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That Guy in Every Church…

That guy in every church…

I was riding my bike last night (Man that is much easier when I am not hauling my daughter behind me) and I passed a guy on the trail that reminded me of a guy I used to know, and another.  It seems to me that there are certain types of guys that are in every church/youth group see if you recognize any of them.  TO BE CLEAR THIS IS MEANT IN GOOD HUMOR!!!!

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Christianity Godfidence Theology

The why behind the what?

For almost as long as I have been a Christian I have had trouble with some of the ways the church operates. I assumed that this, in many cases, was simply because I didn’t grow up in the church and therefore was not used to the particulars of church culture. However, I have recently done some studying on Charles G. Finney and have learned a little about some of the ‘why’s of the church.

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Entertainment

Dark Knight

With Heather leaving town this weekend I took off to with a buddy to see The Dark Knight. I was skeptical to see it because it was tremendously well hyped as the best movie ever, and the death of Heath Ledger only served to increase this hype. (This post is spoiler free)

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Church Family Life

Money and Me

I have talked a little about minimizing my life and the reasons for doing so but I don’t know if I am ready to take the steps I think are necessary.  A few weeks ago Todd over at Todd Hiestand.com talked a little about how a recent mission trip affected the way he thinks about his life.  In an offline message I told him I could see him down the road that I stand at the head of but I fear taking steps to meet him.

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Sorry

I have several great ideas in my head but with big projects at work and three sick girls in the house my time has been a little stretched.

Might I suggest you to to the home page and take a look at the “Top Posts” tab or the “Authors Favs” They are some older posts that I like or that people seemed to like.

I hope to get some things written over the weekend…

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Christianity Godfidence Theology Videos

Pirates? Are you serious?

It is just a coincidence that this follows some of my Friday pirate Videos but this is a little sad. I have never really listened to Ed Young but I have heard him raved about by some friends. This video makes me not really want to hear from him again.

He talks about people who join a church or staff specifically to leave and start another church, he calls these people pirates. His is horrified that some people, the most recent ones he has had to deal with, took 20 years to complete their act of piracy. Seriously? If you can stay in a church let alone on the staff of a single large church for 20 years you deserve an award. If he really believes these people took the heartache, abuse, struggle and time over a 20 year period just to go start their own church he is crazy.

Several issues I have:

  1. He says church planters should plant in places that don’t have church, presumably like he did. No wait he is in Grapevine TX, Dallas (could there be a MORE church dense place?), and southern Florida.
  2. He says that if you did this in the corporate world you would be in jail. Apart from being untrue, he misses the point, as the larger churches I have been involved with do, CHURCHES ARE NOT IN COMPETITION!!!! WE ARE ON THE SAME TEAM!!! We are all working for the kingdom of Jesus Christ at least one would hope.
  3. When I was at a mega church much like Young’s a small church opened just across the street from the back side of the property and people were outraged but the thing is no one who goes to one of those churches would ever go to the other. We need more churches not less if we are to really reach the world with the Gospel.
  4. Having been through this situation on both sides understand that sometimes people just have to go their separate ways. Even Paul and Barnabas decided to go their separate ways but they realized they were on the same mission. Maybe I am presumptuous but it seems this kind of language only gets used when you were worried about building your own kingdom.

Now are there ethical questions that could be involved here sure, and I don’t believe there is one blanket answer. Again from my experience before I arrived at the mega church I attended an incident similar to what he is discussing occurred. A ‘pirate’ planted a church near by and many people float between them but is it accurate to say that that pastor and anyone who attends that church are in sin? Some people would say yes.

This video exposes some large issues within the organized church. It seems he is more interested in building his ‘business’ than God’s kingdom.

Hat tip to Letters from Kamp Krusty for the video.

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Christianity Godfidence Theology

Loss of Dogma

Dogma is a word, like many in the theological sphere, that’s meaning has been all but lost. It has taken on a negative connotation when in reality it is simply the most core beliefs of a given religion. Thefreedictionary.com defines dogma as “an authoritative principle, belief, or statement of ideas or opinion, especially one considered to be absolutely true.” For Christianity these are things like the virgin birth, the substitutionary death of Jesus, the trinity and faith in Jesus being the only things held true universally by all believers that are not in question. Unfortunately according to a new Pew research pole this concept has been lost even among those who identify themselves as Evangelical.

According to the pole 57% of evangelicals responding feel that “Many religions can lead to eternal life.” I think they may be linked to the discoveries in Christian Smith’s book Soul Searching. He discovered that most young people’s religious beliefs today can be expressed as therapeutic moralistic deism, even those in evangelical churches. If the gospel of Christ can, and is reduced simply to a list of do’s and don’ts then it would make sense that anyone else following a similar list would indeed be just as ‘saved’ as a Christian. Brian McLaren has expressed in his “New Kind of Christian” series that any good that is done is done as unto Jesus no matter who you believe you are worshiping, and this type of belief is far to typical in my experience.

The big popular ministers in Christianity seem content with messages that seem better suited for Matt Foley than for a minister, I have seen sermons on drinking the correct amount of water, on how to live a better life, getting a long better with co-workers, with just a little shout out to Jesus thrown in at the end almost as if to appease a part of their audience, that need to hear about Jesus.

This relativism has seeped into the Church and into our own beliefs to the extent that we no longer believe Jesus is the only way to salvation. Apart from his own claim, “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me,” in the garden be asked “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” If there was another way Jesus wouldn’t have had to die, but he did. I fear that we have abandoned that which Paul called the first importance, if not deliberately then at least unintentionally by removing it from preeminence and making it a side bar in our preaching and teaching.

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. (1 Cor. 15)