01 June, 2012

Becoming a Dissident

"You do not become a 'dissident' just because you decide one day to take up this most unusual  career. You are thrown into it by your personal sense of responsibility, combined with a complex set of external circumstances. You are cast out of the existing structures and placed in a position of conflict with them. It begins as an attempt to do your work well, and ends with being branded an enemy of society."  

19 May, 2012

New Calvinism and Church Discipline

Dear Reader,

Whatever you do, do NOT sign any "membership Covenants" or any type of agreements in order to join any church.  No matter how nice or sincere they may seem at first. You have been warned. Here is one example of thousands making their way to the light of day.

06 April, 2012


Alan Knox over at, theAssemblingoftheChurch, hits one out of the ballpark with a series on "Pastoring". I especially loved this quote from Jamal from the post, but he has an MDiv and Ordination papers:

These precious saints who ask me to pray for their ‘Elders’ are frustrated because their ‘Elders’ (wise ones in the faith) are not really wise in the faith. I want them to realize that putting a descriptive term like ‘elder’ (one who is wise in the faith) upon a person who is not wise in the faith makes no sense. Instead of being frustrated with these people, simply see them for who they are, and who they aren’t.

I want these precious saints to realize that if someone is not ‘wise in the faith,’ they are NOT an elder even if they do carry the job description or title of ‘Elder / Pastor.’ Simply realizing this could free many from being held hostage to a system or organization led by a set of ‘unwise’ people who carry the title of being ‘wise.’ After all, the title of ‘elder’ does not make a person ‘wise’ in the faith.

The problem is not really with these unwise ‘Elders,’ rather the problem is with the people who think the term ‘elder’ refers to some type of ‘office’ that carries a hierarchical weight that is separate from the person itself. This is foreign to the New Testament. It is absurd to look to someone whom we already know is not ‘wise’ in the faith and refer to them with a term that means ‘one who is wise in the faith.’

Amen. Quote from "Jamal" over at illuminate. Read his whole post, too.

27 March, 2012

A Cry for Justice

"Good people never pretend to be evil, but evil people pretend to be good. Sheep don't wear wolves' clothing."

~ Jeff Crippen

Check out Jeff's great blog http://cryingoutforjustice.wordpress.com/

It is a bit too complicated to comment there but the articles are definitely worth reading

26 January, 2012

The Gentiles Lording It Over

Wade Burleson has hit the nail squarely on the head with this post:

 our-problem-is-authoritarianism-and-not legalism

29 November, 2011


21 October, 2011

The Forgotten Man

As soon as A observes something which seems to him to be wrong, from which X is suffering, A talks it over with B, and A and B then propose to get a law passed to remedy the evil and help X. Their law always proposes to determine what C shall do for X, or in the better case, what A, B and C shall do for X....

What I want to do is to look up C. I want to show you what manner of man he is. I call him the Forgotten Man. Perhaps the appellation is not strictly correct. He is the man who is never thought of....

He works, he votes, generally he prays....but he always pays....

--William Graham Sumner

Yale University, 1883