The Mark Driscoll controversy: how to criticize each other

In my first book, There is No Gray in Moral Failure, I write about how Pastors are alienated and “pushed out” of the church when they sin.  Believe it or not, they’re human and sin like everyone else.  

There is a 100% chance your Pastor and the congregational member sitting next to you will fail in some way.  Pastor Driscoll, like you and I, need and deserve compassion.  This is not to say that punishment isn’t in order.  What are your thoughts?

The Mark Driscoll controversy: how to criticize each other.

 

US: Atheists Give up on Forcing IRS to Censor Sermons

This issue has been talked about for many years and has been a little tricky to navigate.  Apparently, the waters are a little less muddy now. Thankfully, Atheists give up on forcing IRS to censor sermons.

As church leaders, we are charged with “equipping Christians for ministry” in service for God.  Regrettably, there are times when politicians misrepresents the effect of their policies. Conversely, we strive to inform you, from a biblical standpoint, on how those policies and cultural issues collectively affect us.

Please remember that your church leaders are trying to help you develop a Christian worldview on all the issues you deal with.  We become more Christ-like as we view things from His perspective rather than what conventional society says is acceptable.  It’s obvious our Christian worldviews will, at times, class with today’s worldviews.  The issue has never been to “vote Democratic or Republican.”  It’s been an issue of how to vote on things from your Christian values.

Continue pressing on to the prize of the high calling of our Lord and Savior.

Yves

 

 

No One Knows When!

I’m not endorsing the movie.  I’m posting this to remind us that we desperately need to remind people that they need God.  God has placed us in our respective situations to help share His word.  Perhaps a movie like this one will help in starting more conversations.

Blessings

Yves

On Behalf of Christians (An Apology)

Elder Yves Johnson:

This is a good article. However, please remember there is a difference between judging and condemning. We can not and should not run from our responsibilities to live a Godly life. The Apostle Paul encourages us to also admonish our fellow Christians to encourage them to leave their sinful ways. In short, if I tell you that you shouldn’t steal, this isn’t the same as judging. I’ve encountered some well-meaning Christian who say the bible doesn’t tell us to do such a thing. We need each other for strength and encouragement.

Originally posted on Thought Catalog:

In today’s society, being a Christian or being associated with Christianity can have a negative connotation. I have been a Christian for fourteen years. Most people who aren’t Christians don’t have a problem with Jesus Christ, but rather with the people who deem themselves Christians. Gandhi said, “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” And unfortunately, this is a completely true statement. There’s only one explanation for this: people are imperfect. We misrepresent, we are flawed, and we make mistakes. Here are a few things for which I’m sorry.

I’m sorry for every time a Christian has judged you or looked down upon you.

I’m sorry for times that we have been hypocritical—preaching one thing and doing another.

I’m sorry for shoving our religion down your throat.

I’m sorry for picking and choosing which parts of the Bible…

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8 Things Christians Should Be Known For

Elder Yves Johnson:

A good quick read. What are your thoughts?

Originally posted on Thought Catalog:

It seems that today’s Christians are more known by what they are against than for. And although there are plenty of things God has called us to turn our backs to, I strongly believe our holy anthem should be chorused by what we are for.

1. Love. (1 John 4:8)

Love is an intrinsic value for anyone who calls themselves a Christ follower. In reality, I don’t believe that anyone can truly call themselves a Bible believing Christian and not showcase the act of love. No matter the circumstance, offering a helping hand of love is what sets us apart from the rest of the world. God loves us, even when we don’t reflect the same image in return. We owe it to others by offering them this same reality.

2. Grace. (Ephesians 4:32)

The Grace of God has covered a multitude of sins, and the sacrifice made on the cross…

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Controversial ‘Preachers of L.A.’ Reality Show Given Second Season

LOS ANGELES — In spite of widespread controversy, the second season of a reality show spotlighting the lavish lifestyles of six Los Angeles megachurch ministers …

Source: christiannews.net

I hope people do not think this is how we really act.  I realize I can only “say” how I’d act if I were in their position.  I pray I would strive to live Godly and represent Him correctly.  I do not think shows like this portray Christianity in a positive light.  It seems to give the naysayers more ammunition to criticize our lifestyle and our Lord.

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