Once upon a Bible translation
About 12 years ago I was doing some web work for the church I was attending, and as a part of that I was posting sermon notes on the website every week. Pastor would send me his notes, and I would take the scripture references and look them up and paste the verse into the text, so readers wouldn’t need to do that. The problem at the time was that the pastor used NASB as his normal version, and I couldn’t find a free electronic copy of that translation. So while I was casting around for free electronic bibles I found the New English Translation – the first free and open source bible translation. Continue reading “Literal Interpretation of Scripture”
The Church has a sin problem. The problem is complex, and difficult to understand. If we don’t solve it, we are likely to lose our relevance in our culture. The problem is that our toleration of sin is completely inside out. What I mean is that we tolerate sin among our membership, but we don’t tolerate it in the culture around us. Continue reading “The Church and Sin”
Programs are just programs. They’re a way to organize people and help them go where God has already called them to go and [do] what God has already called them to do.
I love this statement from Allison Vesterfelt’s post on the StoryLine blog.
I think when we look at our church (the one we are regularly attending) in North America, we tend to see its ministry in terms of the programs that it runs. We have a view on ministry that says ministry = programs and programs = ministry. That is, with more words, if some kind of ministry is important, we create a program to do it, and by default any ministry that doesn’t have a program wrapped around it isn’t that important. Continue reading “Programs are Programs”
Some times we just assume things. Like whether something “on our list” really needs to be done. Some times tasks turn in to habits – and we have to ask ourselves whether the original reason we started doing “it” is still viable. It really is a question of value. How much value do I get from doing the task, and how much does it cost me to do it?
Here are some ideas to help you think about busywork in life, career and ministry… Continue reading “Busy Work”