Tuesday, September 23, 2014

John Mayall - Parchman Farm

The Real Jesus

A January 1959 letter from C. S. Lewis to Edward Lofstrom. At one point Lewis responds to something Lofstrom had asked him about by saying--

'Gentle Jesus', my elbow! The most striking thing about Our Lord is the union of great ferocity with extreme tenderness. (Remember Pascal? 'I do not admire the extreme of one virtue unless you show me at the same time the extreme of the opposite virtue. One shows one's greatness not by being at an extremity but by being simultaneously at two extremities and filling all the space between')
Add to this that He is also a supreme ironist, dialectician, and (occasionally) humorist. So go on! You are on the right track now: getting to the real Man behind all the plaster dolls that have been substituted for Him. This is the appearance in Human form of the God who made the Tiger and the Lamb, the avalanche and the rose. He'll frighten and puzzle you: but the real Christ can be loved and admired as the doll can't.

--Collected Letters of C. S. Lewis, 3:1011

This is the real Jesus not the religious Jesus, not the fake Jesus or the weak Jesus. I will worship the real Jesus.

Mose Allison Trio 1962 ~ I Don't Worry About A Thing

Charlie Parker - I've Got Rhythm

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Real Hillary According To Bill

What Wisdom! This Is Why I Love Luther

"If there is anything in us, it is not our own; it is a gift of God. But if it is a gift of God, then it is entirely a debt one owes to love, that is, to the law of Christ. And if it is a debt owed to love, then I must serve others with it, not myself.
Thus my learning is not my own; it belongs to the unlearned and is the debt I owe them...My wisdom belongs to the foolish, my power to the oppressed. Thus my wealth belongs to the poor, my righteousness to the sinners...
It is with all these qualities that we must stand before God and intervene on behalf of those who do not have them, as though clothed with someone else's garment...But even before men we must, with the same love, render them service against their detractors and those who are violent toward them; for this is what Christ did for us.” 

― Martin Luther, Luther's Works Lectures on Galatians/Chapters 5-6 Chapters 1-6

Here is how grace is manifest in the Christian's life, this is true freedom. This is what the church needs to teach and live. I must say this refreshed my weary soul and I hope it does for your soul also.

Stevie Ray Vaughan - Superstition - Live In New Orleans in 1987

Bob Dylan's The Bootleg Series Vol. 10 Another Self Portrait (1969 - 1971)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

God Uses The Weak

J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring--

'I do really wish to destroy it!' cried Frodo. 'Or, well, to have it destroyed. I am not made for perilous quests. I wish I had never seen the Ring! Why did it come to me? Why was I chosen?'
'Such questions cannot be answered,' said Gandalf. 'You may be sure that it was not for any merit that others do not possess: not for power or wisdom, at any rate. But you have been chosen, and you must therefore use such strength and heart and wits as you have.'

'But I have so little of any of those things!'

God choose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise, God chose what Is weak in the world to shame the strong (1 Cor 1:27)
God uses the foolish and the weak, the low and the despised even things that are not to bring to nothing things that are. Why does God do this? "So that no human being might boast in the presence of God" (1 Cor 1:29)

Have you ever felt like Frodo? That's actually a good place to be its the place where God can use you.

U2- "The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)"

Otis Rush - Please Love Me

Otis Rush - Hold That Train