Awe by Paul David Tripp

AweHuman beings are hardwired for Awe. We are all going to be in awe of something. It may be that “awesome” new car or house you want. You may be in awe of your accomplishments or the sunrise you see every morning. We all have hearts that are easily captivated. Our hearts were designed for that. In his  latest book Awe, Paul David Tripp says, “God created man with an awe capacity….every created awe is meant to point to the creator.”  Tripp points out that we all have an awe problem and he calls it awe wrongedness.  Awe wrongedness is when we attribute to something in the physical creation what only God can do. Basically, we fail to give praise where praise is due. To God.

Tripp takes individual chapters to uncover our awe problem. He writes about ministry, materialism, replacement of awe of God with awe of the created, complaining, parenting, work, and the church.  In each chapter, he shows how our struggles and lack of abundant life in each area is rooted in an awe deficiency and dysfunction – we are in awe of the wrong things. Our awe of God has been replaced by awe of self and this awe wrongedness taints our worldview and our walk with God becomes a limp.

I was challenged by this book but was encouraged as God revealed to me my own awe wrongedness. I often gravitate toward awe of myself and the created rather than awe of God. Tripp has done us a great service by taking the time to look at the awe problem of humankind.

I recommend that individuals and churches take the time to use the truth found in this book in small groups or even from the pulpit. We are all in need of a recalibration of our awe.  Awe matters for everything we think say and do.

This book was provided to me by Crossway in exchange for an honest review.


The Voices of Holy Week

imagesNWCW0H0YIt is Holy Week and Jesus is on his way to the cross. His eyes are fixed on his mission, the reason for the Word becoming flesh.  He will overcome the world, sin and death through his spilled blood and broken body. The sound of his blood flowing from his body is louder than crowds call out “Hosanna” and more intense than the angry mob screaming, “Crucify Him!”  The voice of the creation is drowned out by the voice of the creator saying, “This is my son in whom I am well pleased.” It is too easy to forget about all that this week means as we prepare to enjoy time with friends and family.  We too easily forget the dark cloud that blocks out the sun. The dark cloud of sin, the reason for Jesus and his journey to the cross. He would sweep the blackest of clouds away with one movement of his hand as his voice says, “Let there be light!”  A new day dawns with sin and death defeated on that glorious Easter morning. Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord!  His voice calls to us on this day and his voice is the only one that matters.