I have noticed something about my blogging patterns. I binge. Before you plan to find a recovery group for me, please hear me out. I would very much like to be like those who schedule their blog posts or blog daily, but I have to "strike while the iron is hot" and write when the … Continue reading Confessions of a Binge Blogger
Why is it that we turn on the news and hear nothing but bad things? We hear the latest scandals in politics, murders, and a list of other things. I heard John Gray preach once and he said something along the lines of how it would be nice if we heard that it was going … Continue reading Good News
Each of us is a walking advertisement. This thought was provoked by a line from The Drew Carey Show from the 1990s. Drew said to Mimi who wore a ton of makeup, "You look like a walking billboard for a makeup company." That may not be the exact quote, but she fit the bill. We … Continue reading Walking Billboards
An excellent post on how child sexual abuse should be addressed biblically. We must stop sweeping such things under the rug or downplaying them.
So, I continue to be frustrated by Pastor Wilson’s rather poor response to child sexual abuse. That’s actually a charitable way to put it. It’s way beyond poor. It’s a real irritant to me because I like his theology and his way with words, but his heart is just all wrong, and there are real people who have suffered greatly for having been sold some of this rubbish.
I have some compassion for victims of abuse. Of that there is no doubt. However, my real concern is how or why people are driven away from the church and sometimes away from Jesus Christ Himself.
Take for example his post, “Complicity in Christ” It’s quite reasonable if we are talking about neighbors getting along with one another or how to survive the next family reunion. BUT he is actually speaking about child rape, which is kind of buried among the words…
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Facebook profiles tell a story. They tell who you are, where you've been, what you have done, and what matters most to you. As I was on Facebook within the last hour, several things jumped out at me. The first look at a person's Facebook profile is normally the profile picture. The saying "a picture … Continue reading Facebook Profiles
Great post about bad guys of the Bible!
Picture and article by Ruth Brentner
Everyone loves good guys. Who isn’t inspired by the life of Daniel, Joseph, Jonathan or the beloved apostle John? While their good examples show us better, higher paths, sometimes a bad example is just as revealing as a good one.
Enter the Bible bad guys.
Here’s why I love them:
1. Bad guys serve as warning signs.
Life is complex and difficult to navigate, that’s for sure. It demands warning signs simply because there are pitfalls everywhere. No one plans to shipwreck their faith, fracture their family, or wound their own soul, but sometimes these things overtake us without the advantage of an honest-to-goodness negative example. I say bring on the bad guys. They’ve left behind treasures for us in their flotsam and jetsam.
2. Bad guys expose and unmask the bad guy I deal with every day, my flesh.
That bully is…
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God has reminded me of something that infects the lives of many pastors and churches - misinformation or a lack of knowledge. Ignorance is not bliss. God wants us to be informed, so I choose to do better in some areas. Today, a friend of mine who has been clean for almost 4 years shared … Continue reading Misinformed
About 3 weeks into my first full-time ministry, the pastor came to me and asked if I would teach his Sunday School class while he was out of the country. I gladly took the opportunity. He was teaching Ecclesiastes and told me to pick up at chapter nine. I began preparing and decided to share … Continue reading Before You Die
Many label hand-raising as a Pentecostal or Charismatic thing. It is a Bible thing. This is a great post and the biblical foundation for such a practice. You may have reservations because of what others may think of you, but you won’t bother God one bit when you lift your hands in praise.
Sam Storms, of Enjoying God Ministries, comments in an article, I Will Lift Up My Hands! (Psalm 63:4)
So I will bless you as long as I live;
in your name I will lift up my hands.
First, I raise my hands when I pray and praise because I have explicit biblical precedent for doing so. I don’t know if I’ve found all biblical instances of it, but consider this smattering of texts.
- “So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands” (Psalm 63:4).
- “To you, O LORD, I call; my rock, be not deaf to me, lest, if you be silent to me, I become like those who go down to the pit. Hear the voice of…
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As a church planter, I have not been quick to get people into our doors. Have I invited lots of people? Absolutely! My main goal is to invite them to Jesus. Their involvement in a faith community is an overflow of their relationship with Christ. Many church planters try everything imaginable to lure people. They … Continue reading Vision Cannot Be Compromised