Things I Think
1. Those religious leaders who are more worried about financial liability than accountability before God are in danger of gaining the world and losing their souls. The church is commanded to value people over mammon.
2. A man with a family decides to walk across the Grand Canyon on a wire without a safety harness or a net and thinks God is in it. You bet.
3. So now the great American couch potato sport is to watch programs where there is a high probability of someone dying. Soon, we’ll rebuild the Coliseum.
4. Ergun Caner is now suing a blogger for exposing his documented lies. The legal system is now the tool of choice for deep pocketed religious scoundrels to create refuge in. The power of money is the one thing the internet can’t negate.
5. I’m still not sure whether a pastor who falls into “moral failure” should ever go back into vocational ministry.
6. I have many pictures of Crater Lake…but none even come close to capturing the immenseness and depth and sheer grandeur of the place. Pictures are just tiny representations of what it is. So it is with what we see of people on blogs. Words on a monitor fail to capture much of the person that wrote them, but we act as if they do. In fact, we too easily forget there are persons behind the words at all.
7. From the information given by his daughter, I can easily extrapolate from my own experience how very ill Chuck Smith is. I’ve had the surgery they are planning for him…and it’s not an easy road ahead. Despite all of the profound issues I have with Smith, my heart and prayers go out to him and his family as they go through the shadow.
8. Religious giving is down while other charitable contributions are growing. Why?
9. “So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you,leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.”(Matthew 5:23–24 ESV)
When we are satisfied with marking and exposing without reconciling, we have lost the heart and purpose of God .
10. The most difficult thing I think about is how to hold on to what I believe are biblical truths while having great empathy with people who believe those truths persecute them.