Friday, September 26, 2003

The Long Road Home - Your Spiritual Life

Ann (the one with no blog and no webpage) sent me this link, with a couple of questions attached.

is it right that churches and radio stations still won't play her music?
or is that a permanent consequence of her sinful choices?

First off, it cracks me up that churches and radio stations won't play Sandi Patti, but will play Amy Grant (who is divorced and married to a second husband--which according to scripture, probably is adultery--I add "probably" in order to cover myself. As far as the questions above, churches and radio stations make their choices and they have the right to do so. These choices are morally right, though, only if they are based on moral belief, not on knee-jerk reactions or flavor-of-the-day. There are permanent consequences to her actions, at least one of which is that she will forever be the "adultress." I think she probably needs to make a more public confession and repentance--since the adultery was made public, the divorce is by necessity public, and she is--or was?--a public figure. This article may be a first step. It's good to see that she is in a redemptive community that cares for her soul.

Public sin is a tough call. The fact that CCM is a business, makes it even tougher.

Thursday, September 25, 2003

I was sitting at the bus stop today, when this guy walks up. He is holding a green duffle bag in one hand and a silver boombox in the other. On his back, he hauls a black backpack and cool blues tunes are flowing from the silver boombox. Anyhow, he walks up to the bus bench, stands at the curb, and, facing the three of us who are there waiting, he proceeds to give a three minute, passionate speech, all in time to the blues eminating from the boombox. Only one problem, the speech is given in gibberish. From the way he presented it, I am sure that in his mind, he was imparting an important body of knowledge. None of us spoke gibberish. No communication happened.

There's a lesson in there for teaching.

Wednesday, September 24, 2003

Daily Meditation

Cool place for daily thoughts
GEN 11:1-9 NASB

We looked at this in Bible Study last night. A couple of questions came up.

First, given that the people of the tower were disobeying God's command to fill the earth, why is filling the earth such a biggie for God? He states this value at the beginning, in Genesis 1. He repeats this value after the flood in Genesis 9. Jesus restates this value in the Great Commission of Matthew 28.

Second, it seems from this incident and from the nature of creation itself, that God values variety and centrifugal community. How do our churches stack up when compared to this value?

Any thoughts?
Bronchitis in full swing... first day back at work, but it's gonna be a short day... I'm already tired.

Sunday, September 21, 2003

Coming down with bronchitis... bummer...