The Westminster Confession of Funk

Talking about theology, but keeping it funky

I am a husband and father and pastor of Trinity Covenant Church and teacher as St. Abraham’s Classical Christian Academy in Santa Cruz, CA.

I married my Indian Princess just before Y2K. I am an old fashioned Protestant Christian Humanist who lives where people vacation. I love music, love to surf, coach soccer for a hoard of minions, play the drums, and read actual flesh and blood books. I enjoy theology and literature and history and philosophy (if Sophie is serving beer) and Anglo-Saxon Poetry.

If I could have lunch with any three living people, I would have buffalo ribs with a butter, mushroom, cream sauce, Roxy Ray would be singing with Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, and I’d be at table with Tom Wolfe, ?uestlove, and Adam Schlesinger (and Brad Bird, because it’s my fantasy, and no one can count in my fantasy).

If I could have dinner with any three dead people (and the TARDIS was there with its universal language translation circuit) I’d have slow smoked dry ribs with the author of Beowulf, Herodotus, Martin Bucer, and Polycarp (see the previous paragraph if you have questions about my ability to count). And Janis Joplin would be singing with Louis Armstrong and his All-Stars backed up by Parliament Funkadelic of course.

My carefully crafted internet persona is also much cooler than my actual person, but I can live with that.

Walking in the Law - Ps. 119:1

Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord (Ps. 119:1).

The one who is blessed by the Lord walks in his law. Notice that it does not say that the one who walks in the law of the will be blessed. The scriptures do say that in other places, but here it goes back even deeper. Before the blessings that come from obedience, comes the blessing of obedience. The obedience itself is a gift.

God's grace precedes our obedience, and then our obedience flows out that grace, and then blessings come to us through the obedience itself. Walking in the Law of the Lord is here evidence of someone being blessed. They are a blessed person who finds themselves walking in the law of the Lord; who find themselves in the way, on the path

But why is walking in the law of the Lord a blessing? We tend to think of following the law of the Lord as something that is restrictive. We want to do one thing, but we have to do another because God has gone and made it illegal. But the law is given to us as a description of living. This is what real life looks like. The Ten Commandments are not given to us to keep us from living. They are given to us to keep us from not living

A love and desire for the knowledge of the scriptures should drive us to learn the scriptures. We should be making it to church to hear and learn what God has done and said. We should be reading the scriptures, both to ourselves and to our families. And we should look for creative ways to redeem our time. Audiobooks and recorded sermons while we drive or do laundry are wonderful ways to learn what it looks like to walk in the Law of the Lord.

The law is full of signs that say, "Lookout! There is a pothole here, and a cliff there. Death lurks deep in this swamp. Stay out!" Blessed is the one who is still in the way, on the road. When God tells you to not do something, trust him. He loves you and wants you to have life and to have it more abundantly. Sin is death. Blessed is the man who is walking in the law of the Lord.