Man’s Depravity is Not Total

It doesn’t take genius to know that people are creepy. Sin is natural to us. We are “by nature” the children of wrath.

At the same time, Paul says Gentiles “do by nature” things contained in the law. Which means our nature is not all bad and it aint all good. This would seem to have to be the case if we are made in the image of God and yet fallen. There still has to be some God image in us.

If you express this thought in theological circles, you will get hammered. We’ve been told countless times that we are totally depraved. Calvinism has taken this and stretched it so out of place, they don’t even think you can believe the Gospel.

Not only is this massively contradicted by Scripture, it makes life pretty much pointless. We’re just automatons doing what we’re programmed to do with no choice. Yet God remains ticked off at us for doing what he programmed us to do.

The simple solution to avoid making God into a complete monster, is to admit we’re not totally depraved.

Yup, that’s right, we should drop the traditions of men for the biblical doctrines of God. I know, bizarre, but I’d suggest it.

I’ve held this view for years, yet don’t see many other people going public with the view, because if you do, Calvinists will beat you into the ground. So I’m always encouraged when I see someone else publicly express it.

I came across one today in Ellicott’s Commentary on Matthew 7:11. God is saying that even earthly fathers know how to do nice things for their kids, “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

Ellicott says this:

The words at once recognise the fact of man’s depravity, and assert that it is not total. In the midst of all our evil there is still that element of natural and pure affection which makes the fatherhood of men a fit parable of the Fatherhood of God. We mount from our love to His, abstracting from our thoughts the evil of which we cannot but be conscious.

Beautiful. Thank you, Mr. Ellicott! You the man.

The Stupidity of Crowds and Strait Gates

Charles Mackay, author of the book Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, said:

“Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, one by one.”

He wrote this in the 1800’s summing up his study of human behavior. His basic point is that following people makes you stupid; getting out of the crowd allows you to come to your senses.

This is massively true. Christians, of all people, should know this already.

“Be not conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Following the stream of the world does no good; getting a new brain, a new way of thinking, a mind set on truth not theories, is the remedy.

Jesus said that the broad road leads to destruction and many people are on it; the narrow road, limited by a strait gate that prevents you entering with a crowd, leads to life.

The world around us is fighting and arguing. They need to get theirs, which they think means taking from you. One group is pitted against another group. Hatred and violence are the result.

Want some peace? Want some tranquility? Want some release from this? Follow Christ. Unplug from the world’s madness.

Few are going that way, but the ones who do have way fewer earthly problems that freak them out. There is a trust and a confidence that all things are conforming me to Christ and every day brings me one step closer to my Savior.

If you do this, don’t be shocked if the world despises you. They’ll tell you your head is in the sand, that you’re pie in the sky, and no earthly good.

Little do they know, it’s all their theoretical solutions that came out of heads in the sand. Their hopes that now they’ve discovered the right way clearly shows their heads are in the sand. The enactment of their solutions are typically the things that do no earthly good.

The world needs light and truth. It doesn’t need more darkness. Leave the kingdom of darkness. have no fellowship with the darkness. Be light. Act on the truth. Go the narrow way. You won’t regret it.

Unger’s Dictionary on Moses Being Meekest Man on Earth

Numbers 12:3 says, “Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.

This is often laughed at because Moses wrote the Book of Numbers, therefore, Moses is saying he is the meekest man on the earth! How does the meekest man on earth say such a thing about himself?!

Unger’s says this under the entry on Moses: Character

The word meek is hardly an adequate reading of the Hebrew anaw, which should rather be much enduring. It represents what we should now designate by the word disinterested. All that is told of him indicates a withdrawal of himself, a preference of the cause of his nation to his own interests, which makes him the most complete example of Jewish patriotism.

Unger says he gets this from Smith’s Bible Dictionary.

I cannot find any other dictionary that takes this approach to the Hebrew word anaw. Therefore I am left wondering if this is legit or just one guy’s idea.

Most dictionaries give the definition as depressed, bowed down, lowly. The word is used 18 times and is either translated meek or poor.

Much enduring and disinterested seems foreign to the essential idea and appears to be a reading into the word.

It’s important to remember that many Bible dictionaries are biased toward interpretation and doctrinal camps. You should use a multitude of these resources and stick with how the definitions overlap rather than some guys idea that makes him feel better about a verse.

That’s my idea anyway.

Joseph’s Technicolor Bender

We have a tendency to hold people in the Bible on a high pedestal. Although there are several biblical characters that seem to be very righteous, most are admittedly tainted. They are people.

I find it somewhat amusing when Christian folk get all high and mighty about marriage with the assumption the totally Bible backs them up.

We seem to forget about the great “fathers of the faith” Abraham, who had several wives. Jacob had four. We lose track when we get to David and Solomon.

There are some pretty bad role models in your Bible. It’s best to stick with your Sunday School knowledge than have your dreams shattered by being informed!

Not really. People in the Bible sin. It’s kind of what people do, whether they’re in the Bible or not.

I came across one of these things the other day reading in Genesis about Joseph and his brothers coming to Egypt to get food. Genesis 43:34 says about the dinner the brothers ate with Joseph:

And he took and sent messes unto them from before him: but Benjamin’s mess was five times so much as any of their’s. And they drank, and were merry with him.

So they got “merry” with Joseph. What’s interesting about that word “merry” is that this is the only time it’s translated “merry,” at least in the King James. The vast majority of the time this same Hebrews word is translated “drunk!”

That’s right, Joseph and his brothers all got drunk together. Had a little bender.

Joseph is one of those guys we hold highly. He does little wrong, other than possibly bragging a bit, but uh-oh! Here you go. Joe gets drunk.

Does this shatter your image of Joseph? It shouldn’t. Joseph is a guy. He’s noble and righteous in many ways, and he’s still a guy.

This, in no way, should lead us to excuse our sin. “Well Joseph got drunk, so can I.” “David was unfaithful to his wiveS, so I can be too.” Don’t go there. Our example is to follow Jesus Christ, to be like Him, He who was and is perfect.

What seeing the sins of those in the Bible should do, is relax you in your high and mightiness in pointing out other people’s sin. The next time you see someone “sin big” in front of you, consider they may be as virtuous as Joseph, just having an emotional roller-coaster of a day.

People sin. Get over it. Take care of you.

Church, Irrelevance and 10 Reasons Why I Did NOT Become a Pastor

I know why I became a pastor and I also know why I did not become a pastor.

1) I did not become a pastor so I could ruin people’s lives. It is never my intent to hurt people or make people’s lives worse. My intent is to help. I know a lot of pastors, and the vast, vast majority of them are just trying to help, yet repeatedly pastors are blamed for ruining people’s lives. There are exceptions, there are wolves leading churches who are ruining lives, but the vast majority of pastors are just trying to help.

2) I did not become a pastor to fight the never-ending battle of keeping people happy. I used to. I tried. I really did. I gave up. I’ve seen pastors nearly kill themselves trying to keep people happy. I will probably not change the start time of church, start singing your niche of music, build a building to your liking, or any other whimsical ideal you invent just to keep you coming to church. I’m all for suggestions; I am not for power play politics.

3) I did not become a pastor to raise your kids. Training your kids is your job, not mine. Yes, I can help. I can be their friend. I can be a good example and teacher. But the primary way I can help is to equip you to know the Scripture better so you can raise your kids. It’s your job. If God wanted me to raise your kids, He would have made my wife give birth to them.

4) I did not become a pastor to entertain you. Yes, I am to effectively communicate the Word, but the effective communication method is not to trump the substance of the communication. I am not here to keep people interested–you either want the Word or you don’t. I have yet to find a way to make people want it other than seeing them saved and indwelt with the Spirit. You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make em drink.

5) I did not become a pastor to get respect. I do not wear a clerical collar or any special clothing that sets me apart. I do not make people address me with any title. I always try to be last in line at potlucks. I was a janitor before I was a pastor and it was great training–cleaning up people’s messes for little pay, no respect and the occasional complaint as to how I should have cleaned the mess better. I do not want your respect; I want you to know Christ.

6) I did not become a pastor to argue your pet issue. I will discuss anything at any time of day, but when it becomes clear your interest in church is to argue your issue, I will stop playing. I refuse to argue with people who are itching for an argument.

7) I did not become a pastor to make money. I do not look at church as a tool to better my personal financial situation. We don’t even pass an offering plate at my church. I do not do this for your money: I want you to know Christ.

8) I did not become a pastor to make you a better you. Joel Osteen I am not. I do not want you to have your best life now: I want you to know Christ so you can have your best life for eternity. This life stinks. The only person who can honestly say they are having their best life now are people who are going to hell. It’s true, think about it.

9) I did not become a pastor to make friends. I do not view church as a social club where I can make professional contacts and expand my network. I am here to preach the Truth, and I hope this results in our friendship, but if one has to go, I’m sticking with truth.

10) I did not become a pastor to be your daddy. I am not your boss. I am not the guy who tells you what to do. You are to follow Christ to your Heavenly Father and I am to help you get to Him. The road does not end with me. I am merely a minister, a servant, a guy trying to help. I must decrease; He must increase.

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When I was in seminary I was told by a counselor viewing my personality test results, “Um, you do not have the personality of a pastor.” Word up. I have received few compliments better than this one.

I may be in the wrong line of work, God will let me know, but this is what I do and this is why I do it.

Reformed Theology and Heaven

One thing that bothers me about the Reformed/Calvinist downplaying of eschatology is that it has a tendency then to downplay heaven. I do not mean that Calvinists don’t believe in heaven, or that heaven isn’t a desire of theirs, again it’s a matter of emphasis practically speaking.

“Hell” shows up in the index to Calvin’s Institutes, “heaven” does not. Calvin has one chapter on eternal life “Meditating on the Future Life.” It’s five pages long and the first section has the subtitle “The design of God in afflicting his people.” The Institutes is over 1,400 pages. He does mention heaven in it, but not enough for the index I guess.

William Shedd’s (main theologian of the American Presbyterian church and a Calvinist) Dogmatic Theology, over 900 pages long, has two pages on heaven and 87 pages on eternal punishment!

John Blunt’s Dictionary of Doctrinal and Historical Theology doesn’t even have “heaven” as a subject in it.

When eschatology is a minor part of your theology, heaven diminishes. Not only is this logical, it seems to play out in reality.

I won’t mind being proven wrong that Reformed/Calvinist theologians emphasize heaven, I hope they do, I just don’t see it. Again, not saying Calvinists don’t have a desire for heaven, I’m just making observations.

What’s the best Calvinist/Reformed book on heaven? I’d like to read it.

Who wrote the “law of sin and death?”

Romans 7 and 8 speak of two laws–the law of God and the law of sin and death. This is not one law acted on in two ways–fleshly or spiritually–but two different laws. It’s another law.

Question: who is the author of these two laws, particularly at issue is who is the author of the law of sin and death?

Wouldn’t you know it, Christians argue over this point too! I’m stunned. Here are some of the theories:

1) Satan–since he’s the murderer from the beginning and has the power of death he must be the author of the law of sin and death.

2) Self–it’s an invention of our sinful natures.

3) God–James 4 says there’s only one lawgiver, so God must be the author.

I’m a fan of theory three. I think James 4:12 is the definitive verse on this issue. If Satan were a lawgiver, Satan would also be a judge, and there’s only one judge. Same thing applies to the self. If I invent my own law I become my own judge.

God gave the law to Moses written on stone and yet God never intended people to externally follow this external law because it was impossible, as He told them when He gave it to them.

God has always looked for an internal, spiritual law keeping. A new heart, the law converts the soul, a circumcision of the heart. The law is spiritual and must be followed in and by the Spirit.

Limited illustration–It’s the difference between me writing a list of chores for my kids to do on a Saturday that they trudge through over 9 hours and having them wake up and immediately do chores. I shouldn’t have to say it and a humble child shouldn’t have to hear it, but becomes internally motivated to be helpful out of love, gratitude or respect for the parents.

Indeed. God has as much success with that plan as I do.

Ignoring the Wrong Words

There are words we should ignore in life, pretty much any word that proceeds out of the mouth of man. OK, not quite, but pretty close.

However, what generally happens is that we ignore every word that proceeds out of God’s mouth and we hold to words some guy told us.

This is a devastating sin. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. If we are not hearing God’s Word, we have no faith.

Yet repeatedly the Bible shows us that man listens to men more than they listen to God. They teach the traditions of man rather than the commands of God. I am of Paul, I am of Cephas, I am of Christ.

In the end, you can listen to whomever you desire, but only one person’s word abides forever, and it aint yo momma’s.

“The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?”

Go for it, listen to who you want, but remember it is God’s Word that judges us. If this were a reality in our lives, how much time would we be spending in God’s Word? In simple quantity we hear men way more than God.

The first rule of propaganda: if you repeat a lie often enough it becomes truth. We hear people so much and God so little, we think hearing people is hearing God. Would we know God’s voice? You’ll know it in the end, will it be too late?

I Am The Way

I was reading about John 14 the other day about how Jesus was going to the Father. Thomas didn’t know where Jesus was going or how He would get there, thus how can we follow?

Got me to thinking, I wonder, if I used the ubiquitous Google Maps, if Google knew the way to the Father. I typed in my address in Box A of the driving directions app, and “The Father” into Box B.

Amazingly enough, it had a suggested location for the Father. Apparently, and I did not know this, Google thinks The Father is in Mount Ulawun in Papua New Guinea, 7,861 miles from my house. I had no idea.

Jesus said He was going away to build a place for His people. He said they knew where and how to get there to follow Him. Thomas, who did not have Google Maps, had no idea Jesus meant Papua New Guinea.

“Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?” Jesus, as He frequently does, answers with a more confusing statement. “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

I doubt Thomas got it. We assume we do, but listen to the answer–Jesus is going to the Father by way of Himself. We use this verse to refer to salvation, the way to get saved is through Christ, which is true.

But I wonder if we stop short on this one. The way to the Father is not following a map, not following step by step driving directions, it’s by being in Christ. No longer I but Christ. And as John 3 says, he who is born of the Spirit knows not where he came from or where he is going.

There is depth here. Much more than the usual treatment gives.

Free Book!

The basic message of my book is to give things away, just as Christ gave Himself for you. So, in light of that message, here is my offer:

If you would like to receive a FREE copy of my book, The Gospel-Filled Wallet, all you need to do is send me your name and address to jcweddle1@juno.com

Even if you have a copy already, you can ask for another one to give away. Offer stands until 8:00am Monday, September 13. Act now, before they’re all gone, etc, etc.

John Wesley on Meditation

I was studying up on 1 Timothy 4:15 for Bible study and came across a great commentary quote from John Wesley.

First off, the verse says, “Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.” It is directed at Timothy, a young pastor. Paul is letting him know what the life of a pastor should be like and what it’s for.

Secondly, here is Wesley’s quote about “meditate on these things, give yourself wholly to them.”

“True meditation is no other than faith, hope, love, joy, melted down together, as it were, by the fire of God’s Holy Spirit; and offered up to God in secret.

He that is wholly in these, will be little in worldly company, in other studies, in collecting books, medals, or butterflies: wherein many pastors drone away so considerable a part of their lives.”

Oh, is that great or what?!

My Big News

When I was in first grade I entered a contest for the “best book ever written by a first grader” or something. I wrote a book called How Mallards Got Their Colors. It was a real page turner. Readers laughed and cried and celebrated as the little white duck got his colors.

I won like, the best book ever written in the Western Hemisphere or something. MIllions of dollars were obtained, most of which my parents kept I guess.

Anyway, ever since then I have had many book-writing dreams. I have written many, many books. Many written; very few have been read. I never could quite manage to get one published.

Until now, anyway!

I am absolutely thrilled to announce that I got a book published. It is entitled, The Gospel-Filled Wallet: What the Bible Really says about Money.

It is not as thrilling as the Mallard book, but I must say it is pretty good. The writing is not perfect, but the message is completely consistent with Scripture, which I cannot say for my Mallard book.

The book is not up yet on Amazon. But Transforming Publications has it available from the printers here. You can also read it online at Google books.

Children of Worthlessness

Matt Belisl pitches for the Colorado Rockies. In fact, as I write this, he is pitching against the Philadelphia Phillies in the NLDS and doing a fine job.

I was wondering, if Matt has kids if they are ever called “the children of belisl.” I would call them that, but I read the KJV and this is only something that a KJV reader would think of. And probably being a tad odd would also help you think of such things.

Profitable Scripture

Paul tells us that all scripture is given by inspiration and can profit us. Every once in a while you come across a passage that makes you wonder exactly how. Here’s one I read today. 1 Kings 15:23 is written to sum up the life of King Asa who was a decent fellow.

“The rest of all the acts of Asa, and all his might, and all that he did, and the cities which he built, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? Nevertheless in the time of his old age he was diseased in his feet.”

Now, exactly how do diseased feet fit into this? Where is this from? And how, pray tell, is this of profit to me. Here’s my attempt:

Asa was a good king, he won some battles and built some cities. He followed the Lord and lead his kingdom well. However, lest you think all was well, he did have diseased feet.

It’s sort of God’s way of saying, “Look, you can do some fine stuff down here but you still have problems. You still need me.”

Indeed. My grandfather used to say, “we all have feet of clay.” Asa’s clay feet just happened to be diseased.

Impossible Commands Part 3

So if we can’t do the commands of God, why does He keep commanding us to do stuff? This is an important question.

First, no command can save. “If there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.” No flesh has ever been justified by doing commandments.

If this is not understood much error ensues. Not anyone has ever or can ever be saved by doing the Law. Even guys under the Law were saved by faith.

Second, commandments were given to point out what sin is, to reveal the righteousness of God, to keep every mouth quiet in guilt, to help keep humans humble and dependent on the gracious salvation of Jesus Christ.

Third, people are stupid. People miss the point of the law and try to use it as a means to achieve their own righteousness. This will not do.

Fourth, God is not stupid. He’s smart enough to know that man will try to kill himself because that’s what man’s been trying to do since creation. Therefore, God gives commands to help people live. But what was given to help keep people alive, stupid people find to be a means of death. It merely tempts our self-destructive nature.

Fifth, as long as people are in this fallen world they will persist in being stupid, God will persist in being wise. He will persist in telling us to avoid the death traps of sin.

Sixth, God knows our stupidity to the degree that He just went ahead and accomplished everything for our salvation. He even did this before the foundation of the world, which is why the Gospel is eternal.

Seventh, God knows our stupidity so much that He knew the only answer is for us to be made new creations, to be made perfect in Christ. To make us to be the fulfillment of the righteousness of the law.

Eighth, oh but we have amazing powers of stupidity. We retain the characteristics of the old man that was crucified with Christ. We continue to revert to stupidity. But God hasn’t just told us stuff; He’s made us the fulfillment of what He has told us. We are to do what we have been made.

Ninth, oh but that stupidity remains. We forget. We lapse and relapse. We go back to eating our vomit. So God, even apart from the law, continues to tell us what life in Christ looks like.

Tenth, Christianity is not about being and not doing. Christianity is about doing what we be. We forget what we be, so He tells us over and over and over what we be and what that means for what we do.

Perfection

The Bible has many commands telling us to be perfect (Matthew 5:48; 2 Corinthians 13:11; Hebrews 6:1; James 1:4).

Many explain this to mean that we are to be “mature.” One problem is that if you repeat these verses using the word mature, you have the unfortunate consequence of saying, “be mature as your Father in heaven is mature.”

First, that just sounds off. Second, God is pretty mature, eh, not sure this alleviates any problems.

You can’t say this is impossible because Paul, at one point, addresses some foils as “as many as be perfect

What’s interesting about that passage is that he then proceeds to tell the perfect people what to do!

So, go on unto perfection. Be perfect. What’s that do for ya?

Have Mercy

When Jesus talks about loving your enemies, being good to those who are mean and nasty to you, He wraps it up with “be merciful as your Father in heaven is merciful.”

This is great. The best way to get people to be nice is to remind them how nice it is when others are nice to you. Especially if the others happen to be God, who could smash you if He felt so led.

Mercy is a great deal. Showing compassion to someone. Giving them a break even though you deserve to be offended. Instead, you decide to back off revenge, gossip, witty retorts, etc and just “let it go.”

That’s mercy. Let it go. Furthermore, go out of your way to show them compassion. Be nice. Let it go and be nice. Who could have a problem with that?

Leaven of Pharisees and Sadducees

Theology can be a very tacky subject. It gets down into the nitty-gritty, dealing with Greek and grammar and big words with intricately worded definitions. Some people avoid this stuff because it seems as if it only brings argument and disagreement.

I understand that and I agree. At the same time, it has to be done. Although it may appear that we are spending way too much time addressing a minor detail of a “minor” doctrine, one slip up in one spot can have disastrous effects in other places.

If you switch one detail of your understanding of say, the old and new nature, it can lead to a change in your view of sanctification, justification, the work of Christ, the divinity of Christ, the relation with Adam, indwelling sin, etc. It changes everything just because you slipped up on one “minor” point.

Therefore, it is necessary to examine things, to get into the nitty-gritty and figure out truth. One drop of leaven can spoil the whole loaf. It’s amazing how quickly error can spread and how quick the flesh seems to be in picking it up and running with it.

I understand this may not be for everyone and I get why it makes people uncomfortable, but don’t forget the necessity of testing the spirits.

“For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.”
1 Corinthians 11:19

Kitchen Table Refinishing

IMG_1901IMG_1899IMG_1542While I’m still at it, being all personal etc., I desire to give a plug to my wife. My wife is uber-talented at woodburning. We just refinished our kitchen table where she woodburned a to scale world map with a two-tone stain finish.

If you would like to have us redo your kitchen table send us an email and what you’d like my wife to woodburn on it! It’ll cost you an arm, but hey, you can keep both legs and get an awesome table.

David Yeager Band

While I’m at it, being all personal and what not, I’ll give a plug to my bro-in-law, Steve Wick, and his band’s new cd. You can catch some of the songs by clicking on the link and get your cd for a cool $10.

You can also buy some of Steve’s excellent guitar work cd’s. If there’s a talent I wish I had I wish it was the talent of sticking with the guitar long enough to learn how to play it well. Until then, I live vicariously through cool people like Steve.

Linda Weddle

Although I refrain from putting personal things on the blog for the most part, I am doing a post here about my mother. She’s a fine woman. Still makes some of the best cherry cheesecake you’ll ever have and makes a mighty fine lasagna.

On top of that she is an author and has published many a book in her oh so few years. Her recent book just came out about parenting. Obviously parents are all more or less brain dead these days, in my opinion, and can use all the help they can get. You can get some from my very own mother, provided you want children that may resemble me.

However, even if you don’t want a kid like me you probably won’t because I don’t believe there was a chapter on teaching your kids sarcasm, skepticism or idiotness. So you’ll be safe.

Here’s an article about the book

For a limited time you can see my mother star in her very own video at the top of the Awana homepage.

Click here to buy your copy today, before your kids turn out like creeps.

Cussing Around Pastors

It happened again today. I was around some “heathens” who were cussing. However, when I was around and they heard I was a pastor, they changed the swear word to a more less-sweary version and apologized to me.

Then cussed again. And again. And again.

This is one of my biggest pet peeves about being a pastor, when people find out they immediately get weird, apologizing when they cuss, explaining how they don’t usually say such words and so forth. Others get more belligerent and go out of their way to be foul mouthed.

I could do without both. I’m never quite sure how to respond. Here are several options I’ve considered, I’ve only ever used the first one. Here are my options of what to say when the next heathen apologizes for cussing around me:

1) I’m not the one you need to apologize to.
2) What? I don’t even know what that means.
3) Say three hail Mary’s, you’ll be fine.
4) 20 bucks and I’ll see what I can do for you.
5) Thank God for grace; cuss away.

I don’t know, what do you think I should say?

Science Busts Religion Once Again

Well folks, a few more scientific studies like this one and I might just become an atheist. Scientists have now found the place in the brain where wisdom comes from. Here’s how they phrase this finding:

Wisdom for centuries has been a religious or philosophical concept that varies somewhat by culture. But Jeste tells ScientificAmerican.com that there is reason to believe that it’s rooted in neurobiology.”

Yup, that’s right, religious wisdom is actually evolutionary gibberish in your brain. What you thought was the wisdom of God imparted to you by the Spirit through the Word of God is actually just normal, everyday brain function.

Sort of a bummer but sort of a relief too!

Brain Dead

I took yesterday off. It was the first time I’ve missed a Sunday sermon since July of last year. It was nice. Frees up the whole week. Apparently, though, thinking about a sermon all week keeps my brain running because I got nothin.

The closest thing I came up with today as a logical thought was this, you be the judge of the logic:

Next time someone tells you to get involved in their cause because “one person can make a difference,” don’t believe them. If one person could truly make a difference they’d be out making a difference not talking to you.

Ok, see, I got nothin. However, I have to sermonize this coming Sunday so I better get my brain going soon. Stay tuned for further developments. Don’t hold your breath.

Homeless Mission

Many Christian missions have been established to care for homeless people, many of whom are alcoholics. The typical Christian mission makes the guys come in and go to chapel to eat and get a place to sleep.

A new style of homeless mission has been tested in Seattleto pretty astounding results. The idea is to give guys a roof over their heads and not coerce them in any way. The experiment showed that it was cheaper for the public to care for them this way and it also cured many residents.

The poverty problem is a serious issue and it’s supposed to be a prime concern of believers. I wonder if our techniques have helped or merely coerced guys for our own conscience and leave them right where they are.