You Probably Shouldn’t Lead Worship Anymore If…

Purgatorio has done it again…check it out
HERE

my Favorite was…

28. The older folks in your congregation ask for more “traditional” church music;

they’re thinking

you’re thinking

One Holy Plasma


Riddleblog has reported that a local church is giving away a plasma tv for its grand re-opening…
think I will hold out for the car give away when they are bought out by another church chain…..
You can read about it HERE

Who Loves Microsoft?

So wordpress just added youtube support so i figure i would take advantage of this…

Steve Ballmer

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McLaren Responds

For those keeping up with the Brian McLaren and Mark Driscoll discussion on homosexuality, McLaren has provided a response to the firestorm of comments. You can read his response HERE

Susan Disston on Beth Moore

For those interested in Beth Moore, Susan Disston has written a summary on her teaching over at Modern Reformation. You can read it HERE.

Not content with the unbelief and defeatism of Christians around her,
she decides to buck the trend and find a Christianity that works. Her
premise in the book is that the “primary reason God left us on earth
after our salvation was for our Christianity to ‘succeed’ right here on
this turf.”

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Yeah THAT Matthew Smith

So I got an email saying I received a new comment on my blog from a Matthew Smith. So since that is a common name I didn’t think too much about it…but upon reading the comment I realized that it was THE Matthew Smith that is apart of the Indelible grace series. So what did he have to say?

Sandra McCracken has a site where you can listen to her new hymns record (The Builder And The Architect), and read her thoughts on each hymn. Pretty amazing stuff. http://www.igracemusic.com/sandrahymns

Now, to the normal eye this seems like just a plug for the new Sandra McCracken Cd (which by the way is friggin awesome..pick it up now!!). But, I see it that Mr. Smith has taken time to read at least one post on my blog!!! So, for that let me say “Thank You!!”..not only for the post, but for sparking an intrest in hymns that I never had before I found the igrace series.

Matthew Smith also has a cd out called “Even When My Heart is Breaking” which is a 5 song ep…
you can hear sound clips HERE and purchase it HERE

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Gaither and Friends


I know that alot of my friends like Bill Gaither and the tons of videos he puts out (same content just different packaging in my opinion), but this news floored me today. Slice of Laodicea had an article with Bill gaither openly supporting a lesbian artist. The biggest shocker (to me at least) is that fact that this artist wrote a song that I have heart thousands of time "For those tears I died". You can read the article HERE.

Here is the letter that Marsha sent Bill Gaither after the concert that night…

I am
absolutely committed to preaching Jesus Christ and Him crucified,
that this is the power of God to salvation. We have testimonies, an
altar call and prayer time at every concert. When I share with them
what you said from stage on New Year's Eve (and if you have a tape
of that night I would give my high A-flat for a copy!), the reactions
are profound. Dozens of people have said things like, "Wow, I
had put away all my favorite gospel music so long ago, because every
time I played it I knew they would all consign me to hell. Now I can
listen to my Gaither songs again because he thinks I have a place
at the foot of the cross, " or "I can't believe I can walk
into a Bible bookstore now and purchase a CD by someone who actually
wants me to have one," or "I went right out and bought all
the Homecoming videos that I wouldn't let myself buy before, now that
I know they don't hate me." Those are real words from hungry
hearts. In the 100 or so concerts I have done so far this year, I
have not once heard anyone say, "Gosh, I'm so glad to hear that
Bill Gaither says it's okay that I am gay." They do not want
your approval of their sexuality, they want Jesus. The same Jesus
that you offer to so many tens of thousands. The same Jesus that you
offered so long ago to me.
I know that being in ministry in this fallen world is not an easy
thing. The admonition to be "wise as serpents but gentle as doves"
falls heavily on that first half, especially for people like you who
carry enormous responsibility in the Body of Christ. ANYthing that
causes reputations to distract from the Message can give the enemy
a foothold. But I also know that we serve a Savior who brazenly let
everyone see a woman they all knew as sinful, wash His feet with her
tears and dry them with her hair. Truly walking in the Light is a
narrow path indeed and it seems to me that you do it with great grace.

I like
Mark Lowry's take on the old saying. He says, "What if we said
'Love the sinner, hate MY OWN sin?' Wouldn't that be a good thought?"
We all spend such an inordinate amount of time mote-plucking. Figuring
out EXACTLY which sin to hate, who's doing it and precisely how we "should"
react to it. Wouldn't it be great if we spent that much time and energy
looking into our own hearts and bringing our own failures and wounds
to the throne for healing?

Obviously, I disagree with those who believe homosexuality is a sin.
But it's such a small point of doctrine to divide us all so horrendously.
Like all Christians, I am often called to give a reason, an answer for
the hope that is within me. I am sure that you know the very small handful
of Scriptures that you and I would disagree on. But try reading Acts
10. When God came to Peter on the rooftop with a vision to eat unclean
food, Peter had Scripture to stand on when he said No. (Actually, he
said, "No, Lord." Now there's an oxymoron for you!) He also
had Scripture to stand on to decline the spirit of God's vision for
him, which was to preach to the Gentiles. He wasn't supposed to eat
those foods, he wasn't supposed to go into the home of a Gentile. The
Bible said so. But God did not debate the Scriptures with Peter. God
didn't say, "Let me get you a better translation of that Hebrew
word..let me get you a more ancient manuscript." God said, "What
I have called clean, you may not call unclean." And still, the
apostles who went to preach to the Gentiles at Cornelius' house had
no intention of really letting these people into the church. It wasn't
until the Holy Spirit fell on the group and they began to have the gifts
of the Spirit, that the apostles finally said, "I guess we have
to baptize them and let them in."

That's
where I aspire to be. Letting the Holy Spirit fall on me, use me, work
through me. Hopefully letting my light so shine that others will see
it and glorify God who is at work in me.

Thank you for your work on this website. I hope it brings all of us
closer to one another and more at one in Christ.

Yours in Christ's Service…still!
Marsha Stevens

One line to think about while you read this article…


Obviously, I disagree with those who believe homosexuality is a sin.
But it's such a small point of doctrine to divide us all so horrendously.

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