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a friend of mine and I are discussing the idea of relying on experience overmuch. i don’t know what to tell you about this story.

it reminds me of a what a charismatic catholic blind date told me one evening. she said that she was praying to mary when mary said to her, “what are talking to me for? talk to Jesus!”

it reminds me of a story a seminary prof told me of a man who was preaching one day and suddenly interrupted himself with, “There he is! He’s beautiful! He’s beautiful!” and then dropped dead.

for your consideration.

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“Twelve-year-old Joe recently asked Jesus to live in his heart.

Yet the church where Joe accepted his Savior not even two weeks before will no longer allow the biracial boy to enter.

On Aug. 6, during its scheduled Sunday night business meeting, Fellowship Baptist Church in Saltillo voted not to accept blacks within the church. More specifically, the congregation also voted Joe out and said he could not return.

That evening Fellowship Baptist did not just say goodbye to Joe and an entire race of humans. With that decision the church’s pastor, the Rev. John Stevens, resigned….

That evening Fellowship Baptist did not just say goodbye to Joe and an entire race of humans. With that decision the church’s pastor, the Rev. John Stevens, resigned…”

- entire story

ht: jesus outside the box

UPDATE: “After the Daily Journal contacted Fellowship Baptist members, they gathered Aug. 17 to form a response. Mike Dillard, who acted as spokesperson for the church, said the congregation “categorically denies” accusations that the church took such a vote and feels the charge is an attempt by a party to do them harm.”

- link to updated story

It’ll be interesting to see if this piece gets picked up and investigated by a larger media outlet.

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Hands from the Past

from Wikipedia:

“The hand paintings seen here at the Cueva de las Manos in Santa Cruz Province, Argentina were created between 13,000 and 9,300 years ago using bone-made pipes for spraying the paint on the wall. Most of the hands are left hands, which suggests that painters held the spraying pipe with their dexterous hand. The cave is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.”

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“Twelve-year-old Joe recently asked Jesus to live in his heart.

Yet the church where Joe accepted his Savior not even two weeks before will no longer allow the biracial boy to enter.

On Aug. 6, during its scheduled Sunday night business meeting, Fellowship Baptist Church in Saltillo voted not to accept blacks within the church. More specifically, the congregation also voted Joe out and said he could not return.

That evening Fellowship Baptist did not just say goodbye to Joe and an entire race of humans. With that decision the church’s pastor, the Rev. John Stevens, resigned….

That evening Fellowship Baptist did not just say goodbye to Joe and an entire race of humans. With that decision the church’s pastor, the Rev. John Stevens, resigned…”

- entire story

ht: jesus outside the box

UPDATE: “After the Daily Journal contacted Fellowship Baptist members, they gathered Aug. 17 to form a response. Mike Dillard, who acted as spokesperson for the church, said the congregation “categorically denies” accusations that the church took such a vote and feels the charge is an attempt by a party to do them harm.”

- link to updated story

It’ll be interesting to see if this piece gets picked up and investigated by a larger media outlet.

Read Full Post »

Hands from the Past

from Wikipedia:

“The hand paintings seen here at the Cueva de las Manos in Santa Cruz Province, Argentina were created between 13,000 and 9,300 years ago using bone-made pipes for spraying the paint on the wall. Most of the hands are left hands, which suggests that painters held the spraying pipe with their dexterous hand. The cave is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.”

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I am really wanting to get a fresh view of Jesus.

I find that I tend to get lost in religious busyness and theological and ecclesial blah blah blah. It’s not that I don’t think the latter has its place – it does. It’s just that I think it can’t be the core of religious experience – the experience of a real and daily relationship with God. I want more. I want my walk with God to be transpropositional (which – of course – includes the propositional). David Brainard used to talk about people who talked about the shell rather than talking about the nut. That’s what I’m talking about; I’m tired of all shell all the time. And I’m talking about myself.

To that end, today I made a couple of decisions (I’m only sharing some of them).

I plan to read each Gospel again while reading at least one excellent commentary for each one. I like Luke for its apologetic value and so I’m going to begin there. I just ordered the 1st volume of Darrell Bock’s set on Luke. I’ll be using DA Carson’s excellent little volume on best NT commentaries and other sources to guide me as I choose commentaries. I’ll probably hit Donald Guthrie and Luke itself of course while I wait for Bock’s volume to arrive.

Bock recently blogged on commentaries he recommends.

I wonder if we might convince Scot McKnight, who edited the excellent Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, to do the same?

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I am really wanting to get a fresh view of Jesus.

I find that I tend to get lost in religious busyness and theological and ecclesial blah blah blah. It’s not that I don’t think the latter has its place – it does. It’s just that I think it can’t be the core of religious experience – the experience of a real and daily relationship with God. I want more. I want my walk with God to be transpropositional (which – of course – includes the propositional). David Brainard used to talk about people who talked about the shell rather than talking about the nut. That’s what I’m talking about; I’m tired of all shell all the time. And I’m talking about myself.

To that end, today I made a couple of decisions (I’m only sharing some of them).

I plan to read each Gospel again while reading at least one excellent commentary for each one. I like Luke for its apologetic value and so I’m going to begin there. I just ordered the 1st volume of Darrell Bock’s set on Luke. I’ll be using DA Carson’s excellent little volume on best NT commentaries and other sources to guide me as I choose commentaries. I’ll probably hit Donald Guthrie and Luke itself of course while I wait for Bock’s volume to arrive.

Bock recently blogged on commentaries he recommends.

I wonder if we might convince Scot McKnight, who edited the excellent Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, to do the same?

Read Full Post »

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