Perspective on The Sabbath


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The Sabbath laws were put in place not just so people could go to worship services on Sunday (or Saturday) mornings but to make sure that the Hebrew people didn’t revert to the exploitative economy of the empire from which they were saved. If they were going to be a peculiar people, then they needed a peculiar kind of economy when they were in Egypt. God brought them out to this new place so that they could cultivate an entirely new economy of death.

The Sabbath laws were sort of like God’s system of checks and balances on Israel’s economy to make sure that no one got too rich and no one got too poor. God knew the painful reality of human sin all too well and the probability that the Hebrew people might drift back into a society of haves and have-nots. To prevent this distorted economy from developing; God got creative and came up with these Sabbath laws.

We catch a glimpse of these laws in those books of the Bible that most of us hardly ever read. Growing up, we were taught to sing the exciting songs of Noah and Abraham and little David and Goliath. But never were we taught songs about debt cancellation, land reforms, food redistribution, and slave amnesty, We don’t know if it was just hard to come up with words that rhyme with “debt cancellation” or if folks were hesitant about venturing into the ancient (and sometimes boring) world of Exodus, Leviticus, and Deuteronomy (in which case, we wouldn’t blame them) Whatever the case, those books are where some of God’s most creative and exciting ideas come alive.

There were laws for welcoming strangers and illegal immigrants and for practices like gleaning, which allowed the poor to take leftovers from the fields (God would have some harsh things to say about laws prohibiting dumpster diving for food.) The Sabbath laws made sure that the most vulnerable of society (usually widows, orphans, and the elderly) were looked after. And there were clear warnings against taking financial interest or creating debt. (So you can see where we’re headed. If we applied Sabbath law today, the bank owner would be as much a criminal as the bank robber. And a lot of credit card companies and international organizations would be in really big trouble.)

One of the most exciting of the Sabbath laws was applied every seven years. Just like the Hebrew people were supposed to refrain from working every seventh day so that their land, animals, and servants could rest (a marked contrast to their overworked life in Egypt), every seventh year, the Hebrew people had a celebration called the Jubilee (named after jovel, a rams horn that sounded to herald the remission), during which they would take the whole year off from work. During this one-year break, all the food that continued to grow in the fields was free for the taking for families who were struggling to get by (Exod. 23:10). And any debt that folks had incurred during the past six years was erased. These laws ensured that those in society who were intent on getting ahead had to take a break so that the gap between the rich and the poor would be kept to a minimum. It is almost impossible for us to grasp how wildly counter cultural (and difficult) this economic practice really was. God’s idea for this peculiar people was that there be “no poor people among you” (Deut. 15:4), which was a very different way of life for these former slaves.

And as if that weren’t enough to keep society from going off-kilter, God threw in one more practice- one giant celebration to be celebrated every 49th/50th year (seven times seven). It was called the Jubilee of Jubilee- God’s comprehensive unilateral restructuring of the community’s assets to remind Israel that all property and land belonged to God, and that they must never return to a system of slavery (Lev. 25:35-42). The Jubilee of Jubilee aimed to dismantle structures of social-economic inequality by releasing each community member from debt (Lev 2:25-42), returning encumbered or forfeited land to its original owners (25:13, 25-28) and freeing slaves (25:47-55). Some might call it a regularly scheduled revolution.

God had seen how these people had suffered under empire in Egypt and had hoped that these initiatives would prevent that from happening ever again.

For the sake of a watching world, God systematically interrupted the human systems that created poverty-releasing debt, setting slaves free, prohibiting usury, and redistributing property. Sounds like a pretty good kingdom, especially compared with the one from which they came and all the surrounding Canaanite powers. Sounds like a platform even we could vote for.

Some folks say dismissively that the Israelite ‘s never fully lived out the Jubilee. But folks could also say that Christians don’t live out the teachings of Jesus. These are still God’s commands and dream for the world. At their core, these Hebrews laws were ways God was protecting the integrity of a new humanity. It was not simply for their sake but for the sake of creation. For creation the original plan of God was that Israel would be set apart to redeem the nations. This was not a plan to reform the pagan nations around it-like making the neighboring Assyrian empire better at doing empire. Rather, God would save the world through fascination, by setting up an alternative society on the margins of empire for the world to come and see what a society of love looks like. It would be the city on a hill that God would use to light up the world, drawing the world back to God. Their light dimmed (at time, almost snuffed out) with Israel’s unfaithfulness and would require a new strategy-but not another flood. Death would be defeated by love. In the story of Noah, God exterminates the many to save the few, and in the story of Abraham, God sets apart the few to save the many.

This little group continued to return to the patterns of the nations and fall short of the dream of God. They never fully entered the Promised Land. But God didn’t give up. God will give them a fresh vision of the Promised Land, which they will come to know as the kingdom of God on earth. God’s Son will embody that hope for the world. God has had enough of the messes of empires and kings. Indeed, it’s time for a different kind of king and a different kind of empire. The prince of Peace, the royal Son comes to earth. To triumph?  We’ll see…………………….

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Shane Claiborne

(Jesus For President P. 57-60)

Meeting People Where They Are


Recently, I have been reading a book that Erin Wilson gave me by Gabe Lyons entitled “The Next Christians” You might know Gabe from his past work entitled “Unchristian” In this modern work of progressive Christianity Gabe challenges the reader right away well, contextually on the front cover of the book as it grabs the reader declaring good news towards the end of Christian America, and how a new generation is restoring the faith. Well wait hold up what is Christian America and why is it good news that its ending?

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Well I believe that Gary Haugen founder of International Justice Mission paints a good picture of Christian America before he came to see a new point of view “For him the Christian was synonymous with the American dream: two cars and a suburban home in a gated community, he believed that protecting his children from the world of corruption was his main duty. (Lyons “The Next Christians” pg.82) However, what we find is that this representation of Christianity is way far off from what we are called to do. We are not meant to live safe lives as some have thought before us. As Christians it should be known how dark the world is and how sin has corrupted the best of us in 1 Timothy1:15 Paul even calls out himself and lays down to us “a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners–of whom I am the worst”. Now a days we keep asking more and more what has become of us?

Well some say we have grown soft and relatively comfortable in searching out suburbia as a suitable goal for life. We have been tricked by Satan that the stuff we have means we have lived successful lives. We have been tricked to learn that as an individual you can do anything you want without a community. Most importantly as Christians, we have been deceived to settle for worldly comfort instead of meeting those that sin along side us in the dark places. We don’t go to those dark places fearing in someway it will protect ourselves from danger; worrying that our own safety and our own comforts maybe forfeited by radical action in these places. (which is true depending on how you define your living comforts).

This is what Christian America has done to some of us, we have crippled ourselves to stay away from evil instead of fighting it where it grows. Sin has a grand reach on us and on this world but if we are not using Christs example to fight it where it manifests then what are we doing? The example in my mind I like to remember comes from Mark 1:21-25 where Jesus drives out an evil spirit. “They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law.Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an evil spirit cried out, “What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”“Be quiet!” said Jesus sternly. “Come out of him!” The evil spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek.” The awesome thing about this is that Christs light made the demon shudder, Christ had power even over the most evil and even evil recognized this. It’s the same power he gives to us all but are unaware or afraid to use it.  Have you ever noticed when Jesus heals someone our blesses someone most of the time he states that “it is your faith that has healed you”…? There is a reason for this…Gods kingdom is not of this world but rather inside your heart, your heart is the weapon that helps those who need Gods grace get it or drives out the evil in the dark. We have the power to reach those in the most sinful of places because Gods Kingdom protects from it not because “we” are powerful to fight it. My point being is that there is nowhere that evil can hide from Christ, even in the dark places that Christians get ridiculed if they are to descend there for evangelical purposes.

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Think about it for a second…Christ hung around sinners, he hung around the sick, the prostitutes, the pharisees, the liars and cheaters, the drunks, and the violent even the homeless. Where are you? Who do you talk to? I can assure you that as a Christian in America  most of us don’t even know a single individual that Jesus may associate himself around.“All around you, people will be tiptoeing through life, just to arrive at death safely. But dear children, do not tiptoe. Run, hop, skip, or dance, just don’t tiptoe.” (Shane Claiborne “Irresistible Revolution” pg 102) We have to meet people where they are, we have to give grace to those who don’t know it or have it. We have to remember we were all there at one point or another too, in other words you lived in that same valley that non believers did before you met Christ.

Side note: For those who don’t know Shane Claiborne he is an example of a Christian who is redefining what it is to live in the knowledge of God. Here is a link describing his mission and vision of todays Christians (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/17/shane-claiborne-part-1_n_894755.html)

Obviously,  Gabe Lyons has seen the same problem that more and more of my Christian brothers and sisters are seeing today. The issue is not what Christ can do..but what we can do. We are called to put our neighbours above us not because its easy but because its hard (sorry to rip off JFK). We have a world split into a couple of different groups of people. Those that know Jesus and suffer through the world and those that suffer in the world because they don’t know Jesus. There is a need to bridge a gap for both of these groups, suffering doesn’t just disappear in your ability to believe in Christ…it is not God that allows suffering to stay (although God can use suffering to grow you towards Him) but rather it is the sin and brokenness of the world that allows evil, hate and judgement. I think the vision going forward is learning how to live in the brokenness and not let it effect your faith. It is apparent we are not called to live safe lives. Gabe puts it like this when referring to the next generation of believers the “Un-American Christians” “When provoked, the next Christians engage the dirtiness of our world without fear of tarnishing their reputations. Their actions aren’t affected by what others think. But I must offer a word of caution. When provoked Christians take up this challenge, they inevitably find themselves under scrutiny, often from those who love them the most. Their concerned friends or family are perplexed that Christ would want someone in such places, hanging out with “those kind” of people” (Gabe The Next Christians p.83)

In recent memory I have had my best talks with people about God and his incarnation in flesh in His son Christ with people in some rough sports bars. I remember I got this concept from two UMD students who discipled me my first year at University of Maryland. They would meet at a local hotspot called the College Perk (no longer in business). Here they would talk for hours with college students, musicians, locals, regulars, and of course nonbelievers. I was amazed by the acceptance of a lot of the regulars and their poking questions on who Christ is…and man were there a lot of them who were misinformed of the meaning of the Gospel. No one said its easy to descend into  places where sin manifests but we are called to help out our brothers and sisters. Paul knew what life was like in the next place with Christ and eagerly anticipated being there. However, Paul also knew his calling was to help those who needed help first in this life even though he was torn about it. If we accept Christ and wait around for the end of our journey without reaching out then what value is life to us?  The end all be all can not be self preservation….If we can’t meet those where they are then what is the point of following Christ for our own sake?

Philippians 2: 5-11

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

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Communication and the Communion of Community.


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We usually associate communion with breaking bread and drinking wine or for the morally observant churches grape juice. I love my spiritual act of communion as much as the next Christian. However the communion I am speaking of is the one that Jesus witnessed personally through fellowship. He experienced the sharing of feelings and thoughts around a table with people he loved and a community he handpicked.

As much as it is important we celebrate communion as something to symbolize Christ’s holiness and grace through breaking bread and wine, we also importantly remember that it was not what was served but who was served. I would like to think that Christ shared his last meal not only for us to break bread and remember him through His sacrifice but also to remember the community he loved and cared for.

Community is tough; and it’s tough because we have to be vulnerable with each other. As much as we have been conditioned in this culture that we are on our own, or that we need to be self-dependent, biblically that is far from the truth. Even Jesus wrangled up 12 Disciples on His journey to fulfil the prophecy. He could have done it all on His own if He wanted, but He chose to be in company. In Acts it paints a great image of community and fellowship.

“And all those who had believed were together, and had all things in common; and they began selling their property and possessions, and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need. And day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.”

Acts 2:45-47

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Communication is important in fellowship because it allows us to open up verbally and non-verbally with each other to share our faults and our pleasures together. In the secular world a lot of Christians are labelled as self-righteous or hypocritical. We are accused of not following Jesus’s mission and not being good people, but blind mice that follow an unproven system and an unrealistic God.  I think the secular say this because as a church we have failed to repent with each other, we have failed to communicate our highs and our low’s to express unity and strength. With me I try in each relationship I have to open up and be as vulnerable as possible.

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The point of this is to communicate that I to sin and that I have my own troubles, along with communicating that I have passions and goals. Communication in fellowship is important because it holds you accountable and convicted to be more like Christ. As a community of believers we can show the world Christ love only if we work together and fight sin for each other.

As a church we should have our own communities and we should be as open to them as we are to ourselves in some areas. The fear for most is that by opening and being vulnerable they will get burned. I think Jesus says something about throwing stones in the Bible somewhere, so even if our brothers and sisters fail us we know it’s the sin in their hearts and not the heart of God.

As a community we should be trusted as Christ trusted or at least loved his disciples. He loved them so much He shared His last meal on this planet with them, he sat at the table with them and cried and laughed with them. HE LOVED THEM!!!

We should use the example of the last supper to show support for our communities and for our fellowship. Know that the only perfect being is God, and that even the most loved person in your life at one point or another will fail you. Once you realize this simple truth it is easy to experience forgiveness if you are able to just see the imperfection in ALL humanity.

The first step to a healthy community is for you to level with yourself and confirm that you need Jesus, you need community, and that you are a sinner with a lot of weaknesses. We must point the finger back at ourselves and realize that we need to be dependent on each other. God made us to be in community, He made us to love one another and be vulnerable. Caution: This doesn’t mean say everything on your mind Proverbs 4:23 tells us to “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” Also a Warning from James 3:8but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison, In quoting these verses be careful not to let satan use your speech for evil or shove you from finding a lovable group of people.

Of course, our most important communication to man should be the fulfillment of Matthew 28:19-20 as we communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a world that desperately needs to hear it.

Love Your Brother

Chris McCurdy

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Missing the Mission (You Are Now Entering The Mission Field)


Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit

Matthew 28:19

I have read this verse many times before and it has inspired me to motivate and dream big for what I could do…. What “we” could do with our lives. However, is the motivation misplaced? Does God really want us to work in other fields when our fields are just as dry? Do I need to go back to Uganda to be fulfilled?

There is a first-rate commitment to a second-rate mission.” (in regards to mission work) That is what Roger, a leader in global church planting, said as he looked at the rock climbers ascending a cliff in the Alps. Roger spent decades serving Christ and planting churches on four continents. But after reflecting on his labor for the kingdom of God, his confession surprised many of us. “I’ve given most of my energy to a second-rate mission as well,” he said. “Don’t get me wrong. Church planting is great. But someday that mission will end. My first calling is to live with God. That must be my first commitment.”

Roger has a point sometimes we fall in the danger of idolatry missions. We want to serve for God instead of knowing God and it can be very damaging to us. Now I have struggled with my decision to come back from Uganda day and night since I have been back. I would love nothing more than to serve those people again and start up that Bible mission again. However, by doing so am I more in love with the people seeing me as their savior or am I more in love with being saved? Affirmation is a good thing but sometimes our reasons to fulfill Gods promises tend to be the outcome of our own satisfactions.

What is the mission?

I don’t believe short term missions are effective ways of development and sustainability. However I do believe God’s work transcends time and whatever work I put into a community God can use it, if it is of His design. Sustainability is a key word we see too many times I think I find myself struggling with the idea that most Christian organizations or churches are not equipped to sustain development and healthy programs and can be a hindrance to the societies they want to help. Food drives (feedings) from a first glance seem harmless and helpful but over a long period of time can be damaging and crippling to communities that have been conditioned to stand in lines and hold out their hands. There is no development in that! We have to decide either we stay and help them build agrarian communities/ productive economically stable societies or we don’t go at all. It’s the same way about feeding the homeless, it’s not wrong to do that but it’s a one dimensional answer for a very complex problem and overtime it hurts the community instead of helping it.

“I wish we questioned the aid model as much as we are questioning the capitalism model. Sometimes the most generous thing you can do is just say no.”

― Dambisa Moyo

Sustainable development is a pattern of economic growth in which resource use aims to meet human needs while preserving the environment so that these needs can be met not only in the present, but also for generations to come. It’s in question and subjective to define what projects are sustainable but what I find is that our own hearts for God are not sustainable to help ourselves and that’s when we fall. into a trap. When we come to believe that our faith is primarily about what we can do for God in the world, it is like throwing gasoline on our fear of insignificance. The resulting fire may be presented to others as a godly ambition, a holy desire to see God’s mission advance–the kind of drive evident in the Apostle Paul’s life. But when these flames are fueled by fear they reveal none of the peace, joy, or love displayed by Paul. Instead the relentless drive to prove our worth can quickly become destructive. But there is a dark side to this drivenness. Gordon MacDonald calls it “missionalism.” It is “the belief that the worth of one’s life is determined by the achievement of a grand objective.”

So I have been torn on one hand I want to be the light of the world and disciple the nations, but on the other sometimes the people I go to help end up suffering more after my presence. International development can be a tricky line of work both in a secular world view and in a Christian world view. I believe the Word of God needs to be heard, but at what cost of destruction and negligence. Sometimes it’s not enough just to convince somebody that Jesus is real.

“For even if the whole world believed in resurrection, little would change until we began to practice it. We can believe in CPR, but people will remain dead until someone breathes new life into them. And we can tell the world that there is life after death, but the world really seems to be wondering if there is life before death.”

― Shane Claiborne, The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical

But sometimes our mission isn’t to talk about Jesus as much as it is for self-glorification.  We want to take pictures of us handing out food and build solar showers to “extend Jesus’s love” when what we are really doing is affirming ourselves. This is destructive because then we are no longer working and caring for those who need help in the long run but just to give us a spiritual ego boast, and at the end of the day it is the communities we help that ultimately suffer.

“evidence overwhelmingly demonstrates that aid to Africa has made the poor poorer, and the growth slower. The insidious aid culture has left African countries more debt-laden, more inflation-prone, more vulnerable to the vagaries of the currency markets and more unattractive to higher-quality investment. It’s increased the risk of civil conflict and unrest (the fact that over 60% of sub-Saharan Africa’s population is under the age of 24 with few economic prospects is a cause for worry). Aid is an unmitigated political, economic and humanitarian disaster.

Damibisa Moyo

Resurrection: “Pass” it on “Over”


Resurrection: “Pass” it on “Over”

So in the old times in the Old Testament the Passover was coming onto God’s people in Exodus 12. He listed out strict rules in order to follow rituals which would allow God’s people to spare the first born child.  The details listed I’m sure happened to be PETA’s worse nightmare if they existed back then.

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1.)    Take a 1 year old lamb

2.)    Take good care of it for 2 weeks

3.)    Slaughter the lamb during the twilight of the 14th day

4.)    Share the lamb amongst you

5.)    Smear the lambs blood on the door frames of those who eat the lamb

6.)    That same night roast the lamb (don not eat it raw)

7.)    Do not leave anything of the lamb by morning (burn the rest by dawn)

8.)    Eat it in haste with cloak tucked and sandals on

Here God announced that if these actions were followed the first born of each family will be spared from the last plague of the plagues unfolding in Egypt. God had told Moses and Aaron that at midnight of the fourteenth day He would go throughout Egypt and every firstborn son will die, from the first born to Pharaoh who sits on the throne to the slave girl who is at the hand mill and all the first born cattle as well. The Lord hardened Pharaohs heart so he would not let the Israelites go.

After reading the Passover in Exodus it reminded me of a few things about Jesus and his relationship to the Passover. I find it rather interesting that the theme of the first born arises in many areas of the New Testament and the Old Testament. I am not sure how far the Passover was from the death and resurrection of Christ but the theme in the Bible is everywhere.  God struck down the first born in Egypt to save the Israelites and he did so again to His own first son to continue to save his people from sin and destruction. I find it interesting that Jesus is always compared to a lamb and it was a lamb that was used to protect those the plague was coming over. I also find it interesting that God hardened the Pharaohs heart just as the people were hardened by Jesus before his death.

This weekend I celebrate not only the Passover and Exodus of God’s chosen people in the Old Testament but also the Passover of Christ’s crucifixion! Similar to the  Old Testament God sacrificed his first born not to allow sin to enslave us. His resurrection (exodus) and accession up to the father is the one last true lamb ultimately sacrificed for His people.

29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

John 1:29

Inadequately Equal (Part 1 of 3)


Inadequately Equal (Part 1 of 3)

I believe within the last 40 years of our culture there has been a little bit of confusion as to where the line is between gender roles of a male and a female. Theres this stereotype that women are kitchen dwellers and men are Lazy Boy recliner lovers. That a man should work while the woman stays home to raise the kids. These are the symboled images we as the American people and probably the western culture have burned into our minds to define gender roles but they are just stereotypes through in through.

God defines us differently, and he uses the story of creation to begin to tell us how. Genesis 2 describes how God created woman in the likeness of not only Himself but of man and how man loved woman so much he named her after him. Adam literally says in Genesis 2:23

This is now bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called ‘woman,’

for she was taken out of man.”

The point I am trying to get a crossed is that man has a romantic heart for woman, he loved her so much that he considered her his flesh and his bones. Adam was being compassionate to Eve and loved her because she was part of him, like we are all part of God. I know that a lot of people do not like hearing that women are from men but they are. This is not me trying to be cruel or suggest that men are better then woman because that is not the case. Honestly, both sexes are better at different things. However, what I am trying to say is God created man to love Him,  so He created woman to love man, and both to love each other as one. From one they came to be again reunited solely whole to love Him.Image

Disclaimer: I am not saying a womans only purpose is to love man, only that woman were originally created to help man in the garden.

There are many ways that gender roles play out in the Bible but before I turn back to scripture I want to add something real quick. This subject might make people a little uneasy but I feel like it has been something on my heart to write about. Men and women compliment each other and are equal to each other in a lot of ways but we are not equal in design. I know this sounds redundant but there is a reason. Men were designed to be leaders, they were created to love God and take care of this planet. Women were designed to be nurturers, they were created to help man take care of this planet and love God all the same. Men and women have different but very equally important jobs on this planet for God. Folks, we are just designed differently, is it so hard to believe that we are different. Theres a reason people say men are from Mars and women are from Venus. We have different but complementing ways of looking at the world but it doesn’t mean one sex is greater than the other just different.

Turning back to scripture I think one of the most beautiful things in the Bible is the description of man and wife. This is what Ephesians 5:22-33 says

22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. 

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— 30 for we are members of his body. 31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” 32 This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. 33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. 

We have taken a word like “submissive” and “slave” and associated it with our darkpast and our own irresponsible growing pains as a country. I will say this I am both submissive and a slave to my God, but that does not mean I am choosing a life of intense labor and abusive punishment or a belittlement in rights or status to evolve me into a second rate citizen. However, we all seem to believe that these words mean we have to give up our rights as a free people. Submissive is not a bad word and the relating passage does not mean woman are slaves to man.

I will write more about the above passage in part 2…. I will also outline what both men and woman are attracted to in one another from my understanding.

please feel free to contribute or add your opinion …….all points are valid and respected.

Tebow Time


God doesn’t care if you score a touchdown

Lately I have been watching the 24/7 circus on ESPN which is now the Tebow Channel and I have come to this conclusion

1.) I love Tim Tebow as a role model and a man and brother of God
2.) I strongly dislike when people point to the heavens when they score a touchdown

How selfish is that! Maybe I am belittling Gods interest in prime time football but something tells me that it is not God who helps Tebow win…. but maybe I am wrong what do you think?

Codename: Pink Elephant


Pink Elephants

First I wanted to start out by saying that this is not my opinion or my idea but have felt that through the sermon today I wanted to share a mans message to a congregation at Kampala International Church about adultery.

*Some statistics that were given to us today at service from various sources.

12% of pastors surveyed admit to cheating
18% of pastors surveyed admit to others acts besides sex
30% of Male protestant pastors surveyed cheated
38% of pastors surveyed fantasize about cheating
50% of men admit to committing adultery
41% of women admit to committing adultery

In 1 Corinthians 6

Paul states to flee from adultery…. This is an interesting take on Paul’s part, because this same man who paints a picture about fighting the devil in Ephesians with Gods armor and faiths shield with the spirits sword as our protection. In curious fashion does not draw from passion to fight lust like the devil himself but to flee from it.

Jesus also states in Matthew 5 that it is better to gauge out our eye if it lusts then for our whole bodies to fall to the ways of sin and cast into hell when we commit adultery.

So why does Paul and Christ feel running from sin is better then fighting it?
I’m not to sure but the theory is this

Adultery is the one and only sin that attacks our sense of pleasure and its the devils way of making the bad feel good. Adultery is a sin that builds off our imagination and fixates on our deepest desires. Face it God made sex to be enjoyable and not just make babies…. read Song of Songs and tell me they had babies on there mind. The devil uses this deviation of enjoyment to detract us from having pure hearts. This impure enjoyment is formed from our inner desires so it is a hard one to get rid of.

If someones says don’t think about pink elephants ……..what are you thinking about?

I hope your not thinking about those pink elephants that your thinking hard not to think about.

Its the same way about adultery we cant fight it because by fighting it we have to think about it so, Christ and Paul are simply saying run, run as far as we can ….or in other words we need to run run away from those pink elephants run as fast as we can!!

*pink elephants is code for sex(lust)

Freewill Factor


So I have discovered something here in the jungles of Uganda, outside of the awesome chimps who live in the forest here. I have noticed God alot and have had a many of revelation since I have been here and heres what I was thinking.

Freewill isn’t free at all just like the freedom we uphold in the great country of the USA. That idea although not really that revolutionary is the cornerstone of my point in this blog installment

See God gave us freewill but it was with a heavy burden that He did. He wanted his people to love Him but He needed to let them choose for themselves. In this universe there lay a foundation of beginning and of end and all things created were by design and that designer is God.

Coming to the point now…..

By giving us freewill He allowed us to have love because without the will to choose God we would not have the capacity of love and would be a collective group of God followers without a choice in the matter….

Heres where my revelation came!

Without freewill we are all equal in that we all would have the same goal and purpose to follow God. With free will He has given us love but not equality as some of us choose to believe and others do not. It is true God loves us all equally but he sets His people aside.

life isn’t a fight for equality but for the opportunity to be equal and using the love He gave us through freewill helps us to determine the value and equality of life from person to person.

Will You Click This Picture or Not?

So in conclusion

Freewill promotes love and only gives the opportunity of equality
No Freewill promotes equality and no opportunity to experience love
heres some verses I have found helpful

If anyone chooses to do God’s will, he will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own.”

James 4:7-8
“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”

2 Cor. 9:7
“Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

thank you for trying to follow this crazy point
oh and predestination is a funny joke to me

Chris McCurdy

Deliver Them


I don’t know what breaks my heart more either to know that most Ugandans believe in You and don’t have Bibles to read about your wonderful life, or that a lot of these fine American people who joined the PC don’t hardly know who You are!

I think about it constantly God, as I struggle to fall asleep it breaks my heart that You died so we could live but yet people still turn their back on the most graceful, merciful, and unselfish act in human history. Lord why don’t they see you like I do, Lord why can’t they see the pure love that I see? Is the devil really that good at being deceitful?

On the other hand Lord there’s so many people who feel your presents in the country of Uganda and can’t afford to read the word you paid for through your sacrifice. Jesus why is it that these people don’t have your message? Please tell me what to do! Give me the wisdom and courage to stand up for your name and deliver on your word!

Lord use me as a tool to help give people the love you have given to me, take my heart and lay it down, take my body and work it to the bone, take my soul until it finally meets up in heaven, take my breathe and let it expire if it helps people find You! Give me the will to bow down and submit myself under your blood thorn crown. Pray that I carry my cross so others will see the dedication of GRACE you have left for us in the wake of your death.

Grant me the power to die and be reborn and save this world one name at a time using Your name as a treaty of peace and everlasting unconditional love.

HELP ME LOVE THESE PEOPLE!!!!!!!!

Let me be a light in this crazy land you have allowed us to call Africa

Be A Light