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Comment on the truth isn’t loving by Brendt

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 14:34:57 +0000

That's OK - my brain does the same thing when I see that date. Thanks for the kudos.

Comment on the truth isn’t loving by Ted Kijeski

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 13:18:40 +0000

. . . and, I now, I placed the timing of 9/11 a decade later -- some historian I am!

Comment on the truth isn’t loving by Ted Kijeski

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 13:17:29 +0000

Amen, brother! And just to think: you published this almost four years ago, on the very eve of our nation's greatest disaster. And now, with ham-fisted Tweets about the Nepal earthquake, it's more relevant than ever. Press on.

Comment on 15 Reasons Why the Worship Wars Will Never End by Brendt

Mon, 29 Dec 2014 15:29:21 +0000

Hi, Amy -- welcome to the funny farm. Here's my USD 0.02 relative to what you said. I've yet to see an argument from *either* side of the worship wars that couldn't be biblically and intellectually dismantled by a 5th grader. Scripture tells us that God gave the believer "the spirit of ... a sound mind", so epic fails of logic like that can have no place in Christianity. You mat have noted (in the Piper article) that I facetiously said, "God is incapable of ...." I purposefully chose to do so, as this is the *true* bottom line of what my intellectual opponents are saying (even though they'd deny it vehemently). The worship wars are the same way. Both sides are saying, "God is incapable of ministering through music style XYZ or delivery means ABC" or whatever. If it wasn't so ridiculous, it'd be hilarious. Paul told the meat-eaters and the non-meat-eaters, "You're both right. And you're both wrong. Now shut up and play nice." I look on music in a similar manner.

Comment on 15 Reasons Why the Worship Wars Will Never End by Amy

Mon, 29 Dec 2014 13:53:07 +0000

Hey Brendt! I didn't know about this (your blog) until I saw some "click bait" you posted on fb re: John Piper....I found myself reading this article because I live with someone who is deeply opinionated about worship and has their own reasons for approval/disapproval of trying to worship within a "body of believers" and sing from his/her heart to a God that he/she knows intimately. Ok, that was a bit of a run-on sentence...anyway, I have endeavored to find an intellectual analysis of this schism in churches that is driven by scripture and study and I have not been successful. I have read many sides and I have my own opinions. I am starting to wonder if because music can speak to our emotions in such a powerful way that there is not a solely intellectual other words, we can all have an opinion, and many of us have strong ones, but can we take a long enough look in the mirror to know the difference between our opinion, our spirit-led convictions, and our love and encouragement of one another while we dwell here before Christ comes again? I guess bottom line is.....can we as believers, find a way to end our worship wars and let this blog be just "click bait?"

Comment on mary, did you know? well, no, not really by Jerry Hillyer

Sun, 14 Dec 2014 04:17:15 +0000

I've never listened to this song, intentionally, in its entirety. I don't know who Pentagramix is, but I have seen a lot of FB friends wetting their pants over their version of the song. But I dig Mary. She carried baby Jesus. Yeah....

Comment on the mister scale by Chris Philbrook

Thu, 06 Nov 2014 19:54:16 +0000

You could not ask for a man of god to be more humble. I am proud to call him my pastor . His guidance has helped me greatly in my walk with the lord

Comment on 15 Reasons Why the Worship Wars Will Never End by Lisa

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:51:36 +0000

Thanks, Brendt, for this article. The former article was almost the last article my husband read before going to bed last night. He was highly annoyed by the post. Thanks for this great rebuttal. My husband will enjoy reading it.

Comment on does God hate sin, but love the sinner? by David Decker

Sat, 05 Apr 2014 10:05:33 +0000

Brendt...Thank you for your very honest reflections on this matter. Having been a Bible student for over fifty years, and a minister and educator for thirty-four of those, many matters about God are, for me, left as part of the ongoing journey of faith. Isaiah 55 says it well, "His ways, his thoughts, are higher than ours..." So does Psalm 139, with the admission, "Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, I cannot attain it." Proverbs 6 declares that there are things that God hates, and one of those - spoken through synecdoche - the "hands that shed innocent blood." It is enough that God tells us to, "abhor that which is evil." So much of this world still, "lies in the sway of the wicked one," (1 John 5) that hating the evil in it, and perhaps the one who has brought all of this to us (Revelation 12), is enough for this soldier's marching orders.

Comment on the mister scale by rick

Tue, 15 Oct 2013 04:33:04 +0000

i've reread this several times now ... thanks for sharing, i like it ...

Comment on theological idolatry by Brent White

Tue, 06 Aug 2013 18:09:50 +0000

I agree with you. It's funny: in my context (pastor of a United Methodist church), I often feel as if I have to defend the doctrine of penal substitution against detractors (mostly in the clergy ranks) who buy into the "cosmic child abuse" idea. I probably come a bit too strong about it, since I realize that penal substitution doesn't tell the whole story of atonement, etc. But it does tell a necessary part of the story. But I can totally see how many Christians err in the other direction—it's just that I don't deal with them. I like "In Christ Alone," but that "wrath of God" line (while true as far as it goes) is poetically inelegant and overly technical. I wish they hadn't been so principled about the proposed change. If you do a search on my blog, I've written at length about penal substitution. I've even blogged about "In Christ Alone." N.T. Wright had some interesting things to say about it.

Comment on how donald wildmon almost stole Christmas by Mum

Thu, 29 Nov 2012 03:47:45 +0000

I don't think MOST people were DEMANDING to hear "Merry Christmas" but, rather were reacting to the store owners, corporate boards, or managers telling their employees they were not allowed to say, "Merry Christmas." Those who boycotted were involved in the same type of pendulum reaction as those who refused to allow the phrase to be spoken. But then the extremes are what always make the news, while the silent majority sit and shake their heads. I guess just like the poor, we will also have "sons of thunder" with us always! In the midst of all this hub-bub, I personally got a kick out of responding back to the "Happy Holidays" greeting with a "Thank you and Merry Christmas to you," and then watch for the smile to light up the waiter or clerk's face with their returned, "Thank you."

Comment on taking my own advice by Mum

Wed, 24 Oct 2012 04:38:24 +0000

Take my word for it that this won't be the last time you may hesitate about a feeling and then regret it. But, eventually you will learn to act immediately and then call the person afterward to ask, "What was happening at 2 o'clock in Saturday?" And you will both be blessed, along with others you brought into it, that God's telecommunication system is soooo far superior to anything man could ever even dream of creating! :) It doesn't merely reach around the world, it engages the residents of heaven, including our Great High Priest!! :))

Comment on though none go with me by Mum

Thu, 04 Oct 2012 05:04:38 +0000

When God calls us to be confrontational with another, whether someone we love dearly or just an acquaintance, besides sharing the truth in love, it should be done after much prayer and with humility. Then, indeed, the results are in God's hands. And when God keeps bringing people into our lives who make us angry, He is usually confronting US in love to bring us to a point where we see the irritation as being a gift from Him in order to conform us more to the image of Christ. If we receive the irritation that way, it will not have power over us, but rather empower us to be more like Christ. God never "wastes" any discomfort He allows into our lives! Each one is for our benefit. So, keep preparing for whatever it is that He is about to bring into your life, remembering through it all... He loves you implicitly and so do Dad and I.

Comment on longing for home by Jenny

Wed, 19 Sep 2012 04:18:52 +0000

I have never liked the details of Rich's death, (who would), I always like to say he "went out like Elijah." I know I am probably wrong, but I believe God took him and that is what caused the wreck.

Comment on dad should’ve been in the NBA by Mum's Mate

Sat, 04 Aug 2012 23:58:34 +0000

The old men still have it !

Comment on dad should’ve been in the NBA by Mum

Tue, 31 Jul 2012 20:53:26 +0000

That is called toying with the opposition and they can do that because they can read one another's minds and moves! Might even say like a mother knows her child and stays one step ahead. ;D

Comment on girl-craziness for fun and profit by Heather E. Carrillo

Mon, 02 Jul 2012 16:25:21 +0000

This is hilarious!

Comment on but God meant it for good by Mum

Sun, 17 Jun 2012 10:57:28 +0000

Neato!! As Eddie would have said!

Comment on there’s religion, and then there’s religion by Brendt

Fri, 15 Jun 2012 18:19:49 +0000

I'm closing comments on this entry, as I'm getting far too many spam comments that aren't being caught automatically by SpamKarma. Oddly enough, the vast majority are for sites that are ripping off major Christian leaders, trying to get you to their site for ad views, I guess. If you have a legitimate comment, drop me a note (there's a contact form below) and I'll open comments back up long enough for you to use it.