Things I Think
1. I’m going to be busy chasing down some stories from last weeks CCSPC… the conference itself was a success, but there was significant behind the scenes drama that will affect things going forward.
2. I must confess that I’m far more interested in the escape of cartel leader “El Chapo” Guzman. The similarities between how cartels operate in Mexico and how large American evangelical groups work is striking. The only rule of law is that the one with the most money makes the rules and need not care about the law. It’s a “culture of impunity” and it is destroying that country and the reputation of the church.
3. One of the hardest lessons to learn is that God is indeed faithful. That’s because to learn this truth you have to have nothing to rely on but God. Living by faith isn’t easy, but the reward is eternal.
4. Technology serves as digital alcohol…it removes our inhibitions and makes it easy to be the worst person we can be. We’re living in a a world full of digital drunks who never seem to sober up and feel bad about what they did the night before.
5. There’s lots of talk these days about whether God will judge America. It might be helpful to go back to the Old Testament and see what God judged nations for. You will find that economic and political sins get more play than sexual ones. Oppressing the poor and the marginal groups among us is a surefire way to get the brimstone smelter fired up…but we don’t hear much about that, do we?
6. I’m teaching through the book of Amos in our church…and it’s interesting to note how God got the attention of His people by speaking judgment on their enemies…but He wanted their attention to pronounce judgment on them. Make your own application…
7. The path to spiritual growth begins with having no trust in your own righteousness…
8. You can’t overemphasize the doctrine of grace. You can underemphasize doctrines about holiness or sanctification, but you can never make too much of the grace of God.
9. Make no mistake…the great war in the church is on the definition of authority. It has been so since the Reformation. In the 16th century the war was between the church and the Scriptures, today it is between the Scriptures and self.
10. I’m surprised and thankful that I made it to the end. We’ll do better next week…