I’ve never liked change.
I hated moving around as an evangelist’s kid. I didn’t like leaving the friends I made at each revival my dad would preach at churches around the country. We would often go to a church for a few weeks to a few months, so it was natural for me to get to know other kids. But then we would pack up and leave to the next series of services several states away. It was lonely, at least until my built-in best friend, my brother Andy, was born and got old enough for me to play with. Continue reading
(This post was originally written for No Negativity Now, another blog of mine.)
Miserable? Most of us have been there, some more than others. If you haven’t been there, pack your bags. Your time is comin’… Continue reading
Just finished reading a blog by Dan Miller entitled “Twitterdom or Wisdom?” I am personally a tech geek, using Twitter, FB, MySpace, WordPress, and email ALL the time, keeping information flowing into my brain almost every waking minute. So I tend to recoil from this type of thinking. But I think there is definitely something to consider here, beyond my initial negative reaction. How can we learn if we only listen to the things we agree with 100% of the time? Continue reading
Was Jesus’ Sacrifice in Vain?
The gift of God’s only Son is completely nullified and made vanity by living and judging solely by the Law. Check this out…
20 I have been crucified with Christ [in Him I have shared His crucifixion]; it is no longer I who live, but Christ (the Messiah) lives in me; and the life I now live in the body I live by faith in (by adherence to and reliance on and complete trust in) the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
21 [Therefore, I do not treat God's gracious gift as something of minor importance and defeat its very purpose]; I do not set aside and invalidate and frustrate and nullify the grace (unmerited favor) of God. For if justification (righteousness, acquittal from guilt) comes through [observing the ritual of] the Law, then Christ (the Messiah) died groundlessly and to no purpose and in vain. [His death was then wholly superfluous.]
The Dangers of a Judgmental Attitude
The “judges” are always looking outward and never searching their own hearts. So it is a DANGEROUS place they put themselves in.
1 DO NOT judge and criticize and condemn others, so that you may not be judged and criticized and condemned yourselves.
2 For just as you judge and criticize and condemn others, you will be judged and criticized and condemned, and in accordance with the measure you [use to] deal out to others, it will be dealt out again to you.
3 Why do you stare from without at the very small particle that is in your brother’s eye but do not become aware of and consider the beam of timber that is in your own eye?
4 Or how can you say to your brother, Let me get the tiny particle out of your eye, when there is the beam f timber in your own eye?
5 You hypocrite, first get the beam of timber out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the tiny particle out of your brother’s eye.
I couldn’t help but paste this article here. It’s really very good and deals with some long-standing issues that need to be addressed in many churches. A good friend of mine, Ricky Allmon, recently said, “What they value the most, they treasure the least.” I think that fits nicely in this discussion.
I agree with just about everything except possibly the style of music he espouses (Chris Tomlin-esque), but that may be a personal preference, since I myself like a little more variety (Israel (of course), Free Chapel, even a little black gospel (gasp!) added in along with Tomlin, Hillsong, etc.). Other than that, I think Don Chapman is pretty spot-on with this post.