Dec 022016
 

baggageWHAT WE CARRY

“I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now…”

Bob Dylan

A good friend and mentor, Charles Kannengiesser, once told me of a conversation he had in 1983 with the great Roman Catholic theologian, Yves Congar, about the changes that took place in the two decades following Vatican II. 

He knew Congar, both as a scholar and a priest, as having reacted in a friendly and positive way to postconciliar changes in the Roman Catholic Church.  He was surprised then when Congar said, “With all the Thomism I have absorbed, which has become a part of me, the Church has never changed for me.”  What he had learned early on had become an unchanging lens through which he viewed all else. 

He was not a reactionary.  Far from it, he was a pioneer and almost avant-garde in patristic, liturgical and biblical studies… but he still carried what he had “absorbed”.

I don’t believe that Congar is a singular example of this particular myopia.  We all share in it to a greater or lesser extent.  It rests upon our early influences, our teachers in the faith, our passions, our research and, may I say it, even our personalities.  We may be argumentative by nature or irenic.  In terms of experience, we may have been brought up in a denominational church before embracing evangelical values or we may be the child of a charismatic preacher who has now embraced a liturgical expression of our faith.  Regardless of our journey, however, we have all absorbed a a great deal that colors our view of theology, the Bible, the Church and other Christians we encounter.

We are all carrying baggage.  Admitting that this is the case with most, if not all of us, is, I believe, an important first step in approaching theological issues with a degree of maturity, no matter our age.

If I were to begin to sort out what I am carrying, it would be a bit of a daunting task, but I think that I could at least make a start.  Emotionally, I remain an evangelical.  I still believe that people can encounter Christ in a personal manner and find their lives changed, perhaps not in an instant, but changed nonetheless.  Culturally, I am an Anglican.  High Church or Low, the liturgy, the beauty of holiness and the Book of Common Prayer still captivate me and lead me to a place of worship at an altar with bread and wine offered in thanksgiving.  Theologically, I surprisingly find myself in the realm of the Eastern Orthodox, perhaps owing to my academic background in patristics or, perhaps, owing to their singular emphasis on “the mystery” of the incarnation and resurrection.  Intellectually, I find myself more at home with Thomistic Roman Catholicism or Confessional Lutheranism.  Here there is a coherent “system”… line upon line, precept upon precept.   Beyond this, I also have to deal with the contradictions I carry within myself.  For instance, I will admit to being conservative in terms of theology, but to the left of center in regard to social issues.  It doesn’t always make sense, but, at this age and stage of life, it is who I am.

Now, the frightening thing about such an examination of what I have absorbed is the realization that I carry all of this with me whenever I am confronted with a theological, ecclesial, pastoral or even a political issue.  I suspect it is the same with all of us.  Unfortunately, however, we don’t always stop… count to ten… and then examine what influences, experiences (good and bad) and/or prejudices we are bringing to bear on the question at hand.  Often, we approach matters with the absolute certainty of youth. We don’t always stop to think about what we have “absorbed” that may, or may not be relevant and may, or may not, be coloring our view.  If we did, we might preface what we write or say with the disclaimer, “I might be wrong, but…”  It might also allow us to understand that people of good will can stand on opposing sides of an issue – even a theological or ecclesial issue – and still be regarded with respect and love.  While we may desire that youthful certainty of one person being “wholly right”, with the other person being “wholly wrong”, one learns with experience that it seldom works out that way.  Might I also suggest that it probably should not work out that way.  We can bludgeon a person to the ground with arguments and still not convince them of our point of view.  Worse, we may lose that person we’re trying to convince – lose them as a friend, lose them as a brother or sister, lose them as a part of our church or fellowship.

As for myself, as I grow older, I find myself wanting to “unpack” some of my baggage and to see more closely what I’m carrying.  Some of it may be essential for the journey, while other things are merely souvenirs of places I’ve stopped for a short time along the way.  

More importantly, I want to see what I have “absorbed” and try to determine, with the help of God and good friends, if it is a help or a hindrance in the time that remains.

Duane W.H. Arnold

The Project

Dec 012016
 

fafc6d027070e50e8018c1128e01ca9aBehold Your King is Coming to You

In many Western Church traditions, this past Sunday marked the first Sunday in the season of Advent, which is from the Latin word for “coming,” and describes the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

“Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, ‘Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, “The Lord needs them,” and he will send them at once.’ This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying,

 

‘Say to the daughter of Zion,

“Behold, your king is coming to you,

humble, and mounted on a donkey,

on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.” ’

 The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!’ ” (Matt 21:1-9)

Through the prophets God promised the Jews a Messiah (i.e., Anointed One, Christ, King). These prophets foretold how the Messiah would appear on earth, establish His kingdom, and save His people. Here in Matthew’s Gospel, the Evangelist has recorded Jesus fulfilling one such messianic prophesy, this one by the Prophet Zechariah, which foretold the coming of their King to Zion (see Zach 9:9).

The Jewish religious authorities were well aware of the messianic prophesies. Recall, for example, Herod’s inquiry: “and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, ‘In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet’ ” (Matt 2:4-5). The problem was that the religious authorities misled their people into looking for a messiah who would come after the fashion of an earthly king – in power and splendor, who would conquer the Romans and establish an earthly kingdom. Thus most of the people in Jerusalem were offended by the arrival of a “humble” Galilean seated on an ass (no armor, saddle or bridle), receiving adoration reserved for an earthly king.

“Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he,” (Zech 9:9)

The Prophet, however, tells us something unique about this King. He is the Righteous One and Savior. The Messiah brings righteousness and salvation. “Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities.” (Isa 53:11) What earthly king can bear our sins or make us righteous before God? This is the office of Christ our King – to atone for our sins; defeat the devil; conquer death; and bestow eternal life to all who believe in Him. Jesus fulfilled Zechariah’s prophesy in broad daylight, putting everyone on notice that “Behold, your king is coming to you”.

“Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” (Matt 22:21)

Jesus leaves other kings in possession of their earthly kingdoms. He does not rain down fire from heaven on people who reject Him (Luke 9:54-55). Jesus, on the other hand, brings a “kingdom not of this world” (John 18:36), a kingdom of grace.

Neither is Jesus a turn-around specialist or fix-it King for earthly kingdoms. Jesus operates by means of death and resurrection. The present age was judged at Golgotha and is passing away. The resurrection and a new heaven and earth await everyone who places their trust in Christ. Unlike all earthly kingdoms, the kingdom of God is eternal.

Luke tells the story of a rich man dressed in royal purple who feasted sumptuously every day, while poor, miserable Lazarus lay at his gate covered in sores, longing to eat the crumbs that fell from the rich man’s table (see Luke 16:19-31). Despite outward appearances, Lazarus was a citizen of Christ’s kingdom who, though suffering during his earthly life, inherited eternal life. By contrast, the rich man had the appearance of righteousness – wealth and power in his earthly life, but was powerless in death to justify himself before God.

“Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’ ” (Matt 21:5)

The Evangelist included Zechariah’s prophesy in his Gospel for our benefit and as a solemn warning: Here is your Christ: humble, that is gentle and lowly; riding on an ass, that is without pomp, glory, earthly power, fame or wealth. If you look for a savior with a golden crown, splendid apparel, earthly fame, wealth or power, you will not find the Christ. Your Christ is a man “despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief” (Isa 53:3).

This is the foolishness of the cross. The Father’s only begotten Son humbled himself so that His Father would exalt us to sonship. To quote a pastor friend: “The theology of the cross is the paradoxical theology of the law and the gospel. The cross is both law and gospel, both the cursed tree and the tree of life. It is the death of God and the life of man, the punishment for our sin and sin’s atonement.” (William M. Cwirla)

“Say to the daughter of Zion,” (Matt 21:5)

As children of Adam, we see the world like the Jews did. Our corrupted eyes and reason are just as offended at the sight of a Savior coming on an ass as were the Jews of Jerusalem. Therefore, we must repent and shut the eyes of the old Adam who will not behold Christ lying in a manger, riding on an ass or hanging helpless on a cross. Instead we must listen. Our Christ comes to us through the ears: “Say to the daughter of Zion”. Our Christ comes “to you” through proclamation of the Word which faith receives.

The Evangelist rephrased Zechariah’s prophesy, which begins “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!” to read: “Say to the daughter of Zion”. Christ comes to us not through our sense of sight, but through the words of the Gospel proclaimed for us: Behold, your king is coming to you.” Our Savior works powerfully in us through the living Word, by which He forgives sins, heals the sick, expels demons, tramples the devil, and raises the dead.

Therefore, let us rejoice this Advent season in reflection on the coming of Christ our King, who came for us in His incarnation; who comes to us now through His Holy Word and Sacraments; and who will come again for us at the end of the age.

“Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” Amen.

Dec 012016
 

It would be negligent of me in all this coverage of the Calvary Chapel split to ignore the people who it affects the most.

First, it obviously affects the pastor who is simply trying to feed the sheep God gave him without the drama created by well heeled tyrants fighting over territory.

They are being asked to make choices that will affect them and their congregations with the barest of information to base such a choice on.

Second, it affects those congregants who are totally in the dark except for wildly conflicting reports on the internet and whatever info the pastor gives them.

They are being fed online accusations and rumors that they have little ability to parse and the Gospel is buried under the mess they didn’t create.

They are repeating what they’ve heard and are being led to sin through slander and division.

They want to be on the side of God…but who knows what side that is?

Third, the overseas missionaries who will also be forced to choose…even if their support comes from both sides of the split.

They may have to make decisions that cut their support in half (or more)…and make staying where they are untenable.

While conferences are basically pastoral vacations in the States, they are life lines to missionaries overseas… which ones can they now attend without recrimination?

In any war, there are always victims considered “collateral damage”…and that’s what these groups are facing.

Next…

It amazes me that with all the scandal we’ve reported over the years…coverups of abuse, pastors picking up hookers, illegal and unethical financial matters, and so much more…that what will cause a split is one leader (without any reported moral stain) thinking it best not to teach verse by verse through Leviticus on Sunday morning.

Finally…

As is to be expected, some folks are saying unkind things about yours truly.

I stand by my reporting, I stand on my record, and my conscience is clean before God that I have done my best to report both accurately and fairly.

As my health allows, I will continue to do so.

Period.

Nov 302016
 

blind-brand-loyalty-100640212-primary-idgeIt was perhaps the greatest shot in college basketball history.

In a wonderfully played national championship game, the University of North Carolina Tar Heels fully made up a 10 point deficit with less than 5 minutes left to play when Marcus Paige made a circus-like 3-point shot to tie up the game with only 4.7 seconds left.  Paige’s shot was extremely clutch with a very high degree of difficulty and it sent Tar Heel fans into an explosion of celebration.

But Paige’s shot wasn’t “the” shot.  The Villanova University Wildcats had one last chance to regain the lead and avoid entering into an overtime where North Carolina would have all the momentum.  Having to go the length of the court with only those 4.7 seconds left, the ball was inbounded to Ryan Arcidiacono who quickly and masterfully dribbled it up the court.  When nearing the 3-point line Arcidiacono, forwent the opportunity to take the potential game winning shot and passed it back slightly to the trailing Kris Jenkins who had inbounded the ball.  Jenkins caught the pass and immediately raised up at 25 feet from the basket and released the ball with 0.8 seconds left.  In a moment that seemingly hit slow-motion, the ball arced through the air as the clock hit all zeroes and then splashed through the net for the game winning points and the championship and set off all kinds of pandemonium in Villanova fandom.  Kris Jenkins had made “the shot”.

The new college basketball season has recently started up and there is a source of contentment when watching my Villanova Wildcats.  There is no anxiety as to whether the team can succeed or not.  No more concern of having a great regular season only to come up short in the postseason.  No more worrying about another heartbreak in a city who knows far more sporting anguish than it does celebration.  This team has done it.  It just plain feels good watching them continuing to play well while cherishing what they accomplished just last season.

 While Arcidiacono and fellow senior starter Daniel Ochefu graduated and have departed for professional endeavors, Kris Jenkins is back for one more year.  And in my book, he can shoot all he wants.  He has had a couple games this year where he has struggled with his shot.  I don’t care.  He made the shot that mattered.  He can shoot all we wants because he is golden in my eyes.

We all have those heroes in life who we look up to.  Those who we admire for what they have done, and sometimes have even done for us.  Sometimes the admiration is from afar and other times it is for someone who is very close to us, and everything in between.  Our loyalty can be fierce because of the good they have done and the ways they have come through for us.  They are golden in our eyes.

It doesn’t matter it they start missing a few shots here and there.  They made the one that counted.  We don’t care if they have some bad games, they came through for us when we needed or wanted it most.  No matter now, even when their continual misses are causing harm to the team.  We can overlook and forgive their trespasses because of what they did in the past.

Loyalty is generally a good thing, but at what point can our loyalty sometimes become more harmful than good?  How many shots can our heroes or admired ones miss until we re-evaluate our devotion?  Not that we should just ditch them in the street, but does the manner in which we convey our allegiance sometimes give license to the objects of our admiration to continue missing shots?  Does our sense of overlooking and forgiving sometimes heap even more hurt on those who already suffered harm from the missed shots?

We know we are all fallen.  That we all are going to sin and screw up at times, even our heroes.  When our admired ones do mess up, this does not mean we should cut off our attachment and declare them anathema?  But how do we handle their failures?  Of course we could and should forgive.  But there is much more to it than that.

Those who we are loyal to may have done a lot of good.  They may even continue to do much good.  But when they do sin or bungle a situation in some manner that brings harm, can we see this?  And not only can we see this, but can we react appropriately to those who have been hurt by our cherished ones’ actions?

There is obvious application here to our culture of celebrity worship that often infects even Christian arenas.  The placing of the Christian celebrity on a pedestal can be a big problem in the evangelical culture.  But it doesn’t even need to be a celebrity.  It can be our not-so-celebrity pastor or anybody else in our lives.  When loyalty to a person or even a cause leads us to treat others wrongfully or to not react suitably to their hurts or concerns, we should be re-evaluating how we are acting on our loyalties.

Those who have come through for us, who have comforted and helped us in our struggles, who have taught us good things, who have been good friends, have earned our respect and loyalties.  It would be completely wrong to treat the parents who lovingly and sacrificially raised us through our entire childhood the same way we would a stranger on the street.  Not that we should treat the stranger poorly, but you know what I mean.

However, we should demonstrate good judgment in seeing that our loyalty demonstrates righteousness.  Righteous loyalty shows honor and deference and appreciation as is appropriate.  Unrighteous loyalty covers up wrongs, alienates others, and gives license to more wrongdoing.

Kris Jenkins can shoot all he wants in my book.  But if he starts overdoing it and is missing too many shots and becomes too wrapped up in himself, this is not good for the team.  If I somehow played a real role in Jenkins’ basketball life, my full consent to his shooting could potentially bring harm to the team, depending on how situations played out.  I would need to be wise enough to recognize those situations and react accordingly.

Lord, help us in real life to find the harmony of showing loyalty to those who have earned it while also remaining wise and righteous in our loyalties. Help us to remember that only You Lord, is worthy of our complete and undivided loyalty.       

Nov 302016
 

chuck-smithThe story is part of the Chuck Smith mythology and is told in celebration of his spirit.

The story is about how, back before there was a Calvary Chapel, the young man Smith was a part of another denomination.

 

He chafed at their stodgy ways and their desire to control and manage every part of another mans ministry.

He felt the Spirit was often quenched by such and when he could take this quenching of the Spirit no more…he left.

He wanted and needed the freedom to follow the Spirit in his ministry.

In time, the Calvary Chapel movement was birthed from his decision to leave.

This story is oft repeated as proof that Chuck Smith was a man full of the truth and the Holy Ghost.

Fast forward fifty years or so and the movement Smith founded has now split.

His son in law chafed at the stodgy ways of those who tried to seize control when Smith died and their desire to control and manage every part of other mens ministries.

He felt the Spirit was quenched by such and when he could take this quenching of the Spirit (and their slander) no more…he left.

He wanted and needed the freedom to follow the Spirit in his ministry…and he wanted to offer the same to others.

A new branch of Calvary Chapel has been birthed by his decision to leave.

The rest of that story hasn’t been written yet, but both were worth telling today…

 

 

Nov 292016
 

37467So…as of this morning, this is what I’m hearing.

Don’t expect a response from Brian Brodersen to the last Calvary Chapel Association screed.

He’s not interested in an ongoing internet food fight.

It’s not his style, nor his heart, to engage in strife.

What some folks need to come to grips with is that Chuck Smith intentionally left all the assets that were associated with “Big Calvary” under Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa to be controlled by that church, it’s board, and it’s pastor.

That’s why some were so desperate to wrench the church away from Brodersen by any means necessary.

They failed to do so because, at the end of the day, Chuck Smith denied them.

That is undeniable, legal, fact.

Brian Brodersen doesn’t have to answer to anyone, but his board and congregation, for how he uses the assets his father in law passed on to him.

Whether you like it or not, CCCM is the home of Calvary Chapel…they own the trademarks to the name and logo and no smear campaign can change that.

If that chaps your bottom…blame Chuck.

We have also learned that there is more internal division on what’s left of the CCA council…that letter was a bridge too far for some.

This, despite more claims of unity in the last letter…

I want to address the meaning of the word “accountability” in regard to the CCA letter.

When we talk about accountability here we are speaking of being held accountable to biblical standards of morality and ethics.

That is not what McClure and company are speaking of.

They are speaking of accountability to the doctrines and culture of what they perceive Calvary Chapel to be…thus. not just fidelity to a pre trib Rapture, but a commitment to abstinence from alcohol and a refusal to associate with outsiders they feel are a threat to that culture.

One fairly prominent pastor has already been threatened by the CCA that if he continues to associate with someone they do not like he will be kicked out…

Finally, the KWVE purge was not about  Brodersen exacting wrath on his enemies.

It was about the station no longer being able to subsidize any programs and getting a better business model in place.

Well, except for John Randall…that was an answer to his betrayal.

Tomorrow, I’ll address some of the ignored victims of this mess…

Update: Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa is no longer listed by the CCA as an affiliated church.

Nov 292016
 

timthumb.phpWaiting for God to act…

Sarah is writing about Advent…

How should the church deal with convicted sex criminals?

Advent devotional guide…

Some churchy things to be thankful for even if you don’t like them…

Do the Abrahamic faiths worship the same god?

When the Bible disagrees with itself…

No needy among us…

Mindfulness and other contemporary legalisms…

God is not out to get you…

Fighting poverty with the Gospel…

Evangelicals and the pursuit of power…

The latest from Wenatchee the Hatchet…

Pastors launch expletive filled Advent devotional…

Recalibrating the culture wars in 2016…

Don’t block the light…

We may be “meaning junkies”…

Your KLOVE donation does not provide a child with a winter coat…

Carl Trueman on transgenderism and the military…

Huge thanks to EricL for the help…support him at top right…

Nov 282016
 

rdozlerDoveThe CCA has sent out this email blast to Calvary Chapel pastors…with the notable exceptions among the signees of Skip Heitzig, Ricky Ryan, and Wayne Taylor.

This is the official notice of a split…and a declaration of open war instead of the passive agressive backstabbing that is the CC norm.

We’ll have more to report as we go…but we again say that this is both a dishonest and duplicitous narrative that is being foisted upon the pastors and congregants of CC.

We have said that it was a raw power grab on the part of the CCA…and this is the biggest grab of all.

 

“Calvary Chapel Pastors,

Pastor Chuck Smith chose a group of men to lead the Calvary Chapel movement after his passing. The Calvary Chapel Association Council was a plan he reiterated on numerous occasions. A Council provides checks and balances, and a collective wisdom to help steer us in the right direction.

The CCA Council consists of men from across the country who are committed to the core values that have made us Calvary Chapel. Like many of you, we have given our lives to build Calvary Chapel churches. What makes the 1700 churches “Calvary Chapel” are the values Pastor Chuck instilled in us – our doctrine and philosophy of ministry. The principles we were taught and the transformative power of God’s Spirit have proven to be more than sufficient. The CCA Council’s primary goal is to maintain what has been our Calvary Chapel identity for fifty years, while seeking the Holy Spirit for fresh power and wisdom to advance God’s Kingdom.

We believe Calvary Chapel has a unique and important role in the Body of Christ. Pastor Chuck left us a glorious legacy. Yet the new Calvary Chapel Global Network, established by Brian Brodersen, now threatens that legacy. This network goes by the name “Calvary Chapel,” but has no framework for affiliation or required commitment to the Calvary Chapel core values. Such a network will ultimately de-emphasize our Calvary Chapel distinctives. The CCGN establishes a different version of Calvary Chapel, and will cause confusion. Brian claims the authority to represent, and even more critically, to define, what Calvary Chapel is and is not. In a recent letter to the movement, Brian quoted Amos 3:3, “Can two walk together unless they are agreed?” Brian’s resignation from the Council, acknowledges he disagrees with the way the CCA Council would lead and define Calvary Chapel. This has created a crossroads that none of us on the Council wanted.

The division that has occurred in Calvary Chapel is not a minor issue. It is more than “good men separating.” Sadly, Brian is insisting on being the primary and authoritative voice of the movement without being accountable to the men Pastor Chuck chose to lead. The CCA Council cannot endorse this Global Network. Brian continues to present his version as the Calvary Chapel vision for the future. Brian has sole editorial control of calvarychapel.com. His webpage “Our Vision & Mission” describes the site as “the one-stop online-hub for all things Calvary Chapel” – and part of its purpose is to “explain the official theological positions broadly held by the Calvary Chapel Movement.” In the CCGN, one man is tasked in determining what is normative for all Calvary Chapels. None of the CCA Council members would take that kind of authority into our own hands. We recognize that no one man has the calling from God, or the stature in the movement to define “official theological positions” for all the churches. Our founder and pastor entrusted those decisions to a group of men, not one man.

CCA is built on the foundations given to us by Pastor Chuck.

CCGN is creating a new blueprint devised by Brian.

CCA is being led collectively by a group of men.

CCGN will be directed by one man.

CCA is a fellowship of pastors with an agreed upon philosophy of ministry.

CCGN is a community with no formal affiliation.

CCA will continue to have a regional emphasis.

CCGN will be centralized in Costa Mesa.

CCA has always afforded great freedom, but with a degree of accountability.

CCGN is about freedom, without accountability.

To avoid confusion moving forward, we think it is best to separate the CCA from the CCGN, now. Calvary Chapel is not just one church in Costa Mesa, it is 1700 churches that are affiliated through the Calvary Chapel Association. In spite of this, Brian has taken it on himself to “grandfather” the entire Calvary Chapel database into a network where he alone is the authority. Rather than granting us the freedom to join, Brian has forced us to choose to opt out.

As Council members we will not be part of Brian’s network, and we encourage other pastors who are affiliated with CCA to do the same. Rather than start a new group, Brian is building a group within an existing association. We believe this is divisive and will only bring further confusion. Yet each CCA pastor is entitled to make his own decision. For many pastors these issues are new and need to be given thorough consideration.

This splintering of our movement has been painful in many ways, but the CCA Council is relieved that we can now walk in unity and work to strengthen the foundations that have made Calvary Chapel a mighty move of God. Despite our best efforts, for the last three years, storm clouds have been gathering that were obvious to many people. It has caused our Calvary family confusion and grief. But the storm is now passing. New beginnings are ahead. Our vision is clearer and the future is brighter. Once again, let’s depend on the Holy Spirit’s empowering, abide in God’s Word, and trust Him in new ways. As our Pastor taught us, life is full of ventures of faith. This is one more.”

The Calvary Chapel Association Council

Sandy Adams, Malcolm Wild, Joe Focht, Don McClure, Lloyd Pulley, Bill Stonebreaker, Damian Kyle, Jack Hibbs, David Rosales, Mike MacIntosh, Raul Ries, Jeff Johnson, David Guzik

Nov 282016
 

thinking_man_ape_wood_3d_sculpture_thinker_think-480x3251. In the book of the Revelation there is great joy among God’s people when evil empires and leaders are finally judged. We saw a picture of that when there was dancing in the streets this weekend over the death of Castro. Those who found this joy odious display an historical illiteracy that is stunning…

 

 

2. I’m pretty sure the election is over so we can all stop posting “proof” on social media that those who think differently than us are stupid, evil ,and deceived…

3. When I was a younger man I set out to work until I was able to answer every question anyone had about the Bible. As an older man I’ve found that “I’m not sure” is often the correct answer…

4. When I was a younger man I wanted to teach the Bible so well that my church could answer every question anyone had about the Bible. Now, I simply want to show them Jesus and what He has done and is doing…

5. In two weeks I will have finished teaching the book of Revelation…without ever needing to refer to current events for clarity…

6. It is with sad resignation that I have stopped recommending books to people that seem to be interested in a particular topic. There was a day when people sought to have an informed opinion, now it is enough to be able to spout an one…

7. If there was a way to sleep until Dec. 26, I’d take it…

8. I can’t avoid the feeling that those of us who don’t have the tradition of following the church calendar are missing something wonderful…

9. The last Vikings loss officially began hockey season for me…

10. There is nothing more painful than trying to hang on to your dignity when the Lord is teaching you humility…heard that from a friend…

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