God and Efficiency: I was not going to write a daily post today until I read the quote below. This alone made me want to post just so that I can share it. Will you read it, reread it, and then post is somewhere so that you don’t forget it? I am going back through Kapic’s book You’re Only Human and making detailed notes in preparation for writing a book review (deadline in four days!). Kapic writes:
God’s highest value is not efficiency, especially considered in any simple or mechanistic sense—it is love. He is more interested in beauty than speed of process; he is more concerned to lift our gaze, to provoke song, to stimulate our imaginations than he is to just get things done. God is not wasteful or negligent, but purposeful and wise, patient and intentional as he works.
Is that not powerful? God’s doesn’t care most about efficiency. He is not a product of the West. This reminds me of one of the most profound statements that I have ever read by anyone. Pastor and Theologian A.W. Tozer wrote:
Dr. Condrey holds a Bachelor of Arts in both Philosophy and Psychology from the University of Missouri-KC, a Master of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a Ph.D. in Ethics & Practical Theology from the University of Edinburgh. He is ACSI certified.
Dr. Condrey writes courses and teaches Psychology, Bible, and C.S. Lewis at Enlightium Academy, where he began working in 2016. He has served as a youth, young adult, and small group pastor in the local church, and currently teaches Ethics at the University of Southern Mississippi. He has a book published by Wipf & Stock (Breaking Ground) along with other publications. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and writing, spending time with his family, traveling, trout fishing, family hikes, and drinking coffee! He is passionate about helping young people construct a biblical worldview so that their faith involves both the mind and heart. He has been married since 2009 and has two children.
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