33 “No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light. 34 Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy, your body also is full of darkness. 35 See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness. 36 Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be just as full of light as when a lamp shines its light on you.” Luke 11:33-36Continue reading “The blindness of the American Church”
In Luke 11:29 people ask for yet another sign from Jesus. Too often we are asking for a sign and don’t know what we’re asking in that request. Continue reading “The sign of Jonah”
Pope Francis has come out with an apostolic exhortation that is well worth the read. There is something for everyone to be mad at in this writing, as I have found in the writings of Benedict before him, and John Paul before him. Continue reading “The Great Divorce of the Western Evangelical Church”
Greg Boyd’s Crucifixion of the Warrior God brings to the table a discussion on the radical love of God AND dealing with the Old Testament texts dealing with the violence portrayed in God’s actions and orders. He doesn’t set aside the OT stories as simple myth. He wants to wrestle with the inspired text.
I have a long way to go in his monstrosity of a work, but want to reflect on how he deals with Augustine’s view of the love of God and violence. Augustine believed in the radical love of God but would embrace God’s violent actions in the OT as another form of love. (I guess it’s kind of warped view of “tough love” or something…) Continue reading “Our struggle to defend the indefensible”
In my reading for Lent, I came to Psalm 82:2-3
2 “How long will you defend the unjust
and show partiality to the wicked?
3 Defend the weak and the fatherless;
uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. Continue reading “Prayer for return of our focus as the Church”
I am preparing for Sunday where we will focus on the parables. While I will focus more closely on another pair of parables out of Matthew 13, I was reading through the whole chapter and came to these words from Stanley Hauerwas on the Parable of the Sower. Continue reading “The shallow soil of the American church”
I shared a post yesterday about a word from the Lord concerning our current status in the American Church and seven things we need to understand if we are to be the Daniel Generation that is needed at this time.
As I reflected on that word yesterday afternoon I was stirred in my spirit again because what is fundamental to a Daniel Generation is Daniel’s heart. He was already in the habit of knowing God. It was out of that deep core of practice that he could not be shaken.
If our current American Christian environment doesn’t wake up and create deep habits that draw us continually into the presence of God, we are NOT going to see a Daniel Generation.
I came on a TV series that is online now called “The Newsroom.” It was on HBO for three very short seasons and I loved the show. The first 8 minutes of the very first show blew me out of the water. It is the best 8 minutes of television I’ve ever seen and this show hit it out of the park in its very first 8 minutes.
The scene is a college campus and a forum is taking place. A typical liberal and typical conservative are seated on the platform with a TV news anchor named Will McAvoy between them. They are fielding questions from a moderator on stage and then answering some questions from the audience as well.
Will McAvoy tries to stay neutral as the typical liberal and typical conservative spew their bumper sticker responses to each other. Then a question comes from the students: “What makes America the greatest country in the world?”
McAvoy then thinks he is hallucinating. He sees an old girlfriend who was a field journalist and executive producer in the audience, but can’t understand why she would be there, so he thinks he’s just imagining it. It throws him off as he is asked to answer the question. He blows off the question by simply mimicking the liberal’s answer and the conservative’s answer.
The moderator decides not to let him off the hook. McAvoy looks out into the audience again and this time the old girlfriend is holding up a handwritten sign that says, “It’s not.” She then flips the page and it reads: “But it can be.”
McAvoy then locks in and gives an impassioned speech about the reality of where we are as a nation and the hope for what we can do again.
You can see the best 8 minutes of television HERE. (Warning: it has some strong language.)
My point is not to argue the pros and cons of his speech or if you liked the show or not.
My point is this:
The American Church is headed for a new Dark Ages … but it doesn’t have to.
That’s the strong word I sensed from the Lord yesterday and it scares every fiber in me to actually put that on a post and it into the world. But that’s precisely what I sensed. And I’m done with wimpy prayers and spineless Christianity.