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?
I admit: I have a high tolerance for redemption, a low tolerance for BS, and enough sense to understand the difference.
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.
Perverted Grace: Using God’s love to rationalize vice.
So, on Sunday morning, will church be about what happens at some 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.
Authentic love brings truth, and truth is never neutral.
To claim that “Jesus is the truth”, while denying the full authority of His written Word, is disingenuous. It means that you want your own sensibilities and subjective perceptions to be the standard by which Jesus Himself, and thus “truth”, is defined.
When you name “your” ministry after “yourself”, who or what are you really promoting?
Tragically, some throw off the limitations of pastoral monopoly, only to fall prey to the tyranny of apostolic hierarchy. When will we ever learn?
It’s not so much the idea of “clergy” that’s the problem, but laity. After all, we’re each called to be ministers of God to one another and to a waiting world.
Western jurisprudence has dumbed down liberty. It now means state-sanctioned vice, rather than individual freedom to pursue virtue.
God redeems His creation,
despite its fallenness,
and reconciles us to Himself,
despite our brokenness.
God created us with both meaning and purpose. Some, however, want the passivity of “being”, without the intentionality of “becoming”.
Without virtue, liberty is impossible.
Functional elders trump dysfunctional “apostles” any day of the week. They are, in fact, the worst nightmare of – and the best protection against – self-proclaimed and detached whomevers roaming among God’s people.
By the time you analyze, systematize and homogenize the move of God – well, He’s moved on…
Many would rather live a lie in peace, than live for truth.
God gives different gifts, callings and motivations to different people. It’s OK to be different!
The older I get, the more I realize that maturity is having the wisdom to understand there are consequences.
Too often folks anxiously try to fix the fix that God has fixed to fix some problem. Never works. Never has, never will.
If you’re in a fix, own it and let God do His perfect work.
If someone else is in a fix, let them own it so God can do His perfect work!
Relational unity must be built on relational truth – and never on lies.
God’s not into pendulums. He’s into plumb lines. Big difference!