Soapbox

OK, I’m going to soapbox about one of my pet peeves. (And please excuse me if I get snarky). The other day, I saw it on a church readerboard. Then it popped up in my son’s children’s Bible. We’ve all heard it. The wording varies but the gist is, “Jesus told parables to help people…

Go Out…Come In

Something I hear periodically is that we need to go outside the church if we want to be where God is moving. Other permutations: We need to get out of our box (church building); God isn’t moving in the church, He’s moving outside. I don’t disagree with these sentiments. God is moving outside the church….

Keep on the Shunny Shide

A book I’m reading advocates for the Matthew 18 model of church discipline: If someone sins, talk to him one on one.  If he doesn’t respond, re-approach with two or three others.  If that doesn’t work, take him before the church.  If he doesn’t listen to the church, “let him be like an unbeliever and…

NO FAIR!!

On my home from work, I drive past the reader board of a local church.  This week, the reader board says, “May Justice and Peace Ring Out!”  Justice is quite the buzz-word these days.  In popular usage, it means things are “fair”: Everyone enjoys the same opportunities, advantages, and success.  The playing field is level,…