Archive for November, 2003

church

Sunday, November 23rd, 2003

I had a really good time at church today.
I’ll post more when I have a chance…I’m off to work now.

The growing church

Tuesday, November 11th, 2003

I wrote this as a response to a girl who commented, “im from a pentecostal church, its cool, theres like 20 peeps… i love it anyway, its going to grow i have the faith”:

I’m totally down with small churches. (I’m part of a house church. don’t ask me “how many people we’ve got” because I’m rather sick of that question) What is to say that having a large number of people meeting together is what God’s will is for your church? More people just makes it more impersonal…..and less of a church experience as far as i can tell. The smaller the group, the more personal it is: the more real you can be with each other, the more you can keep each other accountable in your walk. I think we need to put more of an urgency on the need for ourselves to grow than for the church body to grow. When we grow into more of the person God calls us to be, we become more like Christ, and then people will be drawn to God. Is that not what it’s about? call me crazy, but I don’t think a huge congregation with a huge church building is the ultimate goal that God has in mind when he thinks of a healthy and “successful” church.

Fight back

Tuesday, November 11th, 2003

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The point of my bible study last wednesday

Monday, November 10th, 2003

I know I mentioned this during the Bible study, but I don’t know if I stressed its importance: that it was the main point I was getting at. It dawned on me that the kingdom of God is like the Matrix (I know, I know, everyone’s probably sick of Matrix analogies. Bear with me). Just like the Matrix was something that Morpheus could not explain to Neo, so the Kingdom of God is something that cannot be explained to us. It is an immense mystery that God reveals to those who seek it. We must make a conscious decision that we are tired of the world’s ways and we know there is more out there, though it doesn’t seem to make sense, it is appealing because it presents hope, however scary that hope is. God reveals what the Kingdom of God is to us when we ask him to transform our hearts and our minds. No learned man has the capacity to explain what the Kingdom of God is, it must be God showing it to us. A book filled with 300 questions and answers about life and faith will still leave a person feeling empty, and with not much more help or hope in living a godly life. Because the Kingdom of God is revealed to those who seek it in truth, through the Lord, not through mere mortal men.

“Now, that’s a good question!”

Saturday, November 8th, 2003

I lead Bible study in my small group at Dalmeny Community Church again on Wednesday. I was so pumped because I had something that I was really passionate about that I wanted to talk about. See, on Tuesday night I was sitting in my living room and saw this book my mom had brought home from their church library, titled Now, that’s a good question!…*one of today’s most sought-after theologians answers more than 300 frequently asked questions about life and faith*… Anything from “does God care about the material well-being of people?” to, “What is our responsibility to the poor?” and the questions go on and on. I was blown away by the fact that people will actually go to this book to have their questions answered instead of going to the source of real Truth. And I was blown away by the fact that with a lot of the questions, he didn’t really give real answers. He talked a lot of fluff and skirted around the issues. I mean seriously, this book is as thick as my Bible: why trust a man’s answer to our questions when we know God’s answers are within the Bible?? We don’t need to put our faith in what others think is true, because God promises us that He will show us His good, acceptable, and perfect will is. This will happen as a result of us giving our lives to God.

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:2

We do not need to seek the answers of theologians in order to gain understanding. God speaks to everyone, not just the over-educated! People get this rediculous thought in their heads that people who have been to Bible school for a bazillion years are closer to God than they are. Like they are slightly “more saved” than them. Um, hell-o.

So I talked about that and then I played this song called The Vision. I don’t know who sings it, it’s on an album put out by 24/7 Prayer…I borrowed it from Jer… Anyway, it is an incredibly amazing song. Listening to it makes me feel like I’ve been to church. Real church. Agh, it’s so hard to explain. It is God’s vision for us to live as Christ and to serve Him with all we have, serving others, not ourselves. Here, check this out, this is just a few lines from it:
Their DNA chooses life. He breathes out, they breathe in.
Their subconscious sings.
They had a blood transfusion with Jesus.
Their words make demons scream in shopping malls.
With sleepless nights and fruitless days,
they pray as if it all depends on God
and they live as if it all depended on them.

A life like this is a result of being transformed by the renewing of your mind. That’s what I was hoping to get across. And I don’t think I did that at all. I don’t know if any of that came out. Man, I get passionate about something and then it all just spills out and then I try to make sense of what I’ve said, but I don’t know how to. I…I said all this stuff and didn’t know what my end conclusion was and then I think I totally lost them with where I was going with it all. So there I was, ranting about how I hate books that claim to have all the answers when only one Book has the answers. Raving about having your mind transformed, having a blood transfusion with Jesus. Playing songs that celebrate “being free, yet being slaves of the dirty and hurting and dying. What’s the vision? The vision is Jesus!”

I’m sick of cozy, comfortable Christianity.
Guess I’m sounding like a heretic more and more these days. I only hope it continues. And I hope that when I talk about it to people it will begin to make some kind of sense instead of making me sound like I’m totally crazy.

Election time

Tuesday, November 4th, 2003

Well, tomorrow’s our provincial election: my first!, and do I know who I’m voting for? Not a clue! Right now I’m chatting on msn with LT, getting a crash course on election platforms and such. Man….arg! Probably the main dilemma here is that I have never really had an interest in politics. I try to stay as far away from them as possible. It doesn’t interest me, probably hugely due to the fact that …well, like I said: it doesn’t interest me! Alas, I am now a voting citizen. Voters have a responsibilty to know what is going on if they are going to vote. Votes need to be taken seriously. I think i have an obligation to know what the issues are, even if i’m not passionate about it. i should know why my vote is what it is. So…here goes my late night studying….I thought these days were behind me…

New look

Tuesday, November 4th, 2003

Well, alas my new blog has arrived. Thank you Clay!
Stuff is going on in life….I’m tired, so I’ll write about it in a day or two. Or something. Anyway, cheers!