Jm

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Name: jm
Date registered: March 10, 2012
URL: http://jmsmith.org

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  1. Disciple Dojo - JMSmith.org: Romans: The Letter That Changed the World (week 3 audio) — October 27, 2014
  2. Disciple Dojo - JMSmith.org: Romans: The Letter That Changed the World (week 2 audio) — October 22, 2014
  3. Disciple Dojo - JMSmith.org: Hagee says Ebola could be God’s judgment on America for rejecting Israeli settlements — October 15, 2014
  4. Disciple Dojo - JMSmith.org: Thayer Thursday – Naked and Unashamed — October 2, 2014
  5. Disciple Dojo - JMSmith.org: Thayer Thursday – Who are you? — September 25, 2014

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Oct 27 2014

Disciple Dojo - JMSmith.org: Romans: The Letter That Changed the World (week 3 audio)

Original post at http://jmsmith.org/blog/romans-audio3/


Hi Dojo readers,

For those who cannot be here in Charlotte in person to attend the Romans class I’m currently teaching at GSUMC, here is the audio from last week’s session. We began to look at the next overall section of Romans, chs. 5-8.

Here’s the link: http://www.gsumclifegroup.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/FallRomans/RomansWeek3.MP3

It is for Freedom

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Oct 22 2014

Disciple Dojo - JMSmith.org: Romans: The Letter That Changed the World (week 2 audio)

Original post at http://jmsmith.org/blog/romans-audio2/


Hi Dojo readers,

For those who cannot be here in Charlotte in person to attend the Romans class I’m currently teaching at GSUMC, here is the audio from last week’s session. We look at Paul’s diatribe with his hypothetical interlocuter and see what is arguably perhaps the very heart of New Testament theology: the continuity AND discontinuity between Torah and Gospel.

Here’s the link: http://www.gsumclifegroup.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/FallRomans/RomansWeek2.mp3

jesusyhwh

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Oct 15 2014

Disciple Dojo - JMSmith.org: Hagee says Ebola could be God’s judgment on America for rejecting Israeli settlements

Original post at http://jmsmith.org/blog/hagee-ebola/


Hi Dojo readers,

I came across this video shared on a friend’s Facebook feed today. It’s an interview with Christians United For Israel Founder John Hagee…and it is probably one of the worst examples of terrible “folk-theology” I’ve ever seen.

Judge for yourselves…

 

 

I’m sure the Christian medical missionaries from SIM and nurses who have been infected with Ebola while trying to save those who have died from it sure are deserving of such “judgment”, huh?

This type of eschatological fantaticism is nothing new for Hagee. It was only a few years ago that he and CUFI publicly called for America to preemptively bomb Iran with NUCLEAR weapons because he believes they may try and attack Israel…

 

 

As I’ve said before here in the Dojo, theology matters…and BAD THEOLOGY really matters! People who follow Hagee’s error are saying that such “judgments” are falling on America because President Obama doesn’t support Netanyahu and the Israeli far-right in their ongoing land-confiscation and settlement enterprise in east Jerusalem and the West Bank…both of which adversely affect Palestinian Christians in the Holy Land.

Let that sink in, readers.

According to John Hagee, God is sending Ebola to America because our leadership doesn’t support a secular political movement that often takes land and resources from a number of Jesus’ followers in the Middle East in order for it to come under the exclusive control of those outside the Body of Christ.

How does that in ANY WAY reflect the message of Israel’s Messiah?

Hagee is not alone, unfortunately. I regularly interact on social media with many people whose committement to a selectively-literal and Futurist reading of Scripture results in such a worldview. If American doesn’t “stand with Israel”, I’m told, we and our secretly-Muslim-President-who-is-probably-the-antichrist will get “what we deserve.” This nationalistic theology is not only intrinsically fear-based and counterproductive in terms of working for genuine peace in the world, it is also Biblically unfounded.

Regardless of one’s view of the politics in the Middle East, or even one’s eschatology (both of which genuine followers of Messiah can disagree on…as my good friend and I did publicly this Spring at my alma mater!), pronouncements like this by Hagee are AT BEST callous and irresponsible.

I don’t know the state of John Hagee’s soul. That is between him and the One to whom he will have to give an account of every careless word spoken (Matthew 12:36; Romans 14:12) while being held to a higher standard (James 3:1)…just as I will. But I believe that words like Hagee’s in the videos above do not serve the Prince of Peace, the God of Israel or the Spirit of Truth. Rather, whether knowingly or not, they serve to forward the agenda of the one who seeks only to kill and destroy (John 10:10).

John Hagee, if you by some miracle end up reading this, I urge you to as strongly as I can to repent of such nationalistic, fear-based, exegetically unsound sensationalism in the name of the Lord we both seek to serve.

 

Permanent link to this article: http://methoblog.com/3_0/2014/10/hagee-says-ebola-could-be-gods-judgment-on-america-for-rejecting-israeli-settlements/

Oct 02 2014

Disciple Dojo - JMSmith.org: Thayer Thursday – Naked and Unashamed

Original post at http://jmsmith.org/blog/thayer-naked/


Chris Thayer is the Director of Discipleship at Good Shepherd Church in Charlotte, NC where he oversees adult life groups and Biblical education. On Thursdays I share his weekly “Thayer’s Thoughts” for small group leaders, which are based on the previous Sunday’s sermon. Click HERE to watch or listen to the accompanying sermon.

 

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A couple of weeks ago, I shared how sex often has an unfortunately negative (and theologically inaccurate!) connotation within the church. For various reasons, many of which can be traced back 1,600+ years, sex has been seen as either bad or in some way “lesser than” being single & celibate. I also mentioned how this has sadly been flipped in the modern American church where being married is the norm and being single and celibate is seen as “lesser than” being married. Human beings, for some reason, have a tremendous capacity for polarizing views on subjects. The church’s view on sex and marriage is one of many examples of this.

Having said this, as I was reading through today’s scriptures from the Song of Songs (blushing the entire time!): I was immediately struck by an example of this polarity within the Bible itself; one that points to redemption, however, rather than our capacity for extremes.

When Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden – one of the first things they did was cover themselves because they were naked and ashamed. In fact, one of the first acts of God’s graciousness after their sin was making them clothes out of animal skins to cover their bodies. In Genesis, Adam and Eve’s realization of their nakedness immediately led to shame. However, when we read Song of Songs we find a completely juxtaposed story. Rather than being naked and ashamed: nakedness is celebrated.

The husband and wife throughout this book stand before each other naked and remarkably unashamed. In what is certainly not allegorical language but euphemistic language, the husband and wife describe and delight in each other’s bodies. Naked. Unashamed. Celebrated.

Why do I point this out? Because it’s a wonderful example of God’s redemption of humanity in spite of and through our remarkable failings. What was one of the first signs of the catastrophic failures of mankind – is now, appropriately, seen as one of the most beautiful expressions of love between a husband and a wife.

When we read Song of Songs not as an allegorical example of Jesus and His church, but for what it is (a blushingly honest & graphic writing about love, relationship, and sex): the foreshadowing of redemption that comes 900 years later through the work of Jesus shines through. If the shame of nakedness is redeemed & overcome within the confines of marriage – how much more will the shame of sin and brokenness be redeemed through the work of Jesus on the cross. How much more beautiful will God’s divine love for His bride shine through His tremendous act of grace and mercy: sending His Son to die on a cross, raise again, and giving His followers His Holy Spirit!

 

Chris Thayer

Permanent link to this article: http://methoblog.com/3_0/2014/10/thayer-thursday-naked-and-unashamed/

Sep 25 2014

Disciple Dojo - JMSmith.org: Thayer Thursday – Who are you?

Original post at http://jmsmith.org/blog/thayer-who-are-you/


Chris Thayer is the Director of Discipleship at Good Shepherd Church in Charlotte, NC where he oversees adult life groups and Biblical education. On Thursdays I share his weekly “Thayer’s Thoughts” for small group leaders, which are based on the previous Sunday’s sermon. Click HERE to watch or listen to the accompanying sermon.

If somebody asked you who you are: how would you answer? Most would answer by giving their name. Suppose, however, that this questioner wasn’t satisfied with your name. They want you to give them your identity. What makes you who you are? At this point, we might start to go a little deeper. We might share where we work, our hobbies, our likes, dislikes, or even about our family. We might define ourselves by past experiences, present realities, or future hopes and dreams.

Now, in one sense: all of this is true. Your personality, your past, your hopes, and your family: they all make up who you are. However, what strikes me about 1 Corinthians 6 & 7, and one of our verses from this week’s sermon (7:39) is that Paul radically redefines people’s identity away from themselves and into Christ. In 1 Corinthians 6 & 7, Paul teaches the Corinthian church to see everything through that new identity – the lens of their belonging to Christ. Their situation in life (slave or free, married or unmarried) is not what defines them – but a place for them to live out their true identity: a follower of Christ. Paul shows remarkable leeway in how this is practically lived out – but when people do have a choice in the most intimate relationship a person can have (a spouse): he gives them a command: they must marry a fellow Christ follower. He doesn’t give them any other criteria. He simply says: they must belong to the Lord. When he could have talked about compatibility, romance, attraction, or any of the other plethora of criteria we think of when choosing a spouse he gives them only one. This, of course, doesn’t imply that the others are unimportant or to be ignored. It does, however, (along with the rest of chapters 6 & 7) show that Paul’s primary concern for the Corinthians is that they be rooted in Christ in every possible way they can. That is of the utmost importance.

This is deeply counter-cultural in 21st century America. We live in a culture that tells us to surrender to our impulses, to assume our identity in our possessions, our status, our power, or our sexuality. 1 Corinthians, however, this teaches us that our identity is found in Christ. Every other part of our being must surrender to that reality. When we root our identity (either knowingly or not) in anything other than Christ – we lose our foundation. Everything we do – including choosing our spouses – is inextricably linked with who we are. Our very identity is fundamentally and inextricably linked with Jesus. To live in any way contrary to this reality is the antithesis of what it means to be a Christ follower – to be In Him. The real question for any Christian is not who we are, but whose we are.

 

Chris Thayer

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Sep 23 2014

Disciple Dojo - JMSmith.org: Ruth’s Chris Bible Study – Gen. 41 (vid)

Original post at http://jmsmith.org/blog/lunchstudy-gen41/


Hi Dojo readers,

After a month of dealing with a camera that kept shutting off halfway through the sessions, I’m happy to announce that a generous couple who support the teaching ministry of Disciple Dojo were kind enough to donate a brand new camcorder so that the Tuesday sessions can once again be recorded! Supporters like this are what make it possible to offer this teaching free of charge and available online to the entire world. Thank you so much to that couple (who will remain anonymous) and if others out there would like to support this ministry in a very needed and tangible way, please consider becoming a Dojo Donor!

Here is today’s session from our ongoing study of the book of Genesis…

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