WHATCHU TALKIN BOUT WILLIS?
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
1. 1 Thes. 5:22 (KJV): Abstain from all appearance of evil.
Misunderstood (thanks KJV) and misused as a trump card against anything thing we don't like!
2. Matt 7:1 (ESV): "Judge not, that you be not judged."
The favorite verse of the wannabe "tolerant" among us.
3. John 8:7b (NIV): "If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her."
A popular escape verse. Almost always works to avoid scrutiny by others. You better be flawless if you're going to criticize me!
4. Romans 14:13b (NIV): Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother's way.
And it seems like almost anything can be a stumblimg block! I don't like = a stumbling block!
5. Matthew 18:20 (NIV): For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.
Don't sweat that miniscule attendance... as long as we have a couple, Jesus will be here!
6. Galatians 3:28 (NIV): There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Loved by egalitarians & feminists. Just don't try don't try applying this verse to restrooms!
Ok, I was going for 10, but that's enough for now. What verses did I miss?
Monday, November 09, 2009
1. Philippians 4:13: "I can do everything through him who gives me strength."
This verse, at first glance & by itself, appears to affirm that we can do just about anything as long as we rely on Christ's strength. BUT, this verse is NOT saying that I can dunk from the foul line, score 1600 on the SAT, bench press 700 pounds and start at QB for Redskins one day! Yet, this verse is a favorite because it is snatched right out of context. Go back one verse before Philippians 4:13 and we quickly see Paul is not offering a PMA motivational verse, but is dealing with contentment in all circumstances. Here verse 12: "I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want."
2. Jeremiah 29:11: "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." This verse is making rounds as a new favorite verse thanks in part to Rick Warren's misuse of it. Any rookie Bible student understands that we need to discern who is talking to whom in this passage if we are to discover its truth. Much could be written on the misuse of this verse (go here for more), but suffice it to say that it's NOT talking to you directly promising you prosperity! God is talking to His OT people who are in exile & captivity, not to some guy to day who's trying to make it big!
So can we learn from the aforementioned verses? Do they matter to us? YES! But we must first must determine what they originally meant in context before we can seek accurate application to our lives.
Saturday, November 07, 2009
- John MacArthur Jr.
Friday, November 06, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
I realize John's writing was about Jesus (John 20:31) but my admiration for the apostle is growing too as I learn about the author of the forth gospel. What a tremendous disciple of Jesus he was!
Thursday, September 03, 2009
I hope you will read "Who Stole My Church?" And if you already have, let us know what you think.
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
I wish when I was 40 an NFL team wanted me to play QB. You know at first (last year) I got beat with all the Favre stuff, but now - what the heck - it's just football. The dude's just got it like that. There have been others like him & there will be more. I don't lose any sleep over Favre or Vick or TO or Cutler or Brandon Marshall. It's amazing that we have a culture that gets so tied up in these dudes. Don't get me wrong - I like ball, but it won't bother me if Favre retires & comes back again & again. Gives sports fans something unsubstantial to talk about during break time at work anyway. Maybe Washington could get him next year!
Sunday, August 09, 2009
Friday, August 07, 2009
PS. Don't even get me started on the massively hyped Left Behind series.
Thursday, August 06, 2009
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Sorry for the ramble. I'm on pharmaceuticals anyway, but that's another blog post for another day...
Monday, July 27, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
This quotation was taken from Chambers' message entitled "Doctrinal Trends Of The Restoration Movement" which he delivered at the 1985 Florida Christian Convention/National
It's been almost 25 years and he's still right...unfortunately.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Thursday, July 02, 2009
The first is Blair Yager's "What Will BAY Say Today?" Dr. Yager was a professor of mine back in college and taught some of my favorite classes. He's now a professor at Regent University in nearby VA Beach. Don't be alarmed - Blair is still rock solid doctrinally. Blair is sharp and I'm excited to see what his blog will offer.
The second is Sam Loveall's "Less Than I Want To Be, More Than I Was" blog. Sam is better known as "Sammyboy" around here. We also go back to college. I remember Sam especially for his singing voice. This brother can flat sing! Trust me if you haven't heard him. But Sam is more than a vocalist; he's a thoughtful and insightful brother. I think you will be challenged by reading his blog.
Wednesday, July 01, 2009
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Delaney asks: "Where are we going?"
I reply: "We are going to the store."
She asks: "Why are we going to the store?"
I reply with my own question: "Why do we usually go to the store?"
Preston pipes in: "To buy stuff that we dont even need."
BRILLIANT! That's all I can say. My boy is wise beyond his years!!!
Friday, June 19, 2009
My 3 children swim for the Glendale Gators (1994-2001 2003-2008 GPSA Champs). Needless to day the team is really good. My kids dig swimming, especially just being a part of a team. It will be another busy summer. Will we repeat as champs? It's supposed to be more competitive than ever, but if history means anything, we will be the favorite to win it all again. The vid is from last year's championship. One of my daughters, Bethany, is in the back left. My other girl, Delaney is in the front right. Go gators!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Friday, June 05, 2009
The video clip is of Bob McDonnell. He's a former Attorney General here in the Commonwealth and the current GOP candidate for Governor. Virginia is a "blue state" as of late, so this will be an interesting race this election. McDonnell appears to be the strongest candidate the Republicans have produced for a statewide race in quite some time. I think he just might have my vote.
Thursday, June 04, 2009
- Paycheck? Yes for both.
- Office? Yes for both.
- "Full-time"? Yes for both
- Special status? Yes for both.
- Special tax considerations? Yes for both.
- Degree(s)? Yes for both.
- Ordination? Yes for both.
- Perform weddings? Yes for both.
- Perform funerals? Yes for both.
- Do counseling? Yes for both.
- Do hospital visitation? Yes for both.
- Visit "shut-ins"? Yes for both.
- Send letters to visitors? Yes for both.
- Write newsletter articles? Yes for both.
- Preach in church services? Yes for both.
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
NEWPORT NEWS - Theodore "Ted" Edward BaCote Jr., died June 1, 2009, at Sentara Careplex Hospital. He was born in Ansonia, Conn., and was one of three children born to Nancy Saunders and Theodore BaCote Sr. He was the husband of Delegate Mamye E. BaCote of Newport News, Va. Mr. BaCote graduated from Virginia Union University, Richmond, Va., where he excelled as a football player and was captain of the 1959 undefeated football team. He taught and coached in the Newport News School System from 1951 to 1991. He was a dedicated passionate teacher and coach.
I've been influenced by many different people throughout my life, but my high school football coach was definitely one of the most significant. Coach Bacote was a profound influence on me during those formative teenage years when I moved from boyhood into manhood. I remember my early encounters with Coach - he was quite intimidating! It may be hard to believe but I still regularly refer to Coach Bacote even now - some 26 years after my graduation! His influence still looms large in the Willis family too. I was very honored many years ago when his wife Mamye asked me to speak at a "Roast" in his honor. A few years later she and Coach were at my wedding. I saw him most recently when I noticed him entering a barber shop. I stopped, went in and we chatted. He was exactly the same. Coach was "old school" and he worked with a rough bunch of guys most of the time. He employed some "techniques" that would not be acceptable today, but he helped many boys become men and stear clear of the temptations and pitfalls that encumbered many of our peers. He was hard on us and we are better because of it. Coach could motivate like no one else. I still remember his daily "sermonettes" before (& sometimes after) footbal practice. I've used many of his stories in my sermons throughout the years. I like to the think he was the earliest preacher I heard and that I acquired some of my style from him. Coach would not tolerate quitters or guys who weren't part of the team. He touched untold numbers of lives and will be greatly missed. I thank God for Coach Bacote's impact on my life.
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: 'I'm ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don't accept His claim to be God.' That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic -- on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg -- or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to. – Mere Christianity
I'm really enjoying this classic book. I've read portions of it at various times over the years, but I think this may be the first time I've gone cover to cover with it. Anyway, if you haven't read it, or if it has been a few years since you have, I'd suggest you pick it up. It will stretch you for sure, but it will also draw you in. C.S. Lewis was obviously a brilliant man and has made lasting contributions through his numerous books. As always, be a Berean.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
I'm feeling like a little Country music today. Randy Travis is one of the all time great voices/singers in Country music and this one of my favorite songs from him. Enjoy.
Romans 6:3-4: Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
I was thinking about the masculine vs. feminine worship music discussion this morning on my way to the office. I first encountered the feminization of church music idea in the book, "Why Men Hate Going to Church" by David Murrow a couple of years ago. Then the more I listened the more I noticed that much of praise music these days strongly resembles the popular "Lite" format on radio. That format is targeted at a highly female demographic. It should come as no surprise that this kind of music is prevalent in the church since women are typically over represented numerically in the average congregation. As I continue my drive I tried to recall songs that had a distinctly masculine kind of vibe. I came up with a few. Do you think there's truth to Driscoll's point? (I do). Do you have some songs that you'd recommend? I'd like to add them to our playlist.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
My dream in those was that somehow we would develop a team of church leaders who would break out of the typical "board system" so prevalent these days. (Note: Just because you don't call it a "board" doesn't mean it isn't one). Anyway, it appears obvious that history in our churches repeats itself more than I'd like to admit.
Have any of you ever witnessed or been a part of a church where the leaders function in unity and harmony and do so sacrificially? Where board-elders don't exist, but shepherd-eldrs are the norm?
Thursday, May 07, 2009
-John MacArthur (from his book "Fool's Gold?: Discerning Truth in an Age of Error")
2 Timothy 4:1-5: I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Consider first that the modern church is quite different in innumerable respects from our 1st century brethren. We have lots of stuff - property, buildings, land, vehicles, kitchens, gyms (oops, I mean"family life centers"), equipment, etc. We often have multi-member paid staffs too. The congregants, of course, are expected to bankroll all the aforementioned. If these things are unscriptural, why can't we have an unscriptural board to oversee them? I'm just saying (to quote a firend).
Additionally, we have witnessed the supplanting of the elders' rolls as shepherds in many ("most" would probably be more accurate) churches. This usually is a result of the delegation of such responsibilities to those employed "full time" (aka. "the staff" but not Biblical "staff" of "thy rod & thy staff they comfort me"). SWo, here's my question: Where exactly are the lines to be drawn when it comes to delegating responsibilties of church leaders? If it is acceptable and/or appropriate to give shepherding duties away, how can it be unacceptable and/or inappropriate to give oversight away too?
Might the church be better served if elders delegated anything but shepherding?
More on this later...
Sunday, May 03, 2009
Thursday, April 30, 2009
PS. As always, be Bereans!
Friday, April 24, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
That's Bob "Butterfly Kisses" Carlisle singing lead for Allies. This is from WAY BACK IN THE DAY - the late 80's! The band broke up in the early 90's and Bob went on to brief mainstream success. This song is from the album "Long Way From Paradise" - an all time classic IMHO.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
When the church eldership is viewed as a status or board position in the church, there will be plenty of volunteers. When it is viewed as a demanding, pastoral
work, few people will rush to volunteer. One reason there are so few shepherd elders or good church elderships is that, generally speaking, men are spiritually lazy. That is a major reason why most churches never establish a biblical eldership. Men are more than willing to let someone else fulfill their spiritual responsibilities, whether it be their wives, the clergy, or church professionals.
Biblical eldership, however, can't exist in an atmosphere of nominal Christianity. There can be no biblical eldership in a church where there is no biblical Christianity. If a biblical eldership is to function effectively, it requires men who are firmly committed to living out our Lord's principles of discipleship. Biblical eldership is dependent on men who seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness (Matt. 6:33), men who have presented themselves as living and holy sacrifices to God and view themselves as slaves of the Lord Jesus Christ (Rom. 12:1,2), men who love Jesus Christ above all else, men who willingly sacrifice self for the sake of others, men who seek to love as Christ loved, men who are self-disciplined and self-sacrificing, and men who have taken up the cross and are willing to suffer for Christ.
Some people say, "You can't expect laymen to rear their families, work all day, and shepherd a local church." That statement is simply not true. Many people rear families, work, and give substantial hours of time to community service, clubs, athletic activities, and/or religious institutions. The cults have built up large lay movements that survive primarily because of the volunteer time and efforts of their members. We Bible--believing Christians are becoming a lazy, soft, pay-for-it-to-be-done group of Christians. It is positively amazing how much people can accomplish when they are motivated to work toward a goal they love. I've seen people build and remodel houses in their spare time, for example. I've also seen men discipline themselves to gain a phenomenal knowledge of the Scriptures. The real problem, then, lies not in men's limited time and energy but in false ideas about work, Christian living, life's priorities, and--especially--Christian ministry. To the Ephesian elders, Paul says, "You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my own needs and to the men who were with me. In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive' " (Acts 20:34, 35). How do working men shepherd the church and still maintain a godly family life and employment? They do it by self-sacrifice, self-discipline, faith, perseverance, hard work, and the power of the Holy Spirit.
That's good stuff from Strauch and should be pondrerd by every current and would be elder. I highly recommend the aforementioned Biblical Eldership: An Urgent Call to Restore Biblical Church.
The above quote comes from Reggie McNeal's latest : Missional Renaissance: Changing the Scorecard for the Church. I did the "look inside" deal at Amazon and this book has moved into "next purchase" position for me. It looks to be following in the lines of McNeal powerful The Present Future: Six Tough Questions for the Church.
From the inside flap...
"In Missional Renaissance, the much-anticipated follow-up to his groundbreaking book, Reggie McNeal shows the three significant shifts in the church leaders' thinking and behavior that will allow their congregations to chart a course toward becoming truly a missional congregation. To embrace the missional model, church leaders and members must shift
From an internal to an external focus, ending the church as exclusive social club model
From running programs and ministries to developing people as its core activity
From church-based leadership to community-engaged leadership"
Looks good, huh?
Friday, April 17, 2009
Oh - the name of the series: Nehemiah (Thanks Levi for the winning suggestion!)
Thursday, April 09, 2009
Sam's email message to me...
I’m often involved in on-line discussions, with people from all sides of the faith spectrum. One discussion I’m in right now concerns baptism (as so many of our RM discussions seem to). I’m going to paste into this note an entry I’m making in that discussion. I wondered if it might be fodder for your blog, for you and others to respond to.
The question at hand is something like this: Can we have any hope that, in the Christian era, individuals have been/will be saved who have not submitted to immersion into Jesus (the main caveat being that the people under discussion miss immersion because of simple ignorance or bad teaching, rather than rebellious rejection; and that they are people who are, as best they know how, intending to be faithful to God, trusting in Jesus’ atonement for forgiveness from sin.)
Please note that I have no hesitancy in preaching the truth about immersion’s role in salvation. I teach it and preach it as part of man’s God-commanded response to the gospel. The question on the table is not so much about immersion as it is about God’s grace and the extent to which He may extend it.
Sam's aforementioned post:
Okay, here's how I see that aspect of "grace overlooking imperfect behavior and adherence" working in the NT scheme. What is generally acknowledged (by classic RMer's, anyway) as being necessary on man's side of the salvation covenant is: intellectual understanding of God's godhood and Christ's atonement (belief); emotional and volitional investment in God's godhood and Christ's atonement (faith); verbal and behavioral acknowledgment of God's godhood and Christ's atonement (confession);emotional, volitional and moral response to God's godhood and Christ's atonement (repentance); and submission to a specific expression of all that (immersion).
Two of these five items -- the first and the last -- are "point in time" things. There is a point in time when you come to initial intellectual acceptance of the whole idea (belief) and a point in time when you act out the specific expression called for (immersion). And as I said in another place among these conversations, that could be part of the reason we tend to be so adamant about baptism -- it's relatively easy to verify. If you tell me you've been immersed into Jesus' death, that can be checked (not that we ever do.) And if I've been immersed into Jesus' death, it's almost like an item on a checklist -- there we go, got that one accomplished; don't have to worry about it any more.
However, the other three are all things that we continue to grow into as we live out the Christian walk. And we fulfill them with varying degrees of success -- sometimes more, sometimes less -- throughout our lives. That varying response quality on our part is the reason we have to continue to rely on God's grace after our conversion. God commands of us these three things -- faith, confession, repentance -- as part of our side in the salvation covenant, just as strongly as He commands the two point-in-time events. But as perfect as I can be in those two, I am imperfect in these three things. I would like to be perfectly faithful . . . but I'm not. I would like to be perfectly repentant . . . but I'm not. I would like to confess God's godhood and Christ's atonement with every word I say and everything I do . . . but I don't. And so I rely on grace to cover for those times when I am imperfect in behavior and adherence.
I know that you would agree with that. But here's one of two places where this whole discussion comes to a head -- if God, in the NT scheme, is willing to apply His grace and Jesus' perfection to my imperfect behavior and adherence in these three, why wouldn't He be willing to do so in the other two? (And surely He does in the first -- when I first come to believe, there are huge gaps in my understanding of God.) If He gracefully accepts the atoning blood of Christ where my faithful intentions and efforts in faith, confession and repentance come up short, why do we believe that He would refuse to do so concerning baptism?
Three things I hope you'll note at this point -- 1) at this point, I'm not arguing or trying to convince you of anything or trying to score points in a debate. This is a point where I struggle to find just the right answer spoken just the right way. If you can help me toward that, I'll be grateful.
2) I'm still dealing with unintentional, faithful failure or ignorance, and not rebellious rejection.
3) Simply saying, "Because the Bible says to be baptized" does not address the question sufficiently. The Bible also makes commands about faith, confession and repentance. Now, if what I'm about to say is incorrect, i beg your forgiveness, but I'm going to guess that at least part of your response will be something like this: Once you're in covenant relationship. grace covers a lot of failure, but you have to first be in covenant relationship for that to be. And since immersion is what brings you into covenant relationship, its absence can't be allowed. In fact, you've essentially already said it, when you said [i]"I believe He is gracious to those of us in Covenant relationship because of our weakness but covenant is paramount to even be considered sons and you have already expressed agreement as to how one enters this state."[/i] But I would assert that all five of those items are commanded for entering the covenant, and I am certain that none of us can confidently claim perfection in faith or repentance at the time of our conversion. So the question remains, Why does grace cover unintentional, faithful failure in #'s 2, 3, and 4, and not #5?
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
"God the Builder" (sounds a little too junior churchish)
"Extreme Makeover - Jerusalem Editin (A little overused)
"If it is Broke - Fix it!"
"A Great Project" (6:3)
"Another Brick in the Wall"
Okay, it's obvious I could use some help. Any ideas???
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Looks like we have some work to do.
Friday, March 27, 2009
Ephesian 6: 10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. 12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Roanoke Bible College is undergoing a name change. Reportedly, as of June 2009, Roanoke Bible College will be no more... from that point on, RBC will be known as Mid Atlantic Christian University (MAC-U). For what it's worth I'm down with the name change. Fellow RBC grad and blogger Chris Woolard says the new bi-line is "an education built upon the 66 books" He thinks "it's the power's that be attempt to let everyone know that 'Just because RBC is going through a name change doesn't mean that they've gone liberal.'" So, start taking care of those RBC t-shirts - they will soon be collector's items!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
6Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. 7He came and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne. 8And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9And they sang a new song: "You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. 10You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth."
I recently read the entire book without chapter or verse markings. I had to do a lot of cut & pasting from Biblegateway. It took a few minutes, but I highly recommend it. Try to do it in one sitting if you possibly can. It's awesome - trust me.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Those words brought me to a standstill in my reading. The book was “Breakout Churches” by Thom S. Rainer. Churches that were reaching people with the good news were congregations driven by an outward focus. They saw beyond the walls of the church building. They saw the harvest fields and were intentional about reaching the lost. Sadly, many churches (and Christians) today are not outwardly focused. Frankly, most “churches” are stagnate or in numerical decline. Many are merely “holding on” not reaching out. This is hard truth, but it is true nonetheless. We live in an increasingly godless culture. This should be plainly obvious to everyone with a biblical worldview. The church is losing ground in our society. Our influence is not just waning, to quite honest; the church is irrelevant for many today. Author, Reggie McNeal noted in his terrific book, "The Present Future", that Christians were once “in the world but not of the world” but now many are “of the world (worldly) but not in the world (withdrawn).” We have become like the world while simultaneously distancing ourselves from the same world. Didn’t someone say something about salt that loses its saltiness? I write this not to discourage you, but to call you to join me in resisting the inward trend so prevalent in the body of Christ.
“He (Jesus) told them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.’” Luke 10:2
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Flip Wilson was a popular comedian several years ago, and one of his characters was a Preacher at the "What's Happening Now Church." Flip did a Skit where he told about this preacher. He'd shout out:
"IF THIS CHURCH IS GOING TO SERVE GOD IT'S GOT TO GET DOWN ON ITS KNEES AND CRAWL!!!"
And the audience yelled back "Make it crawl preacher, make it crawl!
"AND ONCE THIS CHURCH HAS LEARNED TO CRAWL, IT'S GOT TO GET UPON ITS FEET AND WALK!!!"
"Make it walk preacher, make it walk" the audience moaned.
AND ONCE THIS CHURCH HAS LEARNED TO WALK ITS GOT BEGIN TO LEARN TO RUN!!!"
"Make it run, preacher, make it run!"
"AND IN ORDER TO RUN, ITS GOT REACH DEEP DOWN INTO POCKETS AND LEARN TO GIVE!!!"
(pause) "Make it crawl preacher, make it crawl."
Someone has said, "A Church can't grow if it doesn't give. And if it doesn't give… it'll crawl." There probably isn't a preacher around who is more reluctant to talk about giving than yours truly. I am, however, very thankful for my brothers & sisters who faithfully display kingdom generosity. I know some of you are those very people so, please know your willingness to share is making an eternal difference.
PS. While many of my classmates received generic letters from the president, I received an autographed picture from Flip! Cool, huh?
Saturday, March 07, 2009
Thursday, March 05, 2009
- the theological mind of Jack Cottrell
- the understanding of Revelation of Robert Lowery
- the Bible knowledge of George L. Faull
- the preaching passion of Ray Bennett
- the political mind of Pat Buchanan
- the vocabulary of William F. Buckley
- the missional thinking of Reggie McNeal
- the historical knowledge of Roger Chambers
- the heart of Mrs. WTBW?