Uh, I think that's it. I'm still working in the same job as a year ago, things are roughly the same. I moved by blog here so I could have better control on it. We're part of a new church plant and that's going well. I think that's it. Oh yeah, and God is still sovereign over our lives and everything we do, but everyone knows that already! :D
Oh yeah - and I'm more amillenialist than premil (read: more in line with the reformers).
Pastor FrankOkay, so this requires a little explanation. My friend and I were talking at work about errant theology including baptismal regeneration. We both came out in defense of the Bible (ie. salvation is by grace through faith ala Eph. 2:8-9) and our other friend who belongs to the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) brought up links on the LCMS website that stated that salvation is secured at baptism. For reference they are paedobaptist (baptize babies) which means that they believe that their children are saved immediately upon baptism. If that's the case, then, we thought, why not get a pastor, a crop duster full of holy water, and a PA system and baptize the world!
There you go - more information than you wanted, and three hours of my life that I'll never get back. On the plus side, if I need a logo that looks just like that (minus the text), I'll have it available!
Things understoodWe, as the body of Christ, need to check our experience at the door of the church and listen to the text presented as the text itself. This is not the Bible as it applies to me and MY life. This is not the Bible as shown through the experience of my life and through MY eyes. It means nothing if I merely interpret the text based on my own views and in light of how I perceive or respond to the text. The text itself was written to a specific group of people at a specific time, but its application as stated at that exact moment and to that exact group of people has specific application to us today. Maybe we are in a place where God is speaking to us about our conviction, or is reassuring us of our salvation. Maybe God is working through others to shape us into His image, or maybe God is using us today to reach others. These things are all shown to us and empowered by the Holy Spirit who feeds off of the Word of God as revealed through scripture in accordance to the will of God as revealed through scripture. He will never contradict Himself as presented to us in the Bible. We should, therefore, inspect the Word, learn the Word, memorize the Word, but not as it applies to us today or how we may interpret it, but in accordance with how it was originally meant to be understood to the audience it was first intended. The application to us is the same as it was to them. So how do we determine how best to apply it to our lives? By taking the text, rightly understood by reading it and understanding the audience to whom it was intended, then applying that understanding to our lives today. Not by reinterpreting it by our own examples, nor by applying the Word to our specific circumstances in order to find meaning or justification for our own desires, but instead through listening to the writer, placing ourselves into the same situation as our fellow Christians 2000 years ago, and trusting that God's message to them is the same as it is to us today. We listen to the Word with open ears and with open minds, and reject our own personal interpretation of the text based on our experience and instead apply what was said to our lives and learn to live around the message that was spoken. We do not mold the words for where we are today, but we mold ourselves around the words that are presented and know that God who wrote those words through man's sinful hand is the same God who uses us today and who is speaking into our lives to reach us and others through us.