word for the weak: week twenty-eight


This week’s theme in MoSt Church‘s 2012 Bible reading project – the Uncommon Truth for Common People project – is contagious living.

This week’s memory verse is a portion of Matthew 7.17: “… every good tree produces good fruit …”

this went thru my mind


Church: * Growing Up in Church: An Interview with Trevin Wax; * Chasing After Fantasies by Ted M. Gossard

* “Legalism makes repentance easy because people are willing to sacrifice, to look different, to behave differently. But list-keeping is actually an easier version of Christianity than what is found in the Bible. Law is easier than the gospel.”

* “Dietrich Bonhoeffer in his book, Life Together says that one of the greatest enemies of the church is chasing after fantasies. That is, having and holding on to some ideal as to what community should be, instead of being committed to community as it is in and through Jesus.”

Holy Spirit: The Direct Inner Operation of the Holy Spirit by Terry Rush

“I was taught what turned out to be a devastating and most costly false doctrine when I was converted.  I was told with energetic clarity in school that the Holy Spirit does not operate directly in a Christian’s life.  We were repeatedly warned that any who believed such was a liberal to be eventually cursed.  I firmly vowed to maintain such an upright position. However, such a warning proved to be wrong.”

Interviews: A Year of Interviews … by Rachel Held Evans

“… I’ve learned so much from these exchanges as many of my assumptions, stereotypes,  and misconceptions have been challenged by actually talking with all these smart and gracious people.”

Just for fun: How All 50 States Got Their Names by Matt Soniak

“Texas comes from teysha (sometimes spelled tejas, tayshas, texias, thecas, techan, teysas, or techas), a word widely used by the natives of the eastern Texas region before the arrival of the Spanish. The tribes had various spellings and interpretations of the word, but the usual meaning was ‘friends’ or ‘allies.’ Some tribes, like the Hasinais and the Caddo, used it as a greeting, ‘hello, friend.’ This is the usage that Spanish explorers picked up and used to greet friendly tribes throughout Texas and Oklahoma. The explorers also applied the word as a name for the Caddo people and the area around their East Texas settlement.”

United States: What Still Surprises Miroslav Volf about America