Sports vs Sunday Morning Part 2

soccer ballSo far in this 3 part series we’ve heard one version of how sports are, or may be, affecting the church on Sunday morning.  Now when I note Sports, that could include competition cheer, competition dance, swim,  and any other regularly scheduled sport that takes place regularly on Sundays.

So now I want to offer another view before offering my own.  This view comes from Dr. James Emery White over at crosswalk.com

Here’s how it begins:

I am about to enter into the most volatile subject imaginable. No, not abortion or same-sex marriage, not even immigration reform or gun control.

Those are tame.

I want to talk about parents, sports and the church.

How many of you already felt your defenses go up, blood pressure rise, and claws and fangs extend? 

I’m kind of dumb, so I’m going to keep writing.

Read more here!

Sports vs. Sunday Morning Part 1

soccer ballLet me begin with a little history.  I grew up playing sports.  Football, baseball, basketball and softball were all familiar to me.  But, I must admit that none were EVER scheduled on Sunday.  In fact, not much of anything was scheduled that would be in conflict with the church on Sunday morning.

A lot of time has passed and things have changed.  Many sports are now intentionally scheduled on Sundays creating mixed emotions.

Some scream that it will be the eventual death of the church as future generations see that Sunday morning worship is optional if something, in their eyes, is more important.  Others say it’s great family time and isn’t that something the church encourages, and it’s seasonal.  So, what’s a person to do?

So today I’ve decided to create a 3 part series that will address this topic.  I’ll post 2 various views and then I’ll post about the thought process I’ve gone through on this topic over the years and my NEW take on it. Then you can decide for yourself.

So here is one take from a blogger at family discipleship path.

Tiny House Movement?

tiny house1Downsize?  Are you kidding?  Where would I put all the stuff I don’t use – ever?

Downsize?  Yep, that’s what many people are doing beginning with their house.

Want to know more about the Tiny Home Movement?  If you do the then see this article that compares the cost of a traditional home verses a tiny home.

Ultra Quotes…

deanHaven’t updated you on any of my ultra training so I thought I’d do that!

I’m currently registered for an ultra (30 plus miles) trail run and a city marathon (26.2 miles).

My training consists of lifting weights at the gym and outdoor running. I hate running on the treadmill but if I have to I will.

This time of year means that I’m getting into the beginning of my longer runs.  Longer runs mean that you have to get accustomed to suffering.  Seriously, to run long distances you need to get comfortable with suffering.

 

So for motivation this week I thought I’d leave you with some quotes from Dean Karnazes, known as the ultra marathon man.

“Struggling and suffering are the essence of a life worth living. If you’re not pushing yourself beyond the comfort zone, if you’re not demanding more from yourself – expanding and learning as you go – you’re choosing a numb existence. You’re denying yourself an extraordinary trip.”
Dean Karnazes, Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner

“People think I’m crazy to put myself through such torture, though I would argue otherwise. Somewhere along the line we seem to have confused comfort with happiness. Dostoyevsky had it right: ‘Suffering is the sole origin of consciousness.’ Never are my senses more engaged than when the pain sets in. There is a magic in misery. Just ask any runner.”
Dean Karnazes, Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner

“Most people never get there. They’re afraid or unwilling to demand enough of themselves and take the easy road, the path of least resistance. But struggling and suffering, as I now saw it, were the essence of a life worth living. If you’re not pushing yourself beyond the comfort zone, if you’re not constantly demanding more from yourself–expanding and learning as you go–your choosing a numb existence. Your denying yourself an extraordinary trip.”
Dean Karnazes, Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner

So quit reading already and go run!

Jinotepe

GlobeAs you may know we run the Friendship Bible Institute 2 times a year in Jinotepe, Nicaragua.  We teach Latin American ministers theology on a close to Seminary level.

One of our teams will be leaving this Saturday and we ask that you take time to pray for them each day.

Here are daily suggestions for our team and the Jinotepe people.

 

 

Sunday
Pray that the Lord would touch the city of Jinotepe now, while the team is there and after they leave. Pray for Friendship Supported missionaries to Nicaragua Marissa and Gerald Lopez.
Monday
Pray for the Pastors at the Bible institute. Pray that they would be hungry for the Word and obedient to the Lord’s message. Pray that their churches would be impacted by their participation at the B.I. 
Pray also that the Lord would lead the teachers in every word they speak. 
Tuesday
Pray for the Feeding Center ministries in Jinotepe. Pray that the Lord would continue to bless the children and the servants both physically and spiritually. Pray that He would continue to show these children a tangible example of the Gospel. 
Wednesday
Pray for the small group ministries in Jinotepe. Pray that discipleship would spring from the homes of believers and non-believers alike. Pray that deep relationships would form as the team serves the people, giving them fertile ground to plant the seed of the Gospel.
Thursday
Pray for the Arms of Love and Blue Bird orphanages in Nicaragua. Pray that the Children would feel God’s fatherly love through the staff all year-round and through the team during their time there. Pray that the government would accept the orphans and begin to support them again. 
Friday
Pray again for each team member; ask that God would prepare them and prepare the hearts of the Nicaraguan people to hear His message. Also, praise Him for making a way for the team to go financially.
Thank the Lord for all He has done and will do in Nicaragua! Praise Him for including you in His mission and for sending hope to the world through the people of Friendship.
Saturday
Pray for all the members of the team including our translators and coordinators. Pray that the team would have a safe flight and that the Lord would open doors to share their testimonies even during travel. 

 

New Testament in a Year!

BookstackHere’s the reading plan we’re following found at Walk through the Bible.

January
1 John 1:1-34
2 John 1:35-51
3/4 John 2
5 John 3
6 John 4:1-42
7 John 4:43-5:15
8 John 5:16-47
9 John 6:1-21
10/11 John 6:22-71
12 John 7
13 John 8:1-30
14 John 8:31-59
15 John 9
16 John 10
17/18 John 11:1-44
19 John 11:45-12:19
20 John 12:20-50
21 John 13
22 John 14
23 John 15
24/25 John 16
26 John 17
27 John 18
28 John 19
29 John 20
30/31 John 21
February
1 Acts 1
2 Acts 2
3 Acts 3
4 Acts 4
5 Acts 5
6 Acts 6-7
7/8 Acts 8
9 Acts 9
10 Acts 10
11 Acts 11-12
12 Acts 13
13 Acts 14
14/15 Acts 15
16 Acts 16
17 Acts 17:1-18:21
18 Acts 18:22-19:41
19 Acts 20
20 Acts 21:1-36
21/22 Acts 21:37-22:29
23 Acts 22:30-23:35
24 Acts 24:1-25:12
25 Acts 25:13-26:32
26 Acts 27
27/28 Acts 28
March
1 Romans 1:1-17
2 Romans 1:18-32
3 Romans 2:1-16
4 Romans 2:17-29
5 Romans 3:1-20
6 Romans 3:21-31
7/8 Romans 4:1-12
9 Romans 4:13-25
10 Romans 5:1-11
11 Romans 5:12-21
12 Romans 6:1-11
13 Romans 6:12-23
14/15 Romans 7:1-12
16 Romans 7:13-25
17 Romans 8:1-11
18 Romans 8:12-39
19 Romans 9:1-29
20 Romans 9:30-10:21
21/22 Romans 11:1-10
23 Romans 11:11-36
24 Romans 12
25 Romans 13
26 Romans 14
27 Romans 15:1-13
28/29 Romans 15:14-33
30/31 Romans 16
April
1 1 Corinthians 1
2 1 Corinthians 2
3 1 Corinthians 3
4/5 1 Corinthians 4
6 1 Corinthians 5-6
7 1 Corinthians 7
8 1 Corinthians 8
9 1 Corinthians 9
10 1 Corinthians 10:1-11:1
11/12 1 Corinthians 11:2-34
13 1 Corinthians 12
14 1 Corinthians 13
15 1 Corinthians 14
16 1 Corinthians 15:1-34
17 1 Corinthians 15:35-58
18/19 1 Corinthians 16
20 2 Corinthians 1:1-2:11
21 2 Corinthians 2:12-3:18
22 2 Corinthians 4
23 2 Corinthians 5:1-6:2
24 2 Corinthians 6:3-7:16
25/26 2 Corinthians 8
27 2 Corinthians 9
28 2 Corinthians 10:1-11:15
29 2 Corinthians 11:16-12:10
30 2 Corinthians 12:11-13:14
May
1 Galatians 1
2/3 Galatians 2
4 Galatians 3:1-25
5 Galatians 3:26-4:20
6 Galatians 4:21-5:12
7 Galatians 5:13-26
8 Galatians 6
9/10 Ephesians 1:1-14
11 Ephesians 1:15-2:10
12 Ephesians 2:11-22
13 Ephesians 3
14 Ephesians 4:1-16
15 Ephesians 4:17-5:2
16/17 Ephesians 5:3-21
18 Ephesians 5:22-6:9
19 Ephesians 6:10-24
20 Philippians 1
21 Philippians 2:1-11
22 Philippians 2:12-30
23/24 Philippians 3:1-4:1
25 Philippians 4:2-23
26 Colossians 1:1-14
27 Colossians 1:15-2:5
28 Colossians 2:6-23
29 Colossians 3:1-4:1
30/31 Colossians 4:2-18
June
1 1 Thessalonians 1
2 1 Thessalonians 2:1-16
3 1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:13
4 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12
5 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11
6/7 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28
8 2 Thessalonians 1
9 2 Thessalonians 2
10 2 Thessalonians 3
11 1 Timothy 1
12 1 Timothy 2
13/14 1 Timothy 3:1-13
15 1 Timothy 3:14-4:10
16 1 Timothy 4:11-5:8
17 1 Timothy 5:9-6:2
18 1 Timothy 6:3-21
19 2 Timothy 1:1-14
20/21 2 Timothy 1:15-2:7
22 2 Timothy 2:8-21
23 2 Timothy 2:22-3:9
24 2 Timothy 3:10-4:5
25 2 Timothy 4:6-22
26 Titus 1
27/28 Titus 2
29 Titus 3
30 Philemon
July
1 Hebrews 1
2 Hebrews 2
3 Hebrews 3
4/5 Hebrews 4:1-13
6 Hebrews 4:14-5:10
7 Hebrews 5:11-6:12
8 Hebrews 6:13-7:10
9 Hebrews 7:11-28
10 Hebrews 8
11/12 Hebrews 9:1-14
13 Hebrews 9:15-28
14 Hebrews 10:1-18
15 Hebrews 10:19-39
16 Hebrews 11:1-16
17 Hebrews 11:17-40
18/19 Hebrews 12:1-13
20 Hebrews 12:14-29
21 Hebrews 13
22 James 1:1-18
23 James 1:19-27
24 James 2:1-13
25/26 James 2:14-26
27 James 3:1-12
28 James 3:13-4:12
29 James 4:13-5:6
30/31 James 5:7-20
August
1/2 1 Peter 1:1-12
3 1 Peter 1:13-2:3
4 1 Peter 2:4-12
5 1 Peter 2:13-25
6 1 Peter 3:1-12
7 1 Peter 3:13-22
8/9 1 Peter 4:1-11
10 1 Peter 4:12-19
11 1 Peter 5
12 2 Peter 1:1-11
13 2 Peter 1:12-21
14 2 Peter 2:1-12
15/16 2 Peter 2:13-22
17 2 Peter 3:1-10
18 2 Peter 3:11-18
19 1 John 1
20 1 John 2:1-17
21 1 John 2:18-29
22/23 1 John 3:1-10
24 1 John 3:11-4:6
25 1 John 4:7-21
26 1 John 5
27 2 John
28 3 John
29/30 Jude 1-16
31 Jude 17-25
September
1 Revelation 1:1-8
2 Revelation 1:9-20
3 Revelation 2:1-11
4 Revelation 2:12-29
5/6 Revelation 3:1-13
7 Revelation 3:14-22
8 Revelation 4
9 Revelation 5
10 Revelation 6
11 Revelation 7
12/13 Revelation 8
14 Revelation 9
15 Revelation 10
16 Revelation 11
17 Revelation 12
18 Revelation 13
19/20 Revelation 14
21 Revelation 15
22 Revelation 16
23 Revelation 17
24 Revelation 18
25 Revelation 19
26/27 Revelation 20
28 Revelation 21:1-8
29 Revelation 21:9-27
30 Revelation 22
October
1 Matthew 1
2 Matthew 2
3/4 Matthew 3-4
5 Matthew 5
6 Matthew 6
7 Matthew 7
8 Matthew 8
9 Matthew 9
10/11 Matthew 10
12 Matthew 11
13 Matthew 12
14 Matthew 13
15 Matthew 14
16 Matthew 15
17/18 Matthew 16
19 Matthew 17
20 Matthew 18-19
21 Matthew 20
22 Matthew 21
23 Matthew 22
24/25 Matthew 23
26 Matthew 24
27 Matthew 25
28 Matthew 26
29 Matthew 27
30/31 Matthew 28
November
1 Mark 1:1-20
2 Mark 1:21-45
3 Mark 2
4 Mark 3:1-19
5 Mark 3:20-35
6 Mark 4:1-34
7/8 Mark 4:35-5:20
9 Mark 5:21-43
10 Mark 6:1-29
11 Mark 6:30-56
12 Mark 7:1-30
13 Mark 7:31-8:13
14/15 Mark 8:14-38
16 Mark 9:1-32
17 Mark 9:33-10:16
18 Mark 10:17-52
19 Mark 11:1-19
20 Mark 11:20-12:12
21/22 Mark 12:13-44
23 Mark 13:1-31
24 Mark 13:32-14:11
25 Mark 14:12-42
26 Mark 14:43-72
27 Mark 15:1-20
28/29 Mark 15:21-47
30 Mark 16
December
1 Luke 1:1-38
2 Luke 1:39-80
3 Luke 2
4 Luke 3
5/6 Luke 4
7 Luke 5
8 Luke 6
9 Luke 7
10 Luke 8
11 Luke 9
12/13 Luke 10
14 Luke 11
15 Luke 12
16 Luke 13
17 Luke 14
18 Luke 15
19/20 Luke 16
21 Luke 17
22 Luke 18
23 Luke 19
24 Luke 20
25 Luke 21
26/27 Luke 22:1-38
28 Luke 22:39-71
29 Luke 23
30/31 Luke 24

Supreme Court Decision Part 4 – My Response

JusticeSo far we’ve heard several views on the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same sex unions.  Now I would like to give you my take.

I believe that same sex unions go against scripture and therefore I do not agree with the decision.  I align myself with the stand taken by the United Methodist church as Bishop Wallace-Padgett states in part 3 of my 4 part response.

 

But let’s not end the discussion there.  That would be too easy.  My response needs to go further because I find it interesting that this topic creates the firestorm that it does, so I want to elaborate further.

I believe that everyone should be treated well, as Christ treated others throughout his ministry, regardless of ones sexual orientation.  I believe that all people should be welcome in our churches.  There will always be issues that in the Christian church we will have to agree to disagree on.  But we should still be welcoming and treat everyone with dignity. When I read scripture this is what Jesus did, time and time again, to all.  So it’s not WWJD (what would Jesus do), that’s for people that don’t know Jesus, it’s WDJD (what did Jesus do) for those that read the word of God. We know what Jesus DID, he treated everyone with dignity even when he disagreed with their lifestyle whatever that may have looked like (prostitutes, tax collectors, etc….)

What are we to do now?

Now, here is my belief….  There will always be things that go against our beliefs as Christians.  This will not be the last lightening rod topic, more are coming as they always have.  So what are we to do now?

Near my house there is a 4 way stop.  Due to it’s proximity I have to go through it to go basically everywhere.  This 4 way stop has become my nemesis.  Why?  Because it seems that it seldom works like it’s supposed to.  You know, whoever gets there first goes first, second goes second, etc…  Instead, there seems to always be that person that want’s to wave people on before them, even though it’s technically their turn.  This gets everything out of sync.  Often resulting in me talking through my windshield saying, “Just Go!”  You see, if everyone would just do what they’re supposed to do everything works out better.

I believe that as Christians when we do what we know we’re supposed to do things work out better.  If we want to be ahead of the curve on the next “hot topic” then if we just do what we’re supposed to do I think things will work out better.

So what is it we should be doing.  Sharing the love of God with others.  Sharing how our lives are different because of Christ.  Inviting people to church etc…You know, Great Commission stuff…  Jesus stuff….When people get upset about topics like the recent Supreme Court decision, and I do mean upset, and rightfully so…

I like to ask them if they are as upset about perhaps the lack of the number of people that have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior, because they impacted someone’s life, as they are same sex unions?  Of course I realize that it’s the Spirit that does the saving but you get the picture.  Or, are they as upset about the lack of invitations they’ve given for people to sit with them on Sunday as they are same sex unions.  Or, are they as upset about  their financial giving as they are about same sex unions.  Or, how about their participation in missions, serving both inside and outside the church, helping the poor and disenfranchised, or you fill in the blank.  You see there are so many issues that could really transform lives if we were getting as upset about them as we do other issues.

When we do what we’re supposed to do things often go better.  You see when we do what scripture says we are to do, then perhaps there will be more voices in opposition to hot topics and maybe we can make a difference in the future. If more people are in worship hearing the word of God, and then applying it maybe we can make a difference.  If there are more people accepting Christ and living a Christ like life, maybe we can make a difference.  You see where this is going…

Don’t hear what I’m not saying, the Supreme Court decision is a big deal!  I’m against it.  And as Christians we need to be upset.  But if we want to make a difference in the future, maybe we need to get equally upset about things that may transform lives.  Things we can do something about today.

Of course we can agree to disagree as always.

In closing….

I want to leave you with TD Jakes of the Potter’s House response.

 

 

Supreme Court Decision Part 3 – Bishop’s Response

JusticeIn light of the Supreme Court’s decision related to same sex unions, today I’m offering part 3 of a 4 part response.

Part 1 – Adam Hamitlon’s response

Part 2 – An average family’s response

Part 3 – The official stance of Bishop Wallace-Padgett, residing Bishop of the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist church.

 

As you read the official response, please note that this is not the first time she has spoken against same sex unions.  Not long ago she brought another United Methodist minister up on charges for doing a same sex marriage.  That went to the highest level of United Methodist Church law – the Judicial Council.  You can read more about that here.

Here is her official statement in regards to the latest ruling of the Supreme Court on same sex unions…

Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Response to Supreme Court decision

6/27/2015

Dear Friends,

How I appreciate your ministry in the church and community. You are making a positive difference for Christ in the North Alabama Conference and beyond.

This blog is in response to yesterday’s Supreme Court decision that legalizes same gender marriage. I write as a bishop who is keenly aware that some of us are disappointed, others of us are celebrating and still others of us feel ambivalent about the decision.

Whatever your perspective on this matter, I am thankful for how deeply connected we are as followers of Jesus Christ. Indeed, our shared experience of serving the living Jesus is greater than any differences we have.

I know that most of our clergy are very clear about their ordination vows in relationship to the Supreme Court decision, even as it places some in a sensitive place with members of their congregations. Even so, the District Superintendents and I have received questions about how the Supreme Court decision affects the United Methodist position on same gender marriage. It does not change the position. It neither requires nor grants the right for our clergy to perform same gender weddings or for them to be held in our churches. Only the General Conference, which represents the worldwide United Methodist Church, determines our response to social issues.

One of the defining characteristics of the United Methodist Church is our interaction with societal matters. In the days ahead I encourage us to continue to reach out to all persons, within and outside of the church, whatever their sexual orientation or beliefs about marriage.

I pray that we will be known as people who show one another great patience and love even as we deal with our differences. May we love each other as Christ loves us (John 13:34-35).

I also pray that we will be known as people who fulfill the church’s mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world (Matthew 28:19-20). As we do so we will continue to make a positive difference in the world for Christ.

As always it is a privilege to serve as your bishop.

Blessings,
Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett

Supreme Court Decision Part 2 – Family Response

JusticeYesterday I addressed a “for” same sex union through the words of Adam Hamilton.

Today in part 2, I want to share some words from Kristen who blogs at wearethatfamily.com.  She writes a response basically answering the question many have after the Supreme Court decision, “What are we supposed to do now?”

I know nothing about the charity she discusses at the end her post, nor do I endorse it.  You’ll get the picture as you read her well crafted words in response to the ruling.  I think you’ll find it very thought provoking!

Here is what she had to say:

This Is What I’m Going To Do Today (In Response to the Supreme Court Ruling)

While my kids slept in on a summer morning, the world changed.

And I’m not just talking about new legislation.

On Friday, while some celebrated and others fell into discouragement, terrorists had a bloody field day on the world. Again.

Children lost parents, little girls were raped, men were beheaded, the poor faced another hungry night, women faced unspeakable oppression and innocent blood ran in the streets, while racial hate crimes and tension continue to divide our country. We might have paused to read a headline or shuddered at the atrocities our neighbors are facing, and then gone about our normal life.  I’m convinced if Christians spent half as much time praying for those suffering as we do arguing with those we don’t agree with, the Church would be stronger and our world would be a different place.

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It’s probably not shocking that our family disagrees and is saddened by this new law. We are also discouraged by the hate on both sides of the opinion and the lack of concern for the poor and persecuted in our world.

This isn’t the first time courts have tried to redefine truth based on cultural shifts or opinion. I still hold fast to a Biblical worldview, not a secular one and we choose to live by the truth in God’s Word.  I’m convinced that God’s love for mankind cannot be limited or defined by our culture and we will continue to look for ways to love people.

This decision may change Christianity in America. But I believe it needs to change.

We are too comfortable in our easy faith.

We are too concerned about our neighbor’s sin when our own is glaring.

We need less comfort and more concern for others.

We need to spend less and give more.

We need to cling to the Cross instead of fear.

We need less of us, more of Him.

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Our faith in action isn’t a To Do List. It’s a response to Christ laying down His life for us. We comfort and care because we have been comforted and cared for. We give because He has been generous to us. We love because He first loved us.

I want people to see my love for others louder than my opinions and doctrine. I want my children to see me love people. Period. Locally and globally. The Church hasn’t done a good job of both standing for absolute truth and loving  people no matter their religious beliefs, race or sexual preference. It’s time we do both well.

If we hold the Bible as truth, we know the end of time as we know it, will come. And we can let hope arise within us or walk in defeat. We can convince people we are right or we can lay down our life for those we think are wrong. We can spend our days bemoaning a Supreme Court decision or we can spend it on the Great Commission.

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One is easier than the other.

It’s easy to be right. It’s easy to ignore the needs of others.

Do not be astonished, brothers and sisters, that the world hates you. We know that we have passed from death to life because we love one another. Whoever does not love abides in death. All who hate a brother or sister are murderers, and you know that murderers do not have eternal life abiding in them. We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us—and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help?

Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.

At the end of the day, this is what I want my kids to know: Love really does win- The Greatest Love of all defeated death, hell, the grave and every one of our sins on a Cross more than 2,000 years ago. No  matter what we believe, God is love and legislation can never alter that truth.

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I’ve heard over and over from other Christians in despair…”What now? What do we do now?”

God has not changed—and neither have his requirements for us. “He has shown you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” Micah 6:8,

I’ll tell you what I’m going to do today: There are 8 young girls in India, rescued from a brothel where day after day they endured a hell I simply cannot fathom. They have suffered at the hands of evil men and for the first time in their young lives, they are tasting freedom. These 8 precious girls have been making hundreds of earrings for months now-it’s not only kept their hands busy, while they’ve experienced real love, it’s renewed their self esteem, restored hope and provided sustainable income.

I’m going to pray for them. I’m going to tell their story. I’m going to find 50 more women to buy their earrings so we can provide more jobs. I’m going to close my eyes and imagine their beautiful faces in the middle of their hell because it’s too dangerous for me to see their photographs.  And the next day I’m going to do the same with another group in Kenya, and then Ethiopia and the Middle East. Because that’s the need in front of me. This is how I can love the world around me today.

That’s what I’m going to do.

What about you?

– See more at: http://wearethatfamily.com/#sthash.ZSnMqVP8.dpuf

Supreme Court Decision Part 1 – Hamilton

JusticeWith the recent Supreme Court Decision legalizing same sex unions, I felt compelled to write a 4 part response to that decision.

So over the next few days I will post various opinions on the topic.

1.  Adam Hamilton’s view for same sex unions

2.  An average family’s view against same sex unions

3.  Bishop Wallace-Padgett’s official stance – Bishop of the North Alabama Conference of the UMC

4.  My own opinion and some possible responses as Christians to same sex unions

First we must recognize that this is a lightening rod topic for many.  Secondly, we must acknowledge that we don’t all agree with what is right and wrong with this decision.

In every church and denomination across our nation there are people for and against same sex unions.  With that in mind I’m occasionally asked how those that are for it are able to justify it in light of scripture.

Probably the best laid out argument for it, comes from a minister named Adam Hamilton.  Regardless of your stance for or against, I believe this is how some come to the conclusion that same sex unions are justified.

Before I send you to the article, understand that Adam Hamilton is a very respected minister in many circles across denominational lines.  He is a student of the bible and takes it very seriously.  He’s a published author and you may have even used his materials.  So, as I offer his views as one who has been able to justify same sex unions, know that he’s not some yahoo!

Whether you agree or disagree with his statements, it does provide a good example for those that wonder how others agree with same sex unions in light of scripture.

You can find that article here.