…the people perish. At least, that’s what it says in Proverbs, (29:18) and so, despite the second part of the verse clearly reminding us that it’s talking about a vision of God, (in the Bible it’s a fair bet that most things are about God) hundreds of pastors have seen in this verse a Biblical mandate for them to construct a church Vision Statement.
Now having a Vision Statement and having a vision are two separate things - and if you want your church to have a vision of God it’s almost always better for them not to have a vision statement - but let’s leave that for the moment and have a think about what makes a good and what makes a not-so-good vision statement. Read more about Where there is no vision...
I was about to write something about how evangelical authors (I was looking particularly at Chris Wright, in his “Mission of God”) do not take canon formation seriously, because if they did, then Chicago-inerrancy gets a bit fuzzy and then they realise they don’t have a magisterium. All die, oh the embarrassment.
And then along came this quote, which is superb: Read more about Biblical Inerrancy once again
In this category, top marks go for an example which quotes out of context in such a way as to negate the meaning of the original context entirely. For instance:
I'm (thoroughly enjoying) writing an IT strategy for a large church, and one of the things I want to get across is the benefits of openness with information, whether that means blogging, Twitter, engaging in discussions and forums about church teaching. This is an idea that the leadership are apparently unhappy about, since they want to keep fairly tight hold on authority for teaching and doctrine and what gets said in the name of the church, and if people start questioning what the pastor says in his sermons then where will we be. (In other words, all that unpleasantness in 1517 didn't change a bloody thing.)
Evangelistic meetings, at least here in Japan, are a funny sort of performance art.
Evangelicals, I mean, and specifically American ones.
I mentioned earlier that I was going to write something about the "Scripture interprets Scripture" school of hermeneutics. I may not succeed, but I'm going to try to see if I can explain some of the problems I have with it.
Yes, it's a heavy blogging day, but it's the only day of late I've had enough time and energy to put fingers to keyboard and get this stuff out of my head. So anyway, the other day I said:
Oh yeah, this one occurred to me a few years ago but I was reminded by a particularly muddle-headed sermon recently: (Any sermon which contends that God chose the Jewish people as His own Special Chosen People to work with for a few thousand years, just so that He could cynically use them to demonstrate to the rest of the world that they completely let Him down, and therefore they should all go to Hell for being unable to keep his utterly impossible Law, is going to end up in a big bucket of Fail as far as I'm concerned. Unfortunately, such a view is not so much widespread as omnipresent.)