"When you begin to think outside the box, you often become some other "leaders" lousy follower. That usually costs something" (Andy Rayner)

"Our guardian angels are bored." (Mike Foster)

It's where I feel I'm at these days. “In the second half of life, it is good just to be a part of the general dance. We do not have to stand out, make defining moves, or be better than anyone else on the dance floor. Life is more participatory than assertive, and there is no need for strong or further self-definition” (Falling Upward. Richard Rohr.120).

Monday, March 30, 2015

Oh What We Learn From The Despised Ones

Yes..... Oh what we learn from the despised ones...... "Those at the edge of any system and those excluded from any system ironically and invariably hold the secret for the conversion and wholeness of that very group....
Only as the People of God receive the stranger, the sinner, and the immigrant, those who don’t play our game our way, do we discover not only the hidden, feared, and hated parts of our own souls, but the fullness of Jesus himself. We need them for our own conversion." (Richard Rohr)

Sunday, March 29, 2015

16 Years Ago, I Died in West Africa,

"Searching for someone to miss me." (Paul Theroux)

This letter, written on March 20th, 1999, was handed to me today..... The letter was found in my my wife's late mother's things, who passed  in 2011.A letter containing the story about the day Lynn and I died in Côte D'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), West Africa.

The Agni told me that according to their wisdom and proverbs I will now have a long life, as a result of my death....

I had almost forgotten we died.... But we did, and I should have known.

"The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated." - Mark Twain

 

Hello Folks

Life just gets more and more interesting these days in Africa. It seems like we are having many unsuspected surprises the last few months before we head to Canada.....

I have a funny story to tell you. I Died! Yep!

I have been mourned for, cried over. stuck in the ground.

I bit the biscuit ~ pushing daises!

Kicked the bucket.

It happened last Monday, in case you missed the announcement.

When I got home from Abidjan after the four days the boys were in the hospital, there was a live chicken left wait for me at my place. Jean Luc dropped it off. When he was out to Adjame and Abongoua (150km) on Sunday they were all crying and wailing (Africa!). On Monday they got news that Lynn and I had been killed in a car accident, so they were going off the deep end.

When they saw Jean Luc arrive, they just assumed that he was sent to give the official  announcement. But he was not saying anything at all. He could not tell what was up; some people were wailing. but they would not say what was wrong. (Here with the Agni and Attie it is rude to come right out and speak the name of someone who died. They just kind of hang around waiting the receive the announcement.)

Anyway, one of the "Atties" finally could not handle it, and asked what happened to Andy & Lynn. Jean Luc said, "What are you talking about?"

They said a man had come from Adzope on monday and said there was a bad accident near Adzope. Two white people were killed in the accident, and he said one of them was the missionary and his wife. They said it was Andy - The Big guy (I assume they are talking about my muscles, and not my gut?) The news had gone from Yakasse all over the bush, all the way to the southern Agni and Attie people near M' basso. Jean Luc told them that Jean Claude ate with me on Tuesday, and that we were alive Thursday when he saw me. So if the news came Monday it is not true; after Thursday, I don't know.

Anyway, they sent a chicken with Jean Luc in and said, "If Andy is still alive, he has to eat it for his health, and come and tell them he is ok."

Sooooo, I was suppose to be in Ebilassokro. but Damon will go there alone..... I must go to Adjame and Abongua Sunday morning in my resurrected form, to prove I still exist. Isn't that a hoot? Well, not- it is kind of sad really. I feel bad for the people down there. The good news is I did not die - Knock on wood! Bad news the people were pretty shaken. Good news is I know someone will miss me when I am gone.

Be sure there will be African rumors now. I will be a "revenon" for a few weeks — a Returning One. Some people will be scared to death when they see me arrive tomorrow, or driving by all those Villages who had the announcement made. It will be an interesting day tomorrow- But I also have been lined up with an Agni parable now. In the rare cases like this ~ when a man was believed to have died for so long, but is still alive - It is a sign he will live along life ‘

Anyway, Jean Luc and Jean Claude were over for FUTU and peanut sauce with hot peppers and smoked fish last night. We all had a good laugh over it.

Keep praying for the work here, as well as the workers, national or western. We sure have our ups and downs. Funny times, and sad times. Discouragements and Encouragements . But we are never defeated!

Andy


But I have to say.... I am still searching for someone to miss me.... But my hopes are set too high...


When Walking Is Betrayed by Destinations

"But the beauty is in the walking -- we are betrayed by destinations."
(Gwyn Thomas)

"Now shall I walk or shall I ride?
'Ride,' Pleasure said;
'Walk,' Joy replied.'
(W.H. Davies)

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Oh The Places You Will Go....

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose."
Dr Seuss, Oh, The Places You'll Go!

Abolishing The Laity....

"We don't seek to abolish the idea of clergy, we want to abolish the idea of laity." 
(Christopher Dather)

Scoundrel Men and Women Are The Best Church Planters

I'm trained in theology, missology up the wazoo. God has made it clear to me that what we view as our style of leadership in the west is not needed to advance the church. After working in pulpit ministry, and four pioneer works in French sub Sahara West Africa... The mass people movements taking place have many united characteristics (With asian people movements as well). The most interesting, and humbling, is that every one of them spread apart from theological school trained people or in association with theological institutions. 

In Mongola the Gospel was spread by young chtistian school girls. On weekends and school vacations one girls family would invite another friend home. And the young girl would tell their other friend the bible stories while they played. Not a planned thing. It just gappens, right.

The adults over heard them tell the stoies and listened in the yurt too. how do you get away in a yurt:-) By this the Gospel spread in a formerly inpenitrable region to foreign lead mission activity.

There is no talk about APEST gifts or leadership in these circles.

Old women, of no apparent leadership attributes have planted more churchs than I have. I've come to believe (shoved down my throat) no gift qualifies or disqualifies anyone from loving others, sharing Jesus, or from church planting. Church planting is the result of sowing Jesus....

We turned over a new work of eighteen communities of believers to a mission agency, and moved to start another new work.  The agency sent five mission families in... and the expansion of comminites stopped instantly. Four years later the westerners asked me to come back and do something, anything, to get mission and church planting to begin again. I spent 30 days in the bush with the local men and listened and listened some more. Did the same after that with the westerners... they were very critical of one farmer.
Finally,  I asked the five families how many church communities they started here. "None", they said.
"How many communities have you started anywhere in your life?", none they said.
I said, well, that farmer you are criticizing has brought the gosoel to nine villages. With no pay, no salary, no expense money, no bible college training, and he did it without your fancy training programs designed to teach him, and the others how it's done. (Same for every community. No western money was used for salaries, positions, constructing church buildings etc.) I share his story, and how this farmer has more gospel living and church forming experience in his pinky fingernail, right now, than all five western families will ever have in a lifetime, combined. So why don't we get out of the peoples way.

The uneducated rural farmers were defaulting to the educated imporant people, as they always do in those cultures. The farmers were submitting to all of the westerners meetings, classes, and training programs.. but for four years the advancement of the Gospel slowed to a trickle.  not one new community
Anyway, the five mission family team agreed to step back. So we went back to the bush, and all of the villages met. Within thirty days a new community sprung up, and by three months there were four new Jesus communities.

One of the worst men I know, he is an unusually large man among his ethnic group. He is brash, a big village bully, drinks a lot, and screws around with dozens of other women, sired children, gave his actual wife a STD because of it.  He and I locked horns many times. We loved, and hated each other at the same time, at various times. But coming from a fisherman family i'm used to brash burley men. 

He is not a leader, as he does not qualify in character. But the gospel is in his village because of him, and spread to four others because of him. Sometimes, I've seen him do it when visiting him,  telling other men the stories in a drunken stupor over too much palm wine that fermented a little too long. You can't kick him out of the local church, as church discipline, because he rarely attends one because of his life. You can't tell him, or make him stop talking about Jesus, because he sees the church men as brothers, not authority... who can deny a man the right to talk?

So he keeps talking about Jesus.... and the church spread where ever he goes, but he never leads the new groups, and is rarely part of them...
APEST, who's authority he's under, leadership traits, rights or qualifications were never discussions in these circles. We were unable to stop him from sharing Jesus, even though, as we would point out, he was "unqualified"

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Irresponsible Adventure?

Last line changes perspectives. .. does it not?

"I am 41 years old, and I’ve worked since getting out of college as a computer programmer. I’m in decent shape for a person who’s been holed up in an office for so long. I’m married and have three little girls. Our fifteenth wedding anniversary will pass in my absence. Nothing is wrong with my life. My family is outstanding. I have what most people would consider to be a decent job. I’m not unhappy, and I’m not hiking to escape from anything. My life is precariously normal. I’ve been told that taking this trip at this time in my life is irresponsible, a charge I won’t contest. Maybe doing it later in life would make more sense. But my father had bypass surgery and my mom is fighting cancer. My opinion of “later”is jaded.
I’m headed for Maine.
(David Miller. AWOL On The Appalachian Trail)

Is Church a Meeting?

There are so many problems with a question like, “Is Church Attendance Mandatory?” Why is church about attendance at all. It’s a family not a meeting and there are many ways to assembling with others in our hearts is far more important than sitting in a meeting together.  (Wayne Jacobsen)

Needing Different Things, At Different Times.

"I've met people in the last year or two who have stopped going to their local church because people have started singing new songs and dancing in the aisles. And I've met others who have started going for precisely the same reason. It's time to give ourselves a shake--to recognize that different people need different kinds of help at different stages of their lives--and get on with it.” ― N.T. Wright, Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense

I Possess In My Hands.... A Book.....

In the same way many Christians--whole generations of them, sometimes entire denominations--have in their possession a book which will do a thousand things not only in and for them but through them in the world. And they use it to sustain only three or four things they already do.” ― N.T. WrightSimply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense

Friday, March 20, 2015

Can I Be Cured?

"Do you know a cure for me?"
"Why yes," he said, "I know a cure for everything. Salt water.”
"Salt water?" l asked him.
"Yes," he said, "in one way or the other. Sweat, or tears, or the salt sea."

(Karen Christence Dinesen)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

21 Mistakes l Made As A Senior Pastor:

21 Mistakes l Made As A Senior Pastor:

Putting church over community.
Putting orthodoxy over love.
Putting certainty over wonder.
Putting teaching over conversation.
Putting polished over real.
Putting answers over questions.
Putting membership over friendship.
Putting Christianity over Christ.
Putting knowledge over action.
Putting style over substance.
Putting appearance over authenticity.
Putting functionality over beauty.
Putting religion over spirituality.
Putting numbers over faces.
Putting holiness over humanity.
Putting accountability over acceptance.
Putting heaven over earth.
Putting reputation over risk.
Putting charisma over compassion.
Putting the Afterlife over the Herelife.
Putting thinking over feeling.

- Jim Palmer

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Thorny Beliefs

"Jesus said you must deny yourself to embrace Truth. This is letting go of your insistence that the spiritual path be a certain way, and that it uphold your comfort and preferences. The Truth will challenge your most deeply held ideas. You must set aside all the things you think you know, and be willing to start from a place of not knowing. Count on this being thorny. You are vested in what you know, and have built your life around your beliefs."
(Jim Palmer. Notes From Over The Edge)

Truth...... My Way..... !

Interesting statement..... 

"The reason why so few find the Truth is because we impose our conditions and preferences upon it. We insist the Truth must look a certain way, including the path we take to get to it." 
(Jim Palmer. Notes From Over The Edge)

We Have a Serious "Yeah, But", Problem.

"You have a “Yeah, but ”problem. You say you want to know the truth but you have conditions....."
Yeah, I want to know the Truth…
BUT it must nicely fit into, complement or be consistent with certain beliefs and understandings I never plan on giving up, BUT it must not put me at odds with my family, friends, or faith tradition,
BUT it must be something I can figure out in, with, and through my mind,
BUT it must produce the outcomes I want on my terms."
(Jim Palmer. Notes From Over The Edge)

Saturday, March 14, 2015

When Our Vision Permits Us To Run Over Others

Wow... what a story.... too focused on a goal when we disregard human life, value, and worth all to achieve our objectives.....

I see it in celebrity church leaders too.

"On May 16, 2006, David Sharp lay with his life in danger at twenty-nine thousand feet in the infamous “Zone of Death”on Mount Everest. It isn’t clear what ailed Sharp. Some say he had used all his oxygen, while others say he was suffering from standard altitude sickness. As Sharp lay fighting for his life it is said that no less than forty-two people passed by him. Many of those forty-two passed by twice—on the way up and down. What was their response? In most cases they did nothing. One of those who passed by Sharp was Mark Inglis, a forty-sevenyear-old New Zealander. Inglis had already lost both legs to frostbite on Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. Now he was gaining national attention for his attempt to summit Mount Everest with two prostheses. Interviewed about the episode, Inglis said, “We talked for quite a while and it was a very hard decision.”They radioed down to their expedition leader who said the situation sounded hopeless. With that, they did what everybody else did. They left Sharp to die. This incident stirred an international debate about outdoor and mountaineering ethics. Edmund Hilary, the legendary New Zealander who was the first person ever to summit Mount Everest was outraged. “The people just want to get to the top,”Hilary fumed. “They don’t give a damn about anybody else. I think it was the responsibility of every human on that mountain to try to save his life, even if that means they don’t get to the top of the mountain.""
(Bill Walker. SkyWalker: Close Encounters On The Appalachian Trail)

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Can We Shut Up?

"To listen is very hard, because it asks of us so much interior stability that we no longer need to prove ourselves by speeches, arguments, statements, or declarations. True listeners no longer have an inner need to make their presence known."
(Henri Nouwen )

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

A Finely Tunes Bull-Shit Meter For Church

Jonathan Merritt:  "You say that the way to stop the exodus of millennials from churches isn’t cosmetic–better music, sleeker logos, more relevant programming, etc. Why are these methods ineffective in your mind?"

Rachel Evans: These aren’t inherently bad strategies and some churches would be wise to employ them. But many church leaders make the mistake of thinking millennials are shallow consumers who are leaving church because they aren’t being entertained. I think our reasons for leaving church are more complicated, more related to social changes and deep questions of faith than worship style or image.

If you try to woo us back with skinny jeans and coffee shops, it may actually backfire. Millennials have finely-tuned B.S. meters that can detect when someone’s just trying to sell us something.  We’re not looking for a hipper Christianity. We’re looking for a truer Christianity. Like every generation before and after, we’re looking for Jesus—the same Jesus who can be found in the places he’s always been: in bread, in wine, in baptism, in the Word, in suffering, in community, and among the least of these. No fog machines required."

Link

A Second Reformation Is Hitting The Church

"I think the change we’re seeing around us might one day be viewed on the same level as what happened to the church after Constantine’s conversion or after the invention of the printing press. Whatever the change looks like when it’s done, it will register as a seismic shift from what we’ve known." (Carey Nieuwhof)

Taming Your Theology

"And do not fall into the temptation to paint over them, to perfume them, to adjust them a bit and tame them, ..." (Pope Francis)

Mercy Is Larger Than An Attitude

"Mercy is not just a pastoral attitude but it is the very same substance of the Gospel of Jesus." - Pope Francis

When Theologians Tame the Mystery

"Without mercy our theology, our law, our pastoral care runs the risk of collapse into bureaucratic pettiness or ideology, which of itself wants to tame the mystery," (Pope Francis)

Sunday, March 8, 2015

A People Pleaser Identity

“For as long as you can remember, you have been a pleaser, depending on others to give you an identity. But now you are being asked to let go of all these self-made props and trust that God is enough for you” (Henri Nouwen)

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Killing Time....Injuring Eternity

"As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Have Stood Up And Lived Before You Sat Down To Write?

"How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.”
(Henry David Thoreau)

Confounded House Keeping

"There is nothing more admirable than when two people who see eye to eye keep house as man and wife, confounding their enemies and delighting their friends."

(Homer, The Odyssey)

Monday, March 2, 2015

Does Africa Have A Song of Me?

"If I know a song of Africa, of the giraffe and the African new moon lying on her back, of the plows in the fields and the sweaty faces of the coffee pickers, does Africa know a song of me? Will the air over the plain quiver with a color that I have had on, or the children invent a game in which my name is, or the full moon throw a shadow over the gravel of the drive that was like me, or will the eagles of the Ngong Hills look out for me?"
(Karen Blixen)

Different Silences....?

"There are all kinds of silences and each of them means a different thing. There is the silence that comes with morning in a forest, and this is different from the silence of a sleeping city. There is silence after a rainstorm, and before a rainstorm, and these are not the same. There is the silence of emptiness, the silence of fear, the silence of doubt....
This kind of silence can speak. Its voice may be melancholy, but it is not always so... Whatever the mood or the circumstance, the essence of its quality may linger in the silence that follows."
(Beryl Markham, West with the Night)

Friday, February 27, 2015

The Church Is The Fruit Of Something Else

"Jesus’church is not a human creation. Rather, it is the fruit of the relationships of those who are part of a new creation—the redeemed race of humanity that relates to him as the Head."
(Finding Church. Wayne Jacobsen)

The Church Can't Help But Be The Church

"Anyone who beats with God’s heart yearns to engage this family. Granted, you may not have seen that reality in the groups you have been part of in the past, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t exist. This community is growing to trust him and the way he works, and they are learning the simple joy of living in the Father’s affection and sharing it with others. You’ll find it where people lay down their lives for each other, where they don’t fight to be first or thought more spiritual, and where they would rather be defrauded than push for their own way. As they relate together under his leading, this church is the most exciting, functional family ever!"
(Finding Church. Wayne Jacobsen)

THEY LEFT THE CHURCH! No - They Left Your Congregation.

"I know what they mean, but the language still jars me: “They left the church.”Or, “I left the church ten years ago.”Since they have continued to passionately follow Jesus, I want to correct them. You may have left your congregation, but how did you leave the church? Do you think you can belong to him and not be part of his family? It’s one of the tragic consequences of using the term to describe the myriad of religious institutions that dot our landscape instead of the tapestry of his people Jesus is weaving together." (Finding Church.  Wayne Jacobsen)

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Refusing Control And Being Controlled.

"Alert to the manipulations and machinations of Pharisaical self-righteousness, ragamuffins refuse to surrender control of their lives to rules and regulations. They see that the stale religiosity of legalists, trapped in the fatal narcissism of spiritual perfectionism, obscures the face of the God of Jesus. They will not barter their souls for the false security of fear-filled pieties that cripple the human spirit. The motto on the New Hampshire license plate, “Live free or die,”is the ragamuffin motto."
(Ruthless Trust. Brennan Manning)

Never Grew Tired Of Jesus

"ALWAYS AND EVERYWHERE the overriding issue for the ragamuffin rabble is the person of Jesus Christ.

Who and what are the ragamuffins? The unsung assembly of saved sinners who are little in their own sight, conscious of their brokenness and powerlessness before God, and who cast themselves on his Mercy. Startled by the extravagant love of God, they do not require success, fame, wealth, or power to validate their worth. Their spirit transcends all distinctions between the powerful and powerless, educated and illiterate, billionaires and bag ladies, high-tech geeks and low-tech nerds, males and females, the circus and the sanctuary."
(Ruthless Trust. Brennan Manning)

Wisest Spiritual Advice EVER!

“Be it hereby enacted: That every three years all people shall forget whatever they have learned about Jesus, and begin the study all over again.”

(Robert M. Brown:)

Reformers As Christian Buthchers

Let’s return for a moment to The Brothers Karamazov, which hurls a tremendous accusation against the Catholic Church. On innumerable occasions it has sinned against the freedom of the children of God, “but to be honest the accusation does not stand only against the Catholic Church. Or were not heretics and witches burnt at the stake in Calvin’s and Luther’s Churches too, and were not opponents fought with violence instead of compelled by love. Does not everything of which the Catholic Church is accused in the way of lack of freedom, arbitrariness, authoritarianism, and totalitarianism, exist in other shapes and forms, more or less disguised, among the Christians of other confessions, and indeed often more in small sects than in large churches?”
(Brennan Manning. The Ragamuffin Gospel)

The Alure Of Sensuality

"There’s something here, my dear boy, that you don’t understand yet. A man will fall in love with some beauty, with a woman’s body, or even with a part of a woman’s body (a sensualist can understand that), and he’ll abandon his own children for her, sell his father and mother, and his country, Russia, too. If he’s honest, he’ll steal; if he’s humane, he’ll murder; if he’s faithful, he’ll deceive."
(Brothers Karamazov.  Fyodor Dostoyevsky)

Monday, February 23, 2015

The Desperately Empty Church

"I believe that once a person truly experiences the conscious, manifest presence of God, he will lose interest in everything else in this world. No longer will the cheap choruses satisfy. The flood of entertainment that has swamped the Church will leave him with a desperately empty feeling inside. And the cult of personality, which has gripped the Church these days, will no longer draw his admiration. All those things he once reveled in no longer interest him. He has discovered something far greater in God’s presence."

-- A.W. Tozer "Experiencing the Presence of God"

Living Like Polished Marbles?

"Most people are on the world, not in it -- have no conscious sympathy or relationship to anything about them -- undiffused, separate, and rigidly alone like marbles of polished stone, touching but separate."

- John of the Mountains: The Unpublished Journals of John Muir, (1938), page 320

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Luther Was Arrogant....

the last paragraph is arrogantly amazing.....

"As most Christians know, one of Luther’s primary doctrines is that we’re saved by faith alone. Yet, the Scriptures never explicitly make that statement. So Luther arrogantly took it upon himself to insert the word “alone”into the Bible. In the Epistle to the Romans, Paul wrote: “Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law”(Rom. 3:28). Luther wasn’t satisfied with that statement, so he changed it to say “a man is justified by faith alone, apart from the deeds of the law.”When the Catholics called his hand on this, Luther refused to admit that he had overstepped the proper boundaries. Instead, he arrogantly brushed his critics aside in a public letter:    If your papist wishes to make a great fuss about the word “alone”(sola), say this to him: “Doctor Martin Luther will have it so, and he says that a papist and an ass are the same thing!”I will it. I command it. My will is reason enough! For we are not going to become students and followers of the papists. Rather we will become their judge and master. We, too, are going to be proud and brag with these blockheads. And just as St. Paul brags against his madly raving saints, I will brag over these asses of mine! They are doctors? Me too. They are scholars? I am as well. They are philosophers? And I. They are dialecticians? I am too. They are lecturers? So am I. They write books? So do I.  I will go even further with my bragging: I can exegete the Psalms and the Prophets, and they cannot. I can translate, and they cannot. I can read Holy Scriptures, and they cannot. I can pray, they cannot. Coming down to their level, I can do their dialectics and philosophy better than all of them put together. Plus I know that not one of them understands Aristotle. If, in fact, any one of them can correctly understand one part or chapter of Aristotle, I will eat my hat!  No, I am not overdoing it, for I have been educated in and have practiced their discipline since my childhood. I recognize how broad and deep it is. They, likewise, know that I can do everything they can do. Yet they handle me as though I were a stranger to their studies! These incurable fellows! As if I had just arrived this morning and had never seen or heard what they know and teach. How they so brilliantly parade around with their knowledge, teaching me what I graduated beyond twenty years ago! To all their shouting and screaming I join the harlot in singing: “I have known for seven years that horseshoe nails are iron.” So this can be the answer to your first question. Please do not give these asses any other answer to their useless braying about that word sola than simply: “Luther will have it so, and he says that he is a doctor above all the papal doctors.”Let it remain at that. From now on, I will hold them in contempt. In fact, I have already held them in contempt, as long as they are the kind of people that they are—asses, I should say. And there are brazen idiots among them who have never learned their own art of sophistry—like Dr. Schmidt and Snot-Nose, and others like them."

(Will The Theologians Please Sit Down. David Bercot)

Theologian Captivity

 "In the course of His ministry, Jesus destroyed the two methods by which the theologians had held the people in bondage. As we’ve seen, one of those methods was their superior knowledge of the Hebrew language. Did Jesus endorse Hebrew as a holy language, the only language suitable for God’s messages to mankind? Not at all. Instead, the only record we have of His teachings is in Greek. By this, I don’t mean that Jesus necessarily taught in Greek. (Most linguists assume that he taught in Aramaic.) Yet, through the New Testament, His teachings were given to the world in Greek—not Hebrew or Aramaic. Jesus totally bypassed Hebrew. Unlike the theologians, He didn’t train His disciples to read Hebrew so they could read Scripture in its “original language.”In fact, when Jesus’apostles quoted from the Old Testament, they nearly always quoted from the Greek Septuagint, not from the Hebrew versions used by the theologians. Similarly, rather than recognizing the scribes and Pharisees as the “official interpreters of the Law,”Jesus called them “blind guides”who had missed the whole point of the Law. The theologians were constantly perturbed at Jesus because He contradicted their teachings."
(Will The Theologians Please Sit Down. David Bercot)

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Hiking Art

"To equip a pedestrian with shelter, bedding, utensils, food, and other necessities, in a pack so light and small that he can carry it without overstrain, is really a fine art"
(Camping and Woodcraft, Horace Kephart)

Monday, February 16, 2015

Pressure To Appear Christian

The church is notorious in using outside pressure to make a sinner act like a Christian. You can teach almost anybody to do almost anything. Baptize him, confirm him and feed him the Lord’s Supper regularly; instruct him in the faith, and after a while he begins to act like a Christian. He is not a Christian because there is not that inward factor impelling him to righteousness and true holiness. Outside pressure is making him conform and act like a Christian. However, when he is away from that pressure, he reverts to acting like himself— a sinner. His instinct is always toward sin.
A. W. Tozer "Experiencing the Presence of God"

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Where You Are Brought To Tears

“Be aware of the place where you are brought to tears. That’s where I am, and that’s where your treasure is.”
(The Alchemist. Paulo Coelho)

Your Unknown Role In History

"The alchemist said, “No matter what he does, every person on earth plays a central role in the history of the world. And normally he doesn’t know it.”"
(The Alchemist. Paulo Coelho)

The Heart Helps Drunkards and Children

“Does a man’s heart always help him?”the boy asked the alchemist. “Mostly just the hearts of those who are trying to realize their Personal Legends. But they do help children, drunkards, and the elderly, too.”
(The Alchemist. Paulo Coelho)

The Soul Of The World Says

"That night, the boy slept deeply, and, when he awoke, his heart began to tell him things that came from the Soul of the World. It said that all people who are happy have God within them. And that happiness could be found in a grain of sand from the desert, as the alchemist had said. Because a grain of sand is a moment of creation, ..." (The Alchemist. Paulo Coelho)

Affraid Of Suffering

“My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer,” the boy told the alchemist one night as they looked up at the moonless sky.
“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself."
(The Alchemist. Paulo Coelho)

Fearing Your Dream

"People are afraid to pursue their most important dreams, because they feel that they don’t deserve them, or that they’ll be unable to achieve them."
(The Alchemist. Paulo Coelho)

His Heart Is No Longer Ready.

"... his heart had always been ready to tell its story, but lately that wasn’t true."

(The Alchemist. Paulo Coelho)

Learning By Action

“There is only one way to learn,”the alchemist answered. “It’s through action. Everything you need to know you have learned through your journey."
(The Alchemist. Paulo Coelho)