A “Heretic’s Apologetic”—Not an Apology!


Curiosity  got the better of a friend who said, “I like your blog. You seem to be well-grounded in Scripture (she must mean My Other Other Blog).  But…why do you call yourself a ‘heretic’?”

Off the cuff, “It’s a JOKE.”  Serious answer—it’s really NOT a joke.

I’ve spent my entire life living in the Bible Belt.  A lot of folks here will actually tell you, “You’re going to go to hell if you don’t go to church!” To their mind, it seems, you can have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and be knowledgeable about Scripture, but if you don’t “belong to” or “go to” a “church-as-they-know-it”, you’re going to hell. In the Bible Belt, if you don’t “go to church”—in some cases that means every time the door opens—you risk being branded a “backslider”.  I commit “heresy” by challenging their traditional view of church-as-they-know-it.
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Setting Sail for Deeper Waters


“I believe we are leaving the day of the ordained and ushering in the day of the ordinary. It is a time when common Christians will do uncommon deeds because God delights in using weak and foolish things to shame the world. Do not settle for a lesser life. If you start on this journey and set sail for deeper waters, you will come under attack. You will join the ranks of those that the enemy cannot ignore, and he will fight against you with unfair tactics.” __Neil Cole (Organic Church)

Last week, as I wrote about the prophets of the Old Testament and proceeded to look at the role prophets play in the church, an old memory floated to the surface of my mind. In my youth, I heard an older relative make a remark about a gentleman in our community whose passion for the things of God was well known. This gentleman—we’ll call him Sam—sought every opportunity to worship and serve, even opening his home on Saturday nights for “cottage prayer meetings”.  He was constantly exhorting and encouraging people to seek revival. When someone commented to my relative about Sam’s fervent belief in the Lord’s soon return , she shook her head and answered, “I love Sam to death, and he’s a fine man! But now, I just don’t believe in human prophets!”
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That They May All Be One


 “I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word;  that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me”  John 17: 20-21 NASB

Saturday I wrote of our need to come together in love as we seek the Kingdom. While abiding in Christ, we continue on the assumption doctrines and teachings which are clearly false must be opposed. We can certainly agree in Christ that heresy is not to be tolerated. Disputes arise over sound doctrine when His people insist on haggling over which doctrine takes precedence over another. Should any “doctrine” become a wedge between those who are in Him? [Read more…]

Wake Up! Let’s Work on The Puzzle!


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“For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.”  __ 1 Corinthians 13:12 NASB (the words of Paul, “a sent one” of Jesus Christ to the believers in Corinth.)

Someone out there manipulated my life before I ever selected my cell phone! The hireling genius who programmed the software for the alarm clock feature in my device determined eight minutes between “digital Reveille” and the tonal termination of “snooze” to be the ideal interval for indulging procrastination.

This morning, as is often the case, the second intrusion of techno-melody found me rising from semi-consciousness with one profound—or so I thought—perfectly framed thought. One essential sentence! The next thought may have been my undoing: That’s it! That’s the next thing I’m going to write about!  [Read more…]

How Do You Like The Ring Our Father Gave You?


It’s Friday! Someday, the Lord may direct us to revisit the unpleasant topic of performance-based religion (legalism). From where I’m standing in the Kingdom today, I feel a change in the wind. I’ll be writing next time about Jesus—the One with whom we have a relationship!  Let’s conclude our examination of religion-versus-relationship and prepare ourselves to see new blessings flow as we remain hidden in Christ, our source of life! [Read more…]

Suggested Uses?


Yesterday, I had one of those odd moments. If you’re old enough to have had one, you’ll understand. I had purchased a new package of clothespins, torn it open and dumped the contents into the clothespin bag. Later, I noticed the empty plastic wrapper on the kitchen counter and snatched it up. On my way to the trash can, I took note of the print on the back of the package. “Suggested Uses”, it read. That phrase, “suggested uses” was vertically sandwiched neatly between the brand logo and a…list.

And that’s when the “odd moment” struck with comical force. My inner child howled with hilarity in the face of middle-aged irony. [Read more…]

It’s Time to Make the devil Unhappy!


I contemplated splitting today’s article into two parts, but I’m hoping to wrap this series up on Friday!  It’s really time to put the topic of performance-based religion away and focus all the attention on the One with Whom we have a relationship.  So, please bear with me…or skip it and come back in a few days. But please don’t forget: performance-based religion kills relationship and makes the devil extremely happy!

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But…It’s on My “To DO List”!


Is it already Wednesday? It still feels like Monday to me. I haven’t lost my determination to step on the toes of performance-based religion. In fact, I’m now determined to stamp it out! I will wear steel-toed boots myself and let Him direct my feet anywhere and everywhere the weeds of legalism threaten to spoil the joy of the harvest! And you can too, starting now, by eliminating one of the items on the “spiritual to do list” you may have picked up since you “invited Jesus into” your life. [Read more…]

That “To Do List” Was Surely Out to Kill Me!


Performance-based religion (legalism) is one of the most dangerous things a new believer will ever encounter. Some are born straight into it–led there by the very person who shows them the “Romans Road” and leads them in the “Sinners Prayer”. Christ has set me free from it, and I hope exposing it for what it is will set you free, too! He really does want you to understand what it means to be a free-born child of the Kingdom instead of a slave! [Read more…]

Stepping on the Toes of Performance-based Religion


Maybe you had your toes stepped on in church yesterday. Maybe you walked out of the service feeling great because lately you’ve been “doing OK” with the points the preacher covered in his sermon—at least better than certain other people. [Read more…]