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  1. Captain Kevin says:

    I’m just numb lately. Sailors call it the doldrums.

  2. pstrmike says:

    Kevin…

    Yep. I’m dreading Sunday……

  3. Dread says:

    I look forward to preaching Sunday … very much so but I had a long break to look at heaven and earth … looks the same as when Jesus died in many respects… looks the same as when Jerusalem fell, as when Rome fell, as when the Soviet system failed…. it will look the same when we fall

  4. Michael says:

    Dread,

    I think you’re right…but that’s hard to preach to people needing temporal hope.
    I’m having a real hard time getting past current events to teach well…

  5. Em says:

    And we pray to God the Father, deliver us from evil….. But we must do our part also… IMHO

  6. Michael says:

    Malcolm Yarnell on the future of evangelicalism

    https://t.co/dLHKW2vxQW

  7. Dread says:

    Not much evangelism has been happening for 20 years

    There is no sin consciousness in the public mind… there is only the awareness that others are guilty and the sins of foregone days are eclipsed by the sins of our fathers and those who inherit them.

    Religious folk are guilty and the unreligious are innocent.

    This SBC thing only affects a ship that’s been taking water for 3 decades.

    Those are my opinions … results vary

  8. Dread says:

    Pstrmike

    Been rethinking the matter of preaching. Been considering the Gospel
    Been imagining preaching in Uvalde
    Being a pastor there
    Seeing families grieve
    Seeing teacher and children with terror
    Seeing law officers under contempt
    Seeing a room of guilt and fear riddled folk
    Tasting the grief
    …and the blood

    “We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.” ‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭6:19-20‬ ‭ESV‬‬

    There’s nowhere else to go but to the one who “offered himself.”

    But now I can feel the dread…and the honor of representing him to them.

  9. pstrmike says:

    Thanks dread. I thought a lot about your response yesterday and decided to let it sit until today. I woke up this morning sensing God’s grace and strength to do this. Along with the school shooting in Uvalde, there was a threat at my granddaughter’s school by one of her classmates. The principal didn’t take it seriously, at least the local PD did. So did a number of parents who were at the school demanding answers. I had an intense situation with some of the local SBC boys, along with the Guidepost report is causing me to question if it was the right thing to hook or wagon to them.

    Thanks for the encouragement and good perspective.

  10. Michael says:

    I don’t have the emotional strength that would be necessary to preach to those people. If I did, that would indeed be the passage.

    I’m having a hard time coping from this distance…

  11. Dan from Georgia says:

    For me, I am not sure how I am going to feel having to come off vacation and go back to work with a few individuals who probably think this latest school massacre is phony/a false-flag/staged. They have never met a conspiracy they didn’t like, and that isn’t far from the truth.

    And just for the record, I have a good relationship with these folk and otherwise enjoy working with them, and that was entirely intentional on my part as per the Gospel of our Lord.

    Only thoughtful responses are requested.

  12. Linn says:

    Dan,
    Sometimes I find a good response is no response at all. Those arguments about lost elections, shooters who don’t exist, and my right to carry an Uzi just go in circles. At my school, it’s more about the many flavirs of gender we are supposed to believe. I prayerfully am kind and polite to all, and I answer individual questions when asked. I want to be known for my faith in Christ. God isn’t going to ask out stand on conspiracy theories or gender when this life is over. He is going to ask what we believe about Jesus.

  13. Michael says:

    Dan,

    It’s hard.

    I’ve seen the claims that this is a “false flag” on my Facebook page…and to be honest, I want to knock their teeth down their throat.

    I can’t fathom believing and speaking such wickedness.

    On the other hand, only the revelations of time will change them…and I’m trying to find a place where Jesus would have me be.

    I thank God I can turn off the computer and make it mostly go away…

  14. Dread says:

    Hmmm Linn I’m not so sure about that…we are testified in scripture to be saved by faith and judged according to our works. Those two are not in contradiction.

    I have to go now

    But Dan… telling them to save those things for another time — with a stern eye — is appropriate and won’t hurt the witness to Jesus.

  15. Michael says:

    This is a difficult world to walk through.

    The kid came home yesterday upset…he had been chewed out for buying a coffee.

    The voice on the intercom was low and gravelly and T said “thank you, sir”.

    At the pick up window a man wearing makeup told him that it was “ma’am, not sir” as his co workers glared.

    We are now demanded to affirm others delusions…

  16. Dan from Georgia says:

    Thanks Michael and Dread. I decided way back in the days of yore I wasn’t going to let political (and now cultural) issues determine whether I was going to be kind to someone or befriend them if that is how God was leading. It is tough though, and I don’t have all my ducks in a row, so to speak. And I don’t always do things right.

  17. Michael says:

    Dan,

    I think you’re doing fine…probably better than I am… 🙂

  18. Officerhoppy says:

    Being a former pastor, while I find it difficult transitioning to having no real purpose, i am glad to not have the burden to always have a sermon ready week after week. Bless you guys who are still in the fight.

  19. Dan from Georgia says:

    Thanks Michael. Man, there are times when I have to bite my tongue hard or refrain from texting a friend and ask them “How can you think this easy about this or that????” I find some people genuinely can have a CONVERSATION, but some other people are just plain unreasonable or just spout off what they heard on cable TV the night before.

  20. Michael says:

    Having to prepare a message every week is the only thing that keeps me grounded…

  21. Michael says:

    Dan,

    To be honest, I only engage online and then pretty minimally.

    It’s just not worth the grief anymore…

  22. Dread says:

    I desperately miss the labor of fresh research in the text of scripture. It kept me alive while dying. I have some outlets now but not that weekly labor and birth and having to offer it afresh to one congregation… It was life itself to me and I loved it probably too much.

  23. Officerhoppy says:

    Well, I’m teaching thru the book of Nehemiah for a Tuesday morning men’s group. I also lead a discipleship group on Mondays. And for my personal enrichment, i meet with a distinguished group of scholars on Wednesday and Fridays.

    My friend pastor michael called me and tenderly rebuked me (haha) for saying I was a nobody. He’s right. I’m still active—mostly as a musicianary. But still, no phone calls, or emails, or requests to play music or speak. But Mike said he might invite me over to preach. That would be fun. I could correct all their bad theology !

  24. Dread says:

    Hoppy

    You ROCK man!!!!

  25. Officerhoppy says:

    Dread
    Youdaman!

  26. Em says:

    Lest someone think I died, I will say goodbye to the Phoenix peeps, but you’ll be in my prayers always
    God keep

  27. Michael says:

    Em,

    What’s wrong?

  28. Captain Kevin says:

    Em???

  29. Officerhoppy says:

    While Americans fight and divide over gun rights, people—CHILDREN—are dying every day because of gun violence. I know the problem is evil and not guys but can’t we at least remove the instrument if death—military assault rifles? Australia did and haven’t had a mess shooting in 26 years? I’ve heard all the arguments against such a move. But still, people die because of guns. When are we gonna pull our heads out of our KJV donkeys? We have to do more than argue or pray.

  30. Michael says:

    We won’t do anything.
    Read “Strykers” comments on the Nothing Can Be done thread…I think he represents a large section of the populace and what they believe.

  31. Linn says:

    Michael,

    I found Stryker’s comments quite frightening. It’s a parallel universe. I have a family member with similar beliefs, and about the only safe topic is the weather as long as it isn’t trending towards global warming.

  32. Officerhoppy says:

    Michael
    Sorry to ask but where can i find the comments?

  33. Michael says:

    On the “Nothing Can Be Done” article

  34. Michael says:

    Linn,

    I’ve known Stryker online for many years.

    He is a committed Christian and devoted family man.

    More thoughtful than many.

    He also represents about 75% of the people who used to read here…who have left because of my differences in worldview…

  35. Linn says:

    Michael,

    Thank you for your observations on your friend, Stryker. I think the fact that those with very differing world views feel safe in your blog says a lot about both you and Duane.

  36. Michael says:

    Linn,

    I was surprised and pleased that he commented.
    The majority are not pleased with either one of us.

    It’s way too easy to demonize those with very different views…Stryker and I have been worlds apart for years, but he lives his life honorably.

  37. Officerhoppy says:

    Michael
    Got it; read it

  38. Xenia says:

    I pretty much agree with Skyler, although I don’t like Trump and I don’t like guns. But his general world-view is correct, IMO.

    (I voted for Trump last election because as much as I disliked him, I disliked Biden, and all that he stands for, even more. But now I think we are finished with voting over here at our house.)

  39. Michael says:

    Any worldview that sees Trump as a solution is damned from the beginning.

    We can blame the breakdown of the family for many of our issues, but I would suggest the the economic realities are such that breakdowns are inevitable as long as both parents have to work to keep a roof over their heads.

    One of the interesting truths that came from studying Mexico and it’s cartel issues was how the family broke down there.

    American economic policies destroyed the subsistence farmer and forced a migration north to work in the American owned factories lining the border.

    The pay vs. the cost of living forced moms into the workplace, usually working a different shift.

    The kids were left on their own and most didn’t have the money for high school.

    Thus, they were easy pickings for cartels and traffickers.

    They have been reaping that whirlwind ever since.

    So when people talk about the border being out of control…I define that quite differently.

  40. Duane Arnold says:

    Michael

    “…as a pilgrim in a foreign land, who does not let himself be taken in by them or distracted from his course towards God…”

  41. Michael says:

    Duane,

    That’s the start of a “biblical world view”… but a really hard sell these days…

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