Christian Orthodoxy Still Lacking

I went by the website of a local denomination to see what was happening. To see if there were any major changes. There weren’t any. Usually on my two previous blogs, I have posted articles by Dr. Jerry L. Buckner. He’s an adjunct prof. at Golden Gate Baptist Seminary, and pastors a church in the Bay area of California. He has two articles that love, and in the past I have posted the articles, and shared my thoughts. I probably won’t this time. One of the articles does deal with Christian Orthodoxy in the black church. At least the lack of it anyway. Well, as I went by this particular website it dawned on me that christian orthodoxy is still lacking.

One Of The Main Reasons

And one the main reasons I will say it is lacking is because of church leadership. Yes I mean the Senior Pastors, deacons, and of course the people. As long as we as a culture maintain an emphasis on traditions of men, from the way we dress, and the church lingo that we speak and so on, then the church in the African American context will remain in this current anemic state. We need more men of prayer, not men of programs. At the very least, brothers that aren’t afraid like a local pastor here in my area to teach doctrine. Previously, a brother stated people in the inner city don’t need this. He claimed that my view point was subjective. But the proof is in the pews. Weak pulpits, leads to weak saints, and sickly churches.

Some feel it isn’t important, but the lack of biblical teaching is still allowing some of the worse heresies to run rampant in churches.

So, yes I’m sharing my thoughts this way in that Christian Orthodoxy is still lacking. And I believe we need a return to the scriptures. It starts with letting the scriptures make for themselves. Basic hermeneutics, and perhaps a resource or two on basic doctrine would help.

And yes, I’m recommending some resources.

For my brethern that are humble enough to check out these resources, I believe they will help revolutionize an inner city church.

For Hermeneutics:

Living By The Book. – By Howard G. Hendricks, William D. Hendricks.

For Doctrinal Preaching And Teaching:

Doctrine That Dances – Robert Smith

For Doctrine:

Doctrine For Difficult Days: Important Theology Made Simple – Dr. J. Vernon McGee

All of these are reader friendly for the busy or not so busy inner city pastor.

That’s all for now.

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Happy Father’s Day

Posted: June 20, 2010 in Christian Perspective

Father’s Are Blessing

Yes I do know there are dead beat dads. How about those that are faithfully providing for their families? Staying with the wife of their youth, and support their children. Loving the Lord. Sometimes we get bogged down in endless debates over eschatology, and inhouse theological debates over baptistism, calvinism vs. arminianism. Our children need our prayers, and presence. Us opening the word and teaching the truth in love. We need to affrim to our children the basics of the faith. One can get so tied up in the inhouse debates that they can neglect the gospel, edifying their wives and children. Just to get an “egghead” point across.

It’s time to spend more time building our families up and striking the balance when it comes to debatable issues. Leave that stuff on the table and go on to greater things in the Lord.

Wondering About Christians On Valentine’s Day

wonder why we don’t hear more sermons on love on or around February 14? More Song of Solomon would be nice. Maybe it’s just the church in the African American context. Maybe we are consumed with “Black History Month”, and wearing African attire as opposed to a sermon or a series of sermons on “love”. I think it’s been years since I’ve heard a good sermon on the subject this time of year. So here’s a shot of love:

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. 11When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

From Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa’s Website

Dear Praying Friends,

Pastor Chuck has made great progress and is being released this week from rehabilitation. He is hoping to resume his old schedule as soon as possible. As you can imagine, it has been hard for him to be away this long, so our prayer for him is that he does not do too much! Please do pray for Kay, this has been very hard on her, as she needs our prayers.

I Got Love For Him

I heard about the mini stroke. My heart goes out to this fine bible teacher. I know we all have differences of opinion. I own some of his books, and some tapes by Pastor Chuck. Regardless of where believers fall in their thoughts on this brother, we should be praying.

I Got Love For Calvary Chapel

I certainly have love for Calvary Chapel. I enjoy the ministry of Raul Ries, Greg Laurie in addition to Pastor Chuck. I am listening to “To Every Man An Answer” as I type this. Being a christian in the Orange County area during the late 80’s thru the late 90’s naturally I listened to KWVE 107.9 F.M. radio. I am not sure how many in the inner city was influenced by KWVE and Calvary Chapel but I was.

I attended their bible college (extension campus) for a year until my personal commitments in my home church led me to spend more time there with additional teaching time at my home church. I am not sure about the other christians in the area, although I was (still am) a part of the baptist church I loved the scriptural teaching that I took at face value. I understand there may have been a few controversies, but they don’t derail from the truths that were taught.

Theologically, I agree with them on essential christian doctrine as well as their views on the spiritual gifts. And in the area of eschatology. And as a christian I feel a degree of compassion for Pastor Chuck. My heart goes out to him and his family in prayer. I can’t speak for others, but I have love for Calvary Chapel, Pastor Chuck. And tell him that I am praying for him. We need more prayer for all our leaders.

My Prayer For The New Year

To make a difference in the upcoming year. Our time down is like a vapor. Lord teach us to number our days.

I Find It Amazing

How many people will search for significance and meaning and refuse to submit to the light the Lord has placed in their lives. What’s so difficult about submission to the Lord? He that, being often reproved, stiffeneth his neck shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy. Proverbs 29:1

Sometimes people are reproved by the words we speak and at times the lives we christians live. And yet the refuse to change. I’m amazed that many people reject the light that come into their lives. But my prayer is that I would see them as God would have me to see them. And treat them as God would have me to treat them. Don’t know what the year holds, but I know Who holds the year. May I be pleasing to the Lord in my dealings.

God bless.

The Current Radio Program.

I have really been blessed by the current ” A Sure Foundation” radio broadcast programs. The teaching is very practical and clear. There is nothing like concisive teaching and very clear speaking! Blessing to David Rosales and Calvary Chapel Chino Hills.

I’m praying for you brother!