Today our blog turns 4!
On our blog’s BD, I thought it might be helpful to remind some and educate others about the title of our blog and it’s meaning. Perhaps if you are new to reading this blog, you have scratched your head about the title. And if you are not new and have been reading it for a while, it is always good to remind yourself why we do what we do (e.g., like a church reminded it’s people of their vision or core values from time to time).
Our blog is called “Worldly Saints.” Those who’ve done some reading in church history may recognize that phrase from a book written by Dr. Leland Ryken of Wheaton College. In it, Ryken deals with various Puritan views on subjects like work, sex, leisure, etc. Others probably see that blog title and think, “That’s an oxymoron. Isn’t worldliness a sin? How can someone who is striving to be holy actually be worldly?”
Clearly some clarification is needed. Both the terms “worldly” and “saints” are often used loosely. But the basic premise behind our blog is this: As those who have been redeemed by God and who strive to worship Him in every activity of life (I Cor 10:31), we are “saints.” But as citizens of heaven (Phil 3:20) who are still dwellers on earth, we are “worldly” – in the sense that we live here in the world and not yet with Him in heaven. We are worldly – earthly — saints.
We want each and every thing we do to be an act of worship. We want to drink our coffee (Andrea’s preference) and drink our tea (Charles’ preference) for God’s glory. We want to worship God as we get ourselves ready for the day. We want God to be magnified in those early morning and late night conversations. We want God to be honored when we cheer on our favorite sports teams (e.g., Niners, Seahawks, Giants, Mariners, Sooners, Lakers). We want to – as Brother Lawrence once wrote – practice His presence by always worshipping Him. We want every moment and every sphere of life to matter for His glory.
We don’t always succeed in these endeavors – and we won’t — but it is our goal to strive to worship Him both in the mundane things of life as well as in the serious and sober.
We are worldly saints, and this blog is dedicated to demonstrating that God can be magnified in all things. We will use our God-centered worldview as we write about current news, sports, conversations with our children, Bible studies, sermonettes, mentoring others, our vocation, theological or philosophical debates, etc. We don’t want a single blog post to be wasted or without purpose.
Enjoy the blog, and whether you eat or drink, do it for God’s glory.