July 07, 2005


Several things:

1. Allah, the one on the extremist side of the contiuum of the Islamic faith, is not the same God of the Jewish and Christian faiths. Those of you who are decidely and sarcastically anti-Christian can throw "The Crusades" at me all you want, but there has yet to beorganized terrorism in the direct name of Christ since man has advanced educationally, culturally, and technologically.

2. To the citizens of England, my sincere prayers and condolence.

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June 19, 2005


You scored as Neo orthodox. You are neo-orthodox. You reject the human-centredness and scepticism of liberal theology, but neither do you go to the other extreme and make the Bible the central issue for faith. You believe that Christ is God's most important revelation to humanity, and the Trinity is hugely important in your theology. The Bible is also important because it points us to the revelation of Christ. You are influenced by Karl Barth and P T Forsyth.

Neo orthodox


Roman Catholic


Reformed Evangelical


Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan






Classical Liberal




Modern Liberal


What's your theological worldview?
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July 22, 2004

My friend Kris has described

My friend Kris has described her husband as the kind of pastor who on Sunday mornings doesn't pass out bowls to for the parishoners' pablum. He would rather encourage thinking by placing a small pebble in their shoes. She and I have discussed how very much her husband and I are alike and how very similar her personality is to my husband. It helps us reconcile annoyances and minor grievances. I know that I can count on her to point out, with the proper measure of humility and humor, how wonderful R is and to perhaps encourage me to extend him the benefit of charity. It is a wonderful and blessed friendship.

I am like Travis. When I write, I don't necessarily give the reader a point-by-point post. I do occasionally have an agenda, but more often than not, I want to gently take the reader down the path I am describing, and hope that they will recognize similarities or differences and be prompted to share them. It is through this process that I feel I can know myself and the very reason that I started this blog. I seem to have a resounding need to know that others have and/or are enduring and prospering in this life; that they are both loathe to embrace it's enigmatic charm and weakened to love of it's charismatic draw.

I recall thinking that my in-laws weren't very mature Christians. This conclusion was justified to me because, while they attended church, prayed, participated in communion and ministering to their families and the other saints, they rarely mentioned "God" or "Jesus" in conversations. I had grown-up in a fundamentalist faith where the mark of your sincerity was how often you said those names. I now am humbled by my incorrect judgement of them. Theirs is truly a sustaining and profoundly deep faith. I now recognize that the Trinity is so much a part of who they are, there is no need to put on a show of names as proof as such. (Please no reading-between the lines, those who do frequently mention the name of God often aren't lacking, worse, or poseurs). For example, I know my hair is brown. I see it many times a day. I wash it, condition it, weave it, iron it, etc. It is a part of who I am, but I don't need to constantly bring it to the attention of others to make it somehow more real or to validate it's existence in my life. This is how I have come to see my God in my life. He is everywhere and in everypart of me. His Providence moves my heart to beat, my lungs to breathe, my mind to think. His love draws me to forgive and seek forgiveness. While there is place for purposed prayer and I can only affirm it's goodness, I find that my thoughts are prayers to Him; that my plea for help in finding the keys is to the Lord.

I am by no means where I should be, but in all of this I have seen the hope that I will eventually be there. And oh, the Glory of it when it comes.

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July 19, 2004

Beyond Happiness and Satisfaction

The phrase "Christian Disciplines" should be one of familiarity to one claiming to be a follower of Christ. There is nothing more challenging to the human being than to submit themselves to the daily practice of such disciplines.

Driving down the road with the radio playing, I can sing almost any song from the '80's that pops on, and yet, I sometimes struggle to recall that verse that I memorized last week.

Conversation is so stimulating to me, and truthfully, I must restrain myself from dominating it most of the time. Yet, when I seek the face of my God through the discipline of prayer, I am challenged to not let my mind wander and begin thinking of other things.

While I don't believe that my salvation rests on doing these things: prayer, reading the Bible, committing it to my memory, singing praise to God, serving Him by serving others around me, confessing my sin; I do believe that the joy of my salvation in this human life is completely dependent on my active participation in these opportunities given me by God to commune with Him. And who doesn't desire this? It is what I must remember in my exercise of these things; the ultimate result is joy.

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June 24, 2004

Sing A Song

There is a movement in churches to introduce Praise songs and choruses into the worship service. Some are replacing traditional hymns and some are only integrating the newer styles.

When we first moved here, we attended a church that only sings contemporary songs. We are now comfortably situated in a different church and their mode of worship is a hymnal, piano, and organ. There is a personal aspect of the praise and worhip songs that appeals to me-I do really commune with my God during the singing of those songs. An example:

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