Saturday, August 1, 2009

Iced theology

I stopped by one of my two favorite java joints (Beans & Greens—Peggy sells coffee and plants) today for an iced latte and a cup of ginger pea soup. As I ordered, I made some forgettable wisecrack about feeling guilty, and she said something along the lines of “It's OK, there is no shame here at Beans & Greens”. I couldn't help but respond--“I need to put that up as a sign at church.”
Then, after I had completely enjoyed both the latte and the soup, Peggy told me that there are things that are both good and good for you—that things can be pleasurable as well as healthy. The two do not need to be mutually exclusive.
Again I thought—that would be a good thing to hang up at church.

Two awesome bits of theology, wrapped around a frosty iced latte:
--Jesus didn't come to bring shame, reproach, or condemnation. (Romans 8:1)
--Everything God created is good, and to be received with thanks. Nothing is to be sneered at and thrown out. (1 Timothy 4:4)

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