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 [...]

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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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

What’s A Martyr?

We urgently need more martyrs today!  Can you imagine the revival that would happen in the U.S. if "Comfortable Christians", Tenured Pew Sitters, Churchians and others who are more focused on their little piece of the church than the Kingdom of God would embrace J.D.'s challenge?

GIVE UP THE QUICK FIX!

Romans 5:1-5 (NLT) 1 Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. 2 Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward [...]

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 [...]

Cultural Bias-The Bible And Divorce

  This is the first in a series of posts about how cultural biases influence the truth of The Bible.  As I accepted this challenge from the Holy Spirit, I realize, especially on today's topic, that I am influenced by certain biases based on who I am.  Today's subject is DIVORCE (and try to imagine [...]

But What About…???

If you are not a United Methodist, or have not been following "The Great Controversy", or are simply a United Methodist who has had their head buried in the sand while hoping "The Great Controversy" will just go away, these words from my heart and mind will probably not mean much to you and you [...]

The Family Values Of Jesus

(This is from my current sermon series on the Hard Sayings of Jesus.  Feedback welcomed and encouraged) There is a tendency among us “church-goers” to focus on the kinder and gentler Jesus.  We love the Jesus that is kind and gentle because, well, that’s what we really need.  For one reason, we live in a [...]

You’re Just Not Yourself When You’re Hungry! Part 2 of 2

Welcome back!  For this to make sense you need to read yesterday's post.  I left off with the truth that our heart hungers for a way to hear the voice of God in a way that is personal, and in a way that acknowledges 3 things.  Here are those 3 things: That We Are God [...]