Cultural Bias And Women Clergy

  I was going to wait until I finished this series of posts before I addressed this issue.  But the Holy Spirit won't leave me alone, so here goes:  What does The Bible really say about women as teachers, pastors, or preachers?  As with all these posts about the influences of cultural biases and how [...]

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Cultural Bias And “The Church” Conclusion

      (Here is the rest of the conversation going on in my head about cultural bias and the church…Due to the nature of this mind, viewer discretion is advised.  The Spiritually immature, not to be confused with “new believers”, may not be able to comprehend these thoughts. Please read the first part before reading [...]

Cultural Bias And “The Church”

    In this my personal journey (which I am sharing through this series of blogs) about the influences of what I am calling "cultural bias", I have already discovered many things that have caused me to question much of what I have been taught, and what I have taught over the decades.  I am [...]

Give Up The Guilt! 

Romans 8:1-4 (NLT) 1 So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. 2 And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. 3 The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. [...]

Give Up Going Through The Motions!

  1 Corinthians 11:23-26 (The Message) 23-26 Let me go over with you again exactly what goes on in the Lord’s Supper and why it is so centrally important.  I received my instructions from the Master Himself and passed them on to you. The Master, Jesus, on the night of his betrayal, took bread. Having [...]

Which Is A More Accurate Term:  Christian Or Disciple?

We all have some way of self-identifying:  "I am a husband.  I am a wife.  I am so-and-so's daughter/son.  I am a parent, grandparent.  I am                  (fill in the blank)."  Self-identifications such as this is a good way to identify our roles--at home, work, community, family, church, etc. [...]

In The World Church Versus Of The World Church

Can you see the difference between "the church in the world" and "the world in the church"?  Of course you can, unless you've been blinded by the Wicked One.  When you try to operate your local church by the values and principles of this world, you will only be a petty and pathetic private club.  [...]

Cultural Bias And Holy Communion-Part 2

Well, this is the sixth in my series about how cultural biases may have, probably have influenced our understanding of the Bible, especially in the U.S. churches.  I had intended to do only one blog per issue, but the Spirit has prompted, well actually SHOVED me, dragged me screaming, into going deeper because there exists [...]

Cultural Bias And Holy Communion

  Who is 'authorized' to administer (or serve) Holy Communion/The Lord's Supper/The Eucharist/The Mass?  This was the question I asked in the beginning of this series of blogs.  As I prayed and reflected on this topic, as with the other topics I've already addressed, I am finding it taking me deeper than my original intent [...]

Cultural Bias-The Bible And The Role Of Elders And Deacons

(This is the third post in a series around this question:  Are we reading our own Cultural Biases into the Bible?) In examining the issue of cultural bias influencing one's understanding of the Bible, nothing is protected from examination--even the practices of my own Tribe, the United Methodist Church.  Here is today's question:  Are ‘deacons’ [...]

Cultural Bias–The Bible And Divorced Pastors

  This is the second in this series around the thoughts of how cultural bias influences the truth of The Bible.  Remember that we all tend to read our personal cultural bias into the understanding and application of The Truth of The Bible.  It is a struggle to set aside personal and cultural biases for [...]

Why, Oh Lord, Why?

Once again our nation is reeling from yet another act of senseless violence, though it made perfect sense to Nikolas Cruz.  And thus my question this morning: Why, oh Lord, why did this happen? There are those who will answer my question, but with the wrong answer.  "It's the gun laws, rather, the lack of [...]