Saturday, October 19, 2013

Joy and the Essence at the Heart of the Covenant

My schedule is pretty packed for the next three weeks so–though this is a new blog–future posts will probably have to wait till I get back. But I'll be keeping up with my email, replying to commentsand sending out bookmarks! :-)

Meanwhile, I wanted to share something with you all! Coming from “Our Reasonable Faith” by Herman Bavinck (which I actually have not read), it touches on the deepest reality of our life.

To begin with: I love (I mean really love) discussing sound doctrine and faith, but sound doctrine always has hands and feet. It’s played out 24/7 in everything we do. Our faith is in a real, perfect Person and He cares how we scrub out the kitchen sink and pick up spilled sewing pins on the living room carpet and spread fresh straw outdoors–and He commands us to have joy in all of it.

~“The prophets and apostles, and the saints generally who appear before us in the Old and New Testament and later in the Church of Christ, did not sit and philosophize about God in abstracted concepts, but rather confessed what God meant to them and what they owed to Him in all the circumstances of life. God was for them not at all a cold concept, which they then proceeded to rationally analyze, but He was a living, personal force, a reality infinitely more real than the world around them. Indeed, He was to them the one, eternal, worshipful Being. They reckoned with Him in their lives, they lived in His tent, walked as if always before His face, served Him in His courts, and worshiped Him in His sanctuary.”~

We reckon with, walk before, serve, and worship the God who breaks mountains and builds them up again. The God who cast all the constellations across the sky on the day when the sons of God shouted for joy with a shaking sound of thunder. The God who loves us with a white-hot heat of passion and who descended into the darkness and horror and tearing, ripping pain of death to win His bride. The God in whose face (to borrow a phrase from Tolkien) there is a fountain of mirth–enough to set a kingdom laughing. The God in whom we live and move and have our being. The God (not only in whose tent we dwell), but who is building us–us–frail, sin-prone creatures that we still are–into the glorious temple of His own dwelling place. The God who delights in us with singing and who has given His sure and certain word to hew and shape us–not only into fit stones for His temple–not only into faithful soldiers and citizens in His kingdom service–but into His own image–the very image of God. And that is grounds for earth-breaking joy. :-)

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

News Bulletin

Welcome to my newly launched blog, Along the Brandywine!  I'm hoping to post all sorts of interesting matter: quotes, photography, book reviews/essays, history, studies in art, links to thought-provoking articles, etc. My goal is to write on a regular, maintainable basis and I hope to start some discussions–so check up on it and weigh in with your thoughts and comments!

And now for the big news...Ellen and Tales are up on Amazon! To view the page I've put together about them (with summaries, excerpts, and links), you can go here (or hit the tab at the top of the page).

Tales has a new and gorgeous cover–and both stories have been through a thorough brush-up process (Ellen particularly). I made a few additions, cut down a little, and reworded here and there for further depth and clarity; nothing too drastic'll find everyone and everything essentially the same–only better. :-) I can't wait for you all to check them out and let me know what you think!

If you like them (I suppose if you didn't like them it would be all right as well), but especially if you like them, I would love to have you leave a review on Amazon. The more the merrier. :-) And be sure to write in here with questions or comments! Enjoy!

Oh, and some more exciting particulars... :-)

#1 – For the next three weeks (that is, through Nov. 8) there is a special $0.99 release price on the kindle editions. Also, if you have a Prime membership you can borrow the books for free!

#2 – The first twenty hard copy editions of each book sold are eligible to receive a lovely, printable, specialized-to-each-title bookmark. To receive the bookmark/s: after purchasing either one or both books on Amazon, email me using the link on the right sidebar of this page. I will email back an attachment with the applicable bookmark/s so you can print them out and enjoy! They really turned out beautifully and are so fun! ;-)

And a last note regarding the blog... If you don't have a Google account, you can still use the box on the sidebar to sign up for an automatic email update whenever I post–making life a little simpler. :-)
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