Posts Tagged ‘Theology’

chain LinkIt’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything to this blog. I’ve been busy with a lot of things this past year, and I haven’t made the time in my schedule to continue blogging. I do miss it, though, and I’ve been constantly seeing things that I would like to put on here–thus this post.

There’s a lot of good music, and there’s a lot of bad music. There’s a lot of  bad music with good ideologies behind it, and there’s a lot of good music with bad ideologies behind it.

Take The Beatles, for instance. John Lennon and Paul McCartney were prolific songwriters, pumping out top-notch songs such as “Hey Jude” and “Eleanor Rigby” (fantastic strings in that one!), with George Harrison adding a number of hits as well, such as “Here Comes The Sun” and “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” (more…)

Rolling Pin MiceIn my last post, I talked a bit about how one should exit a church staff position. Unfortunately, many people calling themselves Christians still live a life void of some decidedly basic characteristics vital to the Christian walk.

As James 1:19-26 tells us, a person who does not listen to and apply Scriptural principles in his life has no business claiming religion at all, for his devotion is useless. Ephesians 4 speaks volumes as to the life of a Christian, and any Christian worth his proverbial salt (ha ha) will strive to live his life according to these principles, as they are the core of the godly lifestyle.

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Love HouseIn our recent church staff meetings, our pastor has brought a somewhat new topic to our table. Some of you may have heard the idea before, but most of you have probably heard it more in the context that I have — more of a cousin context than a different form of the idea.

Do you remember the old saying “love the sinner, hate the sin”? Do you remember that one guy who once said that we as Christians should be “in the world but not of it”? These are related concepts, with the difference being an internal, personal screening of sorts versus an external, relational screening.

The problem is that we have focused too much on the second part of each respective phrase rather than the first part. So what’s the big deal? The big deal is the nuance through which you view the world. Do you view the world as a place that is trying to contaminate us with its ways, or do you view the world as a mission field? Do you consider being in the world as a necessary evil or an opportunity to reflect God’s love and compassion to those around you?

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Music NotesC.S. Lewis is one of my all-time favourite authors (see what I did there?). I’ve read many of his most famous works but not all of them — The Four Loves is one of those on my to-read list. Most of his works that I have read are full books, but I have read a few of his individual articles. This article was referenced in a recent discussion on LinkedIn concerning how to work with the musicians in a worship team. “On Church Music” is a bit broader than was our discussion, but it still has information that is relevant to today’s worship philosophy.

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It’s been a crazy month-and-a-half, but I’m back at it now, and I’ve got some great posts coming up. It’s tough sometimes, deciding what to share with my readers first. But in life, we all have to choose what and when to share with others. Take, for example, this past weekend.

I was an adult chaperone for a youth trip to St Louis, MO from Friday morning to Sunday night. The weekend was for this year’s tour of Dare 2 Share, a national organization that puts on weekend conventions to train teens how to share their faith (I highly recommend this weekend for your youth group, if you are looking for something in that vein). That sounds great, doesn’t it? Our youth really need to learn how to share their faith, don’t they? With all the news in the past few years about teens committing suicide because they are bullied and lonely, stories about teen pregnancies and drug use, and other cultural tales of the depravity of our young people, it sure seems to be the most important focus of evangelism.

But wait — what about those who are already grown up and contributing to society? What about our coworkers and our neighbors? What about the parents who are guiding their teens?

What about YOU learning to share your faith with YOUR PEERS?

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