Being a Disciple - Blog
The Kansas City radio station I used to listen to as a kid broadcast
regular commercials for a local auto racetrack. The announcer was always
very excited as he read through the various races coming up for the next
weekend. The ads always ended with the sound of roaring motors and squealing
tires and the voice-over screaming, “Kansas City Raceways! Sunday!
Sunday! Be There! Be There!” It's one of those tapes that plays in my head to
this day. I have thought many times since that it would be nice for us to be
that excited about coming to church—not the noisy engines roaring, but
maybe just a little bit of the voice – the “Sunday! Be There!”
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How do we talk about our church? It is important, you know, to do so. We didn't gain 34 new members in 2012 by sitting on our hands, service-wise, or by stifling our tongues about who we are and why we choose to worship God among this special group of people called First Christian Church of Fort Worth.
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As a congregation and as a whole church, the Christian Church (Disciples of
Christ), we have been quite blessed during this year by the attention the women of our church are paying to human trafficking. Gradually, over several years, this modern
plague of slavery has been brought more and more into the open. I wrote in this spot
about it some three years ago, I think. But now, with more attention from outside the
church, and with trafficking being the study focus of Disciple Women internationally,
all the horrifying statistics are becoming well known, and consciences are being
moved to action among us.
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Learning basic financial concepts and God's way of handling money… then applying these concepts, brings big success!
So last night was the end of the 9 week class of Financial Peace University (FPU). I thought the newly revised class was amazing and seemed easier for the class to take action and start applying these concepts to their lives. Although the concepts are basic (7 steps), it is the habits of actually applying these steps that can be hard. They are all easy to do, but they are just as easy not to do. This is where having a fire in the belly comes in. Without the fire it is easy to get overwhelmed by all the credit card advertising and society's thoughts on instant gratification.
The Second Commandment (not to be confused with the Second Amendment,
which it supersedes – and perhaps even countermands)--the Second Commandment,
of the big Ten from that tablet Moses brought down from Sinai way back when,
says, “You shall not make any graven image, in the form of anything in heaven or on
the earth, and you shall not bow down to such things and worship them.” (Exodus
20.4-5, Plumbley translation). Pretty strong. Pretty direct in ordering our relationship
to all created things. Right? Well, it's not so easily kept!
I never thought, in my wildest dreams, that ministering to poor and homeless men and women would be a major portion of my ministry. Not when I was 18 and serving on the Regional Youth Ministry Council or when I was 25 and getting my Masters degree in something I thought would take me in a very different direction. Or even just a few years ago when I walked into Tom's office and “told” him what I wanted my ministry to look like. And yet, now that I am 36, I find myself right in the middle of the most awesome opportunity for the men, women, and children of the greater Fort Worth community. It is amazing what happens when you open yourself up to God. You find yourself in a place you never thought you would be! Unfortunately, this openness is not pain free. There have been many bumps and bruises along the way, but they seem minute when I look at where I am and where I am going.
The American Religious Town Hall will air a TV show in about six to
eight weeks concerning the growth of Face book, Twitter, Linked In,and the mountain of other social media that are out there. These give us, our children, almost everyone
who can afford a phone plan, immediate and in some ways unlimited access
to each other. The issue we talked about when the Town Hall panel taped that show
last Monday was whether or not such immediate access was or was not watering
down the meaning of friendship. The basic point I tried to make was that the jury's
still out on the dangers my Lutheran colleague across the table was laying out for
us. He said that these social media systems are diluting friendships, increasing our
exposures dangerously, and allowing people to speak without thinking and to say
hurtful things they would otherwise not say, and to do so with relative impunity. He
also spoke of the addictive qualities of these media. And this was the youngest
member of our panel, the dean of a Lutheran college. As a frequent user of these
media he knew from whence he spoke.
The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), through our largest
seminary, Brite Divinity School here in Fort Worth, has moved to the front
of the line in the provision of real assistance to those who have served our
nation in war. A couple of months ago, on Veterans Day, our seminary at
TCU officially dedicated a brand new program called the Soul Repair Center
to do research and to support recovery from moral injury for those who
in war have witnessed or carried out acts that have profoundly challenged
their own moral conscience and moral identity.
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FCC just kicked off the the New and Improved Financial Peace University class.
Dave Ramsey has had over a million people go through this class and over the years they have improved the class. I'm sure this will make people going through the class more successful.