A Much Needed Reminder For Those In Ministry

I just read an article over at Christianity Today that is really excellent and makes a fantastic that applies to everyone in the Ministry or who has been trained for it. Here’s the quote:

We as trained exegetes and theologians can and should also have this posture, but honest self-reflection reveals that for most of us, our learning often creates layers of distance between us and hearing the Bible as God’s Word to us. Although it was obtained for the supposed goal of bridging the gap between us and the biblical text, our training in fact often creates in our hearts and minds an elaborate structure of paper walls and divisions that create a maze of distance between us and Scripture. Relegating meaning to the sensus historicus, obtained through the employment of an elaborate skill set, and making understanding and application secondary steps only opens the door for this deferral more widely. Instead, we can learn from our faithful mothers-in-law that to read Scripture is to seek to hear and obey God now in very practical ways. Anything less is not reading Holy Scripture according to its purpose.

His point is that over focusing on the historical, historical, language side of things we under focus on what a passage means to us right here and right now.

That’s a real issue for many of us and I find it happening to myself all too often. It’s something to be very aware of so we can make sure it isn’t happening to us. You can read the whole thing here and I hope you do.

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A Much Needed Reminder For Those In Ministry

The Bro Bible

Okay, so here’s a little bit on insanity for you. I used this at the start of my sermon today. It came from a joke I did last week that got a good response. Then I started thinking about it – always a dangerous thing.

Then I starting creating this in my head – even more dangerous. And finally I googled it and found all sorts of strangeness. What’s below is the result.

Good luck with this.

The Bro Bible

30 Years of God’s Faithfulness At CCR

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Today was the big day. After weeks for hard work by both Amy and myself, we finally celebrated God’s faithfulness to CCR for 3 decades! I’m very happy with how well it went. I only wish more people had been to there to celebrate with us.

Below are two of the videos we showed today. I had to remove the music because of copyright reasons, but you can still see the pictures so I hope that’ll be enough.

Enjoy!

30 Years of God’s Faithfulness At CCR

Tales From the Scrypt!

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I cut the first promo today for a new short form radio show that I’ve been asked to do on our local station KLPZ, 1380 AM. Here’s a bit about it:

In the Arabian Nights Tahir Shah said, “Stories are a communal currency of humanity,” and he was right of course.  In “Tales From the Scrypt.” starting on September 22nd I’ll be sharing stories taken directly from the Bible, the source of the greatest true stories ever told, every week. They’ll be dramatized yet remain true to the Scriptures so you’ll be drawn into these stories that illustrate the truth about life, humanity and eternity itself. You’ll hear stories from both Testaments, stories that Jesus, the Master Teacher told, and maybe some stories that you didn’t know were in there.  So please join me every Thursday morning on KLPZ at 9:30 AM for Tales From the Scrypt, “Stories You Can Believe In.”

You can listen online if you’d like too at www.klpz1380.com at 9:30 AM Arizona time. Just remember Arizona Time is like unto God in one way – it doesn’t change. No jumping forward or falling back around here!

I’d like to thank my friend Meredith for the title and my friend Keith for an idea that helped me come up with the tag line. These will be short (& hopefully sweet) little bits of truth and wisdom from the Scriptures, hopefully everyone will benefit from them.

So, what are you favorite Bible Stories? Do you have some that you’d like to hear adapted and presented on Tale From the Scrypt? If so let me know ok?

God bless and I’ll see you on the radio soon!

 

 

 

Tales From the Scrypt!

Remembering Leroy Garrett

LeroyGarrettI heard this afternoon that Leroy Garrett has just passed away. I know most of you have probably never heard of him and more’s the pity. He was an author, teacher and thinker who devoted much of his life and ministry to bring grace and unity to the church. If you want to learn more try his website here.

Years ago I used to subscribed to the little magazine he put out. I remember my Dad and I loved him and used to enjoy discussing his articles. Over time it seemed to me he changed on some issues and gradually I found myself disagreeing with him more and more on certain issues.

By saying this I do not intend to criticize him at all. Because in the midst of my disagreements with him I never lost the love and respect I had for him. It’s a beautiful thing that a man who sought unity in the Body of Christ lived and promoted his views in such a way that he maintained unity.

I picked up some of his 99 cent e-books today and am looking forward to reading them. Whether or not I agree with everything he wrote isn’t the point. Learning and questioning and enjoying watching a brilliant mind at work is.

God bless you Leroy as I know you are with Him in heaven. I only hope that your honest, strong yet graceful and loving spirit of respectful debate can spread. Not only in the church where it’s needed but in the American culture where it’s needed as never before.

I hope my life will become more like his and that I will continue to grow deeper in my faith as I age.

Hail and farewell Leroy Garrett!

Remembering Leroy Garrett