Archive for January, 2017

A full episode today.  Nate speaks about possibly becoming a ghost buster, as well as a somewhat satirical explanation of both radical Islam and Christianity.  Finally Nate talks about protesting.  We have seen many protest and probably more to come now that Trump is President.  Yet let us not forget that our country was founded on protest.

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In my opinion the context of Paul in his letter probably written for his new non Jewish audience was about what to do now that we are Christian? Does our freedom in Christ, or maybe even our very Christian nature allow us to challenge the secular government of the day. As we see in many ways it does as the apostles along with Paul broke the law. They refused to obey Cesar continued to spread the gospel despite the law. For such acts they were punished, but they were not shamed, but proud. I believe Paul wanted the converts to be good Romans to not break moral or natural law, because within that one finds peace and freedom from those who enforce the law. But at times when practicing and preaching the gospel our authority in Christ allows us to fight the law just as Jesus who healed on the sabbath. Just as the believers in Scripture as well as our modern missionaries in lands in which Christianity is forbidden, and yes in America when injustice is taking place. Also I may add our very constitution allows within the law the right to protest it even goes so far to speak of dismantling the government if it starts to fail. We are not in Rome under Roman authorities. Remember even Jesus destroyed property in the name of justice.

Nate talks about the first days of a Trump Presidency.  While he does not like Trump Nate encourages us to pray for the President.  Nate uses the text found in Mark 7:31-37 as an example of how we should reach out to God to have our ears opened in order for us to speak righteousness.  Let us do like the people of Decapolis, let us bring Trump to the throne room of God, allowing God to open his eyes and ears for the sake of the country.

Thought I would share some interesting memes floating around FB.

Just some food for thought: Growing up I was taught to be a conservative at home and church. It actually wasn’t till much later after studying the scriptures in seminary I became liberal. That being said I find conservative Christians which I was once one only interested in rhetoric. If a person says God, Jesus, Lord, then they must be good. Many praise Trump for his ministers who prayed and his statements of God. The question that I propose is what fruits does he show? Some of his first actions in less then 24 hours were to start dismantling Obamacare leaving millions without health insurance, certainly Christ would not desire such would He? One meme portrays Jesus guiding the hand of Trump, I do wish Trump to be Guided by our Lord, yet many Christians actually believe it is so! As if Obama was not guided by God.

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In 8 years I have seen the fruits and the heart of Obama towards people not just of Americans but the world, John 3:16. I do not think Jesus is just now moving back into the White House as another popular meme suggest, but that he has been there all along. Saying “Lord, Lord” will not suffice. It takes fruit and the passion for people. God’s people all over the world. Not the encouragement of wars, border walls, a deregulated Wallstreet, and American nationalism as if we are better than the rest of the world.

 

So let’s say you, who is more Christian? One who cares about their own self interest, or one who seeks love and embraces all people?

Special inauguration day episode of The Backyard Preacher Podcast.  Nate talks about the swearing in of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States.  Nate urges us to pray for the President and live in unity to love and forgive all and love all.  Regardless of our worldviews Nate believes that we will make it through the next four years

Let us be united today, understanding that God is our leader. Men rise and fall from power but we place our trust in Christ who lived under the occupation of Rome and if it be we also suffer. Yes we must pray for the new President regardless of how we feel about him, because it is not in the President we trust, but IN GOD WE TRUST! We all know of the divisions that we face, the hate and injustice must be overcome by love and forgiveness. In life we must live as our creator who loves and forgives. Christ loved those he came to save and forgave the same while they nailed Him to a cross. So whatever our feelings are today let us be good to one another. Yes we must continue the fight for justice and equality, we will not forget the work that must be done while many may not even understand the difference between what is right or wrong. We must pray for discernment as we move forward and remember always love, always forgive. God bless!

It’s interesting to note some sects of the early church who broke away from Catholicism hundreds of years before Martin Luther would meet together all as initiated brothers and sisters in Christ. (Confession, and Baptism) Yet these Christians did not have set Bishops, priest, or prophets etc.. Instead each gathering they cast lots to decide the hierarchy for the appointed meeting. What an amazing group of Christians all dedicated enough to take on each office when called upon by the Church. The Spirit gives us the ability to live serving one another in any capacity that needs met. Yet many church Fathers such as Tertullian thought their actions foolish that they would allow anyone into their meetings, be all accepting and loving, following the Spirit. There was no need for a cult of personality, or a single leader as all were leaders, all suffered the cause of being selected to hierarchy. What if we could live this out today? What do you think?

Life is hard.  This is an obvious statement.  With faith in our Lord it can be a little easier, or maybe even a little harder depending our you define it.  In either case faith and the acceptance of your self as a loved human being can be one of our greatest struggles.  Nate talks about this and more on this episode of The Backyard Preacher Podcast.

Original Sin

Posted: January 9, 2017 in Uncategorized

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Nate talks about reality, or is what you are reading actually real, or is this just all a dream?  Nate also dives into the canonical and “Gnostic” text.  Why is some text out of orthodox scripture and why others are not.  Nate also brings up the similarities between the early Gnostics and modern Pentecostals.