The Bible does not give simple answers to complex questions, but complex answers to complex questions.

Part of its beauty is that it always calls its readers much higher in our thinking, and doesn’t stoop to accommodate an inferior perception of humanity or its Creator.

To treat Scripture as a series of anecdotes to the world morass is to treat it contemptuously; it was never meant to be an easily defined, well-packaged defense of faith.

It’s not tame, and it’s far from tidy.

Rather, let it be a mere introduction to the living God and all his mysteries, one that necessitates the school teacher of the Holy Spirit to be active in all conversing.

Dare to engage the scriptures as God’s story, for that is what it is. Story. Then resign yourself to knowing you won’t figure it all out.

Don’t worry.

Your faith will survive the ambiguity.

Know only that you’ll be better pointed toward him in the process, and let your heart find peace there. For being in him is all that was ever hoped for you anyway.



Gabe · 2 Sep ’14 at 10:38 am

Absolutely right on, needed that today. Thanks!

    Christopher Hopper · 2 Sep ’14 at 10:42 am

    You’re most welcome. It’s a little outpouring of my recent study on church history, Jewish concepts of the scriptures, the church fathers, creeds, councils, catechisms, and confessions that have shaped who we are today in 2014.

    And thank YOU for always reading, bro.

WayneBatson · 4 Sep ’14 at 5:26 pm

WORD. UP. Who says good messages need to be long and drawn out. This is powerful in its brevity and enough to chew on for weeks. Thanks, oh gleaming-pated one! ;-D

    Christopher Hopper · 4 Sep ’14 at 8:17 pm

    You always find a new way to honor and bless me with words. Thank you, Sir Honored Among The Lengthy Haired.

Gabe · 12 Sep ’14 at 9:06 pm

Unrelated topic, how’s “Creatives” going?

    Christopher Hopper · 15 Sep ’14 at 8:40 am

    Glad you asked. I actually have taken a break from writing The Creatives (which was a break from writing TSR 2), to be obedient to something I’ve felt the Holy Spirit asking me to write: two books on pastoral perspectives. While I love writing fiction, and I know it has an impact, I felt very convicted that I needed to be writing some things that were even more direct in their life-giving nature.

    The first is a book called “Loud and Clear: Hearing God’s Voice In A Noisy World”. The number one question I get form Christians world-wide is “How do I hear God’s voice?” While I don’t have all the answers, I do have some. And what I don’t have is an hour for everyone that asks. So a book seemed fitting.

    The second work is currently entitled “Death To Agenda: Evangelism The Way It Was Born To Be”. Sadly, I think there are many Evangelical myths surrounding evangelism and the requirements that Christians need to meet in order to be “a good evangelist.” I’m hoping to help bring some Biblical insight to these often times un-Biblical stipulations, and re-awaken people to the joys of simply loving people.

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