Archive for May 2006

Instincts

May 30, 2006

We had a grand time yesterday playing softball at Ocee Park.  I have always loved softball and baseball – and have been pretty intense about playing and doing well when playing.  

Yesterday, in the first inning – I got caught off of second base on a fly out to center and had to scramble back to the bag.  Instinctively, I slid into the bag to beat the throw.  Unfortunately for me, I was wearing shorts – and the infield dirt was like, well, Pat Dirrim called it 100 grit sandpaper…..

So, for the next two hours, I looked like a warrior from Braveheart with blood running down my leg.  It was cool for awhile – but today, well, today it hurts like crazy.  Plus – I've got to put bandages on it to keep it from sticking to my pants – H2O2 to help keep it clean and infection free… a mess.  But I am still glad that I played ball.

Seems like sometimes, my first intincts in relational reaction are as bad as the slide.  How many times have I instinctively reacted to a situation or person in a manner that may have made me feel okay at the time, but ultimately it hurt.  It hurt me because it was sinful – and known sin in my life causes me pain – but it was also hurtful to the other person.

When that stuff happens, it requires lots of bandages – and clean up – all painful, but very necessary for spiritual health.  Confession to our Father in heaven and to our brothers and sisters in Christ, while not always pleasant, is what is commanded of us – and is what should pour out of the heart and soul of one found in Christ.

So I ask:  God, change my instincts to be those that will be pleasing to You and keep reminding me of when I fail you. 

Barriers

May 23, 2006

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:1-3

After spending the first three chapters of Ephesians, laying out in great detail the magnitude of the grace of God and essentials of sound doctrine – Paul takes a turn in chapter four to a more practical approach. In chapter four, you find the beginnings of the “how’s”, which are laid on the solid doctrinal foundation in the preceding chapters.

He starts by entreating the Christians at Ephesus to “walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called”. A glimpse of what this walk really means can be seen when he follows up this call with some “how’s” – “with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”

Unity of the Spirit amongst the believers was critical at the time. Is it not so now? Think about it. Today, you’ve got the universalists and the liberals and the fundamentalists and the emergents and the reformed and the arminians and on and on and on. So where’s the unity?

Well, first of all, unity is not unity without regard to Truth. Many so called Christian groups have about as much truth in their midst as Bill Clinton at a family reunion. Unity cannot be claimed if the Truth of God’s Word – the Truth of the gospel – is not present.

So amongst what we would call – relatively sound groups of believers – what are barriers to unity? Dig deep and give me some good examples.

Schultzie Draws Response

May 14, 2006

My boy Schultizie posted on Sandra McCracken's blog a week or two back. Sandra has replied. See the conversation here.

I like Sandra's music. I really appreciate what she has done with ancient hymns – taking these songs with rich, deep lyrics – and setting them to modern music. She is a true artist.

From my perspective, she is also a politician. Her brand of politics, while grounded in good intentions, creates in me a great deal of consternation. For what it is worth, I wish that she'd stick to hymns and songs.

She makes this comment: "corporations have too much unchecked power over our society."

What say you?

Confetti Cannons – Kewl

May 9, 2006

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