Why I Write These:
These are written in honor of my grandfather, Leon Milton Buttermore, who has a memory that I am envious of, and I hope that by doing this I am able to be the kind of man who starts to treasure the things given him.
Godly thought of the day:
Ephesians 2:17-18 says: “He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.”
The Gentiles who once were far away have the same peace preached to them. And both they and the Jew have access to the Father by one Spirit. I would do well to remember that I am a Gentile and that the wall of hostility that was torn down was torn down so that someone like me, a dirty Gentile, could understand the Gospel of peace and become one man with all others who have been brought into the family by the blood of Christ!
Favorite meeting of the day:
Got to catch up with Justiss today. That was nice to get back into a rhythm of discipleship that I’ve been missing the past few weeks!
Hardest part of my day:
This was kind of last night as I went to bed. But I kind of ate terribly while traveling for JBU and had gained 9 pounds! My stomach looked really funny! So today I purged a bit and fasted a lot. I went from having gotten to 204 and looking like a little fat man to back down to 196 by the end of today. That was rough on the body. I need to remember to watch myself when traveling a bit more. Man, that was rough.
Favorite moment of the day:
Perusing Barnes and Noble before I went to ultimate. There is something about books that is just so fun. And the smell. Ah, the smell. I could spend all day reading, if that would earn me a living.
What was the weather like today?:
It was quite nice, I thought! I actually liked the heat because all the buildings are cold and so when you walk outside and feel your skin start to tingle with warmth, I like that.
Most unfaithful moment of my day:
Just a bit lethargic in things. I did push myself to get some work done, but I was on the struggle bus after a bit of a late night and early morning.
What am I currently reading?:
Daily Bible Reading – 2 Chronicles 18-20
Church History by Eusebius – No reading for this today.
Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave by Ed Welch – No reading for this today.
No Place for Truth: Or Whatever Happened to Evangelical Theology? by David F. Wells – He talked about modernity and how belief in modernity is opposed to belief in God. That is, modernity really requires you to be intellectual by moving past antiquated notions. So to believe in it, you must profess disbelief in the past and be a proponent of some ambiguous future that nobody can define but is possible.
Also, an interesting note. He distinguishes whether we’re still in the modern age or not. He does say that philosophically, we are not. Because the promises of Enlightenment are gone and so we are post-modern there. But in terms of culture, we are in the high noon of modernity as modernity promises grand cities full of capitalism and technological greatness. That very much we are in the middle of. Interesting that we are living in the midst of a dead philosophy playing out. So those shudders we feel in society are a people waking up to the dreary reality of the dream not being alive any longer. It’s bleak. Perfect time to present the Gospel.
I cannot believe, though, that this book was merely a set up for another volume to be written! That’s insane. I thought this book meant something, and it certainly has helpful things. But it’s just a front page. A title cover. That’s demoralizing.
On the Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther – No reading for this today.
Holiness by J.C. Ryle – No reading for this today.
What was for dinner?:
Kielbasa leftovers. A banana. And a sparkling ice. Trying to keep it real light this week. Lots of low calorie meals. And when I’m eating by myself, a lot of fruit is going to be coming.
Song of the day:
I Stand Amazed by Shane and Shane – I re-read some of Ed Welch’s Addiction book in preparation for tomorrow morning, and was struck by the fact that when I am truly looking at the theology of sin in its fullness and really struck by how serious it is, I am even more struck by how great Christ must be to have set me free from it. And we know sin is serious. After all, what foe who is not great could possibly still cause so much trouble even during its death throes? So how great must Christ truly be to have conquered it? I do not have nearly a great enough appreciation of this fact.
Quote of the day:
“It’s really hard to fall asleep when you have to go to the bathroom.” — Ethan Penner
Appparently he stayed awake on his drive back to Wichita by really having to go to the restroom the whole time! We’re sening our best to Estonia, folks. 😉 But really, we are. He’s funny. I laughed when I got this text.
Prayer of the day:
Lord, sin is so great. It comes at me at all times on all days in all sorts of ways. And it wins so often. It punches me in the face and those flaming arrows of the enemy often find their mark. This enemy is supposed to be dead and yet plagues my life. Christ, how great must you be to have faced this enemy down without flinching? Without trace of fear? Without trace of failure? Praise God for you, the Son of God, the one who is the right man on our side. You are the little word that fells the great serpent and in your name do I trust. Be my light and my salvation and my shield, oh Lord!