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False orthodoxy

These are some things I read the past couple of days. Quotes, then my notes at the bottom.

"The Big Lie is our false orthodoxy, our pseudo religion, our finger-pointing self-righteous Evangelicalism. We are too smart to be duped by false prophets who predict the return of Christ on such-and-such a date but too blind to see our own cheap substitutes for the real thing. Some call this pseudo-Christianity, others Christendom. I think "Churchianity" says it well. We choose simulated piety, and God lets us reap the consequences of our choice." (Dave Black, 5/19)

"Unity with one another is not something we have to choke down like brussel sprouts... It should be something that actually enriches our relationship in the church!
As we look into the Bible, God seems quite concerned that we be united because of our differences. The “dividing wall of hostility” has been removed and God uses all sorts of images and examples (Jesus among the formerly unt…

What's the central message?

I've been watching this video of Dallas Willard over and over and thinking about this all week and decided to share it.

"Unless you understand that Jesus invites us, through faith in him, that means putting your confidence in him, to actually live in the kingdom of God now; there will not be a basis for discipleship and transformation... (John Ortberg asked- "If the gospel of Jesus isn't primarily how to get into heaven when you die, what is Jesus' Gospel?") It is how to get into heaven before you die. That's it. That's why the New Testament for example, routinely treats you as if you have already died. It's because you have made a transition from a life on your own to a life that God himself is living in his kingdom. So, you get to be a part of that... What he preached was the availability of the kingdom of God to everyone, wherever they were and whoever they were. And so he announces this and by his own presence makes it available."…

Have you felt like giving up lately?

Why would you ever complain, O Jacob,
or, whine, Israel, saying,
"God has lost track of me.
He doesn't care what happens to me"?
Don't you know anything? Haven't you been listening?
God doesn't come and go. God lasts.
He's Creator of all you can see or imagine.
He doesn't get tired out, doesn't pause to catch his breath.
And he knows everything, inside and out.
He energizes those who get tired,
gives fresh strength to dropouts.
For even young people tire and drop out,
young folk in their prime stumble and fall.
But those who wait upon God get fresh strength.
They spread their wings and soar like eagles,
They run and don't get tired,
they walk and don't lag behind.
Isaiah 40:27-31

Have you felt like giving up lately?

Brenton Brown wrote the song "Everlasting God" during a season of tiredness. He and his wife were diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome. Here's Brenton talking about the inspiration behind the song:



He…

Churches need plural leadership

From Dave Black yesterday: (Dave is Christ-follower, a husband, father, grandfather, NT scholar, mentor, missionary, and surfer)

The church at Ephesus had no pastor. (If it did, surely we would know his name.) In the New Testament, ministry was shared. Pastors were always members of a team.

Moreover, in the New Testament, "ministry" was the privilege and obligation of all Christians, not some. Pastors are no different from the rest of us in this respect. They are not "called to the ministry" while we sit around and soak. All Christians are commissioned to ministry.

It is often assumed that the church at Ephesus had a single pastor (sometimes Timothy is incorrectly identified as such). But in Acts we read that Paul met with the Ephesian elders (note the plural) in Miletus. I am quite certain that this is the New Testament pattern, despite the fact that so many of our churches are in effect one-man bands.

Where I live in southe…