My Dad’s obituary

Charles J. Thompson entered this life on January 7, 1939 in Altamont, MO and peacefully left this earth on May 20, 2022 with his family by his side singing his favorite hymns.

Charles, along with his mom and brothers and sisters, grew up on a farm in Galatin, MO. They worked the farm growing up, which created a deep work ethic for Charles. He moved to St. Joseph, MO with his mom in 1953. He held numerous jobs before he went to work for MFA Grain & Feed Division in 1959. He met his bride, Ruth Thompson, at 10th Street Tabernacle Church in 1954 and they started dating in August of 1955. They were married on January 13, 1957.

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Judgment begins at the house of God

Who cannot now see the rot in a culture that mobilizes to exile churches that call a woman on staff a “pastor” or that invite a woman to speak from the pulpit on Mother’s Day, but dismisses rape and molestation as “distractions” and efforts to address them as violations of cherished church autonomy? In sectors of today’s SBC, women wearing leggings is a social media crisis; dealing with rape in the church is a distraction.

God is dealing with his church. We are stiff-necked and stubborn. This doesn’t go well when there is this kind of rebellion against God.

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The American church crisis

20 years ago it was all about the crisis in the Catholic Church. That crisis has wound around to hit every segment of the American Church. We need repentance. First. We can talk about all the other things to do, but right now it is repentance FIRST. We are NOT repentant. We are stiff-necked. It is ugly to watch.

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Living in the power of the Spirit

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. — Acts 1:8

The POWER has always been about “experience” in Pentecostal terms. But power is so much more. It is power to live. We have to move away from our concept of “power” into the understanding of Kingdom LIFE. We are empowered to live out the principles of the Kingdom of God. We are empowered to live in the life giving flow where we simply proclaim what is good news without trying to manipulate people into the Kingdom. We proclaim. We demonstrate. We allow Kingdom goodness to flow through us.

Who IS my neighbor?

We all are tempted to define “neighbor” so we don’t have too much discomfort in our lives. In the parable of the Good Samaritan, the young Jewish leader wants to feel good about his life. He tries to justify his own goodness, leading to a very uncomfortable story from Jesus.

NT Wright has this application to the parable:

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