Plumbline Faith

Simple Faith, Simple Virtue, Simple Church

Simple Love — September 2, 2018

Simple Love

Being an adult means fully bearing the cost, and the consequences, of our own choices.

Unfortunately, many parents today don’t let that happen …

While wondering why their “grown” kids are then such failures at life.

Tragically, I frequently see this as I go into our local jail, mostly among twenty-something white boys from middle class families.

Even more tragically, the parents often continued – out of guilt – to enable their immaturity even when they get out.

It never turns out well.

Do them a favor:

Let ’em fail!

Stop enabling them and let them begin to experience the full, unmitigated consequences of their choices …

Even if it means they go homeless and end up destitute until they begin making mature decisions and start to grow up.

As a local church elder involved in discipleship, I’ve actually helped facilitate this with several young men over the years who came to Christ in the jail …

But still carried a sense of entitlement when they got out.

Although being allowed to become homeless and destitute was a great shock to them – and they would initially stumbled badly – in the long run it always turned out to be the best thing for them.

Some of those young men are now the most mature, strong and stable men in our fellowships.

Tough love may be the best love you can give.

Simple Love — September 1, 2018
Simple Truth — August 31, 2018
Simple Discipleship — August 30, 2018
Simple Truth — August 29, 2018
Simple Truth — August 28, 2018

Simple Truth

Misplaced Loyalties:

Getting more upset about abuse, lies and cover-up being exposed in your beloved “church” and its leaders …

Than about the impact of that abuse on the victims.

God will not hold you blameless.

Simple Faith — August 27, 2018
Simple Church — August 26, 2018

Simple Church

Don’t be bashful.

If someone insists on publicly telling everyone how to do church or be the church – whether organic, missional, traditional or whatever …

You can publicly ask why they are not part of one.


Simple Truth — August 25, 2018
Simple Truth — August 24, 2018
Simple Church — August 23, 2018
Simple Faith — August 22, 2018

Simple Faith

If we’re not about redemption, then what hope do any of us have?

This is my passion.

This is my cause.

But it ain’t neat, and it ain’t tiddy. It’s raw and sometimes ugly …

Because if Jesus doesn’t work for the worse of us, then He works for none of us.

Simple Faith — August 21, 2018
Simple Church — August 20, 2018

Simple Church

On Sunday, many will go hear their pastor and be part of his congregation.

In contrast, we gather as participatory congregations that include elders …

Without being distracted by those solo or monologue “pastor” things others do.

Interestingly, New Testament churches did fine without them also.

Simple Faith — August 19, 2018
Simple Church — August 18, 2018
Simple Truth — August 17, 2018
Simple Love — August 16, 2018

Simple Love

Guys in jail ask me how to find a good church when they get out.

I tell them that if they visit on Sunday and no one ever invites them home to share friendship and a meal after a couple of weeks, move on …

It’s just a meeting, not a church.

Simple Virtue — August 15, 2018
Simple Church — August 14, 2018
Simple Church — August 13, 2018
Simple Faith — August 12, 2018
Simple Truth — August 11, 2018
Simple Faith — August 10, 2018
Simple Truth — August 9, 2018