Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Opus 2011-247, Be a Giant

I believe I have mentioned before my gratitude for the shoulders of the giants that we stand on.  I think of my reading.  Some you have heard of such as Wesley and Bonhoeffer.  Others walked paths you have never crossed such as Herbert Schlossberg.  There are enough giants to go around.  I think of my daily walk.  I touch giants as I sit in church or as I listen to pod-casts.  I thank God for the giants

How many giants are out there today?  I don’t mean the big names, I mean the ones that are faithfully passing on the wisdom God gives them.  Some are pastors in small churches.  Some are teachers.  I wish I could say many, but most follow the drum of the world.  Then there are voices on the internet.  I think of ones I have discovered such as Gorges Grouse, Christian Ear to name two that make me think on a regular basis.

How many Giants were not aware?  I don’t think most of them were trying to be giants as much as simply being faithful.  Did Paul know he was writing for eternity or was he mainly concerned about correcting the local churches he wrote to?  Did Wesley know that people would be reading his journals hundreds of years later?  Did Brother Lawrence know that he would be an inspiration for millions?  Did Tchaikovsky know that the Nutcracker Suite would become a Christmas classic?  Did Jesus..., well, yes, I guess He did know.

How many great artists were not famous until after they died?  How many parents, aunts and uncles, brothers and sisters, strangers on a bus have passed on influence that they were never aware of?

Are you a giant?  Will you be a giant?  Probably not if that is your goal.  Part of being a real giant is selfless servanthood.  Remember when Jesus was talking to the faithful.  Remember their response.
(Matthew 25:44 KJV)  Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
Be a giant today by being faithful and obedient.  Allow the Holy Spirit to use your life to make an impact.  You probably won’t know about it until half way through eternity but God will know now.  The person standing on your shoulders may not even be aware of it, but God will let him know when the time is ripe.

homo unius libri


  1. Pumice, I'm very humbled to be mentioned as making you think. Bless you. (Just don't mistake my bluntness for righteousness!)

  2. Actually it is the Wisdom under the bluntness and the Discernment that knows when to be blunt and when to tread softly that I "mistake."

    Grace and peace.


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