Things I Think
1. By now, we’ve established that I’m more “liberal” than the average evangelical. I’m all for tolerance and focusing on being an “ambassador for Christ”. Having said that, I’m also a biblicist and amatuer historian. Biblically and historically, if you really think that you can co exist peacefully with the Muslim worldview, you know little about history or theology. That’s simply a fact and no amount of post modern good intentions will change the medieval desire of Islam to dominate the world through any means necessary. How we deal with that reality is open for discussion, the reality of the situation really isn’t.
2. I never noticed this before…the fruit of the Spirit is a singular, not a plural. In other words, you get it all or you get none of it.
3. While we are justifiably outraged over the loss of American lives overseas, our neighbor to the south has lost a 100,000 lives in the last five years, close to a hundred in the last week. Our neighbor…
4. Jesus is ruling and reigning and working through His church and I want to be too busy in that work to be distracted by temporal political conflicts with my brethren.
5. If watching a particular television program or movie caused you to stumble and sin, you would not watch it. The same should be true if watching the news causes the same issues.
6. God sends us particular voices at particular times to reorient our thinking and theology. N.T. Wright is one those voices for our time.
7. The National Hockey League has locked out its players. Mike Macon and I care.
8. Mark Driscoll has some serious issues with his teachings and attitudes about women. Someone who has access to the theologians and theological resources that he does has to be willfully and deliberately twisting the Scriptures to suit his own prejudices and conceptions. Who can hold him accountable? Nobody….except the people who support his ministry. Will they?
9. I watched a few minutes of the Epicenter Conference from Calvary Albuquerque the other night. While that was painful enough, my conclusion after much thought is more so.Let me say it publicly, mark my words. The future leader of the Calvary Chapel movement will be Skip Heitzig.
10. Thank you all for your prayers and kindness, not only through my illness, but over the years. I am deeply impressed again with the holy responsibility that those of us that speak for God have and how accountable we will will be held for the grace we’ve been given. God bless you all.