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Christianity

A New Authority

            Post modern thinkers in the church are doing their best to deconstruct everything that may have been given to us by modern/American thought processes.  One of the things I may need to agree with them on to at least some degree is our view of leadership.  Although some postmodern Christians, it seems, would eliminate all authority if given half a chance, I believe that authority is a fact of life and one that God uses to guide his church. (Rom 13:1, 2 Peter 2:10, 1 Thessalonians 5:12).  The question merely remains:  How is authority to function in the church?  Is it to remain a hierarchical structure like the Old Covenant Priesthood, albeit with a friendlier face?  Or are we all to walk in the Priesthood of the Believer where we all have direct access to God and function in the gifts he has given us and those “over” us are more like air traffic controllers directing people but not commanding them.  Are the rolls of Pastor, Apostle, Evangelist, Teacher, and Prophet job descriptions and title or gifts that people operate in? 

            I do believe that men should make a living by preaching the gospel (1 Corinthians 9:14) and I would never begrudge a man the ability to take care of his family but I do see one major problem with the full time ministry,  the Church as a whole has asked men and women to open their wallets and shut their mouths.  Most people feel powerless to effect change in their community because that is the job of the Pastor.  A friend of mine says “Your wallet will never replace your hands,” and I believe this is correct.  So what are we to do?

            Do we move into the egalitarian philosophy where we are all on a level playing field and no one is any better than others?  I don’t think that works any better than military hierarchy, it can lead to anarchy.  But where is the middle ground, it is obvious that Paul acting as an apostle took authority over the churches he planted, to the point of kicking people out due to their lack of repentance, a sermon you will almost never hear about today.  The apostles in Acts 15 took charge and because Jesus had given them authority to bind and loose things (which has nothing to do with binding demons or loosing riches) they determined what was the doctrine for all Christians for years to come.  I feel like I should be providing some answers at this point but I am still working this out so all I have is questions.

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Misc Politics

School bans tag, other chase games – CNN.com

No running, Touching or pushing at recess?

Any we are spending millions of dollars to find out why our kids are fat?

School bans tag, other chase games – CNN.com

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Christianity

Christ In Yall.com Articles – Why Men Dont Go to Church

This article addresses some issues of Men and Church.  I found myself some time ago reading Why Men Hate Going to Church and realizing that I don’t know if I would attend a traditional church if I didn’t feel a call of ministry on my life.  When I say traditional I don’t mean an old fashion one.  I really mean 99.9% of churches in the US.  I am falling more and more frequently in to this category of men and church and I don’t like it because I believe that God created us to be in community with one another.  I am just questioning what form that takes.

Christ In Yall.com Articles – Why Men Dont Go to Church

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Christianity

How Evangelical Are You? Take the EQ Test.

OK just funny

I scored a 95.

How Evangelical Are You? Take the EQ Test.

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Christianity

Dear Abby: Can I wear my swim trunks to church? | TheResurgence

Funny we were just talking about this the other day at our open house.  It is a topic there is a great deal of debate about.

Sorry I haven’t posted anything of my own as of late but I am slammed with work and planning for my mom and sister to come in town, but I can’t wait to put some things in writing that have been floating around my head.

Dear Abby: Can I wear my swim trunks to church? | TheResurgence

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Misc

Richard Dawkins on Colbert Report | TheResurgence

This is just funny, it is a 6 minute video well worth your time…

Richard Dawkins on Colbert Report | TheResurgence

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Christianity

Seven Reasons Why We Cannot Call God

It is crazy that we would even need such an article but I found it interesting none the less.

Seven Reasons Why We Cannot Call God “Mother” | TheResurgence

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Christianity

Sacred Cows Make the Best Hamburger Part II…With Fries on the Side

            I think to begin to unravel the mystery of how to address issues of Church and culture there needs to be an understanding of universal and particular sin.  Universal sins are those specifically addressed in the Bible, murder, hatred, fornication, adultery and the ever troublesome eating food sacrificed to idols.  These sins are universally prohibited to all who call themselves Christians.  There are other activities that may be engaged in simultaneously by two different Christians, one sinning and the other not.  These we will refer to as particular sins.  As image bearers of God who have been quickened by the Holy Spirit of God we have been given a conscience that is a guide to the way we are to live our lives.  True issues begin when we attempt to apply our own convictions to particular sins or cultural issues universally.  There are many Christians who claim that the Bible says Christians shouldn’t smoke; that it is a sin to do so.  This can be extracted from knowing that our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and it would be a sin to defile that temple, I find it ironic that most of these preacher are terribly obese and don’t the hypocrisy.  To some this may be a sinful act but it is not specifically addressed in the Bible so we must user our conscience given by God.  These sins have become pets of our church culture; it would be amusing if it was not so costly to the Kingdom of God. 

           

            There are many issues besides sin, which are not specifically addressed in the word of God.  These fall into issues of culture, many of our traditions and ways of doing things in the church are just that, tradition.  There is nothing inherently wrong with following those traditions they are rich in value and worthy of our attention, however they belong to a culture that is not entirely our own.  The church has a culture and a life all of its own and I find it is this culture that most people wish to avoid like prostate exam back to back with and IRS audit, I guess they are the same thing when you get down to it.  It is not Jesus that repels people it is the culture of the church that drives them away like lemmings over the cliff.  We must begin to understand our own culture to unravel it from the gospel to know what is what.  Unfortunately they are so closely entwined even to those of us in the mix it is almost impossible to tell the difference but it must be found if we are to discover how to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the people around us and present it in their culture instead of demanding they come into ours to meet Jesus…

 

If you have any ideas please post them in the comments…

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Politics

The Lesser of Two Evils

            I have been forced to watch a great deal of political ads as of late, and they are proving something profound to me.  I was correct in my assumption that politics in America has simply become the choice of the lesser of two evils.  Every commercial that comes across the airwaves is nothing but mudslinging, there is more mud that Woodstock ’95.  No candidate has yet to tell me why I should vote for them, but I am very well informed on the reasons their opponent is evil and I shouldn’t vote for their opponent, leaving me with only the option of voting for them.  But since they have given me no good reason to vote for them, only reasons not to vote for their opponent, assume they believe what I believe.  I am voting for the lesser of two evils.

            Our two party system stopped working the minute they became the same party.  Both sides of the aisle are simply concerned with serving the needs of, not the people they supposedly represent but the party its self.  I watched “Man of the Year” this weekend and it was a fairly good movie although it seem to try to be a little to John Grisham for my taste.  While I rarely agree with Robin Williams on anything political I think this movie will strike a chord with many people who are tired of the status quo in American politics.  I look to the quotes of our Fathers who looked upon the government, not as an end all be all, to solve our problems, but a necessary evil at best.

“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship.” –Alexander Tyler

“The issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history, whether man shall be allowed to govern himself or be ruled by a small elite.”– Thomas Jefferson

“There are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.”
— James Madison

All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree.”– James Madison

A wise and frugal government … shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government.”– Thomas Jefferson

        Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. – C.S. Lewis (I know not one of our Founding Fathers but a true statement)

            Oh, if only they were not so right…