“No Place for Truth”

David F. Wells is explaining how evangelical theology has been reshaped in the western culture in “No Place for the Truth”. While reading the book I have run across a very interesting sentence which seems to really pinpoint the very sad state of some churches in East Tennessee and America.

Dr. Wells explains how Christian ministry and the role of the pastor has been radically redefined. The pastor used to be a theologian in the study and a shepherd in the pulpit but instead “in the study, the evangelical pastor is now the C.E.O.; in the pulpit, the pastor is a psychologist whose task it is to engineer good relations and warm feelings.” (pg. 177) This sentence provides great insight into the current state of evangelicalism and especially the pastors who are supposed to be shepherding the flock. This reminds me of Zechariah 11:15-17 where the LORD warns the worthless shepherd to care for the perishing, seek the scattered, and not to leave the flock. The modern pastor who behaves like a C.E.O. and psychologist does not care for the perishing, seek the scattered, and actually leaves the flock. The pastor should not be a C.E.O. but should be a shepherd who cares and tends for the church body by diligently studying the word of God. Ezekiel 33:6-9 provides a specific warning for the pastor who does not act like the watchman and warn the sinner of the consequences of their actions. If the watchman/pastor does not warn them of the coming judgement then not only will the sinner die but their blood will be required of the pastor. The pastor is not here to simply make sure that people have warm feelings or good relations but to deliver the message that God revealed through the scriptures. The shepherd’s diligent study should lead to a clear explanation of the message God has revealed through the scriptures to the church. May our pastors not act like a C.E.O. or psychologist but as a shepherd and watchman.

Pray for your pastor that he would be diligent to study the scriptures and clearly proclaim God’s message to the church.

Funnel Cloud

As I drove into bible study this morning with the Tom’s we saw a funnel cloud form. It was crazy to see the clouds reaching down from the storm in the sky and clearly rotating. I have never driven into a funnel cloud before but we did this morning. It moved past us and allowed us to continue to the men’s study. After a wonderful time at the men’s study this morning we were returning home when we saw this cloud before us. This cloud was not ask dark or rotating like the one we saw earlier in the morning but it was still ominous. As we drove closer to the cloud it began to look less threatening. By the time we got next to this cloud formation it was merely wisps of clouds which were reaching down from the main cloud bank. The weather in East Tennessee is very interesting. I am so thankful for all of the rain which we have gotten over the past week.

Outreach in East Tennessee

There are many ways that Harvest Tellico is reaching out to the community. I would like to highlight two different way’s that we are attempting to reach Monroe County.

The first is our Wal-Mart outreach. Wal-Mart is the primary store for many people in this county. We were able to spend about 3 hours in front of Wal-Mart handing out gospel tracts and invitations to the community. I am so excited for our group. Normally on an event such as the Wal-Mart outreach there are only a percentage of the folks who come but our group was represented by almost every family. That includes a few folks who are not as social. I am so proud of our group for all going beyond our comfort zone’s and speaking with these people who were going shopping. We had many great conversations during which we were able to share the gospel and some facts about Harvest Tellico.

The second way that we have been connecting with the people in the community has been through Open Houses. During these times we set up signs throughout the community inviting people to come, hand out fliers asking individuals to attend, and personally invite our friends or neighbors to this event. It is at the open house were Aaron, our pastor, does a formal presentation about Harvest Tellico. It is during this presentation that we explain who we are and what we are looking for in people who are going to join the Harvest Tellico launch team. I am constantly encouraged by our open houses that the LORD is bringing people who will be great assets and who are genuinely interested. Who can resist the smiles of these three great men who greeted every individual who came to the last open house?

Fresh Water

Fresh water is a great thing. The other day I was able to go with a Tom, a friend of mine, to an artesian well. It pumps about a million gallons of water a day that is so pure and fresh it does not need to be filtered. It was a treat to see and taste. Now I know why Tom and his wife do not drink tap water. When you compare tap water with artesian water the tap water is no where to be found on the scale.

As we were getting this water Tom brought up the story of Moses striking the rock during Israel’s wilderness journey. This actually happened twice during their journey. Once at Horeb (Exodus 17:6) and once at Meribah (Numbers 20:8-11) during this time I can only imagine what it was like being so very thirsty and then having water bubbling out of a rock. That must have been an amazing sight and one which I am reminded of every time I see this picture. Thinking about God’s provision of water for Israel helps me to not doubt God’s continued provision for me now.