Archive for April, 2007

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Authority and a Meme to remember.

April 24, 2007

The People formerly known as the congregation.

I have to admit that sometimes I think that blogging for me looks something like this.

Write a blog post,

Have Dad link to blog post

Get traffic.

I sometimes wish I didn’t have a stat counter. I want to write just because I want to, not because I want to have people read it, I mean I do want people to read it, but that shouldn’t drive me to it. Anyway, I’m tired so I’ll just quickly say what I wanted to say. Dan McDonald, a pastor who I hope begins blogging soon, left a comment at my Dad’s blog. You can read the whole thing there. He says a lot of what I felt was important to say so that people don’t go swinging too far out here.

What is the church. I am going to start reading my bible more (please pray for me on this one). But as far as I can tell the church has always existed, and it exists where two or more are gathered. A lot of the reaction seems to be people reacting to pastors, pastors reacting to people, and people reacting to each other. Dan points out that this is the function of broken people in a broken world. “I know church isn’t what it should be. That’s my fault- and yours. I stamped it with my pathologies, and so did you.”

One person went so far as to say there is no biblical role for pastors, I hate to say this, but in Ephesians it does say that God, “gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” What that meant in the context of a church legally prevented from owning propery is surely different from what it means now. But we all exist in different roles to build up and edify each other. It seems like so much of this is breaking down.

Perhaps this is just another step in what was started 400 years ago. The church becomes corrupt, the people revolt, and a reformation happens. The question is, what is lost? 400 years ago we lost unity as the body of Christ, I understand that there will probably not be reconciliation in my lifetime, though I would like to believe some seeds are being and will be planted. We also lost apostolic oversight in most of the protestant world. That means that there is no where to turn when a pastor decides to take on the role of a king. Without the structures of authority that were in place by 300 A.D. there is no recourse for those hurt by pastors, or for those appalled by what pastors do or how they live. No recourse except that of resorting to the temporal authorities, as the spiritual authorities have been removed, usually by the pastor in question.

I’m not sure if Dan would agree with me, this is the Anglican (and I know that it seems to be failing in the Anglican church as well) or almost Catholic side of me coming out. But that is another post.

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If I was a theologian…

April 14, 2007

I think it would be better not to kill people.

It seems protestants are no less guilty than catholics of persecution, even killing people. I had realized that there had been violence in protestantism; but looking at people like Zwingli and Calvin made me realize that people are people. And power will corrupt anybody who seeks it.

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Come see me play.

April 14, 2007

Hi All,

Exams are finally, done, I just have three more essays to write and graduation a week today to conclude the Augustine experience. I’ll write about that after these essays are finished.

Just wanted to let you know, if you are in the Toronto area on April 28th, my band is playing at the El Mocambo. I can pretty much guarantee it is going to be a great show.

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Back later…

April 10, 2007

I’m in the middle of trying to write essays, most of which are late now.  As well I have to study for exams.  Oh the things we A.D.D. people do to ourselves.

I’ll be back on Saturday.

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That was easy.

April 2, 2007

I just updated the layout of my site.  Now you get to see my ugly mug everytime you visit.  I had no idea how easy it would be.  I chose the skin and made a header in photoshop.  All very, very, easy.

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How?

April 2, 2007

So here’s a question.

How do you take a band that is currently in 176th place in a competition and get them up into the top 10?

I have until May 10th to figure that out. That is when voting for the Cornerstone Festival New Band Showcase ends. If you’re reading this and have ideas for how we could get our name out there. Let me know. If you want to vote for us, go here. It is simple to register and simple to vote.

Plus you get to hear new, and good (at least I think so) music from my band.

It’s win-win.

UPDATE:  We are now in 185th place.   Not doing so good.