Anyone Up for A Nauseating Pastor Post About Snow?

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Photo taken by my wife, Lindsey, this morning

 

The most viewed posts on this blog–or any really–are usually ones that have to do with family, especially if the blogger includes pictures. I have put up a few pictures of the kids and had 200 views in a day.

On the other hand, I pour my head and heart into a thought-provoking theological treatise after churning over a text and get a solid 20 views in two weeks. Explain that one to me!

I think it speaks loudly to the fact that people care about real, tangible, experiential types of things more than what is perceived to be merely heady. The failure on my part and other pastors/writers is that we often feel satisfied with having communicated the theological point or explaining a scriptural text…but so what? What does it matter? How does the head information connect to anyone’s heart and hands?

After all, the Bible should speak as loudly today as it has for thousands of years. And that brings me to snow. What does understanding the substitutionary atonement of Jesus Christ on the cross have to do with snow?

Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool. (Isaiah 1:18)

…or…the plea of David after his treacherous web of sin involving Bathsheba

Cleanse me with hyssop (a nice minty plant), and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. (Psalm 51:7)

You, dear child of God, have been washed clean. Though your sins are as red as blood, they shall be washed as white as freshly fallen snow by the blood of Jesus that ran red. That’s the move from head to heart. Now, to the hands.

bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. (Colossians 3:13)

We can revel in rapture over the forgiveness of God and his generous grace, but if we are not as quick to extend that to others, what change has really taken place inside of us?

Head –> Heart –> Hands

Grace to you.

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