MInTheGap

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

Why Church Membership?

March 28th, 2019 Viewed 768 times, 1 so far today

Church Membership is a weird thing in 2019’s America. Having just covered what it means to be a church, you may wonder why someone would want to be a member of a local church at all. And practically speaking, there is little advantage to modern church membership.

How Do We Define Church?

March 27th, 2019 Viewed 794 times, 3 so far today
Here’s the church, here’s the steeple, open the doors and see all the people?

For many of us, the rhyme was a cute way to picture a church with people in it– until someone came along and told us that the church is the people, so we open the doors to see the church– and 4 year olds everywhere became very confused!

It turns out, however, that how we define “the church” makes a difference on how we interpret various passages of the Bible and how to apply it to ourselves today.

photo by: iansthree

I Will Wait For You

March 10th, 2019 Viewed 816 times, 1 so far today

Before the Throne of God Above

March 8th, 2019 Viewed 877 times, 2 so far today

The Craziness That is Christmas

December 4th, 2018 Viewed 505 times, 1 so far today

It’s that time of year again. Time for everyone to try to find something new to talk about because it’s all been said before.

Since most people understand not just the story of baby Jesus, but the idea of Santa Claus, etc. we get new takes on stories like the Grinch, news articles about substitute teachers telling their students that there is no Santa and articles about whether or not Jesus was born in a manger.

And though I haven’t seen many “War on Christmas” articles, we do have a lot of virtual ink spilled on First Lady Melania Trump’s red Christmas trees.

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Too Different to Make a Difference

November 15th, 2018 Viewed 701 times

Or different enough to distinguish the difference? Yes, I’m talking about Christianity—modern, post-modern, traditional, emergent—your choice.

There seems to be a fine line between Christian types today. If we seem to be too concerned about the ever-increasing ills of society we’re labeled ‘condemning’ and ‘intolerant’. Try instead, ‘sober’ and ‘vigilant’. 1 Peter 5:8

Or, if we’re embracing the lost and at the same time compromising the foundation of faith we’re called ‘seekers’ attempting to draw converts under cover of worldly placebos.

It’s sometimes hard to balance the command to “Come out from among them and be ye separate” with “Go into all the world and preach the gospel.”

Counting the Cost

November 13th, 2018 Viewed 326 times

Luke 14:1-33

David enjoyed much favor from God, for he was a man after God’s own heart. In 2 Samuel 24 we catch up to David near the end of his life. David numbered the children of Israel, something the kings were told not to do—their victory was to be found in the Lord. Upon doing it, David realized his error, but he was punished anyway, and when he was given the chance to put an end and make a sacrifice he went to the threshing floor of Araunah. Araunah offered to give him the floor and the items for the offering, but David would have none of it. He would not offer an offering to God that cost him nothing.

photo by: Chris Yarzab

Are You All Talk?

November 12th, 2018 Viewed 365 times

There’s a saying that goes “talk is cheap” and with the invention of the Internet, we know just how true that is. While technically it costs something to post to social media or to blogs, it feels free– as free as speech itself. And because it is easy and feels free, we’re all experts on all sorts of topics, pontificating to whomever will listen in our expert tones… but do our lives match up?

You have the truth, are you making a difference?

Nowhere is this more pointed than in our spiritual lives. It is very easy for us to talk about how we should live the Christian life, but how does our talk and our walk measure up?

photo by: Chris Yarzab

Peter’s Teachings on Submission

October 12th, 2018 Viewed 510 times

One can only envision that as time passed from the Ascension, the Apostles started to realize how important it was to document their witness and describe in detail how to live the Christian faith. Only so much could be entrusted to people through teaching, and so we see the New Testament start to take shape.

Structure of relationships under Christ take shape in all of the these works– churches, marriages, slaves, government– as the Apostles fleshed out how believers were to both be citizens of another world, but inhabitants of this one. How do you be “in the world, but not of the world?”

So Peter is going to take us through our responsibilities as believers in this world.

How do we judge if we’re successful?

August 22nd, 2018 Viewed 673 times, 3 so far today
Am I successful at the right things?

Everyone in life wants to be successful. They want to know that what they do and that their life matters.

What constitutes success is something we internalize from the culture around us. We’re shown examples of people that we are told are successful– the business person that has a lot of money, the politician that has a lot of power. The leaders in our lives that are able to attract attention, the person with the most Twitter followers or the most readers to their blog.

How does someone go about determining if they are truly successful? I mean, there are people out there that are competing at video games and making a bunch of money doing so– does this make them successful? Should we all go do that?

MInTheGap

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