Saturday, November 30, 2013
Friday, October 04, 2013
Tuesday, September 03, 2013
The Disciple-Making Church" p.27). Yet another nugget of wisdom reminding us of the "first importance" of the gospel ~ if understood properly, it not only informs the Christian but the church as well.
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
Earlier I likened the life of Christian holiness to a three-legged stool, in which the three legs were:
- D (doctrine: truth taken into the mind and heart to live by)
- E (experience: the conscientious pursuit and conscious enjoyment of fellowship with the Father and the Son)
- P (practice: in the sense of the specific and habitual response of obedience to the doctrinal truth one has received).
The point of the illustration was that a stool cannot stand on less than its three legs. In the absence of any one of them, the stool falls down. If one leg is larger or smaller than the other two, stability is lost, and the stool is in danger of tipping over as soon as any weight is put on it. So it is only when D, E, and P are balanced together in proper proportions that the spiritual life is solid and steady.
*Excerpt from "Rediscovering Holiness" by J. I. Packer (p. 57).
Thursday, June 20, 2013
BJJ enthusiasts everywhere swear that their method for tying a belt is the best . . . you decide.
The GB "No de Faixa":
The ATT method (3 ways):
Another guy with a partial "super knot":
The one and only "Rener Gracie" 3 variations/slices (ala "Super Knot"):
Gary Thomas, in his book "Sacred Pathways," offers one response to this question "Why is there denominationalism?"
"Instead of learning from others, Christians have often chosen to segregate themselves by starting a new church whenever worship preferences diverge. This segregation has erected denominational walls and impoverished many Christians. Unless you happen to be born into just the right tradition, you're brought up to feed on somebody else's diet. Unfortunately, some Christians have a tendency to question the legitimacy of any experience that may not particularly interest them. Instead of saying, 'That's not for me,' they proclaim, "That shouldn't be for anybody.'"
The context of Thomas' point is that different people have different spiritual temperaments (ala Meyers Brigg) hence different people will experience God differently. He also writes that "It would be simplistic to suggest that such differences were the sole or even primary cause of many church splits and denominations, but they did have some effect." Interesting . . . interesting . . .