Give Me That Mountain

Moving into Position

The Law and Grace. Day sixty-seven...

“Ever since our flight left DFW, if you haven't complained about one business headquartered in Dallas you've complained about another. And that's all fine and good—I've been able to handle it. But I happen to know the CEO, whose policies you're trashing at this very moment. He's my dad. And now you're getting personal!”

As a business traveler, it's one thing to listen to somebody sitting next to you complain about the practices of CEOs you know nothing about. But it's an entirely different matter when that CEO happens to be your father.

business class

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Cheap Grace?

The Law and Grace. Day sixty-six...

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was not exactly a theologian who kept his head in the clouds. Bonhoeffer was an anti‐Nazi dissident who used his influence as a pastor against the atrocities of the Nazi party at every opportunity—to the extent that he was executed by the SS in 1945.

In his book, “The Cost of Discipleship,” Bonhoeffer writes: “Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline. Communion without confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ.”

Bonhoeffer

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Not Really Freedom

The Law and Grace. Day sixty-five...

In the classic film, “The Wizard of Oz,” the Munchkins sing:

Ding Dong! The Witch is dead. Which old Witch? The Wicked Witch!
Ding Dong! The Wicked Witch is dead.
Wake up‐sleepy head, rub your eyes, get out of bed.
Wake up, the Wicked Witch is dead. She's gone where the goblins go,
Below‐below‐below. Yo‐ho, let's open up and sing and ring the bells out.
Ding Dong' the merry‐oh, sing it high, sing it low.
Let them know
The Wicked Witch is dead!

wicked witch is dead

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Our Position Makes Us Right with God

The Law and Grace. Day sixty-four...

Every prisoner around the world knows what it feels like to be under the thumb of the law. The law was responsible for taking away his or her freedom. In other words, he or she would not be incarcerated, but for the law.

To see someone walk out of federal or a state prison should indicate a step back into freedom. But the recidivism rates here in the United States indicate otherwise. When people don't change their mind about crime, they can't experience freedom.

empty cell

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Being Out of Position Makes Us Vulnerable

The Law and Grace. Day sixty-three...

“That is simply not appropriate behavior for someone in my position!”

Such is the response of a man or woman of integrity when his or her leadership role is confronted with compromise.

integrity

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Not Just Another Obligation

The Law and Grace. Day sixty-two...

A couple of weeks ago, in the middle of the night, God prompted me to get out of bed, and to go get on my hands and knees.

I resisted for a few moments, thinking it must have been a left‐over thought from a bad dream. But God's ways are higher than my ways (see Isaiah 55:8–9), so I went into my wife's office on the other end of the house and got down on my hands and knees.

dark room

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Considering Holiness

The Law and Grace. Day sixty-one...

I think I stand a better chance of convincing the crowd in a donut shop on the value of healthy eating, as I do of convincing the crowd in a Sunday service on the value of holy living.

I suppose even the people who live on brats, donuts, and energy drinks wouldn't argue with me about the value of having a healthy body—not that they would necessarily change their diet.

donut shop

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Not an Obligation

The Law and Grace. Day sixty...

For a teenager to be trusted with the run of the house by his or her parents—away for a long weekend—has been the storyline for countless movies.

Of course, there's always the party—with the corresponding destruction of the house and the degradation of all those attending.

aftermath

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Not Always Beneficial

The Law and Grace. Day fifty-nine...

A marriage of convenience, simply defined, is a relationship based on anything else but love.

Maybe a man, seeking a new career in politics, needs to get out from under the image of being an irresponsible bachelor by marrying an upstanding professional woman. Maybe a woman, seeking social standing to promote the charity she wants to establish, needs to get our from under her anonymity by marrying a socially prominent man. (Of course, the spouses on the other end of the deal also have to benefit in some way from these arrangements.)

somber bride and groom

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We Can Do That!

The Law and Grace. Day fifty-eight...

For years one of the banks in our area has used the motto, “We Can Do That!” in their advertising. I'm not a marketing guy by any means, and I didn't see any value in the slogan.

In fact, I thought the slogan was a bit on the stupid side—stupid, that is, until God called me to teach. But after looking at enough blank stares that said, “I don't know what he's thinking; I can never do that!” I began to change my teaching style.

we can do that

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