1. The last two books of the Bible I’ve taught through have been Esther and The Revelation. Neither really taught what I had been traditionally instructed that they did. Both books have a lot to say about God’s people living in exile, a topic I knew nothing about for most of the years of my pastorate, but which is a topic the Bible speaks to continually. My conclusion is that ‘simply teaching the Bible simply” produces spiritual simpletons in the pulpit and the pews and has caused us to miss some of the most important messages in Scripture. As Christians we are a people living in exile, dealing with beast powers and the spirit of anti-Christ and we have been from the beginning. The fact that few of us understand this has robbed us of our true identity and purpose in a fallen world living in the last days.
2. The reason for this appalling gap biblical in knowledge is two fold…ignorance in the pulpit and an assumption that the pews can’t understand the “deeper things” of God. We pastors need to invest in more commentaries and stop believing that the congregation is developmentally disabled.
3. I’m not necessarily “against” events like the Harvest Crusade…I just think it’s the “Christian” version of a rock star stadium tour. I keep reading quotes from people who “attend every year” which somehow seems to me to miss the point.
4. I think people who cheat at “Words With Friends” should be delivered an electric shock through the device when they play a word they looked up in an online dictionary. Yes, I do.
5. Yesterday, millions of people attended church and were enriched and spiritually fed. I’m not sure that fact has ever been noted here.
6. If you really believed Jesus could return at any moment, you wouldn’t act the way you do. Just sayin…
7. The hypocrisy of men who will divide from other brethren over traditional differences and then appear on TBN is both astounding and sickening. That’s like telling someone you have a ministry in a whorehouse…regularly.
8. If you really believed that God hears and answers prayer, you would pray more often than you eat. Just sayin…
9. I’m just sharing my own cognitive dissonance between what I say I believe and my own actions and attitudes…I’m sure I’m unique. Not.
10. So…last week I went to the woods to unplug and commune with nature and God. No cell phone service, no texting, no internet…right up to the point where the resort owners came down to apologize for forgetting to tell me that the wi-fi beamed directly into my cabin. Wi-fi in the woods? I saw a squirrel with an iPod and went in and checked my Facebook.
Your turn…what’s on your mind ?