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.

Monday, December 19, 2022

 Opus 2022-351: Dark Thoughts: Intelligent or Sovereign?

As I sat in the dark enjoying the sound of the rain, lightning and thunder started.  I always enjoy a good lightening storm.  I remember on one road trip driving through the dark in a thunder storm.  The lightening was so intense that it rarely got dark.  I loved it.

As I watched one really nice bolt I found myself wondering if God created lightening on purpose or whether it came as a surprise, a serendipity, one of those things we are starting to call a feature not a bug.  Theologically I can’t really call it a surprise.  One of the reasons I can sort of deal with the picture of evolution is that I sometimes think that creation was an adventure for God.  I think of all the little tweaks He tried for the sake of variety.  Some He decided not to go on with.  Witness the strange creatures in the fossil record.  Some He was so captivated with that we still have a platypus.  

As genuine scientists investigate the ever more inner workings of the cell I marvel at the attention to detail.  As I watch the genuine astronomers reaching further and further into the cosmos I am impressed with the power and majesty of God.  I feel sorry for those modern alchemists who waste their time trying to ignore the glory of intelligent design.  Maybe because it points to what might be called sovereign design.

It is sad to limit yourself that way.

homo unius libri

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