A Conference Focusing on the Power of Paradoxes
This fall the Desiring God National Conference will wrestle with paradoxes. Not contradictions. Things like Philippians 2:12–13, “You work . . . for God is at work in you to will and work.” And 1 Corinthians 15:10, “I worked hard . . . but not I but the grace of God.”
We are commanded to repent (Acts 3:19), and God is said to grant repentance (2 Timothy 2:25). We are commanded to believe (Mark 1:15; John 14:1), and belief is said to be God’s gift (Philippians 1:29; Ephesians 2:8).
I saw another one in my daily Bible reading this morning. “I incline my heart to perform your statutes” (Psalm 119:100). “Incline my heart to your testimonies” (Psalm 119:36). I must incline my heart. I must also cry out that God would incline my heart.
We are capturing these paradoxes in the conference title, “Act the Miracle.” The imperative, “Act!” implies…