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  1. Dan from Georgia says:

    #10. That is why my Youtube account is all comedy, sports, weather, movie clips, etc. I avoid political videos like the proverbial plague.

    Amen to #9 esp.

  2. Michael says:

    Dan,

    I’ve taken down a lot of inflammation in my spirit by blocking a lot of nonsense.
    I’m in a lot of pain anyway…don’t need to add to it.

  3. Dan from Georgia says:

    Good call Michael! I find I am in better spirits the less time I spend on political stuff or silly online debates in comment rooms.

  4. Officerhoppy says:

    Regarding biblical illiteracy, I couldn’t agree with you more. Biblical literacy became the goal of my preaching ministry.

    But the lack of literacy isn’t due exclusively to a lack on the pastors part. Most people want a church service that just makes them feel good. Something that, as one lady told me, “just gets thru the week”

    Even today, as I am retired, I love to talk theology. But many folks aren’t interested. They’re saved, go to church, serve, and that’s all they think they need.

  5. Michael says:

    Officerhoppy,

    I try to listen to a couple of random sermons every week…and I am not impressed for the most part.

    Lots of pastors trying to echo Fox News so they can get a ratings bump.

    The biggest gripe I have is that many pastors quit learning as soon as they are ordained and get all their material from the same source they started with…works if you started with a very learned teacher…not so much if you didn’t.

  6. LInn says:

    #1 and 2-It takes time to engage with the Scriptures, and most of us would rather binge watch our favorite program. The “old” things that used to get us to focus on Scripture for a couple hours a week (a well-prepared sermon, small group Bible study, good Christian books) aren’t frequented as much. Or, we turn to quickie devotionals and hope to get our “word” for the day.

    As for the gospel being “simple”, when I was in Bible college many years ago we were asked to exegete Philippians 2:1-10 and write a paper about the meaning of the “kenosis.” Let’s just say that I really sweat out that paper. When we compared notes in class, many of us had arrived at the same meanings of certain words and phrases, but often with different applications. The whole exercise caused me to love Jesus and His sacrifice for me even more, for which I have been grateful.

  7. Officerhoppy says:

    Michael
    Many pastors quit learning the minute they hit the pulpit is very true. You know they listen to each other’s sermons because they all repeat the same jokes.

    One guy had, word for word, the exact same sermon of another pastor. The only thing that changed was the names of his children and where they ate their hamburgers

    For me, I was unprepared to be a lead pastor especially in the area of preaching. So I was tutored in several subjects, by two separate scholars, one taught at Talbot, the other at Dallas. Couldn’t afford seminary but i took three practicums at Western Seminary.

    Never did quite figure it out

  8. Michael says:

    Linn,

    I have to study every week in preparation to teach…and every week I find something thatI’d never seen before that makes me rejoice in the works of God.

    I simply do not understand why people don’t devote part of every day to this kind of discovery…

  9. Pamela Kulwiec says:

    We LOVE kitten/cat videos but also enjoy YouTube channels like a guy who feeds raccoons on his back porch and a couple who feed deer in their backyard. We have found joy in the mundane and people being kind to animals.
    If it helps knowing, we pray for your non-stop pain🙏🏼

  10. Michael says:

    Pam,

    I kind of use “cat videos” as a catch all for the sort of things you mention.

    I love the old guy feeding hot dogs to coons and the fox refuge… if it has fur, I like it. 🙂

    It helps much, my friend…hoping He’ll answer soon.

  11. Linn says:

    Michael,
    If you like animated kitties, “Simon’s Cat” is the best! On YouTube and most are only 2.5 to 3 minutes.

  12. Everstudy says:

    Officerhoppy, do you remember which professor at Talbot? The church I go to has several Talbot/Biola professors.

  13. Terrie R. Beede says:

    Your comments on Biblical literacy resonate strongly with me. It is my belief that the greatest need in the Body of Christ today is to actually know and understand what our Scriptures say. Many, I would venture to say perhaps even most, hotly debated questions in the New Testament could be readily resolved if believers simply have read and understood their Old Testament. I have become convinced that Chapter-by-Chapter, Verse-by-Verse, expository, exegetical teaching (Historical Context, Situational Context, Literary Context, Grammar, Syntax, & Intertextuality (OT in OT, OT in NT) should be the staple of every pulpit ministry today. The things were not meant for scholars alone to understand – it is imperative for the survival of the Church that the whole Body of Christ understand Scripture in this way. It’s not popular, it will actually drive people away. But it is still our responsibility. Thanks for your post today!

  14. Michael says:

    Terrie R. Beede,

    Thank you for reading and your comment.

    I think that is one hermeneutic…there are others that are orthodox as well.

    My primary concern is the lack of interest in any reading or study…because those are the primary ways we encounter Jesus….

  15. WenatcheeTheHatchet says:

    I commend the Youtube station Owlkitty for cat videos. The Owlkitty send-up of Maverick: Top Gun is pretty funny. In the age of the internet Henri the existentialist has become classic YT cinema. 😉

    Taylor Swift isn’t really my favorite but I can tune her out if I want to and she’s not as annoying as the disease of four chord soul-bro singers that have erupted like lesions in pop music over the last seven years. Swift has slightly better subdominant substitution patterns in her songs as those go. The late Scott Timberg granted that Swift at least knew when to play a game of PR chicken with Apple Music to make them blink on royalty rates on behalf of other musicians.

  16. Michael says:

    WTH,

    I can’t say I’ve ever heard her…which tells me I am aging out of the mainstream culture.
    I have noted the incredible amount of tickets that have been sold to see her at astronomical prices…and how devout a following she has…

  17. Kevin H says:

    I don’t know her music much, but Taylor Swift is an Eagles fan (the football team, of course), so that makes her good in my book. 🙂

    She actually grew up in a neighboring town to my home town.

  18. Officerhoppy says:

    Everstudy
    His name is Dr. David Miller. But he wasn’t there long. He came up to Corbin college to promote their online degree program

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