Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Happy Wednesday

Have a great Day!

Screwtape can still teach us some things!

Who is Screwtape?
Ahh c'mon. Are you serious? Okay maybe you are. Screwtape is a character created by the late great C.S. Lewis. You truly need to pick up a copy of the book, The ScrewTape Letters.

C. S. Lewis's Screwtape advised his nephew Wormwood: "Once you have made the world an end and faith a means, you have almost won your man, and it makes very little difference what kind of worldly end he is pursuing. Provided that meetings, pamphlets, policies, movements, causes, and crusades matter more to him than prayers and sacraments and charity, he is ours."

What is the point anyway? Why do we do what we do anyway?
Is it simply because we want to be the best we can be or that we want to feed as many people as we can or raise as many people as we can out of their poverty?
Notice these are admirable things, however it is not really what we are shooting for is it?
What we are supposed to be shooting for is Kingdom living. That means that we live our life like the ruler of it all is Jesus Christ. We don't go around doing things because it feels good or because WE have to make a difference. Instead what it means is that everything that we do and everything that we accomplish comes from the source and is for the source. That source is of course Jesus Christ.

When we get our priorities mixed up and shifted around what we tend to do is to make decisions based upon what we want and simply on what makes us feel good inside. Instead we are called to be obedient children an we need to realize that sometimes being obedient means doing things we do not want to do with and for people and reasons we do not like or agree with but simply because God is calling us to do them.

Screwtape has it right; when we get caught up in ourselves and the process becomes the goal...we are drifting away from what God wants from us. When we care more about promoting the "Evangelical Agenda" then we do about being evangelical we are in trouble. When we care more about Social Justice issues then we do about justice we are in trouble.

It is easy to get yourself lost, it is harder to get back on track, yet that is what we are called to do. So I say that perhaps it is time for us to set aside our meetings and our agendas and try to remember it is about God and God's agenda.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Isn't it supposed to be Spring?

I went to take my son to the bus stop today and was almost frozen in my tracks. It was COLD!
I just ran over to the local WaWa food market and was amazed to see snow flakes flittering round.

I came back to the office and checked the is supposed to be Spring right?

I want to see the Sun!

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Luke 4 Life

The news was an interesting read today. The roman Catholic archdiocese of Dublin has reported that over 3.5 percent of its priests are suspected of abusing over 350 children since 1940.
>read it here

There is a candidate for the Senate from Ohio running on the platform of Homosexuality as a capital Crime.

More Craziness

5 soldiers were arrested in Georgia suspected of beating a man for the "crime" of being gay.

Home of the Free

Can I ask, what the heck is going on?

Does the world seem like it is simply drifting off course more and more?

I get more and more frustrated daily by the news and events in the world. I do not understand how people can be so cruel to each other. I am even more saddened when people who claim Christianity then proceed to live like the rest of the world.

I believe it is time for a revolution of sorts. We need a Revival in the church,m but since the Holy Spirit is in charge of revivial and it is not up to u to start one. Perhaps we should start a revolution. We need good men, women, and children to stand up and say.."ENOUGH"

It is enough of the nonsense. It is enough of the hostility. It is enough of the greed. It is enough of the hate. It is enough of the arrogance. It is enough of the pride. It is enough of the moral indfference. It is just plain enough.

We need people in the church to look to to the church and hold it accountable. We need people who are willing to say I don't care about the consequences, I just want to see some change.

I want to start living a Luke 4 life (at least that is what I call it). Jesus stands in the synagogue and tells the people that this is the year. He is here to preach the good news to the poor, free the captives and oppressed. In other words, Jesus is here to stand the world on its ear and is demanding that we join him in that endeavor.

So, I believe God is once again calling his people to live a Luke 4 life. He is calling us to make a difference. God is calling us to help change this world.

Come Holy Spirit Come!

God is calling...are we going to answer?

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

I miss being a Catholic

well maybe not. But what I do miss sometimes is the pageantry of mass. The sights and sounds and smells are something that I still remember fondly.

As we begin the Lenten season, I look back to the way I used to go through this time of year as a Catholic and compare it to how many of my brother and sister Methodists go through it now. For many of us we have removed a lot of the solemness, power, and mystery.

This Lent I have made a vow to explore with my church this wonderful season and all the opportunities it presetns to us. My prayer is for the church to begin to reach back and embrace all our traditions and use the power of our traditions to reach the world for Jesus Christ.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Fun in the Word

This year for Lent we gathered the people of the Church together and had an excercide. We tried to come up with some ideas for a Theme for Lent. We had some new Christians in the group and some long-term Christians as well. We played around with a few ideas befroe we settled into Fun.

Now I know what you may be thinking, what does fun have to do with Lent. Well that was my first thought as well. then we started playing around with the idea some more. We decided that The Word of God is what Lent is about and it is possible and should be encouraged to have fun in the Word.

So our theme throughtout the season is Fun in the Word. Of all the adjectives and adverbs and other parts of speech that people use to describe the Word of God, fun seems to be conspicuous inb ints absence. Perhaps, that is exactly what is wrong with us as Christians. We take ourselves too seriously. We look at the World and think that WE must save it and the World is going to pot without us.

We look at the Bible in the same way,