My friends, I’ve been pondering the concepts of the book Building Up One Another by Dr. Gene Getz and must admit, I was having some trouble with some of them. Today’s “one another” is “members of one another”. What does that mean, be members of each other?
“So we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.” Romans 12:5 ESV
Paul used the human body as a metaphor for the church in his first letter to the Corinthian church, chapter 12. Many parts of one body, we all have different talents and abilities and understanding, but work together for the good of the church and for God’s glory. I understood that, but what does it mean to be members of one another? Sure, I understand that my hand is a member of my body, my eyes are members of Continue reading →
Remember the movie, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure? Bill and Ted had no idea that by traveling through time in a phone booth they would be the foundation of a new society. They never realized that the people of that society would strive to hold to the off the cuff advice of Bill and Ted to “Be excellent to each other” and “Party on!” The things we do and say each day that we have no idea the implications of.
Turns out the concept of being excellent to each other is a biblical concept. No, we’re not talking about “finding God in Bill and Ted”, we’re talking about the “one another” commands from the Bible. A few months ago I went to my friend and asked her what she thought the reason for church is. I wrote about some of the churches we attended and some that we’ve Continue reading →
In my previous post I admitted to being a bit of a consumer Christian in the past. In our church shopping I was looking for things like air temperature and music instead of for real meat of the Word and biblical practices. After publishing Signs That Your Church Could Be Shallow I received a little feedback from a church that was just certain I was speaking about them. While I was using some examples from experiences at that church, I wasn’t pointing a finger at any one church. It did get me thinking though, of pointing the finger a bit at myself. So, I took some stock of what I thought made me a consumer Christian and decided to go with the theme of late. Some of my consumer attitudes led us into a few of those shallow churches I experienced.
Photo by Cliff and Tammy Richardson copyright 2012
So, I wrote about signs of a shallow church and promised to write about signs of a healthy church next. I feel so inadequate to say what a healthy church is. I’ve seen glimmers of them. I have an ideal church in my mind, but I’m no expert on church planting or leadership. I’m just an average Christian woman who just recently started studying to figure out what being a part of a church means. I was once a consumer Christian. The air temperature and the volume of the music were two of the things I used to look for in a church. Lately, I think I’m looking for a family atmosphere, where we all belong, where we minister to each other, where the Bible is the first place we stop to make decisions to lead and to be led. Continue reading →
Disclaimer, if you think this blog post is about your church, it’s not. It is stated clearly that it is based on the experience attending several different churches over the last 8 years. It was written as observational, based on those personal experiences along with an understanding of church trends in the US. No church is mentioned here and no church is singled out.
Okay, I admit it, we’ve church shopped in the past. We felt led to leave a really good, biblical and sound denominational church about 8 years ago and we’ve shopped ever since. I’m not even sure why we felt pulled out of that church, except that God has grown us so much since we did leave. I sometimes wonder if He’s going to call us back there someday. They’re close by, they’re still right where we left them, only they too have grown in Christ over the Continue reading →
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The doctor hurried into the exam room where my son, Mac, and I waited. We were late to the appointment, so we understood her hurry. Mac asked me to come along as he met with a new doctor to talk about an ongoing issue with his knees.
The doctor looked at me strangely and then at Mac, sitting on the exam table.
“So, you’re Mackenzie?” she asked him.
“So, it’s a name that goes both ways?”
Mac is pretty used to hearing this from people who encounter his given first name. I still bristle a bit.
“No,” I responded, “It’s not a girl’s name at all.” I explained the Gaelic origins of Mackenzie’s name. The prefix Mac means “son of” so Mac’s name means, “son of a wise leader”
“But all those people who’ve named their daughters Mackenzie?” she questioned.
Things are pretty wild right now. The house is a constant issue, the mold clean up escalates and we need a new bathroom. The allergies caused by the mold have most of us feeling under the weather. A couple of health problems that have long term implications have arisen. Buying health insurance has been a goal, a priority, and now a mandate. The money problems stack up, I wish it were the dollar bills stacking instead. I’ve been looking for a job, but either I can’t be hired because of being out of the work force for 20 years or the job requires more hours than I can comfortably work, or it’s just not the right job for our needs. I sigh as I type this. It is too easy to break under the burden of Continue reading →
Photo by Cliff and Tammy Richardson copyright 2012
I’m realizing that it’s been a while since I’ve written regularly. I know why, I lack mental clarity. I had it once upon a time. I could think in full sentences rather than the jumble of ideas that flit in and out of my consciousness. I could remember phone numbers and how to spell and didn’t have to repeat my grocery list in my mind as I searched for pen and paper to write it down. That was about three or four years ago. I started finding myself feeling distant from my own brain. I found it harder and harder to focus. I’ve nearly given up on reading much, I can’t stay focused enough on it, and writing seems to be the same struggle. I miss mental clarity. I’ve never experienced this before the mold. At least, I assume it’s Continue reading →
To my wonderful email subscribers, I have been doing some site maintenance and you may notice a wave of Speak In Love emails as I republish my individual posts. I apologize for adding to your email in box in this way. I had no idea until I started getting them myself (yes, I subscribe to Speak In Love). I am researching a way to keep this from happening as I go through the remainder of the posts I’ve written over the years.
In the meantime, Friday, August 2nd will be the day to look for my work of fiction Letters From Maple Grove Farm to begin coming to you. I’m republishing each letter, one per week, as I take Aubrey and her sister Leslie on new adventures on Aubrey’s dream farm. Poor Aubrey certainly did get more than she bargained for when her husband surprised her with a farm for her fortieth Continue reading →