Things I Think
That means myself or one of our moderators have to approve them one at a time.
That means I may not be in a place where I can do that quickly, so please be patient with me.
1. First, I want to praise the Lord. I want to acknowledge Him as God and thank Him for His goodness.I don’t want to argue about Him, I want to publicly worship Him this morning. We spent the weekend at Stanford University where Trey was in his first tae kwan doe tournament. He brought home the bronze medal and we couldn’t be more proud. The praiseworthy part of this is that I could never have afforded to take him there myself, but we were able to go as bread that I cast on the waters for many years (decades) came back to me. I had to humble myself to receive it, but in doing so I also received rest and renewed strength…and hope for the challenges still ahead. He is God, His word is truth, and He is good. Period.
2. Aimee Semple McPherson is the most important figure in American Christendom in the last century. If you haven’t studied her life, do so. She founded the Foursquare denomination, but more than that she started almost everything that we associate with what ails American evangelicalism. Her sermons were elaborate performances, she was a radio pioneer, and she taught future religious performers how to survive a scandal. Well worth knowing about…
3. If you’ve known me for more than five minutes, you know that I’m the worlds foremost Jerry Lee Lewis fan. Now, The Killer is a narcissistic, immoral, scoundrel of the lowest sort. I don’t care, as long as there’s thunder in his left hand. Many these days choose their pastors by the same criteria…if the show is good, character doesn’t count. Then they wonder why things go south…
4. Interestingly enough, his career was almost destroyed by scandal in the Fifties…but he made a comeback in the Sixties, which was right about when character ceased to matter in our culture.
5. The SGM scandals and the Reformed elites response to them simply reinforces what I’ve been saying in regard to Calvary Chapel over the last few years, which is that it’s futile (though necessary) to try hold the leadership of these places to account. The emphasis has to move toward the local…and to taking personal responsibility for the state of your spiritual health. A leader is only a leader if someone is following them…an empty building speaks louder than a million blog articles.
6. The best defense against spiritual abuse in a place of free market churches is a catechized congregation.
7. “A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God’s truth is attacked and yet would remain silent.” John Calvin
8. “There is no worse screen to block out the Spirit than confidence in our own intelligence.” Calvin
9. The SGM scandals reinforce another tenet I’ve preached over the years…which is that the elite no longer control the media. The voice of the afflicted and their supporters has been louder than the lame responses from on high.
10. We create time for those things which are most important to us and we allot time according to how important something is…how important is your faith?