Monthly Archives: August 2010

Kenosis

When I was in college, I had a Bible professor bring this idea up to me over lunch one day. And I initially thought that he was a heretic. To be fair, I actually assumed that a lot my first two years at Harding. I didn’t understand the tradition that God had given us of being able to wrestle with and question Him. So my first couple of years in school,  my major was Witch Hunting. Continue reading Kenosis

You Are Not Alone

So yesterday was my first sermon to preach as the Highland Preaching minister. It was a day I’ll never forget as both exciting and terrifying,, On many levels, this was a moment that had been a long time in the making.

I remember growing up in my tiny church, Brother Foy used to take me to different churches that he was going to guest speak at. Then at the last moment, right after the  last song before he got up, he’d stand up and announce to the congregation that he had brought someone else to speak that morning.

And that speaker was me. Continue reading You Are Not Alone

The gods in our Image

Last year, I heard a man talk who had done conflict resolution with hundreds of different groups. He had worked with Government officials for foreign nations, multi-million dollar corporations, and some churches. And he said that, by far, the hardest group to help unify in a conflict, was churches.

But what I thought was interesting is why. He said that churches tend to spiritualize their disagreements; they take a position, and then assume that God is on their side. Continue reading The gods in our Image

Ordination

I once heard a scholar talk about the way Rabbi’s worked in the world of Jesus. It wasn’t just anyone who could become a Rabbi, you had to really know your stuff. You had to not only have huge chunks of the Hebrew Scriptures memorized, but also had to know how they related and interconnected to each other. But the Rabbi’s that people were really drawn to, were the ones with authority. Continue reading Ordination

Why Unity Matters

One of the most puzzling things about following Jesus in the Bible belt is noticing all the different churches that have sprouted up over the years. Drive through your average Southern city or town and you’ll pass a dozen church buildings…all with different signs.

There are the Nazarenes, Pentecostals, Lutherans, Church of Christ, First Baptist, Methodists, Assemblies of God, Baptists (they’re the same as the earlier ones, they just didn’t get there first) the Catholics, Presbyterians, Episcopalians and many more. Continue reading Why Unity Matters

The Purpose of Worship

So right after Leslie and I had gotten married, we lived in Searcy for one final semester before moving to Texas. We had  broken free of the shackles of curfew, and we went crazy. Of course by crazy, I mean that we went to Wal-Mart after midnight. And that’s where this story picks up.

Because it was at Wal-Mart, in the notebook aisle, that a guy, that we had never met before, came up to us and said this:

“I think God is an insecure Hypocrite.” Continue reading The Purpose of Worship

Sending and Going

So last night we had our final goodbye at the Richland Hills church of Christ. We stood around for about two hours, saying goodbye to so many people who have invested in us over the past 8 years. It was a really sweet time of encouragement and blessing for our little family. And since next week, we will be leaving to go to Abilene, I’d like to say a couple of things to both the Richland Hills people and Highland people reading this. Continue reading Sending and Going

Love Never Fails

So there is this one time in the book of Acts, where Paul is in the middle of this kind of sham trial. He’s in front of the Sanhedrein, the Jewish religious leaders of his day, and he’s facing the death penalty. It’s got to be a stressful situation to say the least. And to make the situation even worst, at one point, Paul gets unfairly slapped in the face. Continue reading Love Never Fails