Been and typed:
‘Tend not to crit Christians. Certainly little/no interest in debating. On the previous post about ‘Russian Preacher’ dashed out ‘...bore/where’s the power?’ for the same kind of reasons someone hits the streets and speaks-out about Jesus i.e. evangelism. Thinking, “suppose a searcher is reading etc etc. ...someone else should jump on the soap-box ‘n holla”. Guess that’s me? With the girl recorded on previous clip, asking something like, where’s the love and reacting with a somewhat simplistic interpretation and call on grace – have sympathy for. Although, any disturbance caused among mainstream evangelicals/liberals and the like, provokes and maybe healthy, an opening for discussions with friends and colleagues. It’s not about my sensibilities because looks-un-cool mr. street-preacher, in their typical approach/few exceptions. Seen lots and for a long ol’time but it’s about it doesn’t so much work – “does it?” I’d ask them – if “...at all?” And somehow reinforces that it doesn’t seem to matter and why? Response would be; “Good-enough centuries past kind of line/talk/good enough today”. Well... no? The outcome is the outcome, not ‘sounds like should’ but doesn’t. Something isn’t right, unless people are here and there are trundling away, grabbing a Bible and opening their gobs toward God? What these posts do for me, taken as more encouragement and supposed to be at it myself – on the streets (again/been long time). Warm up and gotta shrug off the apathy and at least start knocking out short blabs on-line for now. So in not-doing, who am I to talk about power-less-ness. Do enough of that if I drink too much or… inc. keep shrugging off this directly proclaiming the Gospel (according to…). So why/what’s m’plea? Should re-look at that first clip/Russ. Pr. website – and will watch this interview/is on my playlist – but reluctance and immediately do this, is over concern my heart will sink and feel that despair. On one hand someone bothers to raise their voice – great. On the other, what a state we’re in and how inconsequential this kind of preaching is. What would be better by far? More convicting theology with the power of the Holy Spirit. Who knows best to love-communicate people into fellowship with. Rare ones who do get on God, invariably come through feeling their needs-for and God meets. Because, here be and reaching toward. God loves, is the judgement. Repentance found in relationship and wanting to change up. Give all. This our entrance offer and yes, what conversion takes. But the kindness of God leads and does get through and on – certainly in my much-wasted, yet more-blessed and increasingly making something of experience. Sin = all but best, and requires some kind of brokenness and passion to talk into someone’s life. Esp. those not even sure who God is/is God etc. And talk of hell-as, explain and with tears, if believe as do – yet for me and many, another understandable area for re-appraisal and the traditional view. Much as God wants us to “come” and urgently so. Question is, what preaching will initially bring this about? This God encounter? God leading, this for sure. Prayed up – that. Through the love of and from... but where oh where d’preachers? Watched a ‘Richie from Boston’ vid yesterday, do an honest consideration on ‘fear of God’ and what this might mean and what it probably doesn’t mean/achieve. That carried some weight. 'Not-preachers’ tend to reach more deeply than pros. Thanks for the opp. For a swift self-reflecting – God speak please, note.’
Perhaps paid my dues having typed here this morn –
(Being moderated, usually straight-up but maybe the length/alerts.)
Zip of a para or two:
Planting and Trees?
From the first Psalm. About plugging in on the pages and words of you-know-where. Buried in Bible. Illustrates hidden dimensions. Plug in. Like beer or what have you. Drink in – something happens. Some would argue, this is treating these words like magic or spells, maybe a wind-up mantra. Making these particular 66 books of sounds and symbols, more than the sum of their parts and somehow, privilege or raising them, to overstating heights.
Yup, and no – in the failure of description. But/Yes. Imparting power and presence, these words do through, being done with. More or loss. Matter this much.
Three legs: Scripture, Reason and Tradition. Holds up, best practice, thinking. The combo, with God’s helping person and power. There’s no substitute. For sheer speaking into our spirit-person, the inner deepest. Food-like sustenance in recounting or reading a translation and verse/s.
And outward to unseen realms. The Bible talks, incomparably louder. With God in – there’s no withstand. Endless repetition is immense in action. Right heart and attitude, ain’t no stopping this exercise doing… stuff.
Add if can, ‘tongues’. Screech a chorus of hymn. Silence called waiting.
Faith comes by... – this. Talks-about, should if any good, have us ringing with the what/where of Bible passage. This what comes alive. However familiar or face-value and might seem quaint, mediocre or trite. Could be, unless…
Like a tree...
Wrote before. The images I do, are designed for my imagination. And somehow speak into and out from during the day. Stare and receive. Review/see and re-receive. Colour and shape making resonance.
This and dig about, carry a pocket Bible if out, and get on it like crack-head for a pipe.
Although desire may be waning, grows on what’s fed. Keeping on the intoxicant line, weed etc, frustrates users with regularity esp daily, with self-defeating, raising thresholds. Not long and longing goes, with upper, negligible.
Bible is the opposite. More = more want. Generally speaking/should do.
Therefore – eat, drink and be… On God-words.