Writing

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I like the idea of being a writer.

It’s not that I want to change careers or that I don’t like what I do.  I’ve just always been fascinated with the thought of being a published author. 

Don’t Hold Your Breath

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I’m holding my breath as I write this. 

I actually began holding my breath before I started writing this post.  I am currently using a dial-up connection, and it’s taken a bit longer for the page to load in and for me to start typing than what I first expected.  Alright…my vision is now starting to fade and my head is spinning…

Do You Love The Church?

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Now that’s a question, isn’t it? 

The popular answer today is, of course, "NO!"  And people can be quick to give all kinds of convincing support for their sentiment.

The old adage says to "hate the sin, but love the sinner."  Many today decry that attitude, condemning it for it’s lack of true and honest application.  I understand that reasoning, but the alternatives are potentially tricky.  What are the alternatives?  Go light on the sin issues?  Doesn’t that smack of compromise?  Or do we take the other route and condemn the sinner?  If so, we step far from the way of Christ. 

To stay on track, though, what about when the "sinner" is the Church?     Do we abandon a sinner because of his sin?  Do we abandon the Church because of it’s numerous shortfalls?

Apostolic Ministry

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In some areas of charismatic/pentecostal experience, it’s in vogue to speak of "apostolic anointing," or "apostolic ministry."  It’s in reference to the first of five ministry gifts listed in Ephesians, chapter four:  God gave some to be apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers.  It’s often thought of as something to be aspired to, as if one isn’t truly great in the Kingdom unless they enter into an apostolic standing.  Though I certainly believe in apostolic ministry, much of what I observe today strikes me as people simply jockeying for position, wanting to be seen as authoritative and powerful in the Kingdom of God.

 

Of course, Jesus said if we want to be the greatest in the Kingdom, we should learn to be the servant of everyone.

 

Over at his blog, robbymac agrees.  He’s just written a great piece called Miscreants & Misfits and discusses the question of how to envision apostolic ministry in the 21st century.  His answer is one of the best I’ve heard in a long time.