Monday, March 26, 2007

Refocusing: A Plea for the Church of Christ

I know every church of Christ is different so this may not apply to your church so take this as you like. I love the Churches of Christ and heritage. Like any family there there are things that can be done to make that heritage more rich, and meaningful. Something in a heritage that maybe not so proud of but we can learn from and move on and not focus on.
Is it time to for the Church of Christ as a whole to refocus? I believe it is time to get the focus off of Self and back on to Christ, the Word, and Evangelism. Let's get rid of trying to be right with opinions and be Biblical. Let's get rid of the terms liberal and conservative strive to be Biblical. Let's get the focus off of self (of how to do worship, how to do communion, what version to use, and and on and on...) and focus our hearts and eyes upon Jesus and Him crucified, remembering that it is His church; bought with the highest price. Let's look beyond the past, and press on toward the future equipping His church for service. Let's agree on the essential doctrines of salvation(Belief in Jesus is son of God, Confession, Repentance, Baptism, Commitment to Jesus as a disciple). Let's refocus on the lost and understand that with God nothing is impossible.

What do you think?
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Saturday, March 17, 2007

Top 'O' The Mornin To Ya'

Top 'o' the mornin' to ya!! I first want to wish all the Irish, and Irish Americans a happy St. Patricks Day especially the McGuyer and Foster clans a happy St. Patricks Day. Everyone else your honorary Irish today. Wear that grean with pride!

A great movie recommendation is Facing The Giants. The movie is a football movie is religious in nature and very inspirational. It doesn't have famous hollywood actors but is a must see. It would be a great movie to show a congregation or youth group. Motivational, powerful the way God is portrayed in this movie. It is going to be on directv pay-per-view soon. You can also rent it at your local video store like Hasting, or Blockbuster.

A great book that I have enjoyed is "Tozer For Today: Tozer On The Almighty God, A 366- Day Devotional" compiled by Ron Eggert.

Do you have any memories of St. Patricks Day? How has the Irish influenced your life? Music?
Have you seen Facing the Giants? If so, what did you think? If you liked it how did you see God at work in the lives of those in the film? How was it motivational? How did it inspire you?
How has A.W. Tozer influenced theology, religion, and faith in the world?

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Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Pulpit Vs. Pew

Do you think that there should be a distinction between clergy and laity?
In general, do ministers create an artificial distinction between clergy and laity in the way their lives are lived?
Is this distinction a perception or a reality?
Do ministers need to change their perceptions as to eliminate the distinction in their own minds?
If so, how can they do this?
Do other members of the church need to change their perceptions as to eliminate the distinction in their own minds?
If so, how can they do this?

What do you think?
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