Oct 30 2014

Nikos: Living Generously – Tooth Fairy Generosity

Original post at http://pastorrobert-nikos.blogspot.com/2014/10/living-generously-tooth-fairy-generosity.html We have recently concluded a five-week focus on “Living Generously.” We followed the video drama of Frank Donovan and his family through our weekly worship services, Sunday School classes, and small groups. The Donovan family gave us the opportunity to reflect on what it means to live generously.During the last week …

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Oct 30 2014

the unlikely orange: ravens week 2014, part 2

and so it comes to an end.  the baseball season, which began way back when the trees were sprouting buds, has finished, just as the leaves are letting go of their grip, the giants of san francisco have won in 7 games, and while i may not have been…

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Oct 30 2014

Allan R. Bevere: Even Jesus Had a Call to Ministry

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Oct 30 2014

This Day With God: Putting Lessons Learned Into Practice

Living the way Christ teaches us is not so much about knowledge but how to apply our faith in life. God’s word became flesh and the lessons learned guide us in our relationships, our career, and in everything we do. … Continue reading

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Oct 30 2014

ClergySpirit: Hate Sin, Love Sinner- Not in Jesus Teaching

I got ,got, got, got no time 
There so much NOT in the Bible. But that doesn’t stop us from using certain phrases as if they were.   
It’s time to flush another one: “”love the sinner, hate the sin.” Although I’ve seen this saying referenced by a good many biblical texts, not one can be cited with any proximity to those words. 
Where does it come from? My best answer is St. Augustine: “With love for mankind and hatred of sins.” But the words “hate the sin, etc” is also attributed to Ghandi.  St. Augustine’s words are more about loving humanity but hating our brokenness. Our saying is more akin to hating what we don’t like in others, even if we use “love” to make it sound better.

When it comes to using this apocryphal saying as a guide for love, the problem is we get to judge where our love stops. We love because first loved us, and that love includes all of us if it is for any part of of us. In fact, Jesus, never said to love a sinner but hate their sin. Instead, he said,

Don’t judge, so that you won’t be judged. You’ll receive the same judgment you give. Whatever you deal out will be dealt out to you. Why do you see the splinter that’s in your brother’s or sister’s eye, but don’t notice the log in your own eye?  How can you say to your brother or sister, ‘Let me take the splinter out of your eye,’ when there’s a log in your eye? You deceive yourself! First take the log out of your eye, and then you’ll see clearly to take the splinter out of your brother’s or sister’s eye. Matthew 7: 1-5

Stay away from judging. We are terrible judges of sin in others and worse in ourselves.

Another gimmick is try to make God’s limitless love more palatable. The love Jesus told us to exercise isn’t about setting limits:

As the Father loved me, I too have loved you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love.  I have said these things to you so that my joy will be in you and your joy will be complete. This is my commandment: love each other just as I have loved you. John 15: 9-12  Italics added

How do you separate your love for a person from your judgement of the person? You divide and dissect them, extracting their behavior from themselves.You choose what you hate most in them and judge them for it, calling it “sin.”  But “love” here is not the love that Jesus commands, nor the all encompassing, life-giving love the Father has for the Son, nor Christ’s love for us. 
As often is the case, when we reduce God’s love to something we can better handle, it becomes something else. But don’t call it love!    

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Oct 30 2014

Seedbed: Threshing Floor Podcast 027: Youth Ministry with Jeremy Steele

Have you ever served in Youth Ministry?  In this episode Drew interviews Jeremy Steele, author of Reclaiming the Lost Soul of Youth Ministry and serves as the head […]

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