I ran across a link at tallskinnykiwi and thought I’d link them over here. “Dr Ken Meeks has been examining the Emergent church movement in light of the accusations from Calvary Chapel. He is not speaking from an emerging church standpoint but from a Bible College teacher.” Is emergent heretical? There is a discussion on pluralism vs inclusivism and this one as well. which I thought very good… I hadn’t really thought through the differences before.
There is much more there, and I look forward to him finishing his series in answering this question. I think the church tends to throw around the “false teacher” and “heresy” and “apostasy” words a little too freely, without really understanding or thinking through what they are accusing.
Anyway, I’m off to bed, Bryan is working a double shift, and I need sleep to get up at 5:30 – I am liking this!! maybe I’ll continue after LENT!!
For those who would like to read Lent readings, but haven’t got around to finding some Scripture recommendations… here are some for you. I have been reading them “Lectio Divina” style – not studying, but reading them slowly, and meditating on phrases that jump out at me, praying through them, and journaling what God is sharing with me. It has been a wonderful time of renewal for me, and today…
The kids and dog are STILL sleeping and we have crossed the 7:00 am mark… this is UNHEARD of!!!! I had an HOUR with God!! UNINTERRUPTED!!
Here is the first (1/2 ) week and second week If you are only just starting, do read through the first weeks Scriptures… they are wonderful wonderful!!
Lord God, by Your Word, fill me with Your life-giving Spirit
Ash Wednesday Luke 4: 1-13
Thursday Romans 8: 1-17
Friday Galatians 5: 16-26
Saturday Ephesians 4: 17-24
Lord God, by Your Word, fill me with a spirit of repentance and forgiveness
Sunday Psalm 51
Monday Matthew 6: 5-15
Tuesday Matthew 18: 21-35
Wednesday Luke 15: 11-32
Thursday Ephesians 4: 25- 5: 2
I asked him about the 3 types of food we eat that are body breaks down as review for his notebook… here are his answers, with the real ones in parantheses…
Carbohydrates (starch – what we tested for with iodine)
Farticles (fat!) HA HA HA!!!!!!!!!!
Thursday, while reading our Lent scripture: Romans 8: 1-17, Bryan asked him if he knew what it mean by “the flesh”…
Keenan: like flush the toilet?
Glad we clarified that!! BUT you know, he may have more insight then we realize… when I think about my flesh and what comes out of it, it could definitely stand to be flushed!!!
So I walk in the kids room the other day… the WHOLE corner is cleaned out (as in now its in the middle of the room and I can’t reach the beds)
I stand, like a true mother, with hands on my hips, “What is going on? What did you do?” trying not to sound irritated since I had so lovingly and painstakingly cleaned it the day before.
Keenan” OH! I had to make room for Rachel’s bed so she could sleep in my room!”
Mom “what? I am sorry, but, who’s Rachel”
Keenan – with exasperated tone (like, hello!) “Mom! baby Rachel! my sister!!”
SO apparently, its decided… its a girl and the name is Rachel… at least in Keenan’s mind. I am sure my sister would be greatly honored!! 🙂
This actually isn’t the first time he has mentioned it, and he actually told me a dream yesterday morning (while he was up before 6am during my Lent sleep fast for my prayer time!!) about him, Thaddeus and baby Rachel… like it was the most natural thing in the world…
And no, we don’t know if its a girl!
I haven’t prayed about this nearly as much as I wanted to… I have been distracted by family stuff and my heart.
Something I have wanted to do for a LONG time but DON’T WANT to do, is get up earlier, and it came to me “PING” (yep! just like that!) – I will get up at 5:30 for Lent… and I will trust the Spirit to speak loud and revive me each morning!! And I trust Father God to keep my children (and the dog) sleeping although I will be up!!
Tomorrow I will put a cross of ash on our foreheads, and talk about what that means with my children. And then I’ll wipe it off, since I know it won’t stay and will end up on my bed or my favorite shirt!! 🙂
From Wed – Saturday the theme of my Scripture reading will be “Lord God, by Your Word, fill me with Your life-giving Spirit.”
Between now (Tuesday night) and tomorrow morning God has a big work to do in my heart involving forgiveness. His Spirit does not breed resentment or revenge, as they lead to death in every sense of the word.
just a test post for email…
And now I am editing to test it again, for my sister, to see if it emails her… sorry!!
And I have NO idea why it keeps reprinting some of my posts… I am not touching them, I promise!
We’ll start with the Bad… its 1 degree outside!!! YUCK!! SO cold.
Ugly… me teaching Keenan math. oh my word. I can’t get over how frustrated I can get over a few measly math problems, that he’s probably figure out in a year on his own anyway with NO teaching!! The kid is so, so bright and I could screw that up that love of learning, and that confidence with crappy attitude while teaching math. sigh.
Good … it was starting to look light outside this around 8:00!!! – sunrise officially at 8:35am… but for us, at 9:52, it JUST peeked over the mountain, and there is hope for spring yet… (I know, its only mid-February!!) and it doesn’t set about 5:30 – wow.