Church…or no?

I recently saw this meme come through my Facebook feed. Perhaps you’ve seen it, too. This kind of attitude is something I find quite disturbing. I’ve seen many statistics speaking about how church attendance in America is dwindling, particularly in my age group and younger. There are a variety of reasons given for this trend. The reason with which I am most familiar is a lack of continuity when it comes to biblical authority. Claiming the Bible to be the infallible Word of God and then contradicting it when it comes to Genesis and the origins of the universe is an inconsistency that is readily seen, though the creation account is not the sole province of finding fault with Scripture. Anytime someone says that what the Bible says isn’t quite the way things happen, they are undermining the authority of Scripture and giving a reason to walk away from the faith. … Keep reading!

To be burned at the stake…

This is one of those posts that is going to get me in trouble, assuming anyone bothers to read it (sometimes it’s nice to be virtually unknown). But with the way things are going in our country, I thought I would add my two-cents’ worth. I read this article today: Government to Farmers: Host Same-Sex Wedding or Pay a $13,000 Fine. We’re going to see more and more of this taking place. Why? Because the world hates God and anyone who takes a stand on His Word. Are you a Christian? Then you had better be prepared to give an answer as to what you believe and to endure the onslaught of fury you will bring down upon yourself if your answer comes out of Scripture. I will come right out and admit it. I agree with the Bible when it says that homosexuality is a sin. Maybe that offends you. … Keep reading!

We can’t do it all on our own…

Particularly in America, men are expected to be self-made and self-reliant. It is seen as weakness to ask for help. I struggle with this probably just as much as most other men, often to my detriment. Consider a couple of portions of Scripture with me. Ex. 18:13-27 “And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses sat to judge the people: and the people stood by Moses from the morning unto the evening. And when Moses’ father in law saw all that he did to the people, he said, What is this thing that thou doest to the people? why sittest thou thyself alone, and all the people stand by thee from morning unto even? And Moses said unto his father in law, Because the people come unto me to enquire of God: When they have a matter, they come unto me; and I judge between one and another, … Keep reading!

Greater

Title: Greater: Dream Bigger. Start Smaller. Ignite God’s Vision for Your Life. Author: Steven Furtick Publisher: Multnomah Books; Original edition 9/4/12 Pages: 224 Language: English Summary: Are you ready to open your imagination to the possibility that God has a vision for your life that is greater? We all have honest moments when we’re gripped by a desire to feel that what we’re doing matters more. That who we are matters more. And according to one of the most shocking verses in the Bible, Jesus wants the very same thing for every one of us: “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” -John 14:12 That single promise—“even greater things than these”—should be enough to shatter our acceptance of spiritual mediocrity. Unfortunately, most believers have only tried and given up on vague notions of greatness…then settled into a life … Keep reading!

Are you satisfied?

I enjoy the comedy of Tim Hawkins. In one of his bits, he talks about preachers, sermons, sermon titles, and sermon series. One of the titles or series he brings up (whether he made it up or this was actually preached somewhere and he heard about it, I don’t know) is called “Content or Discontent: Which Tent Do You Live In?” As I type this, I can think of a few pastors who might be tempted to use that title themselves. It’s a funny way to phrase the topic, and of course Tim got a laugh out of it. I was reading in Ecclesiastes recently and came across this verse (all quotes in this post from the King James Version): “Better is an handful with quietness, than both the hands full with travail and vexation of spirit” (Eccl. 4:6). A little cross-referencing brought up some more verses. “A little that … Keep reading!

Just one more post in the storm…

Yep, I decided I’d write a little something after hearing about the Supreme Court’s decision from yesterday. I was saddened to hear what the ruling was, but I wasn’t surprised in the least. We live in a world that rejects God whenever it can, so to have the highest court in our nation say it is wrong to prohibit homosexuals from being legally married shouldn’t shock anyone. The prophet Jeremiah says it so simply: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jer. 17:9, KJV). He goes on to say that God gives to “every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings” (Jer. 17:10, KJV; cf. Rev. 20:11-15; 1 Sam. 2:3). While it is the responsibility of the faithful to stand for truth, God will ultimately judge each individual that has ever lived. It would be easy for … Keep reading!

My blog looks lonely

I thought it would be a good idea to add another blog post so you could see I’m still working on the site. Aren’t you impressed with me? I am working on a post dealing with fellowship within the church. A couple of weeks ago we had a message at church on the issue and I thought there were many good points that should be shared as broadly as possible. Abi and I missed services with our local fellowship last week and I am eager to be there tomorrow morning. I firmly believe that Christians should fellowship with other Christians at every opportunity, but I think it is especially important to gather as a whole body at least once a week (typically Sundays with most congregations). By participating in regular fellowship, we not only gain encouragement, strength, and refreshing from our brothers and sisters in Christ, we also–and perhaps more importantly–impart … Keep reading!