A walking concordance no more knows God’s heart, than an existentialist knows His mind.
Ideas have consequences, as do doctrines …
Including the doctrine that doctrines don’t matter.
Claims of “radical faith” and “deeper life” hold no appeal. Often, they become distractions from God’s desire that we become whole, complete people of simple faith and simple obedience.
The older I get, the more I want simple.
Are your God-given gifts about advancing your ministry, or about advancing God’s wonderfully diverse gifts in others?
While a prepared message has its place, it is no substitute for a prepared man or woman.
Postmodern Angst: When you finally figure out that trying to be relevant is no longer considered relevant.
Oh, the crazy webs some weave!
As sovereign King, Jesus gives us the liberty to pursue virtue, not the autonomy to pursue vice.
A gospel which proclaims acceptance without repentance is all about me – rather than Him.
A Sunday morning thought:
How did ministry gifts – given by God so we could serve, equip and edify one another – become titles, offices and corporations?
A sure sign of a cult: It personally attacks through unsubstantiated innuendo all who raise legitimate concerns about their untouchable “leader”, rather than address the specific merits of those concerns.
The key to effective ministry is becoming less and less indispensable.
“The more I read, the less I admire modern theology. The more I study the productions of the new schools of theological teachers, the more I marvel that men and women can be satisfied with such writings. There is a vagueness, a mistiness, a shallowness, an indistinctness, a superficiality, an aimlessness, a hollowness [in] the literature of the ‘broader and kinder systems’, as they are called, which to my mind stamps their origin on their face. They are of the earth, earthy.”
~ J.C. Ryle (written in 1864, but how much more true today – especially among those who push their faddish theology under the disingenuous claim that they have no theology, other than their own existential perceptions of Jesus!)
Perverted Grace: Using God’s love to rationalize vice.
So, on Sunday morning, will church about what happens at the front podium, or about being active participants in living community?
When grace become the ends, and not the means, we create yet one more religion – built around yet one more doctrine taken out of context to validate our own agendas.