MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

The Proverbs 31 Woman – King Lemuel’s Son’s Perfect Wife

April 30th, 2018 Viewed 343 times, 2 so far today

Who Determines that the Wife is Excellent? (Proverbs 31:10-12, 28-29)

The first thing that the King states is her worth, which is defined relationship to her husband (his heart trusts in her); therefore, I believe it is the husband that determines that his wife is excellent.

  • Does he trust in her?
  • Is she causing him gain?
  • Is she doing him good or harm?

While what follows are what she does, this passage is bookended by talking about how what she does affects him. This is the focus of this passage, as King Lemuel is attempting to teach his son what kind of woman to look for as he is considering a wife. It’s important that we get this context when we read through this passage, because the King is going to set forth a set of ideals for a woman (we know of no woman that he is talking about here directly). So the measuring stick in this passage for the Excellent Wife is what she does and who she is in relationship to her husband.

photo by: chiron3636

The Changing Face of a Nation

April 27th, 2018 Viewed 318 times, 1 so far today

Check out this animation that shows the sources of immigration to America over a 200 year period.  It’s fascinating in both character and quantity.

Discipleship Practiced

April 27th, 2018 Viewed 207 times, 1 so far today

What we are doing today?

Lots of modern church practices do not work:

  • It doesn’t work by expecting the Pastor to do all the leading to Christ and discipling.
  • It doesn’t work by attending multiple church services and not growing.

It doesn’t work if people do not live out their faith.

A lot of Christian ministry is based on getting converts. In the 1900s, Evangelists seems more interested in getting people to walk the aisle to count them and their impact than to make disciples. A lot of modern evangelist training focuses heavily on methods of sharing the Gospel in hopes of seeing “people accept Jesus”. It emphasizes “fire insurance” over making disciples. Because of this, the person may not be aware of what they are “signing up” for.

“Discipleship” is often not much more than having someone go through a short book talking about the basics of the faith. It’s almost like initiation into a secret society or club with code words.After  this discipleship class, the new believer is thrown into the main Sunday School classes and Worship Services with people that have had years of training, but the mentoring (in some cases) stops.

How the Biblical Definition Differs

photo by: Chris Yarzab

What Value is Tradition in Reading the Bible?

April 26th, 2018 Viewed 297 times, 1 so far today

Typically, those that find themselves not in the Eastern Wing of Christendom (Roman Catholics and the Eastern Orthodox) do not place a lot of emphasis on tradition. In fact, it’s one of the talking points about why those of the Protestant persuasion believe that they are closer to what the Bible actually teaches. And yet, in the article Why Protestants Need to Use Tradition When They Read Their Bibles I find myself agreeing with the overall point– that when we totally divest ourselves of the interpretations and understandings of the saints that have come before us, we may fall prey to errors in our understanding simply because we see the Bible through the culture that we now live in.

photo by: DrGBB

Discipleship Modeled

April 26th, 2018 Viewed 310 times, 1 so far today

What does Christian Discipleship look like?

The idea of having disciples or apprentices was not a new one to the time. In fact, our modern forms of education would look foreign and wrong to people who passed on their skills to primarily their children and a few other apprentices. It was very common for parents to teach their sons their trade, and then, if they wanted to learn another one, they would always have their primary trade to fall back upon.

If you were headed in a Spiritual direction, you would learn in Scriptures occurred at the feet of a rabbi. This is what Paul is referring to in Acts 22:3 that his heritage was who he grew up under. This is why it wasn’t unheard of to have Jesus choose disciples, for many learned Rabbis would have disciples that would learn what they knew to follow in their footsteps.

photo by: Chris Yarzab

The Ever Increasing Price of The Internet’s Attention

April 25th, 2018 Viewed 262 times, 1 so far today

From the time that we’re a child, we seek attention– attention of our parents, attention of our teachers, attention of the opposite sex– it keeps going on.  The Internet has made this attention seeking even worse, allowing for anyone with time, an internet connection and a camera to seek out and find attention.  The more you reveal, the better your photos, the more attention you can get.

One woman finally realized that the price wasn’t worth it.

EssenaOneillMeet Essena O’neill, an 18 year old from Australia who had quite the following on Instagram for her posting of photos that showed off her figure and gained the attention of the Internet.  Only she found that Internet fame– or the price of gaining internet fame– wasn’t worth it.

‘Without realising, I’ve spent majority of my teenage life being addicted to social media, social approval, social status and my physical appearance. Social media, especially how I used it, isn’t real,’ she wrote.

‘It’s a system based on social approval, likes, validation in views, success in followers. It’s perfectly orchestrated self absorbed judgement.’

Read more: Daily Mail

I can imagine that it was pretty exhausting to keep up the lifestyle– I’m sure that many of the stock photos that we see take a lot more work than what we figure– the interesting thing that I find is that she will probably gain more attention than ever by choosing to leave than she would have by staying in.  In a sense, this is just more self promotion– even if it’s now directed in a positive manner.

Unfortunately, she’s exactly the wrong spokesperson for the plea to consider people as more than what they choose to display, because she’s only getting this attention because of what she chose to display!

Discipleship Commanded

April 25th, 2018 Viewed 262 times

The Great Commission

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:19-20

Let me set the stage for you. Jesus has dramatically risen from the dead and appeared to his disciples. After a few days spent explaining the Old Testament Scriptures to Him and appearing in different places, He’s about to ascend into Heaven where He will go about building a place for us (John 14:2), and He has some final words for those who have gathered. Those words are listed above– go and preach the gospel to every creature.

photo by: Chris Yarzab

Does Wisdom Come From a Day on the Calendar?

April 24th, 2018 Viewed 241 times, 1 so far today

wisdomWhile I understand what’s being said here, is the solution to let people that are younger vote on some kind of a sliding scale? Remove the age limitation altogether and replace it with something else? Or is this just a vehicle for the original poster to complain?


Image from Morally Contextualized Romance Blog

Go and Make Disciples

April 24th, 2018 Viewed 255 times, 1 so far today

If I were to take you on a tour of our home, upon entering the kitchen you would be sure to notice a colorful wall. From the ceiling to the molding that cuts the room in half is a list of chores that each child is assigned based on their potential ability.

Now, the first time that a child attempts to do a new chore—whether it’s making breakfast, doing the laundry, or washing the dishes—the result of their first effort is usually less than your standards. I mean, I’m still working on cleaning dishes as well as my wife!

It’s tempting to jump in and do it yourself, because you can not only get it done faster, but do it better as well. However, there’s a lot of truth to this quote from D.L. Moody:

It is better to train ten people than to do the work of ten people. But it is harder. – Moody

There is strength in numbers—be it a family or a church—but that power will only come about if we invest the time to train one another. I believe that this is the foundation of New Testament living, and yet it has somehow fallen by the wayside in modern program mindset, and it deserves another look.

What About Holding a Missions Trip To Your Own City?

April 23rd, 2018 Viewed 269 times

Every year students in high school and college feel the need to pack up their things and be part of missions activity in a different country or location.  Thousands of dollars will be raised for this endeavor, and an impact will be made on those kids seeing how others live and how to share the gospel.  This is not to knock these missions trips at all, for often times our young adults need to have their perspectives challenged, and for building projects and the like, sometimes you need the skilled labor.

But I’m beginning to wonder if the time, money and talents would be better off used to have a missions trip to your own neighborhoods, your own parks, etc.

photo by: Chris Yarzab

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Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.