Life, God, Techonology, and Randomness

Month: May, 2012

Jesus Plus Nothing

Let me just be clear and let you know where I stand on the topic; Jesus plus nothing = the Gospel. In and of itself, open and shut case, take that to the bank.

Here’s the problem though. I hear so many people lately, probably longer than that really, that are throwing all these things on top of the Gospel. Things like be a good person, go to church, give to charity, only wear this type of clothes to church, blah, blah, blah. In and of itself those things are great and most Christians I would hope would do that; but those things are not the Gospel.

You see when you add anything to the saving grace of Jesus it becomes religion. I am constantly annoyed by people who think that Christianity is a religion. Religion is really just a form of behavior modification. It’s a series of steps that make you feel moral and in turn in good standing with a holy God. The Bible itself calls out these people in Matthew 7:22. Many people think that acting right or saying the right things will earn grace but it won’t, it’s ultimately a heart issue.

Behavior modification won’t work. All of history shows that it doesn’t matter what we do we can never seem to follow the rules, we need grace, unearned grace.

**edit** It’s odd how the Spirit works. I’ve been thinking about this topic for weeks and this morning we discussed it in Church.


People that do and don’t take notes in church

Two Sundays ago I sat next to a gentleman in church that took notes, furiously, I didn’t and I’m not sure that I feel guilty about it.

Back in my youth I was a gang buster for some notes in church. I’d write them everywhere; in the margins of the Bible, the offering envelope, my neighbors hand, whatever was handily accessible. But now not so much.

I blame it primarily on the tech revolution and college. I crammed so much in college into my head that has now vacated that I think I feel like I have space empty each Sunday and I can just easily add it there. Also…I never really have a pen on me.

Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not hating on the dude that takes notes, he’s probably way smarter than me with his catalogue of sermons that are stored on the bottom shelf of the bookshelf.

How about you? Know anyone that takes notes during church, do you?

We are Eternal (that’s huge)

This morning as I was checking the news on Flipboard the first two stories I read (saw) were exact opposites and it was, I don’t know the word, but I’ll try to express it here.

The first story that I saw was of a child lost to their family extremely early in life. The abruptness when it happened a few months ago hurt me to read and learn of and when I was reminded of it today the same feelings of loss and grief and frustration at our broken world were reignited. I can only pray for my friends in their loss and know that God is good but that doesn’t make it any less infuriating. It reminded me that we are all born broken in one way or another and that we are destined for a date with death and can’t stop it, none of us.
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C.S. Lewis and Pintrest (yikes)

I don’t really want Pintrest. I don’t think I really need it. Honestly I don’t need another social network in my life. I could care less about pinning things, about (insert whatever it is people do on Pintrest here) this or that.

Today though my whole world shifted. C.S. Lewis is on Pintrest and there are amazing things and quotes from him all coallated there. It just may be the one thing that draws me in. I have to confess…I’m a bit of a C.S. Lewis junkie and I absolutely love the little quotes you can find around the web.

I need some help here….should my man-crush on all things Lewis be enough to put me on it? Should I hold firm?