God the Father

Series: Essentials

April 24, 2022 | Paul Joslin

What if there is a God so transcendent he has named every star and so immanent that he cares for every sparrow—and what if that God wants to be with you?


  • The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America is Tearing Us Apart, by Bill Bishop
  • Church Dogmatics, by Karl Barth
  • “Since God is, before all things, a Father, and not primarily Creator or Ruler, all his ways are beautifully fatherly. It is not that this God ‘does’ being Father as a day job, only to kick back in the evenings as plain old ‘God’. It is not that he has a nice blob of fatherly icing on top. He is Father. All the way down. Thus, all that he does, he does as Father. That is who he is. He creates as a Father and he rules as a Father; and that means the way he rules when we see that God rules his creation over creation is most unlike the way any other God would rule over creation... only as a kind and loving Father will we be moved to delight in his providence. We might acknowledge that the rule of some heavenly policeman was just, but we could never take delight in his regime as we can delight in the tender care of a father.” Michael Reeves, Delighting in the Trinity
  • With, by Skye Jethani
  • “That’s why Sabbath is an expression of faith. Faith that there is a Creator and he’s good. We are his creation. This is his world. We live under his roof, drink his water, eat his food, breathe his oxygen. So on the Sabbath, we don’t just take a day off from work; we take a day off from toil. We give him all our fear and anxiety and stress and worry. We let go. We stop ruling and subduing, and we just be. We 'remember' our place in the universe. So that we never forget...There is a God, and I’m not him.” John Mark Comer, Garden City

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