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What We Look For When We Read the Bible Influences What We Find

I was once in a discussion about women passing communion on Sunday morning. One brother’s “gotcha” verse (that only men can serve the Supper/pass trays) was Acts 6:1-4,

“In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenistic Jews[a among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.”

This has nothing to do with who can pass a tray up and down the aisle. But he found a verse that talked about people serving food, who were men. He had all the proof he needed to argue that it was scripturally wrong for a woman to pass a communion tray standing, going up and down the aisle. He had no trouble when women passing seated, side to side sitting.

Others will point to 1 Tim2:12 where Paul talks about women not “having authority over” men (which is a poor translation).

I am not here to talk about who should serve communion, although that would be a good thing to discuss. I am here to talk about how we read the Bible and how what we are looking to prove has a huge impact on what we find/what we think the Bible says and means.

Here is another example of that – what is the correct scriptural name for the church? People have found several answers to that question. The problem is, in all of the examples mentioned none of the biblical authors actually meant to be naming the church in a formal, sign out on the front, kind of way.

If we want to be serious students of scripture, we must be careful to allow the scriptures to speak for themselves and not hijack them for our purposes. Sometimes, God wasn’t and still isn’t interested in giving us answers to the things we want answers for. We must have grace and patience toward one another in our understanding of these matters.

What are some other issues you believe we find answers where the Bible doesn’t give an answer?

Anxiety is Far Too Common in Ministry. Here is Why and What Can be Done About it

Over half of ministers report suffering from significant anxiety as a result of their ministry. Churches are anxious places. They are anxious places because we are supposed to get everything right and to do something not how it is always done or said creates uncomfortable questions and anxiety that is then, often, transferred to leadershipContinue Reading

Preserving Our Good DNA in Churches of Christ & Six Adjustments For Revival

Are we prime for revival or are we hopelessly stuck in the past? I don’t think God is done with us yet. Even though we are seeing decline pretty much across the board, I am hopeful that God is still going to use Churches of Christ in some meaningful and powerful ways. Not all DNAContinue Reading

Churches of Christ Need an Aerosmith/Run DMC “Walk This Way” Moment

The iconic “Walk This Way” music video is a parable for a conversation that must go mainstream and I am determined to make that happen. We have to start chipping away at the wall and poking our heads through to hear what is being said on the other side. On one side – mainstream, programmaticContinue Reading

Here is Why Churches of Christ Should be Leading the Way in Disciple Making Movements

I grew up with a real affinity for scripture. I heard over and over again that the Bible is the inspired word of God. I heard it is our example. Even our pattern. I heard it informs our practice and doctrine. Flowing out of all of that was the idea that we were restoring theContinue Reading

What Kind of Worship Pleases God? Our Usual Answer Will Not Suffice

It was 2011. I received my first invitation to speak at the Pepperdine Bible lectures from Jerry Rushford. Jerry had been at the Spiritual Growth Workshop that year in Orlando and thought some of the things that were said there needed to be said at the Pepperdine Lectures. Along with that I was invited toContinue Reading

Here is What is Happening Next Month at ACU’s Summit 2019

I always want to make sure you know the best events going on around the country and encourage you to attend. Here is one of the premiere Church of Christ events. I hope you will consider going, praying for this event, and/or catching the audio and video when it is posted. Here is what youContinue Reading

We Value What We Count and Count What We Value. So Count the Right Things

We typically count two things in church – attendance and contribution. That’s okay. That probably should be done. But there is so much more we need to pay attention to and there is nothing like counting things to give accountability to what is going on. Some things we cannot quantify. They are qualitative things. ButContinue Reading

Church – Something is Missing and it’s a Bigger Problem Than I Thought

We got all five acts of worship going but something is missing. We got church autonomy but something is missing. We got qualified elders but something is missing. We sing acappella but something is missing. We teach the Bible but something is missing. We meet on the first day of the week but something isContinue Reading

Uncomfortability

We are some of the only people in the history of the world to live a semi-comfortable life without having to try that hard. Until the last few generations people had to work for their food. By the sweat of their own brow and the work of their own hands food came from the ground.Continue Reading

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