I have been a single parent for the last couple of days. Jenni has been in NYC with her sister on a weekend getaway and I have been home living a poor man’s bachelor life. It is no good. Jenni deserves some time away. She rarely has a chance to travel without the boys, so I am happy (ok….sort of happy) for her. Here are a few highlights of the week…
This week has been a bit of a blur. I haven’t done much reading, because I have been spending most of the week transferring data and programs to my new laptop. I got a Sony Vaio. It’s nice. It weighs less than three lbs and folds up less than 1 ½” think. I wanted a laptop that was extremely portable. I was able to get this at Circuit City on sale, plus I got it last weekend when Georgia was having a tax free weekend on clothes and educational supplies (including computers). I am getting use to Microsoft Vista. I like the desktop gadgets.
I did listen to some messages yesterday from my friend Erik Lawson at Element Church in St. Louis. Erik planted element church in 2005 and eighteen months later they have become the fasting growing church plant ever in St. Louis. He has a great vision and is building a great church. They are bulging at the seams in their rented facility and they were praying about a new facility in the West St. Louis area. Through a series of miracles, they were given an old mall, some 50,000 sq. ft. of space and $1.5 million dollars to renovate it. Holy Smokes! What a story. You can hear the entire story in a message called “Time to Build.”
New Cornerstone Website
I have been adding content to our new webpage at the church. Shhhh….don’t tell anybody, we are not ready to launch it, but here is a sneak peak: http://www.cornerstoneamericus.com/index.php
I really like the sermon section on the new website. We are setting up a RSS feed for iTunes so that all three of us with iPod’s in the church can download the podcast.
Gays in the ELCA
I was sadden to read this article.
It looks like the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is no longer going to discipline homosexual pastors who remain in “faithful committed same-gender relationships.” The issue of homosexuality continues to be a cultural lightening rod. I saw that the Democratic presidential hopefuls participated in a recent debate sponsored by gay-rights advocates. The cultural debate over the “rights” of homosexuals has spilled over into the church. Surprisingly there are a number of denominations like the ELCA who are debating the issue.
It seems to me that Christians need to do a serious examination of homosexuality in the Scripture. Much of the debate in the church has been sparked by how callously homosexuals have been treated by the church over the years. We should certainly treat homosexuals with love and respect. Regardless of their sexual orientation, they are people created in the image of God and therefore creatures of dignity. The issue is this: Does the Scripture portray homosexual behavior as outside God’s plan for human sexuality or not? We have to be careful not to read our own cultural assumptions and experiences into the text.
My reading of the Scripture reveals that homosexual behavior is outside of God’s plan for our sexuality. It doesn’t matter to me whether or not a person is born gay or not. A person could be a homosexual in that they are attracted to members of the same sex and chose to live celibate. The key issue is whether or not homosexuality is sin. I feel that this is a line in the sand that we have to draw.
That is it for today. Tomorrow morning we are going to have a creative interview with David Hartman from Shevet Achim We are going to talk about what God is doing in Israel. Shevet Achim is a ministry that provides heart surgeries for Muslim/Arab children. They are literally showing love to their enemies. Incredible….absolutely incredible.