Wal-Mart Membership

July 29, 2010

Many members view their commitment to their church much as they view their commitment to shopping at Wal-Mart.  They may enjoy the goods and services offered, but they are not remotely interested in working with fellow-shoppers to govern it.  If a better deal comes along, or things change and Wal-Mart no longer meets their needs, they will vote with their feet and shop elsewhere.  (John Hammett, Biblical Foundations for Baptist Churches, 157)


Don’t Go Down There

July 27, 2010

Every poet and musician and artist, but for Grace, is drawn away from love of the thing he tells, to love of the telling till, down in Deep Hell, they cannot be interested in God at all but only in what they say about Him.  (C. S. Lewis, The Great Divorce, 81)

Let us take care not to love our craft more than we love the Christ.

Matt Chandler, who serves as the pastor of The Village Church in Texas, was the camp pastor at Student Life @ the Beach where 19 Concord students went for fellowship and encouragement in the Word on July 5-9. This past Thanksgiving Matt suffered a seizure which revealed an aggressive malignant tumor in his brain. This recent update from Matt is an encouraging yet bittersweet perspective on suffering and mortality. I commend it to you for your edification in Christ.

Should Christians busy themselves with healing the sick, caring for the environment, pursuing issues of justice, helping the weak?  Or should we just stick to sharing the gospel?

We share the good news always open to doing good, and we do good always with the hope of sharing our faith.  We never divorce the two.  If we get nothing in return, it’s okay because it is the nature of love.  But do not forget that seeing people come to Christ in the midst of suffering and injustice is to do the greatest good we could ever do.  (J. Mack Stiles, Marks of the Messenger, 69)

I’ve been making my way through Theodore Roosevelt’s letters to his sons.  Teddy, if I may call him that, had a somewhat important job that frequently kept him away from home.  In the absence of cell phones and email, Teddy consequently put pen to paper, writing each of his four sons individually.  Dads like me are now the beneficiaries of Teddy’s fatherly wisdom.

On October 2, 1903, Teddy wrote the following letter to his son Kermit.  Dads, have you ever wondered about the balance of sports and academics for your boys?  Here is Teddy’s take, and he throws one other consideration into the mix too: Read the rest of this entry »