Friends have recently called to my attention that I've insufficiently emphasized the most important of my human relationships. It is true. One reason is trying to keep some private things private. Another is that I forget how a passionate lifelong romantic partnership is, perhaps, strange. I'd never want to take anything for granted though.
Note: I could have gone without the explicit language tag -- arguably -- but it's a practical joke on my wife to have this Inappropriate Conversation labeled that way.
Different Drummer: David Sanborn
Whether the concept of "home church" is necessary or merely particularism?
A century ago in sermons and speeches that would become My Utmost For His Highest, the current sad state of Christianity was described aptly with the question, "Are you loyal to Jesus or to your notion of him?" by Oswald Chambers. We see the problem when Christians openly dispute the things Jesus said, or when popular versions of Bible stories don't match the "inspired word of God" and those obsessed with Biblical perfection fail to side with the inerrant text. Chambers might say that we are guilty of siding with what we believe without much regard for God's will. If this is true of individuals, it is certainly true of organizations and groups -- no matter how we may defer to their "religious beliefs."
Different Drummer: Oswald & Gertrude Chambers
Whether maintaining a hierarchy of sins is itself un-Biblical and sinful?
Business author Jason Jennings once raised the question: what's the good business reason for doing this? It's a notion we should apply to other aspects of life. The church should mix this with "what would Jesus do?" slogans and challenge whether congregations have asked about the good Jesus reasons before taking a stand. Likewise, in the area of state secrets, our government leaders need to ask themselves tough questions before classifying documents. Making secrets out of things that either ought to be public or should not be done in the first place is abominable public policy.
Different Drummer: Edward Snowden
Gameplan for upcoming Inappropriate Conversations
- Transparency, secrets, and the best question a business or community can ask itself
- Christians who are only committed to "the idea of Christ" rather than Jesus himself
- A better telling of the story behind my most important experience of human love
Walk The Earth will address new questions, too
* Whether maintaining a hierarchy of sins is itself un-Biblical and sinful?
* And, likely as not, a look at church membership and "home church" as a concept