How Scared Are You Of Being Misunderstood?

How Scared Are You Of Being Misunderstood?

There is, of course, wisdom in caring about how people understand you. Only “a fool uttereth all his mind”. And the wise are “slow to speak”, and “in the multitude of words there wanteth not sin”. But has the fear of being misunderstood become obsessive for Independent Baptists, like a mental tick? Has it forced us into utter silence among our peers and others? Is there a point at which the wisdom of being careful with words turns into selfishness because we’re afraid of looking bad or ignorant?

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What Keeps Me Busy?

What Keeps Me Busy?

I have unsaved friends and acquaintances all over the place. I work with them, do business with them, help them when they need it. They almost all still just know me as “Pastor Tom” no matter what my relation is to them. These are people that I have witnessed to more than once, and that I continue to try to influence for Christ. I’ve prayed with them, comforted them, served them, taught them, and more.

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Four-ish Steps To Wildly Popular Christian Content Online (WARNING: SATIRE)

Four-ish Steps To Wildly Popular Christian Content Online (WARNING: SATIRE)

The best part? No one will ever notice that you're pandering because you didn't actually use words. Well, it's not actual pandering anyway. It's just catering to the lowest common denominator. Totally different thing. 

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An Update On My Digital Minimalism

An Update On My Digital Minimalism

With Social Media, there was always the sense that things are happening….elsewhere. The FOMO factor (fear of missing out) is subtle but real. There is also always the sense that your peers are more successful than you are because many people who post about their ministry on Social Media seem to exaggerate, stage, varnish, and shade things in such a way as to make it appear that they are more successful than they are, and more often.

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Weed-Worshipping Minister Of Alien-god Offspring

Weed-Worshipping Minister Of Alien-god Offspring

That process of ordination was precious to me. It’s kind of like my credential since I don’t have the Bible College diploma on the wall, which is arguably not as important. It was not without great effort and it means a lot to me that those preachers as well as all the people of my sending church decided, “We can get behind this guy”. The approval and moral support of all of them means the world to me because I respect each of them highly. It would crush my spirit to not have them behind me.

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Don’t Speak Like The Foreman if You’re Only A Laborer (Working for the Lord of Harvest)

Don’t Speak Like The Foreman if You’re Only A Laborer (Working for the Lord of Harvest)

My point is, had we based our calling on the usually accepted conception of “need”. We might not have come. We based our mission on the call of God, not on statistics or demographics. I don’t think people have the right to say where the needs are or are not. Only God does, because He knows things we don’t. As Lord of the harvest, He moves laborers as He sees fit. Don’t speak like the Foreman of the job-site if you’re only a laborer.

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Compelling Reasons for Local Church Membership

Compelling Reasons for Local Church Membership

In my limited experience, people that scoff at the concept of local church membership are either rebellious and non-committal or they are wounded. The former are proud and just think themselves above being voluntarily accountable to anyone. The latter have had bad experiences with pastors and churches who tried to micro-manage their lives using unbiblical authoritarianism, brow-beating, and spiritual abuse all in the name of Hebrews 13:17.

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No, Not All Doubt Is Sinful

No, Not All Doubt Is Sinful

The thinking man however, he also struggles with doubt at times, but he continues acting on the decision of faith. He never lets it become worry. He just continues moving in the direction his initial faith took him. His progress reveals what side of the faith/doubt knife edge he is on- the faith side.

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I'm Not a Puritan, I'm a Computer!

I'm Not a Puritan, I'm a Computer!

these means can apply to protecting ones self not just from fornication but really from any potential sin that stems from a progression initiated by an input. That may be a lot of them! Maybe all of them! That’s almost overwhelming to think about. We just need to be discerning enough to identify the progression back to the inward sin and then guard the associated input(s).

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The Stochastic Gospel?

The Stochastic Gospel?

The word “stochastic” is used in contrast with the word “Deterministic”. Without getting too nerdy, I’ll briefly explain their use from a purely Radiological standpoint, and how they realistically illustrate the proper vs improper setting of spiritual goals.

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Pray Like No One is Looking

Pray Like No One is Looking

When called on to pray publicly, sometimes people will inevitably feel pressure to “knock it out of the park”. Sure, this is often a fleshly, self-imposed pressure. But it should never be a peer pressure. People asked to pray in church should not feel any social obligation to impress with their praying, but rather just pray in humility and sincerity with “clean hands, and a pure heart” (Psalm 24:3-4). And those being led in the public prayer ought to have enough brotherly charity to not care how it came out.

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