Day: February 23, 2009

a sophisticated theological distinction

Preaching on 1 Peter 4.12-19 last night, Andrew Katay highlighted the highly sophisticated theological distinction Peter draws in v. 15:

But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, a criminal, or even as a mischief-maker.

That is, there’s a difference between suffering because you’re treading in Christ’s footsteps — experiencing the same opposition and hostility he experienced — and suffering because you’re a jerk.

If I had a dollar for all the times I’ve said to myself, ‘Well done! You’re suffering for being a Christian’, when I was just being a jerk…

I’d have a lot of dollars.

beach formal?

We attended our third wedding in 8 days on Friday.

It was a civil ceremony down at Whale Beach — on the beach. And so the dress code was ‘beach formal’.

Now, I usually struggle to know what to do with ‘smart casual’. So things weren’t looking good.

But it was fascinating to see how different people interpreted it.

I reckon I nailed it. What do you think?

(To be fair, out of the blokes it was only me and the photographer who wore flip flops — there were an awful lot of guys with sandy business shoes!)