Archive for August 2012

Church Name Debate

August 10, 2012

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Wonder if they have direct deposit? Try putting that on your check.

I have deliberately avoided the church name debate on Facebook because my views are some what twisted. But it is my blog, so here we go!
I find it interesting that when selecting a name for a church we are avoiding certain words so that we don’t offend the ungodly, when in church history it is the ungodly who gave us the name(s) that we go by now. Maybe we should allow the ungodly in our community to name the church where we serve. Imagine what that might look like. Here are a few examples.
“I Didn’t Know That Was A Church” Baptist Church
“What Do They Do” Baptist Church
“Small Mind, Tight Fist” Baptist Church
“We Don’t Do That On Sunday” Church (when you have Monday- Saturday)

Maybe the name is not the problem!

I also find it interesting that parts of our church name are more of a statement or even a wish. For example a church may go through a split. The half that leaves will usually pick a name like “Unity” or “Harmony” just to prove that it was not their fault. After all if it is on the sign, it must be true!
Instead of the name reflecting what we hope our church will be, what if the name reflected the current state of our church?
“No Hope” Baptist Church
“Boring…” Baptist Church
“Stiff Neck, Won’t Change” Baptist Church

The name on the sign doesn’t impact what happens on the inside!

Personally I like what Jesus said. In John 13:35 He says “by this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one for another.” Is it possible to have a church and not have a name? Jesus seems to think so. If we would learn to love people as God loves us, people will know who we are and where we are.

I pray for the day when the light of Jesus shines brighter than the lights that illuminate our signs!

Well I have a lot more to say but I just got a call, the light bulb in our church sign has burned out again!

Well Done Dad

August 6, 2012

Well done Dad!
You finished strong!

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Dad was diagnosed with ALS in February,2012. We were stunned by the words of the doctor as he gave his diagnosis. We cried all the way home. Questions about treatments and amount of time left to live clouded our minds. That stormy day will always be remembered not because of the terrible news, but because of the pact that Dad and I made that day.
We were sitting in his garage, no one around but the two of us, when Dad began to share his fears and worries. We talked about death, getting things done and taking care of family. And in those few moments we cried, shared and made a pledged to each other. Realizing we could not change things I said “Dad, I need you to finish the race strong, don’t quit!” “Your grand kids, your family, I need to see your faith and know that you crossed the finish line running strong!” That afternoon he promised to try and I promised to help him.
Over the next couple of months, as his body wore thin, I would encourage him to finish strong and he would reply ” I’m still running!”
Over the last couple of weeks we talked about death and what it would feel like. We talked about heaven and what it would feel like. He was tired and struggling but he assured me that he wasn’t going to quit and he would do his best to finish the race.
On August 1st, I watched as Dad crossed the finish line of life. He was leaning forward! He finished strong! He gave his all!

Dad, I’m proud of You!
You ran a good race!
You didn’t quit!
You finished strong!

Well done Dad!
Well done…