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...with all your mind

Posted by Tim :: Tim's thoughts

"The Christian intellectual is here to serve a Name, not to make one."
Moreland, J.P., 1997. Love your God with all Your Mind: The Role of Reason in the Life of the Soul

I was born-again, raised, and have lived my entire Christian life in an intellectual environment (Iowa State University). I have grown to enjoy the challenges that such a place poses to the Christian faith. While obtaining my degree in geology, I wrestled with questions about God and the Bible practically everyday. This wrestling and the answers I discovered along the way have helped ground me in the faith and give me a confidence that I otherwise wouldn't have.

But no matter how much I learn and know about science, the Bible and faith, I refuse to lead with such things or seek to be known for such. I (and the other pastors) have often times been criticized for not having more "meat" in our Sunday morning messages (like you can accomplish much in a half hour time slot) or not being very deep overall. But we are not interested in tickling ears or making people think highly of us for your depth of insight.
Maturity and true wisdom is found in love, humility, and obedience. We will speak and lead people into those things. We want to raise up men and women who will make a name for Jesus and not for themselves or for Stonebrook.
So often we get our value system all screwed up. May God humble us to take hold of being a fool in the eyes of man rather than a fool in the eyes of God.


Yeah, I know it's pretty bad to post a comment to your own blog, but after reading Dave Power's blog I read James 3 and wanted to share a couple of verses with... whoever:
"Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in humility that comes from wisdom." James 3: 13

"But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere." James 3: 17

Posted by: Tim at October 1, 2004 11:40 AM