Don’t remember the prior things;
don’t ponder ancient history.
Look! I’m doing a new thing;
now it sprouts up; don’t you recognize it?
I’m making a way in the desert,
paths in the wilderness. (Isaiah 43:18-19, Common English Bible)
Welcome to the debut of “5 for Friday.” Fridays I plan to bring five things that have crossed my path during week I find interesting, important, entertaining, funny, etc. Faith will have a role. Being a Christian pastor is part of who I am so faith be present.
My writing will be about books, magazines, newspapers, online, etc. Things I have seen on television or movies, things I saw at the store, or conversations I’ve had (with permission my conversation partner).
I look forward to “5 for Friday.” A little more about this in a few minutes.
Before the idea for 5 for Friday, I read two blogs I want to bring here. Now I can’t find them, I don’t remember the writer or anything else except my thoughts as I read.
1) One post was on 40 reasons he was not religious (his words). I expected another post how I’m spiritual but not religious post. They are interesting even if I don’t agree.
The blogger did list about 10 things he thought important about religion. These are far more comforting of others. He doesn’t need them.
I will only talk about one of his forty points. It isn’t that I agree with the other 39, I don’t, but as I said, I read this and can’t find it so, “Improv.”
[I paraphrase] The creation story \contained in Genesis isn’t true. God could not create the world in six days or 100,000 years, [Italics mine] I don’t understand how anyone can see creation, and believe it is a giant accident. it’s not logical. In all the universe, two proteins come together and create everything we know? Really? Where did the proteins originate?
In fairness he didn’t talk about the universe’s origins, only that God couldn’t do it. He holds no understanding of an omnipotent God.
2) The second blog’s author was a pastor in what I assume was a type of non-denominational church. He talked about how churches spend money. He referenced statistics that for our purposes we will accept at face value.
His statistics indicated the biggest line item in a church budget is payroll. That wasn’t a surprising. I think it would be true for a businesses budget too. The second biggest by percentage is the building. It shouldn’t surprising to anyone. It takes money to maintain a church.
Because of these line items [paraphrased] To do the work of Jesus it takes money. I won’t argue that with church budgets there isn’t much left for ministry. However, his is not a solution for most Christians. Let me share three passages of Scripture that address eliminating paid staff.
Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching. For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer deserves his wages.” (1 Timothy 5:17-18 English Standard Version)
One who is taught the word must share all good things with the one who teaches. (Galatians 6:6, English Standard Version)
In the same way, the Lord commanded that those who proclaim the gospel should get their living by the gospel. (1 Corinthians 9:14, English Standard Version). There are several more you can read on the Open Bible website.
As for the building , God gave instructions in Exodus to make the Tabernacle. And, God told Solomon to construct the Temple.
He also addressed what he called dues in negative light. I know some in my denomination would agree. Apportionments are something congregations pay begrudgingly. This common giving allows us to do global missions on a scale his model will not allow.
The writer advocates for house churches, meeting in private homes and he, the pastor, does not get paid. It is not Biblical and calls for a Church where everyone fits his mold.
3) The pandemic derailed many things. I think more will come. A blog I didn’t read a third hit was coming this year. Gloom and doom are around us. I am not saying another hit is coming and I’m not addressing it. I am simply setting up this paragraph:”
“I’m convinced that this coronavirus outbreak is possibly the greatest outreach opportunity for the Church worldwide,” writes Dr. Andrew McFabich, a professor of microbiology at the university. “The coronavirus has covered the globe and, thus, brought missions to our own turf. The Church needs to respond to the current situation sensibly and centered around the gospel.”
Most congregations are addressing pandemic needs in some way. Most seek new ways to continue. Last week I had an idea I began researching. When schools reopen in my community I serve, classes will be online only. Many students don’t have. internet except perhaps by phone. \Some don’t have computers. I thought we could build a computer lab.
The local television station reported on “Dragon (the school mascot) Connect.” Churches and businesses will make internet access available and the schools are to provide connection devices. Students come and sitting on our parking lot, access the internet to get assignments or listen to recorded classes.
We are working on it. Send me a comment and share ministry needs you see or how some are meeting the need. I would love to know.
4) Living 30 minutes from my office, I listen to audio books commuting. Yesterday I finished Ted Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking by Chris Anderson, CEO of TED. He shares TED’s story and then teaches on TED speaking specifics.
The book took time to finish but it is worth the time. I commend it to you.
Anderson talked at length about the TED conferences availability. There are traditional TED conferences, TED X, licensed conferences organized by local leaders, Open TED, TED done individually for possible inclusion on the TED website. He also talked about TED Core for students. TED believes public speaking should be a part of core curriculum for all students. TED says public speaking skills will be necessary in the future. So, TED developed a program where students attend one class period per week for 13 weeks to determine a topic, do research, write the talk, rehearse, and perform. At the end of classes students present their talk to an audience and receive a TED certification. If I taught I would work this into my lesson plans.
5) Sometimes I work on improving the blog. The most recent idea was with “5 for Friday”.
Acrostic Poetry came from those thoughts. I enjoyed it but I want it every day. I don’t want to grow bored so I settled on a daily theme.
Miscellaneous Monday – Creative writing, movies and videos of a Christian nature and more. If it doesn’t fit elsewhere, look here.
Traditional Blog Tuesday – I like what I write and I don’t want to lose it. I want to explore new things too.
Wednesdays with the Wesley’s – John and Charles were interesting men. Susanna was interesting too. Each Wednesday we’ll talk about them and their impact on the world and Church.
TED Talk Thursday – I love TED Talks. You can learn from the speaking and the talk. TED covers vast ground in18 minutes. I will share a synopsis of a talk and a link for the talk itself.
Five for Friday – If you have gotten this far, you now have an idea of what I have planned during Five for Friday.
Saturday Sing-a-Long – This isn’t a sing-a-long, perhaps in the future. This is a new name for my Saturday music post.
Sunday Sermon – Each Sunday I post a manuscript copy of my sermon. Then later the video. Both with be part of Sunday Sermon.
That is the plan. As I feel led or the circumstances of the day lead me to make a change, I will.
I hope these changes will bring a new look, web page, and perhaps a new name. Feel free to send me any ideas on that you might have.
I guess that’s it.
Seeking the Genuine,
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