- Excited about the Launch Team Interest Meeting tonight at Living Free. It’s going to be a fun evening. Hey, don’t forget to bring your binders. 🤓 see you tonight at 6pm.
I'm Not Sorry!
Last week I ran across a blog post article entitled, Max Lucado, Apologizes for Same-Sex Marriage Sermon He Gave in 2004, written by Jesse T. Jackson on ChurchLeaders.com. To give you a little of the back story, the article explains that Pastor Lucado preached at the Washington National Cathedral on February 7, 2021, and urged listeners to “just say yes and welcome the presence of the Holy Spirit into your life.” Later in the week, Dean Hollerith issued an apology for inviting Pastor Lucado. After that, apologies were issued—one even penned by Lucado himself. In the letter, the guest preacher apologized for a sermon he preached in 2004 that revolved around the topic of same-sex marriage.
First of all, this is NOT a political post. I avoid making divisive social media posts and do not plan on writing about polarizing topics. It is my goal to be authentic, positive, and practical. As I read the New Testament, one of the refrains that resonate repeatedly is the Apostles' call to unity. James rebukes the congregation for their internal disputes (James 4:1), Paul preaches against racial divides (Galatians 2) and tribal tendencies (1 Corinthians 3:4), Peter urges his audience to embrace “likemindedness” (1 Peter 3:8), and John is at the end of his life beckoning the people of God to live out the ethic of love (1 John 3:11-24). This blog post is not about same-sex marriage, it is about our excessive need to be acknowledged, recognized, and accepted by an immoral, iniquitous, antireligious horde.
We Can Not Allow the Secular to Control the Sacred
Truthfully, I’m not sorry! In this cancel-culture (which is a modern form of social shunning, in which someone is thrust out of social or professional circles – either online on social media, in the real world, or both) we are allowing the secular to crowd-control the sacred.
We betray a lack of faith in God’s power to bring redemption and restoration when we don’t allow people’s past words to be something in their past. Thank God I did not have a Twitter account when I was a teenager, I had a Ph.D. in inappropriateness. I have preached a host of messages that I am sorry for, my attitude, my lack of preparedness, my loveless delivery, and it would go back long before 2004. But what I am not sorry for is a biblical viewpoint that flies in the face of post-Christian culture. I am deeply sorry if, as an imperfect individual, I mess up and offend. Still, I am not sorry for the scriptures' authenticity and offensiveness to an immoral lifestyle or worldview.
What we are doing is counter-cultural and will never be met with universal approval. No matter your theological position, all your views as a Christian are counter-cultural and should be. If your beliefs are cultural, you’re probably going with the preverbal flow.
When it is all said and done, we should walk in love, and live to attain to this scripture:
“Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.” Philippians 1:27
- Who Are You Inviting to the Launch Team Interest Meeting!? Be sure to note the new location. Be sure to Register and your guest if you don't send them the link (so we can have accurate numbers) at https://restorationfranklin.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/723349Restoration Church Franklinrestorationfranklin.churchcenter.com
The weekend wrap-up….. back by popular demand. Not really, I just wanted to do it. I had a blog site with a decent number of people who read and followed it in the past. I would post all kinds of leadership, discipleship, and potent ponderings of personal philosophies (like the alliteration). But the most read posts were none of those; it was my weekend wrap-up that just summarized the weekend. It kind of hurt my intellectual feelings. On the most part, the truth is, people just love the authentic dialog and down-to-earth, practical living and teaching. So here we go….
Friday, we were out in the Blizzard of 2021 to take DeAnna to Vanderbilt Medical Center for minor outpatient surgery. Everything went very smoothly, and she is sore but doing good. I know sometimes larger institutions get a bad rap, and everybody has an opinion (they are like bellybuttons; everybody has one, and they are full of lint, my Dad had a different expression that needed to be edited). Vanderbilt Medical Center has provided my family and me with excellent experiences. I just want to thank all the medical staff that made this day a repeated positive experience.
Saturday, I packed up and headed to Dyer, TN, to get settled in and ready to preach on Sunday. I had a great afternoon and evening catching up with old friends Mark and Melody Kirkpatrick. DeAnna and I have known them for over 30 years. We met them at Central Bible College in Springfield, Missouri. Melody made a wonderful meal with some pecan pie. I had to pace myself it was so good.
Sunday was a great day at Dyer Frist Assembly. I have enjoyed every opportunity to minister at this church, some amazingly friendly folks make you feel at home and a part of the family. If you live in the area and are looking for a good church, stop looking and join this church! Nathan Kirkpatrick and his team did a tremendous job leading us into His presence during worship. This young man and his wife, Haley, are going to do great things for the kingdom. They make me excited about the next generation of leaders! We had lunch in Trenton and I learned about their feeding program on Wednesday nights that started as a one-time special event in 2014 and hasn’t stopped since. Come on somebody shout! Love the heart and passion of Pastor Mark and his church to reach out into their community with a demonstration of God’s love. Praying a harvest of souls as they continue to sow into the lives of people. You can never go wrong loving people. Thank you, Dyer First Assembly for your investment in Restoration Church. We are humbled and honored by your partnership.
I traveled back to Kentucky after eating at the buffet with heavy eyes, so I called some of my favorite people on the planet to check in with them: DeAnna, Danielle, Chris Brown, and Scott Dobbins. Thanks for keeping me awake, so I didn’t have to pull over and take a nap. Life Lesson: Don’t eat as if you may never get to eat again when you have a 3-hour drive ahead of you. It was an awesome weekend.
Above all, continue in love and excellence!
- Don't forget our Bible Reading Program! At the end of this coming week, you will have some catch-up days. Don't Give Up! Keep Reading!
Please pray.Preaching today at Dyer First Assembly. Be praying for a move of the Holy Spirit and that the Lord blessing as we raise funds for the launch budget.
- Thank you to all who have offered to help or bring me food. I love and appreciate you so much. I’m doing ok this morning. Hurting a bit but it’s tolerable. Everything went according to planned so I’m hopeful that I will begin to see a difference soon. Have a blessed weekend!