Jason,I still stand by some of the comments that I made in previous posts, especially about church unity. One thing I found interesting about Mark's article, was his concern about people judging his congregation and making comments about their beliefs. I agree with you. I believe that God is working through him and the Mars Hill Church to touch and reach those that normally are forgotten, but it still pangs me to read his comments about mainliners and then his comments about tolerance for his congregation. Those statements may come from frustration or other things that neither of us are aware of, but it seems that Mark can be a strong catalyst for the unification of the Christian church, along with others like Joel Olsteen, if they put their mind and hearts into it. Right now it seems that his church is facing what all churches that are answering God’s call are facing...resources for the people of God.PAX JD
Hey JD, I agree that he could be a strong force for unification. His comments about the churches in his area though, help me understand what shaped his comments about mainliners. I find that we're all guilty of this hating criticism/hurling criticism paradox. I can't seem to get out of the cycle myself! God help me!
I can see that his comments are directed to specific churches as well, especially with the gay minister from the Northwest area a few years back. Things like that even caused our pastor, here in Houston, and another at a big church north of Houston, to consider leaving the United Methodist church if the outcome of that situation would have been different. This goes back to my comments, either here or on other's blogs, about God always being the same, and us changing for Him, not vice versa.Speaking of God not changing, have you read Rick Atchley's book Sinai Summit: Meeting God with Our Character Crisis ? Great book that we studied in a men's group here at work. Recommended reading for those that think the Old Testament and the Ten Commandments are either not compatible with current Christianity or outdated.PAXJD
JD, No I've not heard of that book, but thanks for the recommendation. Yes, you're right. Its disheartening for all Christians when a couple of heretics are allowed to flourish in their apostasy.
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