Judgmental, legalistic, Pharisaical – These are terms I have heard the professing Christian use to identify others, or others behavior when they are being challenged by them. My own wife was once referenced as Pharisaical because she pointed out that Jesus said, “You will know them by their fruit.” Over the years of hearing these terms slung around like mud toward anyone that a “Christian” finds challenging I have come to realize that it is very likely that they have no clue what they are saying, or even referring to.
Does the average Christian, really want to grow in their faith? I know the auto-response is yes, but if we’re honest with ourselves, and we recognized the differences in what we actually want, is it growth we seek? Many of us want to be encouraged, and built up, but those things alone do not make us grow.
Our son born at 25 weeks 2 days gestation.
I laid in bed for the better part of two hours tonight unable to sleep before I got up to write this. I don’t think there has been a time in my life when I have felt so alone. As I laid in bed I couldn’t help but think: why doesn’t anyone understand? Or do they, and just not care? Perhaps they don’t know? So here it is, I’m going to let my girl (emotions) out for a post tonight.
In an effort to better understand scripture I began a study this morning on sheep. Sheep? Yes, sheep. Jesus consistently refers to his followers as sheep. He also references the lost as goats, a study I plan to take on as well. The word sheep is used 40 times in the New Testament alone. It’s used over 180 times throughout the Bible. The word is not always used in reference to a believer, but it quite frequently is.
Distro: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
GDebi Version: 0.8.5build1
Confirmed Dekstops Effected: KDE 4.11, LXDE, XFCE 4.10
When intalling gdebi on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS the default settings make it impossible to install deb files by double clicking them in a file manager. GKSU will continue to ask for the administrator password over and over again.
To fix this problem open a terminal and type
Change the authentication mode from su to sudo.
There was a time in my life when I could list virtually every hockey player on the North Stars team. Of course I was just a kid. Names like Dino Ciccarelli, Neal Broten, and Mike Modano were easily remembered. Games played, goals, and positions, were among the many stats I filled my mind with. I was deeply disappointed, and as a result gave up watching hockey, when the Stars moved to Texas.
I started writing a post with the preliminary title: “is this ministry” in which I am beginning to examine the things we call ministry. I am seeking to ascertain if what we call “ministry” is really all that we claim it to be, or if it is just our modernized pseudo-christian secular humanist way of trying to earn our salvation and/or appear pious. After doing some writing on that subject I realized that was a little too in depth a subject to tackle without a strong foundation. That foundation is this post (I hope.)
Last night I went to an event held by a local church with my family and we had a wonderful time. There was food, hay rides, bonfires, and plenty of chatting. I had a really good time. I think most people, including me, would consider the event a success. The local church – the congregation – was successful in providing a good time to the people in their community.
As the evening rolled on I kept looking around and thinking: there are all these people gathered together, is anyone going to share the Gospel? I continued to think about it as the evening progressed and dark started to set in, I started to wonder: should I just stand up on one of these tables and start preaching the Gospel? It wasn’t my event, wasn’t my churches event, and if I’m honest, fear won out.
My wife and I gave birth to a special needs child back in 2008. It’s hard. We love our little guy as much as any other child we have, but if we’re to be honest life is harder with, than without a special needs child. I have been told by several people over the years that they could not handle it, and because of that, they would have aborted. The first of those comments came only weeks after my wife gave birth to our son, and the last comment like that, or most recent, came only a few months ago.
I can honestly say I saw this coming. I predicted that when we started legalizing same sex unions it would run down this path. I had debate after debate with those who said it wouldn’t. I showed research where it had done so in other countries which had legalized same sex unions. Person after person claimed, “It’s not the place of the state to decide who can and can’t spend their life together. It’s about love!”