Songs of Asaph: Family Man (Andrew Peterson)

#14. Family Man
Andrew Peterson

“The heart of man plans his way,
but the Lord establishes his steps.”
–Proverbs 16:9

God often blesses us with things we never wanted and then changes our hearts to never want it any other way.

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A (Stereo) Typical Interview with Three Millenarians


When this post publishes I will be in the midst of preparing for a trip to Ohio where I will be nannying for the week. Instead of trying to have a post up for today and the weeks I will be gone and traveling back, I am going to introduce you to one of my short stories that I have posted on my tabs. Please note that the Wednesday posts for the next two weeks will be postponed.

In the meantime, enjoy!

I wrote this little piece of satire in the course of an eschatology debate I had informally with a friend last year. I had become frustrated with the propensity of opposing viewpoints to create stereotypes of each other and had grown tired of constantly denying the false assumptions of the other side about my position. I argued in essay against these then finally got so fed up I turned to satire instead and decided that if I couldn’t dissuade my opponents through direct arguments I would make them laugh.

(P. S. I succeeded)

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Songs of Asaph: Mountains on the Ocean Floor (Andrew Peterson)

Andrew Peterson

Oftentimes our own sins or the sins of others seem too deep and all signs of change invisible to our mortal eyes, but for those of us in Christ we cling in faith to the promise “he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion” even when we can’t see Him working. And for those outside of Christ we are given hope too for “the Spirit moves where it wills”. We often our unable to see the working of the Holy Spirit, it’s like “mountains on the ocean floor”–one day we’ll see the fruit but for now, “only God can see it grow”.

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Whale-Lines, Foolish Elves, and the Faith of Laughter


When you think about it, death is never more than one false step away.

One run red-light.

One moment of distraction while driving on the highway.

One minute a child is left unattended.

One tree that fell the wrong way.

One plane ride that fails to reach its destination.

One stray bullet in the bunker.

One unexpected hold-up at a grocery store.

One explosion at a fertilizer plant.

One shooting at an Elementary School.

One visit to the wrong place at the wrong time.

One doctor’s visit.

One CT scan.

One dial on the stove you thought you’d turned off but didn’t.

One case of faulty wiring in the attic.

One lightening strike.

One flash flood.

One tornado.

One heartbeat that doesn’t come when it should.

One breath you’d never thought you wouldn’t have.

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Songs of Asaph: Mystery of Mercy (Andrew Peterson)

Andrew Peterson

I love Andrew Peterson’s identification with key characters in the Bible in this song and his flipping the cry of Jesus “my God, my God, why has thou forsaken me?” into the cry of the believer “my God, my God, why has thou accepted me?”, emphasizing and contrasting the parallel between the two.

“Rejected so I could be accepted.
Scorned so I could be cherished.
Exposed so I could be clothed.
Bound so I could be free.
Oh, Love which makes the lover ugly, to make the loved lovely.”

Why were we chosen for salvation and not others? It’s not based on works or merit or anything else we do, it’s a beautiful Mystery of Mercy.

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Four Reasons The Great Gatsby is a Great Read

The green light beckons on the horizon, the arms of the enigmatic Jay Gatsby outstretched towards it, reaching, reaching, until it fades away like the last warm kiss of summer.

*contains basic spoilers common to most other reviews of the book*

I understand why so many love The Great Gatsby: the writing’s vitality, vividness and rare wit carries an irresistible charm, the characters positively leaping off the pages, the insights of the narrator keen: splicing motives, revealing nuance, plumbing irony. But I also understand why so many are disgusted or disturbed by The Great Gatsby. The plot hinges on two extra-marital affairs and all of the characters are willing participants in a lifestyle with appalling characteristics. To understand the story’s rich themes and startling insights one must simultaneously step back to view the story as a whole and lay aside preoccupation with or squeamish shock over the main plot point to probe deeper into the characters’ motives and try to understand why they make the choices they do and examine the message the author is conveying.

Personally, I fell in love with the book and here’s four reasons why I think it’s a good read:

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