March 2013

“In that we have beheld the Resurrection of Christ, let us worship the holy Lord Jesus,
the only sinless one.

Thy Cross do we adore, O Christ,
and Thy holy Resurrection we praise and glorify.

For Thou art our God,
and we know none other beside Thee;
we call upon Thy name.

O come, all ye faithful,
let us adore Christ’s holy Resurrection,
for, lo!
through the Cross is joy come into all the world.

Ever blessing the Lord,
let us sing His Resurrection,
for in that He endured the Cross for us,
He hath destroyed death by death.”

Jesus sharing random thoughts with His followers.  At least that's my interpretation....

Jesus sharing random thoughts with His followers. At least that’s my interpretation….

So my wife pretty consistently tells me that I’m a depository of useless information, which I will share with her until she has a stomach ache. I’ve grown to accept her perceptions as truth.  In celebration of that, I thought I might share some random thoughts with you today….

1.  When explaining how Luther and Wesley considered the Sacraments of Holy Communion and Baptism to be “channels” of grace, it’s probably best not to use the example of your dad, the plumber, installing a pipe so that bodily wastes have a route, or “channel” by which to travel from the toilet to the septic tank.  It’s infinitely better to use the example of your dad installing a pipe as a “channel” that transports water from a well to your sink.

I would rather not say which of these examples I spontaneously used during a discipleship group last week.

2.  For Baptists, salvation happens in a microwave (dramatic conversion).  For Methodist and Anglicans, it’s usually a crock pot experience (covenant relationships + God’s grace, working together to grow us to faith in Christ).  It’s real either way.

3.  I received a flyer in the mail this week from a local church inviting me to their March 31 “Alive Super Sunday” celebration.  Evangelical Christian culture has officially re-imagined Easter.  Transforming Lent into “40 Days of Focus” was bad enough.  Isn’t Easter good enough just being Easter?

It made me throw up in my mouth a little.

Actually, it made me throw up in my mouth a lot.

4.  Courtesy of…..A question that perhaps all of us should be asking.

funny dance


Thanks to Bryan Nowak Photography for the new header image.  I’ve been an admirer of his work for a while.  Take a moment and check out his art here!