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World Vision, Hobby Lobby, NOAH, and the desire to remain silent.

I know, I know, I’ve been rather silent these last couple weeks and, as a Christian, it’s been a rather interesting time to remain silent. But here’s the thing: I’ve read A LOT of rhetoric on both sides of the fence regarding several of these hotbutton issues and I’ve come to one conclusion:

I have nothing to add to the conversation…on either side.

Or maybe, more accurately, as Jen Hatmaker put it:

“Every article, regardless of its position for or against, is the same. The support arguments; same. The rebuttals; same. The circular thinking; same. The responses are fully expended, (and in the end) we discover we are at the same impasse.”

Or even as T.E. Hanna wrote regarding the World Vision backlash:

“It is a sad day in Christendom, no matter where you stand on the issue…I am not suggesting that we abandon what we hold as ethics, or that we celebrate something that we disagree with. However, I remind the people of God that the enemy works through distraction, by leading us to fixate on things which rob us of our ability to be effective for the Kingdom of God. And this past week, it was a very successful tactic.”

Regardless of where you stand on the World Vision debacle, on contraception and the ACA, on the biblical foundation or abandonment of a Hollywood movie, the true question we all need to ask ourselves is this:

Are we being distracted from keeping the main thing the main thing?

And even more so… Continue reading

COVER REVEAL: The 3rd in the Drifter Series: The Price of Indifference

Take a look at the NEWEST COVER for Book 3 in the Drifter Series: The Price of Indifference. We’re looking now at a mid-April release, and a $2.99 (!!) price point for both Amazon and B&N e-book!!

Yes, I know I originally said the first to middle of March for publishing but, hey,  you can’t rush these things!

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Book 2: The Plague of Grace is also available from both Amazon and B&N in e-book form for $2.99.  Just click on the logos to the right of this post —>
Book 1: The Path of Judgment is available in e-book for $0.99!! As well as in print (via Amazon) for as low as $10.44!

From J.S. Park/The Atheist Pastor: “My Brother Got In A Fight At Church Today”

A friend of mine posted this on his Tumblr blog last night and I thought it definitely worth a repost.

One caveat: It involves the Catholic church but it is not about the Catholic church. As J.S. said in a follow-up comment on Facebook, “The sad thing is that it’s already receiving backlash because some are making it a “Catholic” issue. I’m hearing that him being yelled at is an “acceptable reaction” at a Catholic Church. But if I wouldn’t have even mentioned that part, then it would be completely unacceptable whether it’s at a mosque, synagogue, gym, or school club. I have nothing against Catholics at all, and in hindsight I shouldn’t have brought that up because now the focus is in justifying it. It’s an irredeemable abuse of authority, in any type of church, anywhere. (emphasis: mine)

Yes, J.S. got/gets a little heated; justifiably so IMHO. His point still stands, whether it be how someone eats a wafer, how they dress, how their kids act, etc., etc. The part of this judgmental mindset we (as church-goers) tend to miss is that Church is, was, and always will be until Jesus’ return, a hospital, not a country club. The part of this scenario we are overlooking is that we wouldn’t even be having this discussion if these people weren’t there in the first place! Where they (and we) should be! Where they (and we) should feel safe, accepted, welcome, needed, encouraged…

And corrected, yes, but only if this correction falls under Jesus own model. The adulterous woman comes to mind, the woman at the well…

Jesus called out the Pharisees as well, but if you remember correctly, these were the men that felt they had the law down, they knew, just knew, they were right. And, to them, that was everything, to be right; to keep order; to make sure the faithful ate those wafers in just the right way…

Anyway, here’s J.S. Park to tell the whole story, I’d love your take on this topic and J.S.’ as well as his brother’s reaction to it all:

My Brother Got In A Fight At Church Today.

My brother does not regularly attend church, and today he was yelled at in front of an entire Catholic Mass because he broke the communion wafer.

A lady at the altar accused him of “sharing the cracker with his girlfriend,” so my brother opened his mouth to show her the entire thing — already an embarrassing gesture — and the lady called him a liar.  Repeatedly.  My brother argued back, it became loud and heated, and then he walked out.

My brother didn’t know this was a rule, and neither did I — but even if it’s a rule, this is not how you handle things. Continue reading

I’m Curious: Sin = Loving God ?

photo courtesy Stanford.edu
photo courtesy Stanford.edu

 

My curiosity was piqued the other day as I was reading a morning devotional. The text was from Genesis chapter 6 on the story of Noah, and the commentary included the following statement:

Saying that Noah was “righteous” and “blameless” does not mean that he never sinned. Rather, it means that Noah wholeheartedly loved and obeyed God.

 I’m curious; how does one reconcile sin to wholeheartedly loving and obeying God?

I have some thoughts and ideas. But I would like some feedback from others before I wade in on the discussion.

(Also, this “I’m Curious”-type of post is something I would like to do more often, especially if I get any type of good feedback or discussion going on some of these topics.)

NEVER be afraid to question!

Dude! Why So Negative??!

Gotta luv da Grumpy Cat!
Gotta luv da Grumpy Cat!

I had some very interesting responses to my “I’m Curious” question last Wednesday: “What Does the Term ‘Not Biblical’ Mean To You?” (click here to join the fun)

But one overarching sentiment cast its wide net over most every answer: Negativity.

Diane says, “I’ve most often heard it used to cast doubt upon a course of action or opinion just expressed by another…Bottom line: CONTROL – it introduces generalized doubt, rather than addressing the specific scriptural concern in context with careful consideration of the other’s situation.”

Todd says, “…even the term “scriptural support” gets contentious. I am sometimes amazed at what folks say is or is not Biblical.”

Warrioress chimes in that, “It’s a criticism of whatever one has opined. And usually it’s narrow-minded in its insistence as being more knowledgeable about what the bible says and how to interpret it.”

Criticism. Contention. Casting doubt. Even amongst our fellow believers many Christian viewpoints are seen as controlling, narrow-minded, or adversarial. Why?

Could it be a misguided attempt at teaching? Shepherding? Discipling? Could it simply be a bald-faced attempt at control? Manipulation? A power trip?

Well…yes. And, neither. And, both.

Simple, right? Continue reading

The spiritual life and random musings of a part-time novelist and Spiritual Drifter…"the trouble is not with the law, for the law is spiritual and good. The trouble is with me, for I am all too human…"

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