Things I Think
1. I have a stack of new books to review when perchance I have time to actually read them. All of them in some fashion call for a “new” way of thinking about the church and even about Jesus. While they present different issues with varying degrees of importance to me, it’s obvious that there is a real current of change running through the American church, much of it powered by a backlash against the politicization of the church. Don’t look now, but I think we may be getting a lot healthier over the next couple of decades.
2. John MacArthurs statement that a real Christian can’t be a Democrat is one that I’ve seen echoed about ten thousand times on Facebook and blogs. What he’s really saying is that it’s more sinful to support gay marriage and abortion than to hate the “47%”. I beg to differ.
3. Gay marriage and abortion have both become cultural norms and “rights”. You won’t change that through politics. We’re stuck with the Gospel as our only recourse.
4. I don’t see answers to prayer as much as I see God’s providential hand in things I didn’t think to pray for.
5. Ambition is the curse on the church.
6. I was shocked at how little recognition was given to the anniversary of Steve Jobs death in light of the ink and tears shed only a year ago.
7. As I’ve walked through my illness and my sons difficulties with little time to be online I’ve come to realize that one of the great attractions of the internet is never having to die to yourself. Real life requires it multiple times a day.
8. Since Romney waxed Obama in the debate last week, I’ve noticed many Christians are more hopeful. I only get that way after church…
9. Costco and Wal Mart have their Christmas stuff out and my skin is already turning Grinch green.
10. Oddly enough, even though I am a pastor, God speaks as often to and through the people I’m pastoring…