#891: John 19-21 | Inadequacy

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Original airdate: Saturday, September 21, 2019

*** SHOW NOTES (not a transcript) ***


Some days you feel like you suck. So what do you do?


Grandpa was from Oklahoma, so often bits of wisdom came from the farm. One expression he used to use was “It’s like trying to put 50 pounds of spuds into a 5 pound sack.” And that, my friends, is my problem.

Yesterday kinda sucked. I planned extra hard, and it still came out kinda lame. Inspiration of Scripture a really important topic when one of the main reason you do what you do is to help people trust that that their Bibles are trustworthy not only theologically, but socially and ethically and a bunch of other lys. And I didn’t do it justice. I trust that part of just keeping it real here includes me being able to tell you when I suck.

The good news is that God’s word doesn’t need our brilliance. It speaks for itself.

As we heard in yesterday’s All Our Minds segment, “inspiration” is a cooperative work. The distinct “voice” of each of more than 40 authors is heard, just as you might be able to tell the writing of one journalist or poet from another. At the same time, however, God spoke through them. This is “inspiration,” and since God can make no mistakes, it also means that what they wrote is without error.

Today I’m just going to leave those notes on the show page (episode 890 if you’re searching), and I’m instead going to wrap up the book of John with looking at the question of “What do we do when we feel inadequate?


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Bible Segment:

Passage: John 19-21
Translation: ESV (English Standard Version)
Verses: 98
Words: ~2105

All Our Minds Segment:

The answer to “What do we do when we feel inadequate?” is short. And it’s hard. We have to find our identity in Jesus.

‘Identity’ is a term with a thousand different connotations but few know its precise denotation. What after all is identity? What makes me, me? What makes you, you? This book grew out of the conviction that the more we try to answer that question straightforwardly, the less likely we are to answer it at all. The irony of identity is that by looking away from ourselves we are more likely to discover our identity. Part of that is the complexity of self-identity itself. Part of it is the difficulty of genuine self-awareness. And part of it is the mystery of being created as people who find their identity in their capacity to reflect the Creator and the created order.(1)

Wisdom Segment:


Love you!


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(1) Richard Lints, Identity and Idolatry: New Studies in Biblical Theology (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1994). Kindle, loc. 113. Amazon affiliate link.