Several events have come up where I can see that I need to be ordained. I need to have some backing behind my name so that I can walk into a congregation or a group and they’ll know that I’m orthodox, or at least I’m backed by people that are the same kind of orthodox as they are in a few points.
As I was preparing to figure out how to make this happen, I began to look into what it means to be ordained. One aspect of it is showing that you are educated in the Word, that you know and understand the Bible in a manner that you can teach, discern, and represent Christ in a great way. Another part of that is delving into church history and tradition and understanding classical fields of study such as Ecclesiology (study of the church), Bibliology (study of the Bible) and Pneumatology (study of the Holy Spirit). Some of that sounds good to me, some of it sounds like a bunch of nonsense.
At the same time, finished the book Linchpin by Seth Godin. Near the end, he says that the main point of a resume is to show how you are just like everyone else. It’s a form of showing your achievements in a bland, lifeless, search-bot friendly manner so you can be weeded out.
This is the opposite of that. This is where I’m going to go after some heady stuff, wring out the scriptures, and look at all of the drippings. I’m putting it here because it’s easier to collect in a single place and because, someday, I might ask some guys to look at it so they may consider laying hands on me and standing behind me.
Yesterday my wife and I were talking about Holy Week, Passover, and sheep. Part of the whole point of God having the Jewish people keep a lamb for a week was so that they would be close to it and attached to it before they ate it. It wasn’t just going to be food, it was going to be a sacrifice. It was a memorial of the Passover.
The Passover was the greatest event in Jewish history. They were delivered from slavery and became a new nation. Part of that deliverance involved killing a lamb, putting it’s blood above the doorway to your house, and waiting.
There is a lot more in here that I’m not going to cover, but it involves the Egyptian sheep god, the fact that Egyptians thought shepherds were unclean, the other 9 plagues that came before that, etc.
But this post isn’t about Passover, really, it’s more about getting a lamb, keeping it for a week, and then killing it. It’s one thing to read about it, and to read about how living with a lamb for a week makes you attached to it, and you love it. By the end of the week, you saw something dearly loved give up it’s life for you. Throughout the week you had the constant reminder “This lamb came into my house for one purpose: to die for me.”
The lamb was supposed to be without blemish. That means that people couldn’t save the deformed, diseased, injured lambs and ‘waste’ them on the sacrifice. They had to bring their best, cared for and curated lamb. It has an effect of fasting, really. You are constantly thinking about that critter, not wanting it to get hurt, preventing injury because of the Lord. You’re not just caring for the sheep, but in your care for the sheep, you are caring for a guideline set by the Lord.
It hasn’t been 24 hours yet, and we’ve already seen some great things. As I carried that 100 lb furball over to the park to graze on some grass, my affections grew. All of my kids ‘BAAAAAH’ out the windows throughout the day and they are all jumping around chasing Sheepie(as they call her).
My wife is attached too, calling her Miss Agnes in a funny baby voice. We are all becoming attached to this lamb, just like we are supposed to.
What Randy Moore said about Evansville “We have an inheritance as part of this community” struck me. I’ve always considered myself a steward of my house, since it is a historic house, but not my city. Where we live was given to us in a certain condition, and we will pass it on to our grandkids in a certain condition. The fact that we can have a real effect on that is a big deal!
Quote from Mayor Winneke, who was there and stayed for the whole event. He and I both skipped the United Neighborhoods of Evansville meeting to be there.
He said this in reference to all of the things God is doing. There are unprecedented things going on to help the Gospel all over the world!
He said this regarding William Wilberforce, who radically changed all of the UK and stopped the slave trade. Any one of the people that come to faith in Christ from watching an I Am Second video or from a conversation we have on the street could go on to be somebody like William Wilberforce and change the whole world because of Jesus in them.
I almost left this card out, but it was so moving to me. Jeff Kinkade hit a home run, like all of those guys, but he even got into how God created the world. The irony was not lost on me. At the same time, it’s been long enough and I could quit being bitter, but it was just too perfect to overlook.
Nathan Schroer’s wife was asked to sum up the last year since her husband died in one word.
Some kind of match about books came up between Danney Gokey and Eric Metaxas. Metaxas showed Gokey a lot of grace, but it was still really funny.
There was a video, the lights came up, and Danny Gokey was replace by Sean Little. This kind of shows the fun spirit of the whole evening.
The whole event was a really great experience, and I’m thankful to the guy that gave me some free tickets! If you haven’t seen them before, go check out some I am Second videos (Eric Metaxas is one of the weirdest/coolest and here is one by Christian Hosoi, a guy I used to watch when I skated as a kid!) .
I know I haven’t done this in a long time, but here are some affiliate links to some good Metaxas books.
I know that Jesus said that our fasting should be in secret, but I’m going to at least talk about it a little bit here. LENT is coming, and I’m preaching both Sundays around Ash Wednesday at a protestant church. The funny thing is, when we think that we can beg God’s favor and force His hand, we are acting more like Islam than Christianity. I hope to flesh this out more in the coming weeks, but until then, let’s start things off with a baseline definition of fasting. It’s Isaiah 58.
 “Cry aloud; do not hold back; lift up your voice like a trumpet; declare to my people their transgression, to the house of Jacob their sins.
 Yet they seek me daily and delight to know my ways, as if they were a nation that did righteousness and did not forsake the judgment of their God; they ask of me righteous judgments; they delight to draw near to God.
 ‘Why have we fasted, and you see it not? Why have we humbled ourselves, and you take no knowledge of it?’ Behold, in the day of your fast you seek your own pleasure, and oppress all your workers.
 Behold, you fast only to quarrel and to fight and to hit with a wicked fist. Fasting like yours this day will not make your voice to be heard on high.
 Is such the fast that I choose, a day for a person to humble himself? Is it to bow down his head like a reed, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? Will you call this a fast, and a day acceptable to the LORD?
 “Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke?
 Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?
 Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.
 Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’ If you take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,
 if you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday.
 And the LORD will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.
 And your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to dwell in.
 “If you turn back your foot from the Sabbath, from doing your pleasure on my holy day, and call the Sabbath a delight and the holy day of the LORD honorable; if you honor it, not going your own ways, or seeking your own pleasure, or talking idly;
 then you shall take delight in the LORD, and I will make you ride on the heights of the earth; I will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.” (Isaiah 58 ESV)
We don’t always have a ’talk’ at our prayer meetings, but Nick Holovaty gave this one and I was ready to take some notes. Look at some of the stuff in here in light of the recent Osteen quotes floating around the internets.
Here are my notes from Trey McClain’s sermon from this past Sunday. I am trying to take notes in the dark, so the big purple sharpie showed up this weekend. It seemed appropriate to leave the last line from a Palm Sunday sermon up there on the first page. “Help each other, unite. Don’t be divided. Unite or stay home.”
You can catch up on this sermon series and watch other sermons from OneLife here.
This was like a montage of speakers all talking about faith in the workplace. It was really good and full of Biblical stuff as each of these people shared their real-life, tangible and practical ways of working by faith in their daily job.