Things I Think
I’m convinced that the internet is actually isolating us from each other rather than bringing us together.
I used to joke that I knew more about what was going on in the churches of Albuquerque or Orange County than I did in my own hometown. It’s not a joke… it’s true, and it’s sin. The Bible speaks over and over again about the ministry and power of being present….not online, but in person. The most important “mission field” you have is your home, followed by your workplace and the local community. Your spiritual legacy will be the lives of the people you were actually present with….not the ones you emailed. God didn’t just send a book, He came Himself…
2. Conversely, the importance and effectiveness of your ministry declines in direct proportion to the distance from your home. We can make a temporary impact in far away places, but what you do at home lasts for generations.
3. We’ve had triple digit heat here for days and thus have had the need for careful hydration. The church bought us a case of bottled water for the skateparks (and ourselves) to aid in this. On the side of the bottle, underneath all the fancy graphics, it reads… “from a community water source.”. Trey asked me what that meant…”a faucet,” I replied. I’m convinced that the moral decline of this country began when we were convinced that we needed to buy bottled water from the store…
4. Speaking of that moral decline…has anyone (besides me) noticed that it has happened during a time when every pastor in town (and out of town) thinks they need their own radio or television broadcast? That it has happened while the airwaves are full of “the Gospel?” I think we’re entertaining the faithful and missing the masses by a country mile.
5. I also wonder about the conversion rate of the church in general…it seems like new church plants count more on transfer growth than evangelism. Actually, it seems like most churches are counting on transfer growth over evangelism these days. I could be wrong.
6. “The work of salvation, in its full sense, is (1) about whole human beings, not merely souls; (2) about the present, not simply the future; and (3) about what God does through us, not merely what God does in and for us.”~ N. T. Wright, from Surprised by Hope.
7. The celebrity “leadership” (and I use the term loosely and with a snide smirk) of American evangelicalism is so far divorced from the work of the local pastor and the lives of the common person in the pew as to be utterly useless to both and nothing more than Bible quoting politicians promoting nothing more than themselves.
8. My greatest struggle with the flesh is to contain my desire for significance to God alone.
9. “The acquisition of knowledge always involves the revelation of ignorance.” Wendell Berry
10. For those of you who remember her…keep our long time friend and co-laborer Dusty in your prayers. She spent many an hour interceding for us…