It’s Hard to Believe: Faith and Physics

I’m writing over at The Glorious Table today about Galileo. Here’s a preview:

Faith is hard. Always confident? Yikes. Faith without sight is one thing, but unwavering confidence seems impossible some days. At the same time, I believe living out our faith, boldly trusting in the God we profess to believe in without requiring visual confirmation, is more important than ever.

A recent study conducted by YouGov of 8,215 U.S. adults has discovered that just “66 percent of 18 to 24-year-olds are convinced that the Earth is round.” This means 33 percent of eighteen to twenty-four-year-olds don’t believe photographic proof and eyewitness accounts of something proved through the centuries—first by math, then by exploration, and now by visual documentation.

Faith and Delight

31 Days on (1)

Our pastor explained pain is the great equalizer. No one is able to escape it. Pain can get us stuck in a cycle of the past while others move forward or we become paralyzed. Pain causes us to internalize a hurt and transfer it to our identity. God calls us to identify a hurt and transfer it to him. (listen to the whole sermon here) 

Matthew 17:14-20 identifies a wilderness season. A child was possessed by a demon which caused him to become ill and act like a lunatic. The disciples were unable to call out the demon even though by this time they had seen Jesus do so.

“When they came to the crowd, a man came up to Jesus, falling on his knees before Him and saying, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is a lunatic and is very ill; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water.  I brought him to Your disciples, and they could not cure him.”  And Jesus answered and said, “You unbelieving and perverted generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring him here to Me.” And Jesus rebuked him, and the demon came out of him, and the boy was cured at once.

Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not drive it out?”And He *said to them, “Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.”

Is it possible that Tirzah (she is my delight) begins with faith the size of a mustard seed? Faith that turns to action? That is what we saw yesterday with Jesus and David.
Delight whether in a wilderness or on a mountaintop has the action of obedience as a central theme.

Always Good

I’m writing over at Daughters of the Deep today. Here’s a preview:

Have you ever been in church and found yourself struggling to sing a worship song? Maybe the words on the screen or in the hymnal cut a little too close to home for present circumstances? For me, the hardest times to worship are when God feels distant or in a stressful season, I have allowed my faith to waver.