Plumbline Faith

Simple Faith, Simple Virtue, Simple Church

Simple Church — November 3, 2015

Simple Church

Church “leadership” and “ministry” are not about organizational charts with titles and positions.

That has more to do with advantage, hierarchy and control …

Than humbly serving with our diverse gifts as co-heirs in Christ through mutual honor as we submit one to another.

The former comes from the world of secular corporations.

The latter, from the heart of God.

Simple Faith — June 24, 2017
Simple Church — June 20, 2017
Simple Love — May 26, 2017
Simple Church — May 25, 2017
Simple Truth — May 24, 2017
Simple Virtue — May 23, 2017
Simple Truth — May 22, 2017
Simple Faith — May 21, 2017
Simple Virtue — May 20, 2017

Simple Virtue

Seldom will evil fess up to its own culpability …

Which is why it is unrealistic to expect closure from an evildoer on an injustice they caused.

Instead, find closure by fully expressing to the Lord the hurts and wrongs your heart still carries …

Then forgive and release your need for justice to Him.

Not to excuse the evil or those who did it …

But to acknowledge the wrong, find freedom and move on.

Simple Faith — May 19, 2017
Simple Church — May 18, 2017
Simple Discipleship — May 17, 2017
Simple Faith — May 16, 2017

Simple Faith

I may have an ability or perspective that you lack. 

But I have yet to meet anyone – and I mean anyone – who does not also exceed me in some aspect of their own abilities and perspectives. 

Likewise, no church, ministry or movement will be healthy if it pulls into itself or thinks itself beyond everyone else.

This is true also with our different sub-cultures, theological “tribes”, and the often unexamined presumptions and sensibilities of our own community of like-minded friends.

Unity in diversity through humility, not uniformity through hierarchy, is God’s intent among those who love Him and heed His Word.

Simple Discipleship — May 15, 2017
Simple Discipleship — May 14, 2017
Simple Faith — May 13, 2017
Simple Church — May 12, 2017
Simple Truth — May 11, 2017
Simple Truth — May 10, 2017

Simple Truth

Any utopian ideology, agenda or movement always starts with lofty ideals that ignore human nature and God’s sovereignty.

As its zealots inevitability fail to create their perfect society and transform human nature, however, frustration sets in and they begin to rationalize coercive means to achieve their goals …

Which is why they always end up, if left unchecked, creating tyranny instead. 

Simple Truth — May 9, 2017

Simple Truth

Christianity in Western cultures has lost sight of God’s fierceness …

Wanting instead only His comfort and affirmation.

By defining God’s attributes by our own standards, however …

We’ve lost the ability to be effective salt and light to not just to individuals but to whole societies and nations.

Simple Discipleship — May 8, 2017

Simple Discipleship

I routinely ask men I mentored in the jail, who give their lives to the Lord there, why it’s so hard for them to become part of a church when they get out. 

I then follow up by asking whether, after being released, they were ever invited into someone’s home for a meal and fellowship from any church they visited. 

The answer? Never.

I’ve asked this hundreds of times, not just of men trying to put their lives back together after jail, but also of others living in the woods or in homeless shelters.

The answer is always the same.

In twenty years, I’ve seen no exceptions.

We all love arms-length “ministries” and “programs” that make us feel good about helping “those people”, so long as it’s not too close and personal.

I guess most “churches” are look-alike religious social clubs for cookie-cutter “believers” rather than real Christian communities. 

How tragic.

In the meantime, our house remains a place of hospitality, friendship and fellowship …

And our lives continue to be enriched beyond measure because of it.

Simple Church — May 7, 2017
Simple Faith — May 6, 2017
Simple Faith — May 5, 2017
Simple Joy — May 4, 2017