Carefully Contending

counselThis is wise counsel (which I need to heed more carefully) from D. A. Carson as he comments on Galatians 2.1ff:

“While the Gospel is something worth contending for, there are right ways and wrong ways to go about this business. When Peter’s inconsistency is public and doing public damage, Paul’s rebuke is public (2.11-21). When Paul is trying to clear the air, find out what is going on, and present the tenor of his own work, he approaches the others ‘privately’ (2.2). His concern, after all, is the advance of the undiluted Gospel, not his own public vindication (emphasis added). When we find ourselves in the place where we must tenaciously contend for the Gospel, we must think through how to do so most winsomely and strategically.”

Supremely Sad

liar_liar_pants_on_fireSeptember 24, 1789 is the date the Judiciary Act – establishing the Supreme Court – was passed by Congress and signed by George Washington.

Happy Birthday, Supremes.

Happy?

Perhaps not. Now come other accusations against nominee Kavanaugh.

I gag when I read that the latest accuser (Ramirez) spent six days “carefully assessing her memories and consulting with her attorney.”  Huh? Let’s gather together, sing a few rounds of Kumbaya, and “assess our memories.”

Then Stormy’s attorney utters a bunch of accusatory words, offering not the slightest shred of evidence or sources.

Wonder how many others are “carefully assessing”?

Let’s consider some possibilities:

  1. Kavanaugh’s first public accuser is telling the truth.
  2. This first accuser is telling the truth as she remembers it, but is mistaken.
  3. Kavanaugh is telling the truth in denying the event happened.
  4. Kavanaugh is telling the truth as he remembers it, but is mistaken.
  5. Blasely-Ford is lying.
  6. Kavanaugh is lying.

If you’ve never been drunk or high, possibilities 2 and 4 may seem ridiculous.

But as one who, sadly, spent many years as an alcoholic and drug abuser, I know such things can happen…ranging from confusion to a total lack of memory of some incidents.

Obviously points 1 and  3 both can’t be true.

As I’ve said before, if Kavanaugh is lying, not only should he not be confirmed, he should be disbarred. If it can be proven Blasely-Ford is intentionally lying she should be charged with something. If it can be proven that some Democrat leadership has played her in this episode, heads should roll.

But I fear we will never know…with certainty.

And I fear many good men and women of all stripes will not accept nomination for much of any position, simply because they don’t want themselves or their families put under the witch-hunting microscope of background checks.

So, on this birthday of the Supreme Court; it may also mark the week of its effective demise.

 

 

 

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Kavanaugh/Accuser Thoughts – and a Warning

Like you, I have no clue whether or not the Kavanaugh accuser is intentionally lying.

There are multiple possibilities.

Since you asked (or didn’t), here is what I think:

  • If Kavanaugh is lying (and I do not believe he is) he should not only withdraw, but be disbarred
  • Feinstein should clearly explain why she kept the letter secret for so long
  • It is  idiotic to call for an FBI investigation…of what? She doesn’t know when it (allegedly) happened, or where it (allegedly) happened. What’s to investigate? Besides, assault/attempted rape is not a Federal crime.
  • The statements of some of the Democrats are so beyond-idiotic it must be embarrassing to the majority of the party
  • Other than the fact he nominated Kavanaugh, this has nothing to do with Trump
  • So much for “innocent until proven guilty…”

So much more, but that’s enough…

Now, the warning (especially to those in vocational ministry, but applicable to all) {especially if you are male, but applicable to females also}

Back in the old days we were warned, “Never be alone with someone of the opposite sex.” Anyone with functioning brain cells knows that for several years that needs to read “Never be alone with anyone.”

On this you need to be “paranoid.”

All it takes is one accusation (true or false) and you are done.

Period.

The more vocal you are about Biblical absolutes – like abortion, or the fact that, Biblically, marriage is between a man and a woman; the more of a target you become.

And, as if anyone needed proof, this episode proves idiots of any stripe will do anything to discredit someone with whom they disagree.

Be careful! Be “wise as a serpant”.

I also wonder how many good men and women are going to turn down the opportunity to serve in any capacity fearing – with justification – the witch hunt. And I do mean “any capacity”…for this will, like dung, trickle-down…

 

It’s Not Fingers in Their Ears!

“Why won’t they listen???”

“Why doesn’t he/she get it???”

“What’s the matter with them???”finger_ears

I’ve heard (and voiced) those questions often; asked by people young and old who have tried to share Jesus and the gospel.

One teenager said, “It’s like they sit their with their fingers stuck in their ears!”

Nope.

“If the Good News we preach is hidden behind a veil, it is hidden only from people who are perishing. Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.” (2 Corinthians 4.3,4)

“But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means.” (1 Corinthians 2.14)

This is liberating truth!

We can’t prove/argue/convince anyone of the gospel.

Only God can open their eyes; open their minds.

Our job (every Christian, by the way, not “just” those gifted with evangelism or the “pros”) is to brag on Jesus. Our job is to ask God’s Spirit to enable us to walk our talk. And our job is to “talk.”

His “job” is to open.

40 years? FOUR decades? Forty YEARS?

Yup.

On August 12, 1978 I graduated from Christ Unlimited Bible Institute, which exists no more.

It was started by Kansas City Youth For Christ (which exists no more) in 1975; and I was in the third class.cubi class

I had heard about the school shortly after being paroled…met Jerry Johnston (then a whiz kid for both Jerry Falwell and KCYFC) in California…he told me about CUBI, I applied…lo and behold they accepted me..got my parole moved to KC…and on August 30, 1977 flew from LA to KC with a few bucks; no job, no place to stay.

Within hours God had provided a job (Papa John Turner, Office Manager, heard me typing and hired me on the spot); and a couple days later a place to stay (with Scott Lash and Ken Kirkman). We called our somewhat shaky “house” COWUSA; as I was from California, Scott from Ohio, and Ken from Washington.

The schooling was great…with Dr. Dean Potratz as primary Bible teacher; Dr. Al Metsker as encourager, whipper, and teacher of youth ministry. Several staff members and other guest speakers spoke truth into us; but the best education came from being “slave labor” for KCYFC for hours and hours…truly great learning experiences…

And had God revealed to me what He was up to as I got my diploma on August 12, 1978 it would have scared me to death…

I’m still amazed (and grateful) I get to do what I get to do…and stunned to recognize that I’ve been “on support” for four decades…

God has big sleeves, and He often has what appears to my very limited view “tricks” up them…but He has blessed me inexplicably cubi diplomaand consistently. I’ve spent over four years of my life as a camp speaker; and have shared Christ in schools, prisons, jails, camps, churches, civic organizations and more.

“He opens doors that no man can shut…”

I’m amazed. I’m blessed. I’m thankful…so very thankful.

And if God can use me….yeah, He can use you…and wants to use you…not “someday”, but “today.”

If The Shoe Fits…

Seth Godin is a genius.

I know nothing of his spiritual state.

Truth is truth regardless of who says it.

Got this from him yesterday as I flew home from Philadelphia.

Doesn’t take a lot of “work” to see spiritual implication of a “secular” truth:

“There are two paths, really:

“I will serve just enough to make the maximum profit”

or

“I will profit just enough to provide the maximum service.”

Discouraged? READ THIS!

feel-discouragedJames Emory White has an encouraging word for the discouraged:

“This is a simple post. When you are discouraged, remember these seven words:

There is a God on the loose.

If you’re in ministry, remember it when you don’t have
…enough money
…enough volunteers
…enough space
…enough freedom
…enough staff.

If you’re trying to raise kids, remember it when you don’t have
…enough patience
…enough time
…enough sleep
…enough wisdom
…enough hands.

If you’re trying to follow Christ, remember it when you don’t have
…enough trust
…enough strength
…enough hope
…enough faith
…enough love.

Remember.

There is a God on the loose.

Remember that you have,

…a God who knows all that you don’t have;

…a God who loves your church and ministry more than you do;

…a God who loves your child(ren), and your spouse, more than you do;

…a God who knows what you need more than you do;

…a God who wants to see His kingdom come, and His glory radiate out from your life, more than you do.

This is the God who is roaming wild and free. He knows your situation. He knows…

…you.

And He adores you. He is on your side. He wants nothing but the best for you.

Don’t trivialize this with worldly ideas of “success.” God is about more than that for your life. He’s about all that is right, all that is best, all that is true, all that is beautiful. Despite your current circumstances, His larger, perfect plan is unfolding. Every perfect gift comes from His hand, and He is a gift-giving God.

So if you are discouraged, take heart. You are His prized son, His precious daughter. So pray. Trust. Particularly when you are discouraged.

Why?

There is a God on the loose.

And He knows your name.”