December 18th, 2010 Comments Off on What about those fanatics and extremeists?
In Revelation Chapter 3, Jesus says to one of the churches, Was it Laodicea? I could look it up, but that’s not the point. He says, ” I wish you were either hot or cold, since you are just lukewarm, I will spit you out of my mouth.”
I have been thinking about that a lot lately. It would seem to be better to be lukewarm than cold. isn’t it better to go to church on Sunday, sing some songs, listen to a sermon and help once in a while at the soup kitchen; than to turn your back completely on the gospel and ignore Jesus completely? Not according to him. It seems he would prefer that we be either hot or cold as long as we are not lukewarm.
That is terribly frightening. How many of us are most concerned about the here and now? How many of us really are lukewarm, simply doing the things we must so we can get a “passing grade.” The gospel says that there is only one passing grade and it comes to us freely in Christ.
This should fundamentally alter us at the deepest levels of our being. When we are handed the perfect record of Christ, when he intervenes on our behalf and promises us righteousness and life, we ought to be different people. But often we aren’t. Many of us who claim to have “recieved Christ” are trying to live out a comfortable American lifestyle. We like to say things like, “Well, I am no religious fanatic, but i believe Jesus died for my sins”
This is how we justify living exactly like everyone around us.
Jesus doesn’t call us to live like everyone around us. He calls us to be fanatics, extremists who will give up their comforts, their safety and their peace for the sake of the gospel. Religious zealots who will invite orphans and widows into their homes. Wackos who will confront injustice and inequality even if it means opposing the status quo and alienating their families. Dare I say even Bible thumpers who will graciously and lovingly point hurting people to the source of hope and life.
If we are not willing to be hot, perhpas we should consider being cold. Apparently there is no place in the kingdom for a lukewarm Christian.
April 17th, 2008 §
I remember when a person could say – “i’m hacked off” and it meant something.
I remember when only the cool kids could afford parachute pants.
I remember when mc hammer had money.
I remember when the new kids on the block were a band.
I remember max headroom.
I remember the pet shop boys.
I remember when Michael Jackson was stinkin’ awesome!
wow – I’m an old fart
January 9th, 2008 Comments Off on home at last
After a long trip to North Carolina to see family and friends, we are finally back home. I do consider this home. Mainly its because my bed and my office are both here, but its also because this is where we belong right now. And we like it too. Funny story, about getting home though. » Read the rest of this entry «
December 4th, 2007 §
You have got to watch this video! A pastor I admire a great deal has just appeared on CNN talking about Sex. Bell has a lot of great ideas, and CNN calls him the next Billy Graham. Some will want to argue with me because some of his theology is different than mine, but you know what? he is doing a lot more to redeem and reform his culture than I am.
Take a look at the Video.
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August 31st, 2007 §
Ok, It is rare for me to ever recommend a book. But this is one EVERY Christian should read… No Every person. My wonderfully wise wife found this treasure and we have been reading it with the boys. The Jesus Story Book Bible is a children’s Bible like many others, it tells the stories we are all familiar with in a way kids can relate to. But in every single story, this insightful author points the readers to Christ. Last night as we read the tower of Babel and the story of the birth of Isaac, Gage, Shea and I were all reminded that these things happened because everything was not quite right in the world, and God had a plan to send a child who would make it better. These Stories really are all about HIM. Too easily we get lost in the story and forget that, at least I do. Read the book, I cannot stress it enough. It is not just good for kids, its good for you too.
June 14th, 2007 §
I plan to subscribe to this magazine as soon as possible. I just discovered it here on online. They say that they are for “people who give a damn.” What an excellent tag line! They cover politics, culture, the environment, and other important stuff we all talk about everyday. But most importantly, their bent is toward I what I call “redemption.” Sure I have friends who will think these guys are flaming liberals because they promote cars that run on vegetables, but you know what? I want one of those cars! Save the air, save gas, and you still don’t have to eat your veggies! Now instead of feeding them to the dog under the table you can take em outside and dump em in your tank!
Seriously though, it is about time for a magazine like this that works toward true change in the world with an eye toward making it better. Thanks guys! I look forward to seeing what you can do!
June 11th, 2007 §
I just had a great lunch and a good time of fellowship with a family considering seminary. We were asked to take them out, show them around and answer any questions they might have. I am always a bit hesitant at moments like that, because I rarely pull any punches with my words. For all I know they could be thinking they never want to see St Louis again and I am about to thrown out of school.
I doubt it though. I spoke fairly of Covenant, though in reality every place and community has its share of scars, and I am happy to make them known. Of course I also did my best to extol the virtues of Covenant as opposed to RTS. Lets just say that if my new friend leans toward fundamentalism, I just talked him into RTS.
Anyway, this great lunch was sandwiched between two things that were not so great. » Read the rest of this entry «
June 5th, 2007 §
I feel like I have really accomplished something today. I had my first chance in months to sleep past nine. I woke up, showered (of course) and even spent an hour outside with Shea so Lyra could finish some school with Gage. Shea was particularly tired and refused to allow anyone to do anything other than pay attention to him.
So after coming inside I settled in for a period of leasurely moving the heritage website from my test server to its official home at heritagewildwood.org, well, not really — my intention was to place it at heritagepca.com but alas, that was not to be.
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June 3rd, 2007 §
and I should have been in bed hours ago. Thing is I have this problem. When I have a tons of stuff to do, i just want to get it done. I cant sleep when there are things sort of just hanging over my head. Hebrew starts Thursday. That means I have to finish up the new heritage site, finish a redesign of this site I manage, give seekingdaily a makeover, and learn the Hebrew alphabet. I would kinda like to spend some time with my family in there too… » Read the rest of this entry «
May 29th, 2007 §
Well I am not really supposed to work at all today, but i told them i would come in to cover lunches while the other banker is on vacation. The beauty of being only a part timer is that i can work a little extra during my school breaks and look like a hero. Not that I really care, but maybe that will help my next performance evaluation.
I am later than I had hoped to be because I spent the morning working on our churches website. I am redesigning it and it takes awhile to get everything right. But thats the way it goes sometimes. You want to know the most frustrating thing about this website? » Read the rest of this entry «