Dr. Michael Brown and his “Truth”

I came upon a guy named Dr. Michael Brown that has a radio show that, I can only assume, is listened to by many people. Therefore, it’s safe to also assume that Dr. Michael Brown has a lot of influence on his listeners. No doubt this is true. What I wanted to do is bring into question a possible point of where theology and doctrine can go down a dark path that seems to be acceptedlineoffire by so many. Here is a quote form Dr. Brown on March 27th, saying…

Dr. Brown’s Bottom Line: If we walk in truth, no matter how much love we have, people will be offended. Take it on the chin, and keep loving them in Jesus!”

I think this is backwards. What’s backwards? What seems to be backwards is that love can only come after truth or that truth is the foundation to everything…even love. I’m saying that this is a belief that could lead many people into a whirlwind of trouble. This can create a fallacy that justifies religious violence against those we have placed on the other side of the religious line. What needs to be stated, in my opinion is,

The Religious Vortex’s Bottom Line: “Truth can only come out of or even exist because of Love. Because if truth comes first, then truth is completely subjective and will be used as a weapon.”

What I am saying is, we should always walk in love and in turn truth will come out of that. Why? Because when we really get honest with ourselves, truth is subjective. Truth is subjective to whatever authority you allow to be placed over you. For example, most people will say truth is whatever their “pastor” says is truth….what they are told every Sunday morning. If you then translate love out of your subjective idea of truth that you gather from another person behind a pulpit, then love can easily be perceived as a weapon to those you are “trying to love with your truth”. Continue reading

Talking to our Kids about the Gospel – Part 2

So we don’t want to be overly religious with our kids…in reality, who does? I think being a fundamentalist is something that creeps up on you and you are in it before you even know it. We have seen it in ourselves…it caused us to be shallow, overly judgmental, and very hurtful in others perception-of-fundamentalismlives. We want to talk to our kids about who Jesus is and the Good News that He came to proclaim, like I mentioned previously, but we don’t want to be dogmatic about any religion when we have these conversations with them. Why? Because being dogmatic will always lead to hurting someone else. A main point in the bringing up of our children is to help them understand the true concept of Love. Love can only be love….it cannot be anything but that. It cannot be two-faced hiding behind an ulterior motive. However, we want love to mean many other things. A lot of times, we want love to be one-sided. We feel love when it bails us out, but buries those hurting us. Or, we think love happens when another person finally believes exactly what we think they need to believe….about anything. As parents, we disagree with this line of thinking and see it as against the definition of Love that Christ showed through his life. What cannot happen is raising a generation that feels the need to draw a line in the sand to say “I’m right and you are wrong”. Then there is no difference than what is shown in the picture I have attached to this post. We cannot teach our children to live in rivalries. We cannot teach them that love can be leveraged or used for personal gain. Nor can we teach them that hurting another person is ever right in the eyes of God. What is right and “truth”, like so many fundamentalists love to say, is……simple put…..Love. May we teach them this. Oh, and I hope to be that myself. Man it’s hard to do.

Talking to our Kids about the Gospel – Part 1

I want to explain the Good News of Jesus Christ to my kids. However, this is a tough one. Why? Because my wife and I are on a journey ourselves that is asking a lot of  questions. Big questions that really fly in the face of what we were taught growing up.no brain At times, we look at each other and ask one another, “what do we even say”? “How do we even say it?” We want to raise our kids well and teach them to be the best they can be, just like every other parent in the world, I hope. We want to talk to them about the God that we know. We want to share how the person of Jesus has molded us and shaped us. However, my wife and I both grew up in very fundamentalist christian environments. These were environments that were very dogmatic with no room to deviate from the core beliefs that were rigorously taught every time the doors were open without being “disciplined” by the members. We have come to the conclusion that we want to have conversations with our kids about Jesus without this dogmatic interpretation by churches that we grew up with. We just want them to know about Jesus and what he did. We want them to Love. We want to leave the dogma in the dust. We want them to learn how to think…to think with compassion for humanity. We don’t want them to look at a verse in the bible to determine what to do or how to love, but to know that love comes from viewing others as more important. We want them to be Real. We want them to be Gentle and Merciful with no violent view of God. We want them to be like Jesus….and leave the religion behind. Man are we in trouble…

The Copycat Church

This is the idea that no church is original, but all churches are mimicking other successful churches that are, in turn, mimicking other churches that have been successful. See thehere pattern? “What? How can this be? My church is amazing!” Famous words from just about everyone that goes and commits to a church. However, the reality is, we do copy other successful churches. Your church is no different than 1000 others out there. Look around. The music is the same, the sermons are the same, the dress is the same. We copy each other so much that Christianity is a very recognizable sub-culture in our day and age. We even have our own language….that many like to joke about called “christianese”. Interestingly enough, none of these qualities that we see on Sunday mornings are used to describe who a follower of Christ is. Love is the only quality. Loving those around you, including your enemies, are the qualities of the Kingdom of God.

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Dying To Control

I just finished reading the book “Dying to Control: The 21st Century Dilemma”, by Leon R. Hayduchok, and I must say, this is a very relevant book in our post-modern (or even post -christian) world that we live in. In fact, you can go to Leon’s website and read a poDyingtocControlimagest on his blog about how he struggles with embracing the term post-modern within christianity today. It’s worth reading for sure. This book brings to light many great points for one to wrestle with in their spiritual journey, but one question emphatically sticks out that needs to be on everyone’s mind. Within the first couple chapters of his book, he makes you realize that God is asking everyone a simple question that may take a lifetime to answer. The question is “Do you trust me?”. What a simple yet profound question coming from the Creator. Do we trust God? Do we even realize that we can trust God? Do we even see God as trust worthy? This is the main theme that Leon addresses in his book and he claims that this one question is key to understanding what really happened in the Garden of Eden between Adam and Eve and with God. It all came down to trust and our ability as human beings to handle it, understand it, and then eventually put it into action. Of course, if you have read the story in Genesis, you may already know the outcome, but Dying to Control: The 21st Century Dilemma”, by Leon R. Hayduchok, has a few very relevant points as we answer whether or not we trust God in our own lives and collectively as a community of believers in the here and now.

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Pro-people or blindly Pro-Israel?

Are you Pro-Israel? Or Pro-Jewish? Or Pro-Palestinian? Or should we be Pro-Anything at all? This is a big deal in the Apocalyptic, Dispensational, Eschatological, Evangelical paradigm these days. Well, it has been for years. Also, those are all big words that if we took the time to research their origin, we would be reading 875 pages on this post. earthSo we won’t do that, but it would be beneficial for you to see and learn the meanings of these words and how they affect religious beliefs in the present day. Take the time to study them if you feel the need. However, the big question…as followers of Christ, do we support Israel, no matter what, because we see the picture of Israel being restored in the bible? I read an article yesterday “Apocalyptic Israel Worship Will Be The Death Of Us All”, and it has made some great points. Are we picking sides purely because some person behind a pulpit says we need to? Are they using some Old Testament verses to make their point? Have they claimed that “God blesses those that bless Israel”? Well, this may be an evangelical stance to control you out of fear of the unknown. It happens in churches all across the world. Continue reading