Eph 2.8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
Welcome to the first blog entry of the second season of New Direction, where we search the Spirit, Scripture and more discovering the New Direction God is leading his church in this post modern culture. Today, we take a look at subjective Christianity and legalism. Read the rest of this entry »
Around a year ago, I did a series of blog entries and videos, which I dubbed “New Direction.” In it, I attempted to lay out how I understand the Gospel message. Furthermore, I describe my understanding of the Bible’s view on morality, something I call “Subjective Christianity.” Towards the end of the series, I mention that it might be the last show I was doing for a while, depending on feedback. Read the rest of this entry »
Most people commonly accept the idea that we should not discuss politics, or religion, when with mixed company. Ironically enough, the media has little issue sharing their views with us over and over no matter how little we want to hear it… but, I digress. Another subject that rarely gets spoken about, even in familiar company, is death. Death tends to be that one subject that lingers in the back of our mind (more so the older one gets), yet no one actually talks about it. In my own family, most only seem to talk about it when someone actually dies… save for my Dad. Read the rest of this entry »
As I sit here writing out this blog entry, Wrestlemania 32 is only a few hours away. Having looked forward to this event for nearly a month, I have taken all necessary steps to prepare for the “Superbowl of Wrestling.” The fridge holds my stock of beer, I fluffed the pillows on the couch, and I doubled up on the supply of snackies to insure I do not run out. As with most things I have passion for, I have shared my excitement with my friends. As you might imagine, if you poll a dozen people randomly, you might find two who share an interest in professional wrestling. Most, of course, do not care for it.
Today, the above video popped into my Facebook timestream, with responses such as “So true!” and “He absolutely NAILS life!” replies. They are hardly the only ones. The original video has garnered over 10 million views on YouTube, with 46,000 likes and less than 700 dislikes. However, I disagree with those who applaud this one minute slice. Below is my (lengthy/edited) response. Read the rest of this entry »
Recently, I watched a television show discussing Bruce Jenner’s transformation. It involved a number of people supporting the change. This discussion included two well known men, self identifying as Christian teachers, who condemned or expressed concerns about it.
The first one shocked the listeners by making sweeping statements bordering on hate speech. He stated that gay people should die, preferably sooner, rather than later. He pointed out that, in the Old Testament, God laid down laws for the Israelites to condemn to death anyone who lies with another of the same gender. He felt the government had a responsibility to lay down laws along those lines, to best follow God’s plan and design for man. Read the rest of this entry »