Archive for October, 2009

Staying

Posted: October 31, 2009 in Church, Faith

I’m in an odd place.  I know God is not yet finished with us here in Westwood.  I believe He still wants us to plant a church.  I just don’t know how.  I have no vision, no mission… nothing.  I have simply a desire to be obedient to the Father and plant an indigenous church here in Westwood.

Missions or Evangelism

Posted: October 30, 2009 in Church

There is no evidence in the biblical text to warrant a separation between missions and evangelism… “[W]hile missions became the task of reaching those outside of Christendom, evangelism became the task of reaching those within its boundaries.  Like a bear fed by the tourists, the church was unable to rend for itself when the food was removed and Christendom was lost.  Thus, in an attempt to promote the importance of missions, missiologists have often undermined the church by removing missional thinking from its rightful place.”

(Stetzer, Planting Churches in a Postmodern Age, p. 28)

Dain Bramage

Posted: October 30, 2009 in Family

What’s a parent to do?

Me: Abbie, get your shoes on.

Abbie: I can only find one.

Me: I see the other one right there in the she basket [in the closet].

Maggie: I was trying to help her find it and she kept kicking the door closed on my head.

— I barely got out of the room before the laughter came out.

End the Fed

Posted: October 29, 2009 in Uncategorized

I Respectfully Disagree

Posted: October 29, 2009 in Faith, Politics

I just finished listening to an interview of AJ Arias, Founder and Director of The Liberty Coalition on Dr. Katherine Albrecht’s radio program (I missed the broadcast but it’s available in podcst form here.)

While I enjoyed the interview and agree with the Liberty Coalition’s stated goals, I was a bit disappointed by Dr. Albrecht.  She is a Libertarian as I used to be.  She is also a Christian as I am.  I was disturbed by her claim that the Bible has no place influencing public policy or the decisions of Christian people in public office.  I disagree wholeheartedly.  The Word of God is to have center stage in all affairs of our lives.

I find her statement odd as she also claims to support the original intent of the Founding Fathers and the Constitution.  These same men who, though not all were Christian, had a deep respect for religion, prayer and the Bible.  It was Benjamin Franklin who, though not a Christian, acknowledged that God directs all things and recommended to the Constitutional Convention that they begin each day with prayer.  It was President Washington who, upon taking the Oath of Office for the Presidency of the United States, added on his own accord that his hand be placed on a Bible and finished by also adding the phrase, “So help me God” (a phrase which has continued more than two hundred years though it is not found in the official oath of office).  And let us not forget that James Madison, the man largely responsible for the drafting of our constitution, took many of the principles therein not only from his familiarity with English tradition, but also from his knowledge of Old Testament Law.

The Constitution stipulates that the Federal Government cannot make any laws regarding the establishment of religion or its practice.  It does not state that religious belief should have no place in governing.  The intention of even our secular Founding Fathers was quite the opposite as can be seen, not only within the Constitution, but also their own personal documents and correspondences.

Check out the Constitution Party

Posted: October 29, 2009 in Politics

Dired of the same old, same old?  Tired of voting for the lesser of two evils?  Want to take out nation back from a runaway government?  Check out the Constitution Party.

Freedom vs. Security

Posted: October 29, 2009 in Politics

“If you want total security, go to prison. There you’re fed, clothed, given medical care, and so on. The only thing lacking…is freedom.”

— Dwight D. Eisenhower, 5-Star General and U.S. President