Things I Think
1. The big news in sports yesterday was about Adrian Peterson of the Vikings playing despite the death of his son. The reports spoke of his great faith and character in the midst of tragedy. What seems to have been missed is that Peterson didn’t know that he had a son with this woman until recently and the first time he saw the child was after he was on life support. While this doesn’t lessen the horror of the tragedy, it is a tragedy in itself that so called men of faith can’t seem to confine fatherhood to women they are married to. It doesn’t take any faith to conceive a child, it takes a great deal of faith and character to raise one and do so within the confines of a real family.
2. I keep hoping that a reasonable voice and a real leader will emerge in this country who desires to bring us back together as a nation. Then, I realized that some would immediately label a real statesman as the “anti-Christ” and try to ruin him.
3. Every email I get asking if Calvary Chapel is now “on the road to Rome” gets put in a file labeled “Stupid”.
4. There is nothing more detrimental to the faith than seeing raw ambition rewarded in the church…
5. October is the month where everyone over 50 tells everyone else over 50 that their joints have started hurting.
6. Nothing excites me more than reading a great book that offers new light on some aspect of theology…and nothing disappoints me more than knowing that few will bother to read it.
7. I knew if I waited long enough it would happen…we’re seeing theological “exposes” of the guy from Duck Dynasty. Turns out the fellow is Church of Christ and believes in baptismal regeneration. I rejoice that the guy knows Jesus, but that’s never enough when critics need content for their radio show/blog/Facebook/ Twitter feed.
8. When the line between entertainment and worship gets blurred in the slightest…it’s no longer worship.
9. I had a couple of sleepless nights last week so I listened to a couple of debates between a Protestant and a Catholic on Marian theology…and there is just no way I could ever swim the Tiber based on those doctrines alone.
10. If the true measure of our faith is how much we love God and neighbor than the cause for most of our problems in church and society begins with a lack of love for both.