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“Pop” Goes the Nursery:

There is a phenomenon in America that has happened so rapidly that most Americans haven’t even have time to think it over. Three astounding things about this phenomenon: the movement is led by children,the children it’s taking in it’s wake are our little girls (some 40+ year old women are also among this group), and the thing they’re being fed is a romance and sensuality that stirs a seeking an fulfillment for things not yet righteously attainable (or apparently never achieved in the older crowd).

One of the main children in the spotlight at the moment leading this phenomenon is Justin Bieber. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2011 in Culture, Parenthood

 

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Growing Up and Out of the Independent Baptist Movement By Pastor Shayne Jr.

I realize I don’t post things over the weekend, but this is just too powerful not to share. I have mentioned on here (more than some would care to count) the things that discourage me about the Independent Fundamental Baptist (IB) movement and why I am not a part of it any more. This was written by a pastor who has had his own exodus out of the IB movement and give reasons as well as cautions. It’s full of humor, humility, and just plain helpful; without any hatred, hostility, or holier than thou attitudes – any post or current fundamentalist will notice and appreciate the alliteration.

I have copy and pasted his article in full, with his permission, as well as included a link to the the church website for those who wish to know more.

May God use this mightily!

And without further adieu…..

Growing Up and Out of the Independent Baptist Movement

By Pastor Shayne Jr.

From Agnostics, Taoist-Buddhists, Metropolitan (gay and lesbian), neo-hippies, church drop-outs, and druggies… to Presbyterian, Reformed, Salvation Army, Pentecostal, and Southern Baptist, the people who have left the denomination of my youth, including myself, now run the gamut of lifestyles, worldviews, and beliefs. I can place names—which use to grace the roll of an Independent Baptist Church—beside every belief system mentioned above; a person who formerly (if not gladly) called themselves a member of, or congregant in a Fundamental, KJV-only, Independent Baptist Church—aka “Independent Baptism”, which I will now abbreviate as IB.

The question is: was there something about the now-declining IB movement which caused such a mass exodus; a turning away from that religious system of our past? As a Pastor who now fits comfortably into the Reformed tradition—after a couple years of teenage rebellion, followed by many adult years spent rethinking and evaluating world religions and the whole Christian “thing”— I can tell you that those who have moved away from IB no longer resemble the movement even faintly. Such personal transformation is only seen where the individuals in question consciously make an effort to redefine themselves. In other words, none of us just fell into another way of life and/or thinking after leaving the IB; we reinvented ourselves so as not to look anything like our former IB selves… some maybe even running too far in the other direction (which describes me in my teenage years).

Personally, I now distance myself from the movement, having found biblical, logical, historical, and spiritual reasons to reject the once-tolerated and/or accepted wacky nuances, un-Christlike dispositions, and false doctrines/dogmas of the movement in which I grew up, including: Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 29, 2011 in Church, Legalism

 

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Three Religious Jewish Groups of the Intertestamental Period – Compared and Contrasted


I’m enjoying my intertestamental studies as I work through a course on the New Testament. Here is an essay I would like to share and get your thoughts on. i’ve already submitted it, so no worries on thinking I’m cheating on my classwork! LOL!  I was amazed at how I saw bits of myself, past or present, somewhere in each of these groups.

The question answered was: “Compare and contrast the beliefs of the Pharisees, Sadducees, and Essenes.  Describe which parts of these groups’ beliefs with which you agree and disagree, stating your reasons accordingly.  Which party controlled the Temple and was apparently on the best terms with the Romans?”

Below is my reply. Be sure to tell me what you think as, at this point, all criticism is constructive in my book. Thanks!

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The Pharisees, Sadduscees, and Essenes, represent three camps of religious thought within intertestamental Judaism. I will briefly compare their theologies noting their contradictions to each other, note the influence each held and the end they met, as well as comment on some of the views in each group that I personally find agreeable or disagreeable and why. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 28, 2011 in Church History

 

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Questioning Church – CHURCH & “t”RADITION

The first of about eleven questions that were put to me concerning the church (or rather the way we do church) in America.

So, what do you think?

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2011 in Church, Church History

 

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TIOC 1:4

That Easy Credence is not to be Given to Words

 

It is not good, truly, to believe ever word or impression that comes; they ought to be pondered and considered advisedly and leisurely, so that Almighty God might not be offended through our fickleness. But alas, for sorrow, we are so frail that we quickly believe evil of others sooner than good. Nevertheless, perfect men are not so ready to give credence, for they well know that the frailty of man is more prone to evil than to good, and that he is very unstable in words. It is great wisdom, therefore, not to be hasty in our feeds, not to trust much in our own wits, not readily to believe every tale, no to show straightway to others all that we hear or believe.

Always take counsel of a wise man, and desire to be instructed and governed by others rather than to follow you own ingenuity. A good life makes a man wise toward God and instructs him in many things a sinful man will never feel or know. The more humble a man is in himself and the more obedient he is to God, the more wise and peaceful will he be in everything he will have to do.

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2011 in Imitation Tuesdays

 

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Confessions – I’ve been living a lie

The past 24 hours have brought much thought concerning my time. In Life Group (which is essentially a contemporary name for Sunday School), we are going through a curriculum called “kingdom Challenge”. We are in the middle of discussing our time and how we spend it. God came down heavy on me in the class this past Sunday. The questions of do we really believe our time is God’s and do we really believe our time is short kept haunting me through the entire discussion time. I knew that I had given lip service in the affirmative to both of those questions, yet have been living a lie. The illustration that kept coming to mind was how I use to be with my time when I was in my “workout” phase.

I would plan everything around my workout. I would make sure I would eat certain foods at certain times. I read articles to make sure I chose the most effective exercises, for the most effective line-up, and the most effective reps. I even constantly checked my progress. See, I knew my time in the gym was short and I wanted to utilize every second of it to squeeze the maximum amount of benefit I could from my never-long-enough hour. I would go to sleep preparing myself to get up and go in the morning. I had the routine down to formula, even had my clothes laid out and/or packed so I could shower and head directly into work allowing me a few more minutes of weight time. All this budgeting of my time was essential so as to not waste any and get the maximum results on the shortest amount of time.

 

But when it came to God’s kingdom, I haven’t been planning like that. I was the spiritual equivalent of walking into the gym with no plan, and no real point other than try to do some sort of exercise. People who walk around the gym with that attitude don’t build muscle or lose weight, they just waste time , become even more overweight, and look foolish. This is what I saw happening to me and my family. We have been letting time pass us buy. Sure were were at church, and we said we wanted to give God glory in what we did; but there was no plan on exactly HOW we intended to do that. I have not been seeing my time as short, nor the importance of using it to accomplish the goal my Master has given me. I shamefully realized that I had given more thought to shaping my body than I had in serving the Messiah and furthering His kingdom.

 

Humbling and sobering. May God continue to teach me to number my days, and truly live them by the truth that they are all His anyway.

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2011 in Christian Life

 

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Interracial Marriage:

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2011 in Christian Life, Family

 

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