Things I Think
1. I think the emphasis on biblicism in the conservative church has come at the expense of community…you haven’t really been to church if all you did was hear a lecture and leave. The Christian faith can truly only be practiced as an interactive member of a community of believers. That does not mean that only traditional brick and mortar services will do…
2. I think it’s odd that I keep hearing how the election is over when we haven’t voted yet.
3. As pastor who is going through trials serving others who are going through trials, I find attention paid to anything but people, Word, and sacrament to be almost blasphemous. Suffering has clarified my calling.
4. My reading of the New Testament indicates that fighting over power in the church is contra everything that the Scripture teaches.
5. God uses sin and sinners to accomplish His purposes…because that’s the only raw material He has to work with.
6. A new poll indicates that we’re losing religious freedom in this country. My question is how much are we being persecuted for righteousness and how much are we being persecuted for being clowns?
7 .Suffering has also deepened my contempt for those men who abuse the office of pastor for their own benefit. Never in my lifetime have we needed the church to be a sanctuary of hope and holiness as we do today and those who make it otherwise will pay dearly on that Day.
8. Raising up a godly child in this culture is so difficult…our young people are assaulted daily through every medium with messages that are contrary to the faith. This is yet another reason why we desperately need strong faith communities.
9. If I hadn’t had health insurance this last illness would have buried me financially for life. I can’t help but care about those who do not have any insurance at all…
10. Lastly, I have heard that verbal shots were taken at me again in a recent non denominational denomination conference. Good to know I haven’t been forgotten…though you’d think that they would have the sense to let old, sleeping dogs alone.