Cleaning Out the Drafts

Occasionally I notice that I have a pile of unpublished drafts of blog posts that never made it. It is time to do some house cleaning. So here is the gist of some posts that never made it.

September 11, 2001 – A day that I will never forget that launched my desire to do as much as possible to make the world a better place and begin making eternal differences on a regular basis. It is a day that would change where I would live, who I would marry, my career, and life in general.

Emerging Church of Christ Facebook – Feel free to join in the discussion about the direction of the church and how we can best impact the world around us.

Politics – I am so tired of them. I am also tired of how even the genuines turn out to be just another politician. I seriously think we need to let people only have one term in the house and senate and to take away the lifetime of pay and health insurance so they can be in touch with the American people.

Scriptural Repertoires – How often do we only turn to the same couple of scriptures when preaching and teaching? Most of us have our own canon within the canon and it is difficult to get beyond that and hunger for scriptures that aren’t our favorites. Yet they are just as inspired. So get out there and make application on some genealogies and lists!

Why do house projects take four times as long as you think?

How much impact is Google having on Christianity?

Did I mention we are done with house projects for the time being! All the major stuff is done and we are ready for our boy to arrive in the next month or so!

0 Responses to Cleaning Out the Drafts

  1. Frank B. says:

    About the canon within the Canon, preaching from the same passages, etc. I think that preachers should be taught and challenged to do of the following: (1) Occasionally preach/teach all the way through a book of the Bible, an OT book at least 50% of the time, and (2) Use the Common Lectionary, with the understanding that, when something unusual comes up, the preacher can temporarily break from the lectionary and come back later. I really wonder how much those sorts of things are happening these days.

  2. Philip III says:

    Yeah, I thought the canon within a canon comment was too good to pass up, too 🙂 I think we’ve talked about this in person before, you & I. While I still generally agree with you, there’s an element in which experience is teaching me that it’s important to repeat some passages. If going over the same passages is NOTHING other than an exercise in laziness, then yeah, it’s probably not fruitful. But Jesus talked about how there were weightier matters in the law. I think that there are certain passages that require more emphasis over the rest of Scripture. Also, I think there are certain audiences that need to hear certain passages (sometimes over & over) because of a particular need, hurt, or inherent interest in that particular context. Examples of some I’ve been emphasizing over the last couple of years, whether due to need/hurt/interest, general ignorance in the congregation, or importance in general:

    Ephesians 4:3 (unity)
    John 17 (unity)
    John 1:14 (the Gospel)
    1st Cor. 15:1-5 (the Gospel)
    Exodus 34:6-7 (identity of God)
    Acts 26 (boldness)

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