Feb 26, 2009

New Featured Audio

Check out the song in the far right column. I have a funny feeling you might like it. If you don't, I still do anyway.

This Makes No Sense

This picture to the left is the back of a warranty manual for my cellular phone. In all absurdity and complete irrelevance to the blog and it's purpose, I decided I would share this with you. On this page there is nothing. Absolutely blank. At least, that's what the text printed on it says it's supposed to be. Actually, it's intentionally left blank. The page number, coding, and actual text are only an illusion. The text is an instruction to your brain to consider the page you are looking at as completely blank.

Oh well, I thought it was funny.

Feb 25, 2009

Way of The Master Season III - Premiere

Tonight at 7:00 pm, Comcast channel 18 in Romulus, MI. The first episode of Way of The Master Season III aired. You can watch the series (if your local to the Wayne, Belleville, Taylor, and Romulus communities) every Wednesday at 7:00 pm. If you are tired of Christian fluff and looking for something that expounds upon Biblical principles and seeks to teach the church a need for return to Biblical Evangelism.

Here is a preview,

Feb 22, 2009

Things I Need

I don't often participate in meme's or other satirical type blog postings, but this one was funny, and too good to pass on. Alan at the Assembling of The Church blog has tagged a few friends, and anyone else who is interested in participating. Here are the top 10 needs I have according to Google.

James needs a hat petition - Apparently a large cowboy hat or sombrero is necessary to protect myself from extremely deadly UV rays.

James Needs is actually accredited with directing and editing over 100 films from the 40's through the 70's.

James needs Vista - But I like OS X. Seriously, I don't like Vista very much, but if I need it, well....I must get it.

James needs airline tickets - Yep, to London, so I can return to my office at James Needs & Associates.

James needs your prayers - I will not humor this one a bit, because I can always use all the prayer possible.

James needs an agent - My Rune music production has finally stepped it up a notch, anyone want to represent me?

James needs a bigger share of the vote with Barclay's - I guess I'm big in London. Couldn't quite figure out the hubub with this one.

James needs sleep - Self-portraits on Flickr, and yes, I do need sleep. All the time.

James needs a job - I've been gainfully employed for the past five years consecutively. This comes as news to me. Maybe it's an omen or sign eh?

James needs a hat - Apparently, this is the second time this has popped up withing the list. Someone please buy me a hat.

I am really interested in buying a new hat. Maybe one of those "Newsboy" caps, I always thought they were cool, just never thought I had the "hat head" to pull it off. Either way, I'm not going to tag anyone in particular. But if you wanna participate leave a comment and drop a link to your list.

Feb 21, 2009

I am Not Always Grateful, but I should be....

Php 2:1-11 deserves an extended amount of attention. However, I would like to briefly encourage you to read it, ponder it, and consider it for a moment. It entails a bounty and wealth of great scriptural treasure and understanding. When we humbly inquire into ourselves with the finite understanding of "man" that we have acquired or think we possess, we can see in full actualization through the Lord Jesus what true humility is.

Feb 15, 2009

Yeah But Christian Conversations...

I willingly admit that there are conversations initiated on Christian theology that probably could do well to have never have been had. However, there are many conversations that should take place regarding doctrinal position and understanding. If the affirmation of righteousness and the presence of salvation in a believer's life is present and yet there are doctrinal differences, how then should a conversation on differences take place?

I would venture to say that there is seldom examination of the scriptures in question themselves and often a proclamation of personal opinion in order to refute any claim in difference of opinion. I can honestly state that when I try to converse with other believers, whom I truly believe are in Christ over different doctrinal positions, especially in ecclesiology, that It drives me up the wall when every point you offer up for consideration is refuted by...


Feb 14, 2009

Separation, Fellowship, and a Poor Illustration...

When I was a wee one, I learned a cool trick from my siblings and elder family members that always fascinated me. I will post a video that illustrates my point at the end of the post. Today, I thought that in all my writer's blocked glory, I would make a feeble attempt at illustrating a point. As far off topic of last week's post this might seem, I hope that it remains at least in part, in the same ballpark.

The discussion occurring on several blogs regarding the separation of doctrine, when and where the line should be drawn, and just what types of doctrine are dogmatic enough to create necessary separation. Some links to the blogs and articles in reference are, "A Voice of One Crying Out in Suburbia, The Assembling of The Church." I would say these are excellent posts, and the questions raised are due attention, but the confusion is where in the world do we begin? A short time back I made an attempt to touch on one area I believe to cause separation within a body of professing believers, one that is prevalent in mainstream Christendom if you will. The purpose of the post was to illustrate an elevation of Clergy over Laity, and the difference in stature that is fostered by this kind of separation.

This day, I would just like to touch on the topic of necessary separation that I see as a necessity for Christian fellowship. I won't touch much on personal commentary, but would propose this for consideration.

"Jesus said there would be tare's amongst the wheat, so we should always be ready to evangelize those in our midst, the church should be a mission field too."

And scripture illustrates,

Acts 2:42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.

1Co 1:9 God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

2Co 6:14 Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?

2Co 13:14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

Gal 2:9 and when James and Cephas and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given to me, they gave the right hand of fellowship to Barnabas and me, that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised.

1Jn 1:3 that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.

1Jn 1:6 If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.

1Jn 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

So, enjoy the video. I think it shows simply the reaction we should witness to darkness when it comes into contact with the light of Christian fellowship which is born of the Holy Spirit!

Feb 7, 2009

Hypercritical or Hypocritical Assessment?

Those who esteem the Lords requirements for holiness and righteousness as indicators of truthful and loving Christian fellowship would agree that a lack of fruit indicates little presence of the aforementioned characteristics. Lest we forget to mention that one who affirms such a thing would do well to remember that the insanity personified in the Corinthian church was a poor example of such fruit. So does right fruit and wrong doctrine nullify one or the other?

But in the opening verses of the first Corinthian letter, they are addressed as the church of God at Corinth. Not only are these saints considered the church, they too are given admonition and instruction on correcting their behaviors. So at what point to we elevate our soapbox high enough to be able to separate one believers (or group of) errors from that of another? Do we have the authority or ability to rightly divide the doctrinal discrepancies that tend to splinter Christians into formed factions of militant stature? Just what compromises must be made in order to cultivate a Christian unity that bares a testimony of life changing, life giving, regeneration of the Holy Spirit?