Are You Lost and Out of Step?

Can I share something with you?  Something you can keep to yourself?  Well I’m considering radically changing our house church, and restarting, or rebooting if you will. I’ve heard that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results. So it’s time to make changes.  Since leaving my Charismatic group I’ve accelerated my deconstruction and I think it’s been hard on those that were/are with me.  But there is no turning back for me I’m convinced that what I’ve been taught is incorrect and not reflective of Jesus Christ.

I’m committed to truly knowing Jesus even if it cost me everything.  Part of this journey is letting go of ways that have been ingrained in me as to how church should be, how often, what days. In some ways I feel lost, but in my lostness, in my wilderness, it’s there that I always seem to hear God’s voice. It’s there that I find my way back home.  So embrace the feeling of being lost it’s a good place to be.

Since leaving my Charismatic group I’ve rejected the following:

  • a retributive god
  • all hierarchy (within the body of Christ that views one as higher, better, greater than another)
  • all forms of control
  • all forms of power
  • all forms of manipulation
  • all forms of sin management
  • all forms of legalism
  • all forms of ignorance
  • all forms of success
  • all forms of exclusion

I firmly believe that in the body of Christ we are all equal, and the only great one is Jesus (and he defined greatness by becoming human, powerless, and a servant).  Yes I still believe that those that claim to follow Christ should gather together at the Table of the Lord where every one is equal and to bare each others burdens.  That is what I think church is and should be.

I don’t know where you are at in your journey but know this, where ever you are I’ll always be your friend. For the record Yes I believe that God heals, and that the Holy Spirit moves in our presence, and brings about restoration in our lives. Yes I still believe in the gifts of the Spirit, I have no intentions to abandon my Charismatic roots (although I’ve never been anything like the crazies or extreme, that doesn’t mean that I don’t hold those views).
Please keep me in your prayers as I truly value you and those that dare to come along with me on this Path that I have set.  You are here because you are a seeker, like the wise men looking for the God that will bring peace on earth. We’ve been lead to him, so now lets live like him and continue his work of bringing peace on earth.

May Christ be with you and your family,
Robert

New book on St. Luke

I have a personal interest in the theology of Luke and have been building my library.  I still have many more books that I want to get!

But, I just got in the mail:

“The Theology of St. Luke” by Hans Conzelmann

The book is out of print so I had to purchase a used copy.  I was able to obtain a hard back that is in great condition, no markings whatsoever.  The book cover is very nice, it’s stitch bound and lays flat .  It was printed by Harper & Brothers Publishers, New York and translated by Gefforey Buswell.  It might be a first edition since (English print) all it has is the date of 1960.  It had one owner “Max A. Tudor” who purchased it on 3 August, 1962.

I purchased this book because of what I have read on Luke so far everyone seems to quote him.  So I thought I should read for myself the source from which others have sought fit to quote.

Other books that I want to get in this order are:

  1. Luke the Theologian: Fifty-Five Years of Research (1950-2005)” by Francois Bovon
  2. The Theology of the Gospel of Luke” by Joel B. Green
  3. The Gospel of Luke” (NIGTC) by I. Howard Marshall
  4. “Luke-Acts and New Testament Historiography” by Joel B. Green
  5. The Gospel of Luke” (NICNT) by Joel B. Green
Photos taken with my new HTC Thnderbolt 8 mega pixel camera

Books of the Bible on the iPad

One of the main purposes that I got the iPad was to read books, PDF’s and of course the Bible.   This year I have made it a goal to get back to serious devotional reading, which in recent times always led to research and study.   Which is not bad but it is very distracting, and keeps me from doing any sort of meaningful thought provoking devotional reading.   I have been working really hard every morning to read the Psalms and the Gospels which is working out pretty good.

The other day I came across the “The Books of the Bible” by Zondervan on iBooks which if you are not familiar with gives you a unique way of reading the bible without any distractions.   I read through the book of Epheisans this morning straight through and it was just wonderful.   I now plan to use this as my main method of doing my daily devotional reading.

Here is their brief description:

The Books of The Bible differs from the format of most current Bibles in significant ways:

  • literary forms of the Bible’s books
  • chapter and verse numbers are removed from the text (a chapter-and-verse range is at the bottom of each page)
  • individual books are presented with the literary divisions that their authors have indicated
  • footnotes, section headings and other supplementary materials have been removed from the text (translators’ notes are available at the back of each book)
  • the books of the Bible have been placed in an order that provides more help in understanding, based on literary genre, historical circumstance and theological tradition
  • single books that later translations or tradition divided into two or more books are made whole again (example: Luke-Acts)
  • single-column setting that clearly and naturally presents the
  • You can purchase these from iBooks for .99 cents each and the whole New Testament is broken down into 4 volumes so for $4.00 you can buy the whole New Testament.   I have not found the Old Testament, but that’s ok I still open up my fine leather HCSB bible now and then to read the Psalms.  Anyhow if you happen to own an iPad I highly recommend you give this a try.  You only have to invest .99 cents to give it a try.  Also if you don’t own an iPad you can still purchase the printed version as well.

    Friday’s with Fee

    What’s your passion?  I am passionate about many things in life, my family, photography, and various other things.  But how passionate are we about Christ?

    It does not take much reading of Paul’s letters to recognize that the gospel is the singular passion of his life; that passion is the glue that in particular holds this letter together.  By “the gospel,” especially in Philippians, Paul refers primarily neither to a body of teaching nor to proclamation.  Above all, the gospel has to do with Christ, both his person and his work.  Paul’s Letter to the Philippians p82, Gordon Fee

    Are we too diversified in our passion for life?  Should we strive to have a singular passion?  Or was Paul one of a kind?

    Friday’s with Fee

    1 Thessalonians 5:19-22 Do not put out the Spirit’s fire. 20 Do not treat prophecies with contempt 21 but test them all; hold on to what is good, 22 reject whatever is harmful. TNIV

    In any case, in this our earliest encounter with the ministry of the Spirit in an early Christian community, instead of urging the Thessalonians to “fan into flame” or “earnestly desire” the Spirit and his manifestations among them, as in some later letters, Paul urges them not to quench the Spirit in this regard.  But by “not quenching” or “not despising” neither is he suggesting that anything goes in the name of the Spirit.  They are to “test all things,” holding fast the good and avoiding every evil form, but testing is not to lead to quenching the Spirit or the Spirit’s gifts.

    Gordon Fee, NICNT The First & Second Letters to the Thessalonians p219

    New Books

    I was not expecting these books until Monday, so I was pleasantly surprised when they arrived in the mail today.  These are required reading for my class on Introduction to the Bible.

    Introduction to the Bible by I. Howard Marshall

    • Paperback: 128 pages
    • Publisher: Regent College Publishing (March 1, 2004)
    • This is the main book, and all it’s content is required reading.

    Understanding and Applying the Bible by Robertson McQuilkin

    • Paperback: 336 pages
    • Publisher: Moody Publishers; Rev Sub edition (January 9, 1992)
    • Various chapters are required reading

    Christian Theology by Millard Erickson

    • Hardcover: 1312 pages
    • Publisher: Baker Academic & Brazos Press; 2 edition (August 1, 1998)
    • Various chapters are required reading

    Biblical Interpretation: Past & Present
    by Gerald Bray

    • Paperback: 608 pages
    • Publisher: InterVarsity Press (June 2000)
    • Various chapters are required reading