2021: A Prophetic Perspective

On the eve of 2018 the Lord impressed upon me that any difficulty I would experience in 2019 would be a matter of perception. The struggle would be against old thinking. Time and again in 2019 I would find that word from the Lord a comfort as I worked to renew my mind. I had to stop anticipating struggle. This required an adjustment forcing me to stop assuming a potential obstacle would become a hardship.

Worry creates a storm of difficulty that the thing itself would never bring if we did not add worrying about it to the equation. Worry gives us a reality of the worst happening when it is our worry creating the storm of negative emotions and not whatever is actually transpiring.

The Lord worked with me throughout 2019 to think differently. To lift up my eyes to Him and off what I perceived as roadblocks or difficult experiences to see His goodness through each and every obstacle of life.

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A Few Books I’ve Read This Year

My last post about reading sparked a lot of interest among WordPress Bloggers. I thought I would follow it up with a short description of some of what I have read and am reading this year.

Western Culture at the American Crossroads by Arthur Pontynen & Rod Miller

WesternCulture.BookI ventured into reading this art history book as it peaked my interest on the ISI.org website which is devoted to conservative scholarship that underpins American liberty. As I pushed through the high academic writing, I unearthed a treasure trove of outstanding theology, philosophy, and cultural understanding. These authors taught me that true appreciation and production of high art requires a Trinitarian Christian worldview. The thesis was masterfully supported by the writers.

A few great quotes from this work:

“All knowledge is theology diluted; all culture and politics are a reflection of theology grounded in metaphysics.” p. 217

“A useful generalization, modernism-postmodernism is the classical-Judeo-Christian tradition without an objective or transcendent Being, God, or Truth.” p. 194

“Trinitarian theology makes possible a scientific rationalism that permits the reconciliation of becoming with Being while preserving the integrity of each.” p. 196

“Modernism defined art – and science – not as the material manifestation of wisdom, but as genius-inspired feelings, and facts.” p. 287

Surprised By Hope by N.T. Wright

Surprised_by_Hope_hc_cWright provides a wonderful hope-filled eschatology in this work. He emphasizes the long lost doctrine of the resurrection of the body and how that matters to the believer’s life now and upon resurrection. He contrasts this view with the common Left Behind eschatology that lacks the richness of biblical eschatology. I found Wright to provide several large pieces of the puzzle that I was missing as I already leaned toward a different picture of the end times.

There were a few areas that Wright discusses in his book that I am not ready to assimilate into my thinking, but they did provide interesting points in a conversation worth considering.

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