2. Do not use the term “vision casting” if I’m close enough to spit on you.
3.Perhaps if we judged the behaviors of those inside the church with the same measure we judge those outside we’d regain some credibility in the culture…and with God.
4. Charles Bowden on the bad reputation of vultures;“Vultures live in family groups, and are extremely benign. It’s like knowing a bunch of Quakers. They get this awful reputation because they share a trait with human beings — they eat dead things after they get warm”.
5. The problem with the church is that, as with many things, we’ve taken something organic and made it synthetic.
6. For those of you new to the blog, Charles Bowden is one of my heroes and patron saint. He has written for decades about the violence in Mexico at great cost to himself spiritually and emotionally. Now, he wants to retire from the carnage and watch birds. I feel the same way about Calvary Chapel. Neither one of us will be able to do as we wish…
7. J.I. Packer has a new book coming out. He will be criticized because it’s not a systematic theology, which his peers are demanding he produce to enter their pantheon of great theologians. It’s about his passion, which is catechizing the church. Once again, Packer teaches by example…he’s doing what God has called him to do, not what will gain him earthly commendation. I love Dr. Packer.
8. All systematics and all traditions must of necessity warp some part of scripture to make it fit. Some do so more than others.
9. I tried to emulate Bowden and put numerous bird feeders in the tree in my front yard. Unfortunately, my driveway sits in the flight path between the tree with the food and the tree they like to sit in after eating. Thus, my truck is the toilet between the front room and the dining room to my winged friends. No good deed goes unpunished…