Do we have the right view of God? This last Mother's Day, churches sang how God was a good mother and called Him a she. In this new speak, God gave us His pronouns. He/Him. Jesus, God the Son, describes him as Father. God is a good father, but He is also scary, and we've forgotten that. At the start of the year, I read Scary God: Introducing The Fear of the Lord to the Postmodern Church by Mattie Montgomery. Mattie is the former lead man of the band For Today. I liked this book a lot, with 114 highlights. However, I'll try not to use them all.
Having my first kid taught me a bit about God as Father. My second kid is teaching me about God's protectiveness. With Sam as a toddler now, I'm learning about discipline and righteous anger.
We left off with the house we were renting going onto the market. We had to find a new home, and I was shooting for a promotion that I was a shoo-in for. Things didn't turn out as planned...and in weaker moments, I wished the prosperity gospel was true. Just plant a seed and become the next millionaire. God's not a genie, though.
In 2016 I bought a book that challenged the stereotypes we have for God and Jesus. I've since read it twice. The author, J.B. Phillips, says our concept of God is too small. He is actually much larger.