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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Don't you know it's Christ-mas-time at all?

I’m the kind of person who waits for movies to come out on video instead of rushing out during premier week to see it. The only time I’ve ever bought music the same week it was released was when Christopher Cross came out with “Sailing” and GTR made their one-hit wonder "When the Heart Rules the Mind." Books? Don’t even get me started.

Today I finally saw the DVD many have been “all the rave” about since August: Bill Hybel’s interview with Bono. Honestly, I prayed very hard about this because 1) I just don’t get that excited about the rock music scene anymore; 2) Bill Hybels and Willow Creek don’t exactly “drop my anchor;” 3) I had to. It was shown in our Chapel service.

Before going in, I prayed that God would give me discernment. The sequence was introduced with the encouragement to “engage the mind” and “listen critically.” Right away I could not help but think, “obviously there are some elements contained herein the school does NOT endorse. Why carry on?” Nevertheless, carry on we did.

Historically, Bono and I go way back. About two years before GTR made their ripple in the pond of music, U2 was dropped in my lap by a friend who told me, “Check this Irish band out. They’re Christian!” I listened. I listened again. And again. “Ok, I think I hear something Christian,” I remember thinking; but, I wasn’t able to decipher the politics and the nationalism from the religion in their music then. Years go by and I see U2 and Bono surface here and there—LiveAid and whatnot. I read in the papers and heard on the news of his vulgarisms (F*** the Revolution) and the tight-fisted defiance in the face of authority, not to forget his stage persona (“the devil”) and involvements with the IRA. I wrote them off as another former-Christian band. But Bono kept surfacing.

I was gravely concerned when I heard that Bono was going to be interviewed by Hybels for The Summit conference this last year and that our students were going to be exposed to . . . whatever was on his mind. I wrote a letter to our president expressing some concerns, and included my doubts as to what Christian leadership had to learn from this man. My letter was well received, but the answers mostly fell on me: “did you see the interview?” Well, today I have the answer.

Today I heard a concerned man (who doesn’t seem to offend anyone) share his heart. I heard him say the church is behind and is not doing a good job taking care of people. I agree. Matter of fact, I’ve said for years that if the western church was doing its’ job the welfare system would be obsolete. I heard him say we need to be proactive in health-care. I agree as well! The complete work of Christ has far-reaching implications.

But that’s about all I could agree with.

I heard him say that all people are the same. Yes, we are. But we are not. People of the world do not have the same Father. Jesus made that clear. I cannot agree with Bono and the video clip they did NOT show of him chanting “Muhammed, Buddah, Jesus!” Why not? I mean, this is the voice of Bono Vox (“good voice!”), right?

I heard him say we live under the principle of Karma: what you give out, you get back. I also heard him say that he did not like that concept, but he could not get away from it.

I heard him say we live in a dualistic world and that grace is that “area in-between” that helps dualism make sense. Those pages in my Bible must be stuck together . . .

I heard him say that eternal judgment is not a game and should be taken very seriously. But is judgment averted and salvation achieved through our good works, like feeding the hungry and healing the sick? I heard him put his hope in God’s grace. Franciscan? Yes. Biblical? Hardly. It doesn’t take much to realize that the salvation he is concerned about is selfish—help others in their plight, find God and get into heaven. Is that what its’ all about? What about getting them into heaven?

In another interview he waxed religious and talked about how God saves us from our s**t (why he can’t say “sin” is beyond me—actually I think I know). Nothing about repentance today. Nothing about the atonement of Christ today. Nothing about the glorious appearing.

He talked about getting to know Christ through getting closer to the poor, where one finds God in the silence and suffering. What about the Bible? What about prayer? What about fellowship of the church? I heard him say he did not like the church, but then he does . . . ? I heard him say that heaven is on earth and it is our responsibility to bring the kingdom.

Speaking of Christ, he admitted Jesus as the Son of God, but said nothing of His Lordship. Said nothing of his power. Said nothing of what is to come.

I’ll be blunt. I believe a day will come (we may not live to see it) when this nation will be reduced to 3rd world conditions due to natural disaster that will be exploited by international terrorists. Guess who will be hurting the most? Those who are not accustomed to living in those conditions. And who will be ahead of the game? Those who are already living in those conditions.

What about those Biblical passages that show us the end times? Everyone will NOT eat, food will be not only scarce, but of such high value it is almost unattainable. What about the currency and the trade and the mark of the beast and the mark of God? What about the anti-Christ who brings peace and prosperity and unity . . .

Someone wanted to know if I enjoyed chapel. The chapel was thought-provoking.

Before you get on my case about anything, you need to know that I have 8 people under my roof that live on the income of a family of 3. I’ve been homeless before. I know what’s out there. I’ve been “stupid poor.”

Join me on a bench downtown and let’s talk to the folks who walk by . . . people who know where to get free food, free clothes, have lots of time on their hands to develop bad theology . . . people who need the system and those who know how to see the world for free . . .

My wife and I manage a food bank, an agency of America’s Second Harvest. The agency is volunteer driven and operates on donations. We moved over 45,000 pounds of food since this time last year. We know about hunger. We know about debt. We know about poverty. And we also know what charitable giving is like. And we’ve seen what God can do.

But Bono can’t fix the world. He would sooner give his sunglasses to the Pope than sell a pair to buy food, or relieve someone’s debt. He basically said so when he admitted he was “living high” and was not about to let it go . . . and the Pope does have a pair of his shades.

So I have to ask: “Christian leader, what did I learn?”

I learned that Dr. Martin Luther King’s vision is also Nelson Mandela’s and somehow they both join God where He is already at work. What kind of work? Hard to say, but He is at work and He is where I am, if I am in the middle of it all.

I learned that one can be creative with language, depending on the audience. I must try harder to be culturally relevant. I just have to cut “hell” out of my ministry-talk to be less offensive and say that instead of Jesus dying for my sins He died for my . . . Sorry. I can’t do it.

I learned that I need to move my assets to a tax shelter in the Netherlands to keep other people from getting to my money . . .

I learned that I can hope I am doing enough to escape judgment. Are you? We could use some help down at the food bank . . . Maybe I’ll change the name from “Koinonia Food Bank” to “Judgment House.”

I also learned from Bill Hybels that I can smile and nod my head in silent amens while listening to a newly ordained preacher of a churchless church, being motivated with good ideas and no gospel at all.

Oswald Chambers wrote, "The type of Christian experience in the New Testament is that of personal passionate devotion to the Person of Jesus Christ. Every other type of Christian experience, so called, is detached from the Person of Jesus. There is no regeneration, no being born again into the Kingdom in which Christ lives, but only the idea that He is our Pattern. In the New Testament Jesus Christ is Saviour long before He is Pattern. To-day He is being despatched as the Figurehead of a Religion, a mere Example. He is that, but He is infinitely more; He is salvation itself, He is the Gospel of God. "

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Things that make you go, "hmmmmmmm"

Megapastor Rick Warren's Damascus Road experience
Posted: November 20, 2006 1:00 a.m. Eastern

WASHINGTON – Rick Warren, the superstar mega-church pastor and bestselling author of ''The Purpose Driven Life,'' had a Damascus Road experience last week – and like Saul of Tarsus, one of the after-effects appears to be blindness.

Read the article.

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When a Megapastor Denies Christ
Posted: 11/25/2006

. . . If you want to see what the modern denial of Jesus Christ looks like, I encourage you to watch this video clip. This clip features megapastor Rick Warren as he addresses the attendees of the TED Conference in Monterey, California. TED describes itself as a conference that brings together more than 1,000 thought leaders, movers and shakers every year to share ideas. The website claims that, ''After four days, you gain an understanding of how your own work fits into the larger web of knowledge and you get to connect with extraordinary individuals who are helping in creating a better future for all of us.''

As a Christian pastor, what did Rick Warren have to say to this group of people? He spoke for a little over 20 minutes. He said everyone had a purpose and that God wanted everyone to use their gifts and talents. He talked about his crisis in purpose when he made "tons and tons of money" with his famous book. He told about how he and his wife use a reverse tithe and how they started foundations to help solve the world's problems. He quickly established that he was a "pluralist". He said that everybody is betting their life on "something". The implication was that you believe in this, I believe in that. It's all good. Despite his repeated references to "God", Rick Warren never told this group of unbelievers who God was. He told the crowd that meaning in life is found through service and giving of ourselves. He never told them that we don't find salvation through service, but rather through a right relationship with our Creator, through His Son Jesus Christ alone. He talked of God smiling when we use our gifts. He never talked of the perilous state of our souls unless we repent and believe the Gospel. He gave these conference attendees a message of works righteousness--salvation through serving. . . .

Read it (and catch the video clip) here.

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Rick Warren/Barack Obama AIDS Partnership Must End, Say Pro-Life GroupsPosted: 11/27/2006

Milwaukee, WI--As those who have worked to defend preborn children from the horrors of abortion in America and who have stood uncompromisingly against the legalized slaughter of an estimated 50 million Americans in the womb since 1973, we join with one voice in expressing our indignation and opposition to Rick Warren's welcoming of Senator Barack Obama to his church on December 1, 2006. Rick Warren is bringing Senator Obama to his church to speak for his Global Summit on AIDS and the church and to take an AIDS test in front of the cameras at a noon press conference.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Wish-list

In case anyone's interested:

Comfort, Ray. God Doesn’t Believe in Atheists.
Comfort, Ray. How To Bring your Children to Christ and Keep Them There.
Comfort, Ray. What Did Jesus Do?

MacArthur, John. Hard to Believe: The High Cost and Infinite Value of Following Jesus.

Murray, Iain. Jonathan Edwards: A New Biography.

Nichols, Stephen. Jonathan Edwards: A Guided Tour of His Life and Thought.

Watts, Isaac. Logic, or the Right use of Reason in the Inquiry After Truth With A Variety of Rules to Guard Against Error in the Affairs of Religion and Human Life.

Van Rheenen, Gailyn. Communicating Christ in Animistic Contexts.

thinking about: Thanksgiving

"Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And all that is within me, bless His holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget none of His benefits;
Who pardons all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases;
Who redeems your life from the pit,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion;
Who satisfies your years with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle."

Psalm 103:1-5

Monday, November 20, 2006

The Wedding

This last weekend two friends were married in an incredibly beautiful ceremony. I was privileged to participate as an usher and was given a wonderful blessed of vision during the service.

We ushers walked our dogs off seating guests and family, then stood at the back while the wedding party processed. Our friend (the groom) stood at the front with the biggest grin I’ve ever seen as he watched the party take their places. I got to see our friend the bride before the groom did (of course) and I was interested to see what his reaction was going to be, so I watched him through the glass and her down the hall.

She took her place at the back door and the other ushers opened the door.

And she stood there. Just within the threshold of our hearing, the chiming of the hour began.

Our church takes up a city block downtown and every hour the bells ring, echoing off the steel, glass and concrete walls of the surrounding buildings. One can hear the bells inside Boyce chapel.

I was amazed how the events of the previous half-hour were orchestrated to this very moment—and how silent everything was . . . nobody moved.

She stood there, looking up the aisle, as still as a statue, smiling. All he could do was stare back . . . and wait for her.

The bell pealed once.

Echo of the bell. Silence. Nobody moved.

The bell pealed twice.

Echo, and silence. Still.

The bell pealed thrice.

Echo. Silence.

[This is going to take forever, she standing there. Him at the front, waiting. I look at her, smiling. I look at him, staring . . . ]

The bell pealed four.

Echo. Silence. Calm.

The bell pealed five.

Echo. Silence. The suspense was thick.

The bell pealed six.

Echo. Silence.

The organ struck a note, then blossomed into the fanfare. Everyone stood and she proceeded down the aisle to be received by her groom, all smiles.

I thought I was going to die of anticipation.

Then it hit me: Christ, the great bridegroom waits for his bride. Waiting, waiting for the Father to say, “go, get her.”

The bride, the Church, must not merely wait, but be ready. Ready for the voice, the trumpet . . .

Oh, the anticipation!

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Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.” It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. Then he said to me, “Write, ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.’ ” And he said to me, “These are true words of God.” (Rev. 19:7-9)

For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words. “ (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18)

Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way where I am going." Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” (John 14:1-6)


Then the kingdom of heaven will be comparable to ten virgins, who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were prudent. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the prudent took oil in flasks along with their lamps. Now while the bridegroom was delaying, they all got drowsy and began to sleep. But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. The foolish said to the prudent, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the prudent answered, ‘No, there will not be enough for us and you too; go instead to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’ And while they were going away to make the purchase, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast; and the door was shut. Later the other virgins also came, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open up for us.’ But he answered, ‘Truly I say to you, I do not know you.’ Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour." (Mt. 25:1-13)

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Today's Synthetic Gospel

A Timely Call to the Employment of True Gospel Preaching
by Greg Gordon

George Whitefield said: “The Christian world is in a deep sleep; nothing but a loud shout can awaken them out of it!” We are preaching a man-centered gospel that denies a Holy God. The gospel begins with God and ends with God, if we miss this we miss the gospel. We are living in a age of synthetic gospel preaching, hence the Church has little power in modern day evangelism attempts. Satan has been successfully employing men in preaching a dethroned Christ and a powerless Gospel. - Greg Gordon

A DETHRONED CHRIST

Where is the power of Edwards or Whitefield? Where is a modern day Wesley or Spurgeon? To put it another way, where is the message that these men preached with divine authority? The gospel message that they preached was full of God, throbbing with God, God was the gospel. They preached the character of God, the law of God, repentance towards God, acceptance with God, and dependence on God. Everything in their preaching was Christ Exalting and God honoring. Spurgeon said: “The sermon which does not lead to Christ, or of which Jesus Christ is not the top and the bottom, is a sort of sermon that will make the devils in hell laugh, but might make the angels of God weep.” If a gospel message does not begin with the lifting up of God, it then is the lowering of heaven to earth and making what is Holy mundane. George Whitefield said: “The Christian world is in a deep sleep; nothing but a loud shout can awaken them out of it!” We are preaching a man-centered gospel that denies a Holy God. The gospel begins with God and ends with God, if we miss this we miss the gospel. We are living in a age of synthetic gospel preaching, hence the Church has little power in modern day evangelism. Satan has been successfully employing men in preaching a dethroned Christ and a powerless Gospel.

Read the rest here.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Why Icons Cannot Preach the Gospel

Suppose that a person wants to become a missionary and bring the gospel to a tribe that had never heard it. But the person finds the process of preparation too long, difficult and expensive: years of language training, preparation to live in a primitive culture, raising financial support, etc. So the would-be missionary comes up with a brilliant idea—travel to a key place where the tribal members meet, sneak in at night, construct a huge cross, and leave the country without saying a word—and carries out the plan. The next day the entire tribe gathers to marvel at the cross and ponder where it came from and what it meant. Perhaps, in time, they would even come to relish the cross and see it as a sign from beyond their world.

Read the rest here.

Purpose Driven Terror? Rick Warren's Syrian Trip an Outrage

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin, Nov. 14 /Christian Newswire/ --

The Syrian News Agency today is featuring glowing reports of American evangelical celebrity pastor Rick Warren's junket to Syria. After reporting yesterday on Rick Warren's meeting on Syrian-American relations with President Bashar al-Assad, the news agency SANA reports the following about Mr. Warren's meeting with a Syrian Mufti today. "The Mufti called for conveying the real image of Syria, national unity and its call to spread peace, amity and justice to the American people which the US administration has distorted their image before the world. Pastor Warren expressed admiration of Syria and the coexistence he saw between Muslims and Christians, stressing that he will convey this image to his church and country."

Read the rest here.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Gen. Bradbury's Chicken

The pain was unspeakable. His body jerked and different parts of his body seemed to take on peronalities of their own. He imagined his limbs were like rats fleeing a sinking ship.

In one simultaneous response, his mouth clamped shut so he could not scream; his eyes clamped shut and tears gushed from under his eyelids--or his eyeballs were melting. Somewhere off in the distance he could hear his wife call his name, "Honey . . .?"

The fire roared in ears. He could hear the crackling of the timbers as his bones were being consumed in the bonfire, the flames licking at his chest, his throat, his face. Behind his soldered mouth he grunted in excruciating pain as his ears vanished like match-tips.

"Sweetheart . . .?" he could hear her voice imploring.

He turned his head to one side and managed to open one eye to a slit. The moisture that streamed from his eyes blurred his vision and he could only discern swimming swaths of color all around him. He tried to swallow as the fire torched in his head.

"Are you ok?" She asked.

He wasn't sure, though he knew. She knew. He could just picture the flames shooting from the top of his head where his hair used to be combed to one side on the top of his head.

He managed to move his fisted hands and pointed with one to his mouth, the other opening to cover his scorched lips. He choked.

"Are you ok, honey?" She started to slide out of the booth, placing the napkin on the table.

He reached over the plate and found the icy red glass already sweating for him. Forcing both eyes open, tears streaming down his face, he took large gulps, the waitress already crossing the floor with the refill.

She stood beside him, placing a hand on his shoulder. "Honey, are you alright? Do you need a hiemlich?"

He glanced down at the noodles and stir-fried chicken, wondering how it happened himself.
Gasping for breath, he opened his mouth, "ok," he said weakly.

"Did you choke on something?" she asked, touching his face with a napkin, mopping sweat from his brow.

"The mustard. I did'nt mix enough sweet-n-sour into the Chinese mustard," he apologized. "I'll be alright." He bent his mouth into a weak apologetic grin.

The waitress smiled as she filled his glass. Again.

Friday, November 10, 2006

The Good of Law

1 Tim. 1:8, "But we know that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully"

Rom 7:12, "So then, the Law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good."

Stuart Briscoe was born in Millom, Cumbria England in 1930, and after graduating from high school, he began his preaching career and in 1959 he devoted himself to full-time ministry. He is best known as the pastor of Elmbrook Church in Brookfield, Wisconsin, his radio and television show entitled “Telling The Truth” and he is the author of twenty-five Christian books.

During the Korean Conflict, Stuart was drafted into the Royal Marines. He came under the control of a particularly imposing regimental sergeant major. He was a stern disciplinarian who taught Briscoe the marine way of doing things. The day Stuart was discharged from the marines; he stood with his discharge papers in one hand and breathed a sigh of relief. He put one hand in his pocket and slouched a little, a posture never allowed in the marines. He then saw the sergeant major striding toward him. Immediately Stuart braced to attention, but then he realized he was no longer a marine and the sergeant major no longer had any power over him. He was free from the constraints of the marine’s rules.

Likewise, Christians are free in Jesus Christ. The law of God is good and its intent is to bring us into a relationship with the Lord. Are you thankful for the Lord’s laws? Today in prayer, thank Christ for the grace we have in Him and look to His law to learn how to live by His grace.

“The law sends us to the gospel, that we may be justified, and the gospel sends us to the law again to enquire what is our duty, being justified.” – Samuel Bolton

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Icarus Montgolfier Wright

"And together in a single leap, swim, rush, flail, jump, sail and glide, upturned to sun, moon, stars, they would go above Atlantic, Mediterranean; over country, wilderness, city, town; in gaseous silence, riffling feather, rattle-drum fram, in volcanic eruption, in timid, sputtering roar; in start, jar, hesitation, then steady ascension, beautifully held, wonderously transported, they would laugh and cry each his own own name to himself. . . . Each feeling the bright feathers stir and bud deep-buried and thrusting to burst from their riven should-blades! Each leaving behind the echo of their flying, a sound to encircle, recircle the earth in the winds and speak again in other years to the sons of the sons of their sons, asleep but hearing the restless midnight sky."

Bradbury, Ray. "Icarus Montgolfier Wright." The Day it Rained Forever. Granda: London, 1977.

Monday, November 06, 2006

No Man Is an Island

One day a man was hiking in the mountains when he came upon the hut of a hermit who had isolated himself from other human beings. He struck up a conversation with the hermit who told the visitor that he was completely self-sufficient to meet his own needs. He said, "I cut the trees and hewed the logs for my cabin, and I put it together with wooden pegs. I grow or hunt all my own food, and I get along just fine. I don't need anybody else."

The man looked at him for a moment, then said, "Tell me, how did you cut the trees you used for your cabin?"

The hermit replied, "With my axe."

Then the visitor said, "But wasn't someone else responsible for making that axe and your other tools, and for mining the iron that was used to make them? What about your clothes, do you make all of them?"

"No," replied the hermit, "I have to make a trip outside about once a year to get new clothes."

"Then," said the man again, "what about the shells that you use in your gun when you hunt your food, and what about the gun itself? Weren't you dependent on someone else for both?"

"Well," said the hermit reluctantly, "I guess so."

"The truth is," said the visitor, "that you are not as independent of others as you like to think. Even if you could sustain yourself completely without any of the things we've mentioned, you're still forgetting one vital thing which you could never supply or maintain by yourself."

"What's that?" asked the hermit.

Looking him full in the face, the man said, "Your own life."

Whereupon the hermit fell silent and had little else to say.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Supernova

Thinking about: Galatians 5:16, "Walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh."

Think for a moment of the vastness of space and all that exists in it. Consider for a moment that light travels 186,000 miles per second through the vastness. Our closest star is approximately 4 light-years away. If I've done my math right that means that light our sun is roughly 2,479,127,040,000,000 miles from our closest star. And there are objects far above and beyond that.

God our great creator is outside of all that we call "Universe;" yet, when He indwells those in whom put their faith and trust in Him--where can He go? Can we contain God? He has no choice but to overflow.

One is reminded us of the seed that has fallen between the slabs of paving and has grown and grown until the great concrete blocks are lifted, even broken by the power of the life contained within that seed. This is the triumph of God's Spirit over our flesh.

When we overflow of ourselves (we who live on this pale blue dot called "earth", or "iortt" for our SETI friends out there), we overflow all that is in our heart: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lustfulness, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, fightings, jealousies, angers, rivalries, divisions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkennesses, revelings, and things like these. This is what we are really like at heart.

Now someone may say this is not true. Perhaps one may make their claim for good and their upholding the Golden Rule or some Rede or similar rule. I challenge you: if you have ever lied to anyone for any reason, you have broken your own code of good. You have demonstrated the evident deeds of living out of yourself. It only takes one lie to make one a liar, and a liar demonstrates love for himself first.

On the other hand, if the Almighty God indwells our hearts after we have repented (turned our back on) our sin and on our own feeble attempts at our own righteousness, and fills us with His Holy Spirit, we have no choice but to supernova things like love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faith, meekness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

If we are walking in the Spirit, we must be always walking in the Spirit. We should not be returning to the things from which we are set free. It was for freedom Christ set us free, so we must stand firm and not be subject again to the yoke of slavery.

Those belonging to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. This is the very thing Augustine spoke of in the first chapter of his "Confessions". This applies to how the Spirit shows His fruits.

Unlike the "falling in on self" that theoretically fuels a supernova, we need to be filled in order to explode. We must first be filled with the Holy Spirit. Second, we must pray and concern ourselves with God's glory. Third, we must study the Bible and saturate our minds and direct our actions in obedience to it. Cut out the frustration that comes from caving in. The chaos on the event horizon is not part of God's work.

Walking in the Spirit protects us from ourselves.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Rob Bell, Yoga Masters and Jesus?

Slipping In The Youth Door

I have been studying Rob Bell, author of Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith (VE), for quite some time now. Unless you have been on another planet you’ve probably heard of this fast rising cultural icon and leader within the Emergent Church by the name of Rob Bell. In fact, Bell is virtually becoming the Elvis of Emergent.

Literally I have spent months reading much of his work, in VE as well as studying other sources, listening to Bell’s sermons and also watching his Nooma videos. So I can tell you that Phil Johnson of Pyromaniacs was quite correct when he said recently that “Bell’s message is completely and radically different from anything you would hear in a seeker-sensitive context.”

Read the rest here.

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