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From Eve to Woman

Repost: Brothers in the Local Church: Serving or Throwing Stones?

Great insight from Dr. Eric Redmond, a man that has been extremely influential in my life.

A Man from Issachar


I am grateful to the brothers at The Front Porch for posting this interview.

In this interview, Thabiti Anyabwile chops it up with Dr. Eric Redmond, executive pastoral assistant and bible scholar in residence at New Canaan Baptist Church in Washington D.C. The brothers discuss what makes a good senior and assistant pastor, how to transition from the former to the latter, and focus on Eric’s book: “Where Are All The Brothers?” How do you speak to men who are skeptics about the church in a loving, winsome way? How do you correct theirs errors and encourage them to lovingly engage accurate perceptions they have about the church — even if they’re negative?  Pull up a chair and join Eric and Thabiti up on the porch as these brothers discuss how black men can taken from A to Z in the life of the local church.

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North Korean Dictator to Execute 33 Christians

A piece from Daniel Wallace

Daniel B. Wallace

This news was reported on 5 March 2014 in a smattering of media outlets. Mark Shapland, in Britain’s Daily Mail, noted that “Thirty-three North Koreans face execution after being charged with attempting to overthrow the repressive regime of Kim Jong-un.

“The Koreans have landed themselves in hot water after it emerged they had worked with South Korean Baptist missionary Kim Jung-wook and received money to set up 500 underground churches. It is understood they will be put to death in a cell at the State Security Department.”

Apparently Kim Jong-un feels threatened by these Christians, and either out of paranoia or hatred of their faith he is claiming that they tried to overthrow the government. In many respects, this despot resembles Herod the Great in his last days: he was so paranoid that he began killing friends, relatives, even infants in Bethlehem because of one there who was born

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Irrationality of Reason

Irrationality of Reason

I recently watched the debate between Ken Hamm and Bill Nye. Promoted as a debate Creation/Evolution (I am sure that this was just a marketing ploy) the standoff prevailed as entertaining and somewhat informative. I didn’t tune in with the expectation of learning something new but to watch two respected men within a given field present opposing arguments from the same data. It was the craft I was interested in…no really it was the bout.
Attending a Bible College near Washington D.C. it always intrigued me when people would debate a topic, provide two opposing views, drawing from nearly the same data. In the context of the Bible College it was a matter of perspective based on the data. In the case of Hamm and Nye, like at the Bible College, it is their fundamental foundation of faith which provides each their basis of perspective.
Nye referred to himself as a “man of reason”, Hamm, unapologetically, a man of faith. Secularist rightly urged Nye not to subject himself to a battle the he was sure to lose, not because he was wrong, but because Hamm and his followers in Kentucky and abroad are “unreasonable” people, unwilling to accept reality.
I have not searched to many of the responses in the blogosphere. I did receive an email from Ref21 with a link to Rick Phillips’ article that brought a few good gleanings from the debate. I thought it was of value and he has a link to a secularist writer’s response in the article.
While the debate questioned the validity of what Nye referred to as “Hamm’s Model of Origins” ( really it was whether the Scripture’s story of the origins of man was valid ) in today’s modern scientific world, the real area of interest was in the relationship of Nye’s reason and Hamm’s faith.
Nye, as do many secularist, consider’s himself a man of reason. It is my understanding that in this context reason is set in juxtaposition to faith. I guess my question would be is it reasonable to assume that reason can operate completely separate from faith? In other words, is it reasonable to say that faith and reason or at opposite ends or are they in some way unique properties of the same DNA strand?
I get that science in the secularist world declares that there is no room in the “rational” real world for an unseen Intellect that supremely governs that which is known and that which is mystery. The reality of such a position requires faith. I as a believer in the declarations of Holy Writ can openly admit that I can not prove all that I have faith in, namely I cannot show you God whom I serve, but neither can the secularist prove that God whom I serve does not exist. Both positions are faith perspectives.
They may say that I am a fool for believing in what can never be proven. However, naturalism is based in a faith. Faith in a system of facts, many which are historical and that cannot be proven without reasonable doubt, it must be taken by faith – on some level. Sure most secularist would not agree that faith is necessary, I would only say that insisting that something is not necessary doesn’t make it true.
In Psalm 14:1 and Psalm 53:1 the Scriptures speak “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none who does good.” These are strong words from the Psalmist and difficult to receive apart from being a believer. The argument obvious, “if I don’t believe in God then I am unable to do any good? Then what about all the good things that people do that don’t believe as you do?”
With compassion I can say I understand the difficulty in this truth. It is this difficulty that fuels assertions that the text is irrational, charging archaism to raise skepticism. But does the age of something affect its trustworthiness or truth? Without falling down the rabbit hole of post-modernism I will simply suggest that there is nothing more irrational than the idea of subjective truth.
I am sure that neither I nor a secularist will be persuaded by one another. The only thing that I would ask is that my friends that oppose my view be honest about their faith in naturalism. Admit that there are things that they hold to that cannot be proven. I don’t have an issue with the belief that continued exercising of processes with someday provide understanding that did not previously exist ( that is a faith also ) but I do take issue with the irrationality of reason apart from the truth of faith.

The Bed of Recovery to the Chair of Recovery

Surgery: The Bed of Recovery to the Chair of Recovery

The subject of our series has been surgery.  It is the progressive process of healing.  Practically speaking surgery is the process of systematic incision purposed to extract something that is causing pain, or that has the potential to cause a fatal and tragic end.  Surgery removes that which hinders the experience of promise.

I heard a story (what we call testimony in the church) from a good friend and person I love dearly about the move that they made from their recovery bed to their recovery chair.  They had come through the surgical procedure.  They had been wheeled into a room that was prepared for them to begin their recovery process.  They knew that the process was to take some time but they were not completely prepared for the beginning of this process.

The room was not a room where they had privacy to recover.  The room was not prepared for an individual.  To their surprise they found themselves in a room shared by “victims” of surgery.  “Victims” of purposed incision.

They spoke about how it took some time for the numbing agents to subside.  The incisions of the surgery were painful and there presented a need to be medicated to aid the pain from the surgical procedure; and  as they came to their right mind they found themselves lying in a bed designed for their recovery.

An interesting thing to consider is that when we go through a spiritual surgical procedure where God is removing or has removed something from us that was a part of us for so long that it may leave us on our back for a period of time.  Laying on our back for long periods of time will also cause a new pain.  The pain that is experienced from lying on this bed of recovery is an indication that it is time to “change positions”.

When someone lies in a certain position for a long period of time the body will become stiff.  This stiffness occurs because there is a lack of movement.  This stiffness happens because the muscles in the body become accustomed to the position that they are in, but we must remember that the bed is only a phase within the process of recovery.

As I reflect on the person I wrote of above I remember they told me that their body began to “reject” the bed.  Their body was telling them that the bed in which the were lying was not helping the recovery and was now causing pain…so they moved from the bed to the chair.

As the “professionals”  came in to assess them, that is the doctors and nurses, and suggest that they move back to the bed, their response was simple…”I will move from this chair, but I am not getting back in that bed.”

Sometimes in a believers recovery process they will get to a point that they realize that the bed in which they are lying is now a new source of pain that is not aiding in the recovery but is, in fact, hindering that very process.  We must move from the bed to the chair of recovery so that we are not lying down hoping for healing but that we are sitting up expecting healing.  Moving from the bed of recovery to the chair of recovery is evidence that we are active and willing participants in the process of recovery.

Recovery is the process of surgery that prepares us to become a glorifying agent and manifested testimony of the work of the Almighty in whom we have placed our trust.  We cannot lie in a bed hoping for recovery without moving in faith expecting the hand of the Lord to be evident in the testimony that we hope to become.  We must declare, as my loved one did, “I will move where ever you tell me, but I am not getting back into that bed!”

The Table of Exposure

Surgery: The Table of Exposure

So far we have considered what it takes to prepare for surgery and the fear that we have to face prior to surgery. I will further define surgery within this context as we contemplate laying on the table of exposure.

Surgery in our context here provides an allegorical perspective of the process we go through in moving through phases of spiritual maturation.   The preparation phase is that place we come to once we realize that surgery is necessary.  The fear phase, as described in the previous post, revolves around the inevitable changes that will take place in us as a result of the surgery.

Surgery is the sanctifying process the Lord performs in conforming us to the likeness of His Son.  In this process we will find ourselves uncomfortably vulnerable in uncontrollable situations.  This is the table of exposure.

At the time of surgery a person must allow themselves to be completely exposed.  They lay upon a table as the doctor(s) and the assisting team invade their body.  The one on the table is in their most vulnerable state, whether conscious or unconscious, having no control of the hands of the surgeon.

Laying on the table is a voluntary action, as being exposed to God should be for the one whose hope is in Christ.  It takes laying on the table of exposure to have the things that keep us from living a life to Christ “removed”.  The table of exposure is that place where a believer allows the Lord to place them on the path to discipleship.

The table is the beginning of the healing process.  The thing about healing is that before you can be healed you must be broken.  It is the process of brokenness that we often attempt to avoid.  However, in order to experience healing we must be broken.  In order to experience a break through we must be broken through and through.

Being broken is not something enjoyable because it always leaves scars.  Every surgery leaves scars.  Every place of exposure ultimately leaves memorable and often visible scars.

As we lay upon the table of exposure we realize that something is going to be “cut out” of us.  We should remember that no matter how many “surgeries” we must endure, and no matter how many things get “cut out” of us we are never left with being less of who are but less of who we were and more of who we are.

The table of exposure is the beginning of the healing process.  We must experience brokenness to be healed.  On this table we must, as singer DeWayne Woods declared, let go and let God.  Our victorious life is connected to those things that die from within us along the way — those things the Lord will “cut out”.

Scars are evidence that you have allowed yourself to be vulnerable, exposed and cut.  More importantly though, scars are the evidence that healing is real.