pictures, but the skies truly do proclaim the glory of God.

Context: The Ultimate Trump Card

I was talking with my good friend Jim the other day after church and he said something quite humorous and very insightful. Since he didn’t post it, I thought I would steal that thought from him and use it on my blog.

In our conversation we were discussing a bizarre post I read on another blog. Even more bizarre than the post itself was an open theist who responded to it. I replied (I think graciously 🙂 ) to this comment with many biblical texts which fly in the face of a ‘god’ who doesn’t know the future.

In particular I challenged him to examine Is 45-48 where God (YHWH) is presented as the true, real, and living God over-against all false gods because he can declare what will come to pass (he has declared it from the beginning!). The argument, then, is that in order to be truly God, he must know the future!

Our friendly open theist’s response: ‘You’ve taken all those verses out of context!’

Blast! That darned context trump card! He got me… well, I guess there goes the argument for classical theism.

Jim’s insight: People don’t even know what ‘out of context‘ means anymore. They’ve just heard it bantered around so much that they figure it can disprove (trump) any statement of the Bible that leads to a conclusion different than the one they want to draw.

Unbelievable. Get a hermeneutic, would you?!

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