Holy Week Special Edition
I know it's Holy Week.
I have meetings, services, emergency counseling appointments, people freaking out about who's doin' what and when, shut-ins who are never home because they're getting their hair done or at the mall who expect the sacrament delivered to their doorsteps, and so many other baskets to fill every day and night this week on top of the regularly scheduled meetings, services, emergency counseling appointments, people freaking out about who's doin' what and when, shut-ins who are never home because they're getting their hair done or at the mall who expect the sacrament delivered to their doorsteps, and so many other...
Maybe holy has been replaced by hectic or...
Well, the C&Eers will show up on Sunday for their semi-annual pilgrimage to the holy land and church ladies are gonna be nervous about me not chastening/insulting their infidelities lest I offend them about offending Him.
Yeah, we've got our priorities in order.
Maybe I can squeeze in a personal prayer or two while...
What do the following have in common?
PBHO: "This is no longer a Christian nation."
Seattle Episcopal priest Ann Holmes Redding was kinda defrocked by Bishop Geralyn Wolf because she wants to be a Christian and Muslim at the same time. The bishop found the double-minded priestess to be "a woman of utmost integrity and their conversations over the past two years have been open, honest and respectful." Redding is, uh, unrepentant; shedding tears over her former franchise's "narrow vision" of Christianity: "I'm sad at the loss of this cherished honor of having served as a priest...Just because I became a Muslim is not an automatic abandonment of Christianity."
Notre Dame can't catch a break these days. Their football team stinks and now their theology/ecclesiology is being skewered. PBHO has been invited to be this year's commencement speaker for the, uh, fighting Irish. Cardinal Francis George - a really big shot for RCers - said the invitation is an embarrassment to RCers because PBHO is among the most radical abortionists of history who even frightens lots of pro-choicers because of his commitment to late term abortions and even infanticide. The way left is outraged: "To imply that PBHO should not be invited to speak at ND because he disagrees with the church on two specific issues promotes a very narrow view of what constitutes morality" (William M. Daley).
Now go back to PBHO's quote - among his first utterances after inauguration at a, get this, uh, prayer breakfast.
Was he reporting or rejoicing when he said that?
Actually, as a mainliner, I don't see the problem.
Mainline clergy don't have to believe in Jesus or Biblical authority to get jobs in their franchises.
It's all really rather, uh, common.
I thought about that because I'm constantly scolded by a local hospital for leaving Christian literature and tracts on, uh, literature tables that sport a lot of stuff that's antithetical to Christianity; but that's O.K. because it's O.K. to be anything but Christian in America these days which makes me wonder if PBHO was reporting or rejoicing.
Well, that same hospital is setting up an annex near me; and they've invited local clergy to volunteer as chaplains.
Two problems pour moi: (1) These are the same guys who pick on me for leaving Christian literature around to encourage folks and now they want me to do for free what they get paid to do at headquarters; and (2) I'm in their hospital and the others almost every day anyway which means I don't have to schedule a few hours a week to do for free what they get paid to do.
Then I get a call from a local restaurateur who's ticked off about me leaving this card in his greasy spoon:
Would you like to hear some good news for bad times?
hear and experience
the best news
April 12, 2009!!!
Our Family of Faith
hear and experience
the best news
7:30, 8:30, or 10:30 a.m
Our address is listed under that.
Actually, I sent that invitation as an e-mail to our family of faith with this P.S.: "Unlike some e-mails that suggest you will go to hell if you don't forward them to ten friends who really need a picture of Jesus' face in some Arabian desert that takes an hour to download on your computer, why not forward this to some friends for the heaven of it?"
Be that as it was/is, somebody from the restaurant called our prayer line and complained about me/us leaving Christian literature and tracts on his, uh, literature table; and, get this, this restaurant sports some of the same literature that's antithetical to Christianity as the hospital.
I'm starting to think there's some kinda conspiracy going on.
Now go back to the third section of this KD for what they've all got in, uh, common.
Do you think they're/we're still not crucifying Him?
I'm still gonna drop off Christian literature and tracts; because I don't really care what they think of me as long as people are being pointed to Him.
It's #1 of Fifteen Secrets for Life and Ministry which you can order from Kathie from this website: "Remembering you're going to live a lot longer with Jesus than anybody else makes establishing life's priorities a no-brainer."
Scrolling down to the last edition of KD (4/3/09), I recommended Rob Bell's Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith, which you can order through us by checking out the right column, with considerable caution.
I think it sparks conversation.
Well, it recently enflamed a few folks.
From a theologian in Florida: "Rob Bell, Mark Driscoll, and Brian McLaren are part of the 'emergent church' that is so 'seeker sensitive' that it makes no demands on anyone...Their 'new way of doing church' strengthens the left at the expense of core Christian beliefs...It draws upon yoga, crystals, and other katundu to undermine orthodox faith...The emergent church is not interested in - and is openly hostile to - doctrine...They are trying to re-invent and re-imagine Christianity by taking one's eyes off the cross and focusing on experience...awfully new age and often gnostic...You don't hear anything from them about doctrine, hell, sin, repentance, and the like...Absolutes are wrong to them...They are postmodern to the max!...They claim the church must conform to the culture...Their teachings are unsound, unBiblical, and alarming...Please tell your saints to listen and watch with discernment."
From a lawyer in Kansas: "I read Velvet Elvis at the urging of a friend who loved it...I don't think he really knows where he stands because he is so caught up in his perceived ambiguities in Scripture and is trying so hard to speak the language of the post-moderns. Even the publisher's format cries out, 'There is no one way! Reject tradition!'...Bell's book begs the question of whether he has moved along the continuum of linguistic challenge and relevancy to theological challenge and relevancy...Finally, one of my son's friends who was weak in his faith read the book and thereafter renounced his Christian faith. A little one led astray for whom Bell will someday have to answer."
I feel much better about dropping off literature in that hospital and restaurant and everywhere else to point people to Jesus as attested in Holy Scripture.
BTW, I urged the chaplains and restaurant owner to read Matthew 13.
Dr. Dean Harvey has been the, uh, dean for many pastors in Northern Illinois for many years.
He just kinda retired to California.
I've got a disk which you can get by calling (502) 227-1177 which is called The Broken Heart of God.
Here's how Dean describes the contents: "The most important thing I've learned about God in over 50 years of being a Christian."
Maybe Kathie will call and make it available through KD (check the right column before too long).
Dean's disk relates to what has become so, uh, common in our country's ecclesiastical/secular culture.
Yes, sometimes it's hard to tell the difference between church and state these days.
Go back to the third section of this KD.
Getting back to Jesus, there's more evidence for His resurrection than PBHO being born in the USA: (1) The focus of Biblical Christians on the resurrection since A.D. 32; (2) Shift of the worship calendar from Saturday to Sunday because of the resurrection on Sunday; (3) 27 testimonies called the New Testament; (4) Transformation of the disciples from cowering cowards into bravehearted gospelers willing to face the tests of torture and martyrdom because of the resurrection; and (5) Jesus is alive to all who believe in Him: "You ask me how I know He lives? He lives within my heart!"
Blessings and Love!
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