Thomas re-listened to our episode 30 and episode 31. He mentioned that it we talked about why we are leaving church, but not much about how others might leave and what they should do. So, we made the decision to talk about Joel Osteen. But only so that we can make a point about why people may decide to leave institutional church and what they can do as they leave. Really, the Osteen talk ends up being a conversation all its own, but it makes a point.
We talked about four ways people may leave church:
A few weeks ago, maybe a month, we did an episode where we addressed multiple topics. During that episode Bruce might have said something along the lines of, “Stop doing accountability groups. They’re silly and not real.” We figure we should explain.
Accountability isn’t “Bad”
They aren’t necessarily a bad thing, accountability is necessary, especially in the body of Christ. It’s just that, most of the time we do it wrong, or fake. That sound better, right? Well, here’s what we mean…
For the last week my social media newsfeeds, like everyone else’s, have been inundated with the chaos and hate that erupted in Charlottesville, VA this past weekend. I’ve tried multiple time to write a blog post about it, but I just couldn’t organize my thoughts. Then Thomas suggested that we just talk about it in an episode. So we did.
This episode is really just us trying to work out and process our thoughts about what happened.
THIS IS IT! Episode 50! And we totally missed it. We thought we had more time. We knew we were approaching episode 50, but didn’t realize that it was this close. Because of that, we didn’t do a special 50th episode. So, I added a message to the front end of an episode we had already recorded and planned to post.
In this episode we’re talking about how the church deals with Mission, Vision and Strategy. We think it’s been made far more complicated than it needs to be.
Your purpose. This is what you have joined together with others to accomplish.
This is how you see your organization living out and in that purpose.
This is how you plan to accomplish that purpose.
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In this week’s episode we decided to answer questions again. This time they aren’t audience questions. Instead, we’re answering questions that we routinely get from people about what we’re doing about this church thing. We talked about a ton of topics: tithing, leadership, accountability, and being angry at the church.
After we recorded (it ended up being 53 minutes long), we decided that maybe people wanted to skip right to a specific topic, so we separated them into separate videos. So, if you want to listen to the whole thing, do it. But, if you’re interested in a specific topic, you can go straight to that video and watch that one. Here’s the topics and links to the videos…
Mostly? Yes we are. Really we’re both probably giving more than we would if we were tithing to a church. And as far as accountability, we are both more accountable (not less) in the community we’ve placed ourselves in.
3, 41, 131, & 2149. These are the numbers of hope in LaFayette, LA.
Back on May 4, 2017 we aired an episode where we interviewed the founder of 516 Project – Construction Ministry, James Roberson. At the time he was trying to raise support (you know, people, resources & funds) for an 8 Days of Hope (8DOH) project in LaFayette, LA.
If you remember the episode, in 2016 there was an enormous flood that destroyed 140,000 homes and caused $15 million worth of damage. So from June 4 – 11, 2017, 8DOH and their huge volunteer base descended on LaFayette and worked to restore hope to those who had lost it back in August 2017. And that’s where the numbers come in…
LaFayette saw volunteers from 3 countries and 41 states show up and completely restore 131 homes (25 received completely new kitchens and 85 had all new furniture donated). All told 2149 volunteers came to show the people of LaFayette how much they love them.
James was awesome enough to come back on and share what happened. So, enough from me, let’s let him tell the stories.
If you’d like to partner with 516 Project, you can do that here
We did something a little different for this episode. We aired a Facebook Live event this past Tuesday. So, this episode ended up being a shorter than our others. And, because it was the 4th of July, we thought it was fitting to talk about patriotism and Christianity.
Patriotism isn’t a bad thing. In fact, love for your country results in a lot of good stuff. But, when we make it synonymous with Christianity, we turn following Christ into a politically motivated thing. Instead, our love for Christ should guide us into being good citizens in a way that benefits the people of our nation and reveals a love for them and our country.
Oh, and we have a new intro. It’ll probably evolve a little, but it’s pretty close to how it’ll end up. It’s more us.
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Eventually we’ll get back to actually planning our episodes, but for now, just talking about whatever we have going on seems to be working. In the pre-show recordings we actually talked about a lot of stuff (Mission/Vision/Strategy, poetry, writing, school, etc.), but at the end we decided on making our conversation about what the Apostle John might have meant when he said, “God is Love” in 1 John 4:8.
God is Love, or is He
I (Bruce) have been working on a book, titled 3 Command, that deals with this subject. Specifically, it discusses the three commands that Jesus intentionally points to for fulfilling the entire Old Testament law: Love the Lord your God, Love your neighbor, and Love each other. And you can’t talk about the implications of those commands on our lives as Christians without first working through 1 John 4:8.
As I’ve studied that verse and other pastors’ and theologians’ perspective on it, I discovered a lot of them don’t think it means what it sounds like it means. So I asked Thomas the question, “What do you think John meant when he said it?” That was the basis for the conversation.
That’s the episode. We’d love to know what you think about whether God is actually love, or is it just a character trait?
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