Things I Think
2. I’ve often wondered way the corrective letters to churches from Paul such as 1st & 2nd Corinthians and Galatians were not addressed to specific leaders. I now believe that it is because the early church was governed by gift and not hierarchy.In other words, they were what Bart Ehrmann calls “charismatic communities” where they actually believed that everyone has a gift of the Spirit and they were expected to exercise it. There were paid elders, but no one man shows. The implications are staggering…and will be completely ignored.
3. I count myself among those who have been very critical of Chuck Smith for very good reasons. Having said that, I have been moved by the tributes of how he impacted those he touched. Grace demands that I hear and accept that some folks experiences were as positive as mine were negative . More than one thing is true of all of us as we are all both saint and sinner. All I ask is that grace flow both ways…
4. The fact that other Christians don’t always walk in Christian love and ethics does not remove my obligation before God to do so. It makes my doing so all the more important.
5. Miss Kitty doesn’t “meow”, she “chirps”. The night of the first hard freeze I heard her chirping and scratching at the door to come in. This confounded me as she was already in bed with me. I opened the door to an embarrassed raccoon who had evidently lost all pride in the chill. I’ll let you make your own application early this week…
6. Trey has taken an interest in Native American art and culture. Pretty tough to explain why Indian reservations came to be…and why they still exist.
7. Call me crazy, but the ACA process is such a disaster that I can’t help but wonder if it was done on purpose…website and database creation isn’t exactly a new science.
8. It doesn’t fit in with our delicate culture anymore, but when I was a kid we had a very effective way of dealing with bullies in school. We grew up and punched them out. It was primitive, but effective “sensitivity training”.
9. If you’ve been here any length of time, you know I loathe winter and the “holiday season”. For me, this is a Bataan death march to Jan 1st. Be patient, I’m trying…
10. The political rift in this country, especially among Christians is fueled by fear and misperception. Most of my friends are Republicans…and they are some of the most generous and God fearing people I know. The rhetoric of their leadership terrifies me, however. Take away the rhetoric and rancor on both sides and I believe we could reach real solutions. Christians need to take the initiative here…lead discussions with love, respect, and compassion and soak it all in prayer and perhaps we can begin to mend this country.