November 18, 2017
Some people have jobs in which they do the same thing well again and again. I have generally been surprised by the variety and unexpected nature of daily activities that I encounter, but one thing has become more and more consistent…..the concept of boundaries as a daily task that has to be modeled, taught, and reinforced with women with whom we work at Titus 2. Coming from the kind of chaotic, unstructured, relationally deficient, and self-interest based lifestyle in which most of... read more»
November 13, 2017
The Committee on the Way Forward, appointed by the Council of Bishops of The UMC has made its first report to the COB. It outlines 3 possible models:
Leave the Discipline as it is with an emphasis on accountability.
Change the Discipline to allow full inclusion of LGBTQ individuals while protecting the rights of those who object to same sex marriage and ordinations.
Both of these models are likely to result in denominational divisions in which dissenting churches will be given a graceful way to... read more»
November 12, 2017
Today I taught the first lesson in a new series called “Christians Growing Christians: Practical Lessons in Christian Living and Discipleship” at one of Lynn Haven Church’s adult SS classes at 9:30. It is designed to equip Christians to engage in conversations about faith, its role in our lives and culture, and knowing basics of faith development from a biblical worldview. Our discussion today included:
Growth is God’s Design for humankind.
The human condition- What it is,... read more»
November 12, 2017
On the night that I first saw Bill Byrd, I was picked up at my dorm by one of his fraternity brothers and was escorted to a social event on Auburn’s campus for those of us who were candidates for sweetheart of their fraternity. As my escort and I walked down the steps at the end of the walkway toward the car in front of the dorm, I saw a shooting star arc across the sky and thought how auspicious that seemed for that particular night.
Twenty four years later our son had been dating a... read more»
November 11, 2017
Sometimes as we talk in counseling about the ways in which God has been present to us, I discuss with the women the concept of the “continental divide” of our faith…..that epiphany moment following an uphill journey in search of sufficient evidence to overcome one’s doubt that God is present, good, sovereign, and cares for us personally. It is that moment at which we finally take that leap of faith and begin to know and live into the assurance of our faith, regardless of how... read more»
November 8, 2017
The article referenced below on “The Platinum Rule” is interesting, but I don’t find it particularly helpful in light of the current situation within many contexts- churches, workplaces, and communities. For merely superficial, casual associations or when traveling among diverse cultures, it seems fine. For a church, it seems, saccharine sweet and unhealthy.
It does not ring with the strength of truth. It is not biblical, but it is typical of our culture’s... read more»
November 5, 2017
From Dr. Timothy Tennent of Asbury Theological Seminary:
An examination of church history reveals that the church has faced a major crisis roughly every 500 years. The first was in connection with the Council of Chalcedon in 451 A.D. and the struggle to eradicate Arianism from the church. It was the fight for high Christology and full-orbed Trinitarianism. That victory led to a massive growth in the church and the first signs that we were going to become a global movement.
A little over 500... read more»
November 4, 2017
When a Christian talks about sin, one can sometimes see the eyes of people glaze over…..It is not a topic that endears one to others. However, recently our Titus 2 ladies began a study of “40 Days of Love”, The Relationship Principles of Jesus, with a ministry friend and mentor. When we talk about sin in the context of relationships and how it impacts our relationships, it is perhaps more easily understood and more acceptable as a topic for... read more»