For the past few days, I’ve been searching for a new topic, I didn’t feel quite ready to continue on in Genesis, but knew I had to be on the look out for a topic to write about.
I came across it this evening in the pub, I feel as a student all of my thinking “should” be done either in a pub, the library or heaven forbid… a lecture theater!
I had an excellent discussion with a few friends in the pub (don’t worry I’ve had plenty time to sober up!), and when walking home with two different friends, who weren’t in the original group I asked the same question –
What do you think of women being Church Leaders?
To clarify, not women leading the within a church, but being the head honcho – the Lead Pastor, or Senior minister, what ever your terminology – within a church and the Church how would you feel if the buck stopped with a woman?
I think we agreed to some extent that it was non-issue, and Leadership in Churches (and anything else really) has to be decided on a case… The three of us agreed presented with a man and a woman both going for the same task, you shouldn’t pick the woman because she’s a woman, or the man because he’s a man. The important thing is determining who is best suited to the roll, and in a church environment if that person is called to be the leader of that church. Read the rest of this entry »
As many of you know I have a poor attention span, as you can no doubt tell by the lack of attention paid to my “regular” blog posts!
While struggling not to fall asleep in the evening meeting at camp (kids are exhausting) I flicked passed Romans something into Colossians, Chapter 2, and my eye was drawn to the first paragraph on the page, which was vs 20
New Living Translation (NLT)
20 You have died with Christ, and he has set you free from the spiritual powers of this world. So why do you keep on following the rules of the world, such as, 21 “Don’t handle! Don’t taste! Don’t touch!”? 22 Such rules are mere human teachings about things that deteriorate as we use them. 23 These rules may seem wise because they require strong devotion, pious self-denial, and severe bodily discipline. But they provide no help in conquering a person’s evil desires.
I read this verse and it totally summed up a lot of how I feel about the old testament law. So I remembered the passage (a little more awake now) listened through to the rest of the talk (catching up with Romans) and enjoyed some interesting conversation about deserving the Grace of God.
But the verse came back to me later on during the leaders supper, and it just spoke to me so much I knew I had to write about it!
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I’d love to tell you how busy I’ve been in the last few weeks, but that would require me to have actually been exceptionally busy. Big changes have been I’m now a regular gym go-er rather than an irregular one (regularity and consistency are not in my list of qualities unfortunately). I reorganised my bedroom so that my desk is now tidy enough to use, my furniture is now arranged so that there is room in my room. (A brief note on my desk, it’s clean tidy and ready to use, although I’m not actually using it, despite the fact it is trying to lure me over to it’s smooth wooden surface…)
I have now relocated to the desk. It’s awesome. Read the rest of this entry »
This blog post was originally going to be about worship, and pinning it down and explaining a bit of Christian jargon. I went from worship to what not to worship, and idols leapt to mind.
Going from idols and worship I thought “Blogs should be relevant”, I was on to worship idols and the 21st century. Much procrastination and several sleepless hours later I’ve decided that worship, in a Christian context, is easy enough to define.
a. The reverent love and devotion accorded a deity, an idol, or a sacred object.
b. The ceremonies, prayers, or other religious forms by which this love is expressed.
2. Ardent devotion; adoration.
v. wor·shiped or wor·shipped, wor·ship·ing or wor·ship·ping, wor·ships
1. To honor and love as a deity.
2. To regard with ardent or adoring esteem or devotion.
Now, when you apply that to a Christian worshipping God that can happen practically in several ways. I think the most common is praying, maybe not the first that leaps to mind, but it’s the second meaning of the noun worship “prayers by which this love [of God] is expressed” and the second would be by singing, the songs usually talk about how wonderful God is, or something wonderful He has done for us. Although the easiest explanation I’ve found was on wiki answers Q) How do Christians worship? A) They follow their heart and follow the moves of the holy spirit Christians believe there is no specific way to worship Jesus Christ!
Which is to say the highest form of worship is striving to be like the object you worship. Copying is the highest form of flattery… you can think it through yourselves.
That’s the veg and potatoes out of the way, onto the meat of the blog.
Idolatry is a common theme in the old testament, by which I mean every problem in the old testament is either directly because of idolatry, or because of God losing patience with the idol-worshippers and them suffering the consequences of ignoring God.