Hope Springs…from a Public School Principal

My friend Pastor Baker at “The Recovering Legalist” tipped me off to this.
I encourage you to read this, and read the letters contained within it as PDF documents.

 

How does this relate to theology?

 

God created us to be thinking creatures, those who are able to study, evaluate, and make decisions. Too many times in our world that is suppressed in one way or another, and when it is praised it tends to come at the expense of God rather than to glorify Him.

 

1 Peter 3:13-16 says:

Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.” But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.

 

This pastor has taken this passage very seriously, and so should all Christians. To say “that is someone else’s problem” or “but it does not affect me” is the same as saying “I do not care what others have to deal with. This person then lives out what 1 John 4:20 states: “Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.

 

Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, soul, and MIND. Know what is happening in our world and how to stand up against the attacks.

 

Grace and peace,

 

Daniel

Rebeca Seitz's Blog

Y’all are not going to believe this. Well, some of you may.

RechpicA dear friend of mine, Alan Stewart, is a longtime pastor in the Mayberry-esque East Tennessee town of Soddy-Daisy. His church has become known in recent years for its crazy-effective Vacation Bible School programs, which Alan wrote and based on the public domain characters from those incredible children’s tales written by Christians – Beauty and the Beast, Wizard of Oz, The Little Mermaid, and Peter Pan – after realizing several years of other VBS programs had been entertaining, but not effective.

Alan and the church are a go-to resource when the town needs, well, anything. Food, shelter, counsel, money, a listening ear, an answer to a troubling situation. They are what the church is supposed to be, at least in so much as I’ve known them the past few years.

Alan was asked by

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