Showing posts from November, 2011

Male and Female: Whose Church Is It, Anyway?

The discussion so far: 1) In the Beginning
2) A Suitable Helper 3) Partners in Sin 4) Women in the Old Testament, part 1
5) Women in the Old Testament, part 2 6) Creation 2.0 7) Rockstar Women of the Early Church 8) Was Paul Sexist? 9) 99 Problems, the church in Corinth 10) Eve vs. Artemis .......
Full disclosure - I am Church of Christ born and bred. I went through the entire program. I was born to faithful, active parents. We were at church every time the doors were open. I went to private Church of Christ schools from 1st grade through college (Jackson Christian School, Columbia Academy, and Harding University). I have worked as a full time youth minster and worship leader in two different Churches of Christ over the past 8 1/2 years.

I can totally relate to Paul in Philippians 3 when he is listing off his resume. Oh you want to talk religious cred? How bout them apples? Paul says he was a “Hebrew of Hebrews.” Well, I guess that would make me… CoC of CoC. Paul’s point in saying all that was…

Psalm 63

O God, how awesome it is to call you
My God!
Though I have you, I want more
Though you are mine already, I will pursue you
Even to the ends of the earth
My soul is parched
My body aches
As I wander through this spiritual wasteland
And only you can satisfy
I have a disease and the only cure is not more cowbell
It's more you.

I have witnessed your presence in my worship
I have seen your power and glory at work around me
And I long to see it again
Nothing but praise will pour from my lips
Because your amazing, unfailing, all-consuming love
Is better than life itself!
You've got me for life
To you alone will I give praise
To you alone will I lift my hands
Because you are all I need
You satisfy my soul more than a Thanksgiving turkey or a Christmas ham
I will sing to you at the top of my lungs
And I don't care who hears

I lay awake at night and can't shut my brain off
Because you are all I think about
You alone are my helper, my guide, and my protector
Even under the shadow…

Be a Man, Son

I've been reading through the story of David. His life is an amazing testament of what kind of great feats men can accomplish under God's power. And as a man, it got me thinking about what it really means to be a Man of God.

One of my favorite side sections in the story of David comes at the end of 2 Samuel where we are introduced to David's "Mighty Men." Leonidas has nothing on these guys.
Josheb-Basshebeth (leader of "The Three") killed 800 men with his spear.
Eleazar (one of the three) stood his ground when all the other soldiers retreated. He slaughtered the Philistines until his hand froze to the handle of his sword.
Shammah (the last of the three) took a stand against the Philistines in the middle of a field!
On one occasion, the Philistine armies occupied the city of Bethlehem - David's boyhood home. While David and his armies were stationed several miles outside Bethlehem, David started feeling nostalgic. Almost dreaming out loud, David said…