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 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 Faith — July 12, 2018

Simple Faith

We are bound by the limits of our fallen nature, which makes us spiritually “dead in our trespasses and sin”.

We are not spiritually sick, but dead.

Free will, therefore, is a myth apart from God’s grace giving us the option to choose Him …

Because a dead man has no choice in and of himself.

Fundamentally, we have no human autonomy or ability to choose anything apart from what God has chosen to delegate and enable.

According to His sovereign will, however, He didn’t want puppets on a string …

So He gave Adam the option to choose sin and death – as He knew he would – by rejecting His rule.

Adam chose foolishly.

Christ, according to His eternal plan …

Then defeated sin and death through the Cross to give us the option to choose righteousness and life – as He wills – by submitting to His rule.

This is what makes God’s grace so amazing.

Choose wisely.

Simple Faith — July 3, 2018

Simple Faith

The triune God of the Bible is perfectly one and complete in and of Himself.

Unlike Islam and various “Oneness” heresies, however, His complete internal unity also includes internal diversity.

That intrinsic diversity means He can internally relate, love and communicate …

And thus, as He chooses, do so externally as well.

Which explains the main difference between the true God of the Old and New Testament …

And the detached, uncaring and mute “God” of Islam.

Simple Virtue — June 28, 2018
Simple Church — June 27, 2018
Simple Virtue — June 12, 2017
Simple Joy — June 7, 2017
Simple Love — May 26, 2017
Simple Faith — May 21, 2017
Simple Faith — May 13, 2017
Simple Church — May 12, 2017
Simple Love — April 23, 2017

Simple Love

God doesn’t define sin to condemn us …

But to warn us about what harms and destroys.

He does this because He loves us enough to want us to have abundant life.

When we reject that …

We condemn ourselves.

Simple Love — March 15, 2017
Simple Faith — February 21, 2017
Simple Virtue — February 15, 2017

Simple Virtue

My prayer for the next generation:

May you reject the tyranny of “tolerance” without sound morals …

May you affirm true liberty, which is the freedom to pursue virtue …

And may you embrace authentic love, which never forgets that only God’s truth can set one free.

Simple Virtue — February 8, 2017

Simple Virtue

Eating junk food …

Makes no more sense than consuming junk culture.

One corrupts our bodies …

The other our eternal souls.

Yet the answer is not defeat, retreat and isolation.

Let’s learn to be immanent in a world God still loves …

While transcending its perils with what is eternally true, good and beautiful.

Simple Truth — January 2, 2017
Simple Virtue — November 24, 2016

Simple Virtue

Handing out meals across some impersonal divide to “others” whom we deem “less fortunate” …

May have its place.

But not as a substitute …

For opening our homes and sharing meals and life together with “brothers” whom we honor and esteem above ourselves.

Maybe this is why the Kingdom of God advances more through open hospitality …

Than mere charity.

Simple Virtue — November 13, 2016
Simple Love — October 26, 2016
Simple Joy — September 22, 2016

Simple Joy

​Many mornings I wake up grateful.

I get my coffee, watch the sun rise, and think of the blessings God has restored in my life.

Too often we look at what we’ve lost …

And forget to appreciate the wonder of new opportunities, new relationships, and even new purpose and meanings in Christ.

He makes all things new.

Simple Love — September 16, 2016

Simple Love

​”Christians” who interpret Christ and judge His Word by their own notions of love …

Rather than conform their notions of love to Christ as authoritatively revealed in His Word …

Know not Christ nor understand love.

Simple Discipleship — September 13, 2016

Simple Discipleship

​Interpreting another’s situation and culture through the lens of our own situation and culture …

Thwarts mutual esteem and understanding.

That’s true even when it’s done with the best of intentions.

In contrast, the Great Commission requires us to go beyond our own reality and enter into very different realities …

Where people are very different than us.

They may be across the globe, or just down the street.

Few do it.

Nonetheless, Jesus bids us “go” with a fierce love that takes us outside our own limited perspectives.

Only then can we truly embrace “others” as brothers in Him.