Last week someone emailed me. They told me they were praying for me and specifically that I would experience the joy Christ has for me. I’m sure it is no secret that I am more of a melancholy person so prayers like this are always welcome. Two days later I Googled the definition of joy because I’m a bit insane (quirky?) on top of melancholy (just ask my kids) – joy: a feeling of great pleasure and happiness. But when I did that, the second search result was an article “The Definition of Joy – Rick Warren” so of course I had to click on it. He had a different definition of joy – joy is the settled assurance that God is in control of all the details of my life, the quiet confidence that ultimately everything is going to be alright, and the determined choice to praise God in every situation. The full devotion is a short read and I recommend it. I think I prefer that definition more than the first.
I finished The God Delusion this past weekend. Great book. Intellectually stimulating. Dry humor. It was probably the best book I have read this year – outside the Bible of course. My theology is heavily based on the doctrines of grace which as far as I can tell could not be deterred by the arguments in the book. There are theologies that would be destroyed by the arguments Dawkins makes. Theology is important, prepare yourself, prepare your kids. If you have read this book or read it in the future, I would love to buy you lunch or dinner and discuss it.