Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Collapse

"…when the God who is always 'before us' as Father and 'with us' as the Incarnate Christ is collapsed into the God who is 'in us', the temptations of 'spiritual pride', 'ecclesiolatry', and the idolatry of a culture, a nation, or an ideology are close at hand." Jose Miguez Bonino

We avoid collapsing into these temptations by being a 'sent one' who loves God, others and life itself, with a bible centered faith in God and relational view of God. Being Missional, or a 'sent one', a person is empowered by the Holy Spirit, so that Christ the Savior, Healer, Sanctifier, and soon coming King, continues his earthly mission today.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Testing

Tests are positive and limited. They are limited to what is, whereas faith deals with the what if.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Fantasy

Today I have every intention of having a fantasy day filled with guilty pleasure. A day filled with little administration and lots of pondering, praying and studying.

Lord, help me live this fantasy dream.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Pentecostalism

"At the root of Pentecostalism, Hollenweger finds a Catholic spirituality mediated through Wesleyanism being renewed by an African oral liturgy and expression of Christian identity involving story, vision, and prayers for bodily healing."

That was an amazing sentence, from the book, "The Globalization of Pentecostalism", a text book I am reading (with dictionary in hand) for a graduate level class.

    I am often asked what distinguishes Vienna Assembly of God, from other churches. At the next VTRCC Chamber mixer, I might try repeating this sentence and see how far the conversation goes, before the person begins to 'back away slowly'.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Pursuing God of Salvation

The great news about pursuing God is that on the other end, God is pursuing us. It is not a game of God hiding, and we are seeking, unless it is like playing hide and seek with very young children. They hide, and they want to be found, so they giggle, or make a noise as you pass by, because to them, the game isn't about hiding as much as it is about being found. As we seek God, God is easy to find, because He is actively pursuing us. God is like small children in playing hide and seek. He is giggling, or making some kind of noise, because God, the pursuer of salvation is wanting to be found.