Monday, February 18, 2019

Note to Blackhawk Presbytery Council About Modeling Someone Better

Kopp Disclosure
(John 3:19-21)


    I've got a lot of friends who've left our denomination.

    While I share many theological sympathies with them, I have not joined them for many reasons that they reject.

    My sentiments have been expressed ad nauseum in a lot of rags as well as KD; so I'm not about to repeat 'em.

    Let's just say I'm not leaving one stinking denomination for another stinking denomination.

    Your greener pasture is someone else's brown field.

    I didn't miss the course on original sin.

    As long as our denomination doesn't force me to participate in anything that insults the holiness of God as esteemed in over 2K years of Biblical, confessional, constitutional, historical, traditional, and common sense Christianity, I'm not going anywhere.

    Don't get me wrong.

    I still think our denomination is irretrievably apostate under current management and think of myself as a missionary to the mainline, especially because of its increasing syncretism and universalism and ethics only coincidental to Jesus by the book, pero if Jesus keeps loving the hell out me...

    Really, I don't expect my friends who've split or denominational jingoists and idolaters to buy any of that.

    That's O.K.

    I need Savior Jesus too.

    Moretheless, I like to be fair when I experience something/someone in our franchise that really models Someone better.

    That's what this KD celebrates!

    Uh, BTW, I've been around a while and I've heard all of your arguments about exiting and extolling your favorite denominations; so I won't be moved by your criticisms one way or the other.


    I'll just light a fuma, ride my pony, and admit I'm still just scratching the surface of my relationship with Jesus by the book.

    I'm not moved to argue much anymore.

    I'm moved by...


I am copying some other people.

In a country, world, and even church of increasing partisanship and irreconcilable behaviors, I experienced fresh hope on Friday (1/15).

Modeling Someone better is a big part of our call to leadership.

We are to be so close to Jesus that we can say with Paul that He is increasingly living in/through us with agape exclamation points of grace, mercy, forgiveness, and reconciliation.

Well, as I was driving home on Friday afternoon after some time with a friend at Bad Ash Cigars in Oregon, I was feeling so sad and impotent while listening to the news reports emanating from the horrors in Aurora.

In the midst of my lamentations, I received a call from our bishop who asked if I knew of anyone from Aurora's First Presbyterian Church or Westminster Presbyterian Church that was involved directly

You may recall those churches have left our franchise; and you may also recall John and I were involved quite heavily in many of those deliberations along with the same at Kish and Bethany.

Anyway, John said he wanted First and Westminster to know we stand ready to help in any way that we can and he is ready to solicit the help of our PDA program.

I was touched deeply.

I felt our Lord's pleasure.

I was warmed.

I experienced fresh hope.

Again, in a country, world, and even church bent on division and damning, it was so refreshing.

That's what happens when we model Someone better.

Thanks, John!

Blessings and Love!


Blessings and Love!


Wake up! Look up! Stand up! Speak up! Act up for Jesus!

Shatter the sound of silence!

Salt! Shine! Leavenate!






Joe said...

Very cool

Jim said...

This doesn’t surprise me one iota.

Spence said...

Thanks, Bob. Well said.

Bill said...

Thanks for sharing Bob! I think the national church needs to know. Other presbyteries could learn something!

Jim said...


We work for an incredible Boss who makes us better people, my firiend!

Laura said...

As a member of Westminster Aurora, I can ask for your prayers. Prayers that people embrace Jesus full time and share His love with the families of the victims and the heroic police officers and the employees who have to return to the Pratt building in a week or so. Prayers that we never, ever forget His unfailing love for us. We learned that Trevor Wehner's mom and grandmother were members here in the past. I pray that they have a church who will surround them with love. I also pray to be the face of love for someone else, even if only for a fleeting moment...I still have so much to learn! Blessings and Love to you and yours on Lincoln & Main, friend.

James said...

I've heard a lot of people who got divorced and remarried say after years of marriage to the second spouse, "I don't think things are any better now than they would have been if I had stayed married to _______"

I'm pretty sure a lot of young ECOs will be saying that, too.

Tim said...

High standard!