Pro-Life

It seems apparent to me that one who opposes abortion must also oppose capital punishment. To support one, but not the other, is base hypocrisy.

But that is just me thinking, which I may not be all that good at anymore.

For a Little While

No cover-ups can outlast the eschaton. There is no attorney-client privilege at the judgment seat of Christ. That should prompt us—no matter what institution we serve, no matter how much we love it—to call it into the light, into accountability, into the protection of the vulnerable.

And if we can’t, we don’t try to conform the mission to the institution’s demands. We walk out into the mission—with tears in our eyes, shaking the dust off our feet, but with our consciences still intact.

Institutions know how to impede accountability. Sexual abuse cover-ups work. For a little while.

Russell Moore

Trust

I used to trust people first and let them prove my trust deserved or not.

Lately I find that I tend to default to not trusting and make people earn my trust.

I don’t like that change, but I don’t think it is based on a decision as much as experience in life.

Am I alone in this?

Sunday School

I have been thinking about Sunday School, and lamenting its demise.

I suppose the day of Sunday School for both children and adults has had its day and gone into eclipse. Now it seem like kids have a kid’s service, focusing on entertainment, while the adults have a church service, also focusing on entertainment. Is that cynical?

Anyway, I’m fine with changing ways and procedures. But what I lament is the loss of biblical literacy. Sunday School was always the main way people learned about the Bible, and read it and prayed through it together.

SS is not an old traditional thing, anyway. It’s a rather new invention in terms of the life of. the church. I don’t know how biblical literacy was accomplished before SS. Maybe I should look into that.

These days, SS has been replaced, I guess, by small groups. But in my experience, small groups are less about Bible study and reading, and more about social connections. I’m not knocking the need for koinonia, but I wish there was a way to accomplish both those goals, both being important to true discipleship.

We need to find a way to replace SS as a way to learn to read the Bible, or the next generations of the church will be without foundation.

Ideas?

Pressure

Our culture tells us that it is foolish to walk the Jesus path. We are more sophisticated than that. That path is outdated. There are other paths that are more pleasant to walk, more fun.

But there is only one path that I care to walk. I will not be distracted by bobbles and bits. I want to see Jesus.

The Endpoint

We walk and we walk. We stumble and get back up and walk some more. We keep on walking.

Why?

Because there is a goal, a destination, and there is no other way to arrive.

The alternative to walking is drifting. Drifting will cause us to arrive at the wrong destination. We must walk with purpose.

We agreed to walk on God’s path, no matter what. He agreed to walk with us and to be present with us forever.

It’s a good agreement.

Stories

Religious tradition has by and large encouraged us to take the Bible seriously rather than to enjoy it, but the paradoxical truth of the matter may well be that by learning to enjoy the biblical stories more fully as stories, we shall also come to see more clearly what they mean to tell us about God, man, and the perilously momentous realm of history.

Robert Alter

Not the Only Walker

Sometimes it seems a lonely walk.

It helps to know that many have walked this path before me, and others are at various places along the path, ahead of me and behind me.

More importantly, it helps to know that the Pioneer, who blazed the trail, went this way first. And he sent a Coach to help me and walk with me, though he is often quiescent.

I must keep walking.

Bold Confidence

We walk with bold confidence. We may not know where we are going, but we trust that God has placed us on the right road to the right place. We trust him implicitly.

We trust him even though we may never see the outcome of what we are trusting him for. Loyalty demands it.

We trust him even when it seems as though he had abandoned us. We must keep walking even when it is nearly impossible. We are sworn to it.

When we continue walking, we are helping God accomplish the goal he has set. Helping him is more important than helping ourselves. The reward is in being with God, not against him.