In this episode, Ryan talks about burning garden beds, how, and why. Ryan also discusses how the fact that all human authority is derived from God’s ultimate, divine, and comprehensive authority determines his political beliefs. Secondarily, Ryan relates how his Scripture reading informs his beliefs about how other human institutions relate to God and one another.
In this episode, Ryan shares a spoken word poem called “Imputation” based on Romans 5, and discusses what the Lord’s Day gathering of the Church is and what that means when it comes to canceling services and worship service attendance.
Consider the beauty of the truth known as imputation It’s how God chose to deal with our sin and its devastation In order to comprehend why this doctrine is so great First, we gotta understand those born of man’s original state And for that we go back to the only man never born To Adam, the first man, whom Genesis says God formed From the dust of the ground and breathed into him life Gave him dominion over the earth, even gave him Eve, his wife But there was a serpent in the Garden, there just to cause problems But praise God, in Genesis 3, He tells us how He’s gonna solve them Before that, back to our story, the serpent said, “God should share the glory “Eat this fruit, be absolutely like Him; don’t ignore me” Eve, deceived, reached into the tree and took forbidden fruit to eat it Adam, apparently there the whole time, should have told the serpent, “Beat it!” But no, he stood there silently while his wife Eve took a bite She gave him some, he ate, and instantly they knew things weren’t right So, Adam fell and brought the stain of sin onto all humanity Because he represented us, his sin nature was passed to you and me You might say, “That’s not fair! When Eve shared we weren’t there to deny it” But I say, “Trust me on this, if you were there, you would’ve tried it” In wisdom, by making the first Adam our representative federal head God is justified in the work of the Last Adam to raise His people from the dead Just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin 1 Righteousness comes through one man: Jesus, God’s great gift to men And just like one man’s sin spreads out onto all, thus our sin nature Righteousness is credited, or imputed, onto God’s people through the Savior And it works both ways–our sins were imputed onto Jesus. Hear this: He was made sin, who knew no sin, that we might become His righteousness 2 For as by one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners 3 The many will be made righteous by the obedience of the Life Giver God’s law shows us our sin, but also the grace that abounds all the more 4 So that grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Christ our Lord 5 Now that you’ve heard it, you might be asking, “What’s the modern application?” Here it is: you live for Christ; righteousness is yours through imputation
Over the course of about three years I perfected this pie. To my taste, it’s not too sweet, nor is any flavor overpowering. The sorghum gives it an earthy sweetness, the ginger some mild bite, and the bourbon vanilla extract plays a subtle yet important supporting role for the star, the sweet potatoes.
Oddly, no other sweet potato pie recipe I’ve found calls for salt. It was the last thing I added to the recipe, and it absolutely ties all the flavors together perfectly. The ginger goes great with the graham cracker crust. When making fresh whipped cream, throw in some of that bourbon vanilla extract.
2-3 sweet potatoes (1.25-1.5 lbs raw)
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sorghum (not molasses)
1/3 cup heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla extract (preferably homemade with bourbon)*
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 9″ graham cracker pie crust
Bake sweet potatoes at 425* for one hour. Turn off heat and let sweet potatoes remain in oven for 40-50 minutes until tender. Preheat oven to 350*. Remove sweet potato skins and place in large mixing bowl. Add butter and mix. Add sorghum, brown sugar, cream, eggs, bourbon vanilla extract, spices and salt. Mix until smooth. Pour filling into pie crust and bake at 350* for one hour. Let cool and fall. Serve warm with fresh whipped cream.
*If you don’t have bourbon vanilla extract, add 1/4 tsp bourbon with 3/4 tsp regular vanilla extract
I just wanted to let both of you know that I’m still here. Between family, work, church, holidays, illnesses, the homestead, songwriting, and more–well, let’s just say I’ve barely had time to think about the podcast. I look forward to getting back into it next month (next year). Until then, may your mind be on the ways of the Lord!
I can’t recall as much of what I read as I used to, and I don’t have the time to study and build up knowledge as I would like. So, I read Scripture for songwriting, sermons, and personal study; and read books and articles by those with far greater knowledge and education than I, and I wind up thinking, “Why am I even trying to contribute? I know so little!”
Thankfully, I know as long as I preach and sing according to God’s Word, even if it is on the simple side, God uses it. God uses me. ME! as a means for his glory.