Thursday, December 09, 2004


The current debate is whether truth is absolute or relative. As with most debates, it is an oversimplification of a complex issue. I prefer to see it this way:

1) Truth is Personal

Jesus (a person) is "truth." They asked Jesus what to do to be good; He answered with who is good.

2) Truth is Perspectival

All knowing is from a particular perspective. (Of course, this thought can be taken too far, but that does not change its reality).

In western culture, we follow "I think, therefore I am" (from Descartes). However, in African culture, it's "we think, therefore I am."

In western culture, we think time is a succession of moments ticking off a clock. In African culture, time is a succession of experiences.

We need each others' perspectives to really see "truth."

Truth is marching orders of how we live together.

3) Truth is Practice-able

You don't defend truth, you live it.

(paraphrase of presentation by George Hunsberger)

Sunday, December 05, 2004

More on Health

Reading these together gives a "panoramic view" of what health can look like -- individual health, family health, and community health.

1 John 4:7-21
1 Peter 4:7-11
James 1:19-20, 1:26-27, 3:1-12, 4:1-3
2 Thes. 3:6-13
1 Thes. 4:1-12, 5:12-22
Colossians 3:1-17, 4:2-6
Philippians 4:2-9
Ephesians 4:1-6, 4:17-21
Galatians 5:16-6:10
1 Corinthians 1:10-17, 3:1-8, 13:1-13

So often, though, we use such texts to say to each other & the world around us: "you are living wrong -- stop it -- and do this instead." And that's probably not healthy, or even consistent with what is being said here. We need to get the panoramic view of health, then silently and humbly ask Father for conviction of where our unhealth begins, and start begging him to heal us. This begging, of course, can be accompanied by other efforts, though they are secondary for sure.