Plumbline Faith

Simple Faith, Simple Virtue, Simple Church

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 evil to give you closure on some injustice.

Instead, fully express the hurts and wrongs you suffered to the Lord …

Then forgive and release your need for justice to Him.

Not to excuse evil …

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 likewise exceed me in some aspect of their own abilities and perspectives. 

Likewise, no church, fellowship 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 — May 9, 2017

Simple Truth

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

Wanting instead only His comfort and affirmation.

Is it any wonder then that those who define God’s attributes by their own limitations …

Lose 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? None. 

I’ve asked this hundreds of times, not just of men trying to put their lives back together after jail, but also of those living in the woods and 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 religious social clubs for cookie-cutter “believers” rather than real Christian communities. 

How tragic.

In the meantime, our house remains a place of hospitality and friendship to all, and our lives remain 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
Simple Truth — May 3, 2017
Simple Virtue — May 2, 2017

Simple Virtue

Jesus: 

“Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter.”

“Christian” Existentialists: 

We are neither left nor right, and don’t want to offend, because Christ is All (about our sensibilities).

Simple Church — May 1, 2017

Simple Church

The New Testament says God distributes different gifts and functions among us to advance His Kingdom …

By ministering to one another and an expectant world.

Today, we use those gifts and functions to advance our own kingdoms …

By creating titles, hierarchies and “ministries” over one another before a disgusted world.

Simple Discipleship — April 30, 2017
Simple Faith — April 29, 2017
Simple Faith — April 28, 2017

Simple Faith

I tire of all the “new things”, hip new labels and conference extravaganzas – peddled through the latest amazing book, ministry, “revelation” or program.

Just go and do what Jesus commands, as He calls you to do it. 

When you do, it will look different in different people, cultures and places.

“Missional”, “Christocentric”, “Neo-Evangelical”, “Eternal Purpose”, and even “Organic” …

Once they brand God and His will with some new label and convince everyone to hop on board …

It’s likely already so saddled with egos and extraneous agendas​ that it’s veared off track.

Discern what’s good and eternal …

And leave the rest behind.

Simple Faith — April 27, 2017