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We make God’s Word relevant!™

In the car I heard a commercial for a Bible with study notes – like a Life Application Bible or something. During the commercial they said something like “over 10,000 notes make God’s Word relevant!” Oh, puh-leeze.

Let me thank the note writers on God’s behalf for going that extra mile and filling in the gaps, finally making His Word relevant. Yeah, it’s the notes.

News flash: It was and is already relevant. It’s not His Word that’s lacking.

“Christianity in a Consumer Culture” conference this weekend


My friends at [The MacLaurin Institute][2] are helping to bring the [“Christianity in a Consumer Culture” conference][1] to the U of M campus this weekend. I might try to take in some little bit of it, though Kenny got strep (again), so that will mix up the weekend a bit. Looks like good stuff, though. From the supporting website:

> Consumerism is the driving force in our society—a spirit of our age. It is enmeshed within the fabric of our society. There are many critics to consumerism—those who are rightly concerned about the destructiveness of consumerism when it comes to economic justice or environmental issues. However, consumerism also reaches deep into the heart of American spirituality. Consumerism shapes the way we relate to each other, to our society, and to our God. Christians need to intentionally and carefully navigate our consumer culture, responding to its dangerous complexities with a deepening awareness of its promises and perils. The Conference on Christianity and the Consumer Culture will be both informative, fostering a deeper understanding of consumerism and its role within our society, as well as formative, providing strategies for faithful living in light of the promises and perils inherent to our consumer culture.
> Towards this end, we will bring together Christian thinkers and practitioners who will offer analysis of the way our consumer culture shapes Christianity in America as we cultivate practices which will help us faithfully respond to Consumerism as a driving force in our society.

I’d go, but I have some shopping to do.

Kidding! Consider it if you’re interested. Maybe I’ll see you there.

The Lord’s Supper – Part 2


After **[The Lord’s Supper – Part 1][3]**, I spent some time wandering the internet in search of how folks have come to their opinions on whether wine should be used in the Lord’s Supper. I found a number of things which I’d like to follow up on and add to what I’ve started here.

###”It really wasn’t wine.”

One resource I found was the web site of a Baptist church. I have chosen not to link to their web site because I do not wish to single out any one fellowship. They are not unique in their view, and I intend to address what they argue in a very generic sense.

The foundation for their stance was that “To [assert Jesus turned water into wine] makes the Lord Jesus to put an intoxicating drink to the lips of his neighbors in clear violation of scripture,” and so it must have been juice used at the Lord’s Supper, too. They even go so far as to have a header called “The Absolute Prohibition of Proverbs 23:29-31” which reads:

Continue reading The Lord’s Supper – Part 2

The Lord’s Supper – Part 1

It’s time for the long awaited Lord’s Supper post. OK, long awaited by myself and maybe one other guy.

The Lord’s Supper – the wine and bread taken in remembrance of Jesus – is one of only two explicit Christian ordinances, the other being baptism. Jesus said specifically that we are to “do this in remembrance of Me” (Luke 22:19) and Paul tells us that by doing so, we “proclaim the Lord’s death till he come ” (I Corinthians 11:26). It seems to me it’s pretty important. And because it’s my nature, I tend to think we need to be extra careful with the important things.

There are a few observations I’d like to make about different ways I’ve seen the Lord’s Supper done in various places. I’m going to spread them out into separate posts. But I think I’ll start with one that really strikes a nerve with me. And what will probably be the most controversial.

Continue reading The Lord’s Supper – Part 1