March 29th, 2023 by Carl Buffington
I love these words from Raymond Brown, a prominent New Testament scholar. “How did the following of Jesus which involved love for him survive after he died?
The answer, I suggest, is that it survived only because love for Jesus was looked on as an ongoing element, even among those who never knew him during his ministry.” (From The Churches the Apostles Left Behind, by Raymond E. Brown p. 97)
Sometimes the love for Jesus is extravagant. Here are a couple of images of extravagant love from John’s gospel.
One is Mary, the sister to Lazarus and Martha, anointing Jesus at dinner. And the other is Peter being asked over and over again if he really loves Jesus. I think something beautiful was going on inside the heart of both Mary and Peter.
March 28th, 2023 by Carl Buffington
In 1962 Decca Recording Company rejected the Beatles. They said, ‘We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.”
In 1977 Ken Olson, Chairman of Digital Equipment Co., said, ‘There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.”
Sometimes we miss what lies ahead.
March 13th, 2023 by Carl Buffington
At the end of my days, I would like my epitaph to read something like,
“Here lies Carl, he loved well.”
Perhaps even before the end of my days. It is said that Annie Dillard said, “The way we live our lives is the way we live our days.“
So I have decided that I would even like to hear at the end of Lent’s days, “Carl Loved Well this Lent.”
Yes, at the end of Lent and Life, I’d like to have loved well.
How do you love others well?
I like to add to Annie’s saying, that the way we live our days is the way we live our moments. So nowadays, I try and keep an eye out for “holy moments.”
I saw one while visiting family in North Carolina a few months ago.
March 7th, 2023 by Carl Buffington
“Will you help me find my mommy?” It was a small shaky voice, from a 5ish-year-old named Tommy, that I heard that gorgeous spring morning.
I had settled into what had seemed to be a deserted pool area at the hotel, found a lounge chair and table, and posited a pile of books. It was Lent and I was on a quest, wanting to see again and anew the enormity of God’s love manifest on the Friday we call Good.
February 20th, 2023 by Carl Buffington
I am excited to hear stories about the revival at Asbury College in KY. Our daughter-in-law went to be part of it a few days ago. In the mid-90s, I traveled to revivals in Brownsville, FL, and another in Toronto. People, like me I suppose, want to be where God is moving mightily, where lives are being touched, changed, and healed. Maybe we want to see him up close? Want to be with God.
December 27th, 2021 by Carl Buffington
November 18th, 2021 by Carl Buffington
Advent draws us closer and closer into the greatest story ever. It’s a story told and retold in thousands of ways, for literally thousands of years. And with all the ways of telling the tale, it’s critical we get it right.
Bishop Ivan Sikha has built a large ministry in India, and elsewhere, using storytelling. He uses 20 plus stories from the Bible. When he trains his storytellers in telling the stories, he shares them orally and then asks the listeners to repeat them. When they add or delete part of the story, Ivan has them do it again, and again, until it is correct. Thousands have come to know Jesus Christ through these stories. And his ministry in India continues to flourish.