Tag Archives: Grace

In Which We Must Work Together (Or The Email I Sent To Courtney Reissig)

A couple of days ago Courtney Reissig reviewed Jesus Feminist over at The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood blog. This is a conservative, Complementarian blog. So, much of what was said didn’t really surprise me. There were a few things that I felt should be addressed, and as the comment section is closed on their blog I resorted to emailed Courtney the moment after I read her review.
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Overflow Ministry

I had the amazing privilege of being at the Right Now conference last week. It was a bit like drinking water from a fire hose, but it was very good. I’m definitely still processing most of it, but one of the things that stuck with me came from one of the Q&A sessions. I honestly don’t remember the question, or even the answer, but the disclaimer of sorts that Amy Teel gave before she answered the question hit me hard. She said something to the effect of “I answer not in the Spirit, but in my giftedness.”
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Dirty Hands

So, I’ve “officially” been dating my amazing girlfriend for a week now. It’s been absolutely brilliant, as well as the two months of getting to know each other prior to making things Facebook official and opening ourselves up to all the Likes, Comments, and questions. My former home group leader and his wife had a baby within the past few days and they told me to bring my girlfriend when I came to visit them. So, naturally I was excited about all of that, but then I realized that my girlfriend and I would most likely meet up at my place. Meaning she would see my place for the first time. That’s when I did what any man who had been single for a year would do: Panic, and then clean everything.
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Words

God’s given me a gift with words. Not just with writing. But he’s given me the ability to communicate, and to respond quickly. He’s given me my favorite love language: sarcasm. He’s also given me an appreciation for how words affect people. For how words affect the Church. So as much as I am grateful for this gift, I must be careful lest it become my curse.
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When Christianity is Frustrating

I love God. I love the Church. I love the gospel. I love truth and talking and debating about truth with my friends. And I believe that absolute, objective truth exists, regardless of whether we’re able to understand it all the time. Truth is truth, and there isn’t a relative version of truth. A claim or belief is either true, or it isn’t. There are certainly matters that Scripture leaves to the conscience of the believer, and that is the objective truth for those issues. Yet, the more I’m involved with blogging and with social media the more I see how discussing these concepts is done poorly. I can’t judge the hearts of men, yet sometimes Christians can come across as the most graceless of people.
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