Resting in God: My Utmost for His Highest is still one of the best devotions out there. Typically, I do not like devotions. Most amount to little more than pop psychology with a Bible verse and religious language. Ugh. No thank you. Yesterday the devotional was: “The Theology of Resting in God.” It challenged me in more than one way. I hope that you will take five minutes to read and reflect. It is powerful, challenging, and a nice reminder of what God desires.
The Zygote and Christian Ethics: One of my favorite sources in my Logos is “Pocket Dictionary of Ethics” by Stanley Grenz and Jay T. Smith. I found the following entry on “zygote” helpful since it touches on one or two important points that are relevant from a biblical viewpoint: The double, or diploid, cell formed by the union of the male sperm cell and the female ovum at conception. As a diploid cell, the zygote has twice the number of chromosomes as a normal germ cell. The zygote formed as a consequence of human reproduction is at the center of several ethical issues, including but not restricted to the question, “When does a human life begin?” Biblical passages such as Psalm 139 are often invoked to suggest that God has an intimate involvement with human beings even in the womb. Consequently, the zygote is generally considered uniquely human in the Christian view of life.
Laughter: Our family right now is enjoying a good dose of laughter at the dinner table reading poems by Shel Silverstein. I mentioned him yesterday. Here is another favorite about the plunger hat!