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Eating with Sinners — It’s Not So Difficult

posted by Carolyn Henderson

“But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, ‘This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.'” (Luke 15:2)

One of many accusations leveled against Jesus by religious leaders was that He consorted — and actually seemed to enjoy being — with sinners.

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Whether we eat by ourselves or within a group, we eat with sinners — Protestant, pagan, layperson or leader. Midday Tea, original oil painting by Steve Henderson.

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By virtue of His association with “those people,” Jesus acquired the appellation of glutton and a drunkard (Matthew 11:16-19), and the old adage, “You will be judged by the company you keep,” certainly applied:

“When the Pharisee who had invited him (Jesus) saw this, he said to himself, ‘If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is — that she is a sinner.'” (Luke 7:39)

So, what’s a sinner?

In the above passage in Luke, which my Bible helpfully entitles, “Jesus Anointed by a Sinful Woman,” no elucidation is given of the woman’s sins, although, given our religious obsession with sex and tendency to blame females for it, it’s assumed that she is a prostitute, as if this is the worst thing that a woman could do, something so bad that it reduced her to tears.

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(Women, think about it: what incurs a sense of shame this profound? — that you broke society’s rules, or that you hurt someone you love, somehow, by something you said or did, and you can’t take it back? People are more complex than our labels for them.)

Who Are the Sinners?

But back to sinners, and our choice of dining companions. Who were these people? Well, prostitutes are strongly implied, and tax collectors specifically mentioned, but for the most part, the term “sinners,” in quotes, is used with little attendant detail. But the distinct impression given is that the scribes, the Pharisees, the Sadducees — in effect members of religious leadership — were not in this group.

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Sinners sort of look like human beings which often resemble family members and definitely don’t exclude any group, including “righteous” ones. Reflection, original oil painting by Steve Henderson; licensed wall art home decor at framed canvas art, iCanvas, amazon, art. com, allposters, and great big canvas

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(Worth noting: it’s not that Jesus didn’t put them in this group; it’s that they didn’t.)

From here, it’s  not much of a stretch to identify sinners as anyone the religious leadership classifies as such, a situation that hasn’t altered throughout history to present day, and the sinners of the 21st century — with whom we, the righteous, are not to associate unless it’s under controlled, administratively approved “reaching out for Jesus”  programs — include people who spend time in bars, smokers, marijuana users, couples living together without being married, women who wear tight clothing, men and women who swear (especially women: it’s so unladylike), homosexuals (that’s an easy one to point to), rebellious teenagers who don’t listen to and obey their parents, I know, it’s starting to sound really trivial, and a lot of these people look like members of our own household, including ourselves.

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White Collar, and Corporate, Sinners

Quite tellingly, we — like the religious leaders of Jesus’s day — tend to overlook socially condoned practices like deception in business, usury, extreme overcompensation to chosen individuals, manipulation, nepotism, and outright lying — “white collar” crimes we call them, on the rare occasions that they surface to the point that we must admit that wrong was done.  We also soundly condemn independent thinking, labeling as deviants those who do not mindlessly succumb and submit to authority, be it the police, the military, a pastor, or presidential decree.

(This latter offense, in some quarters, borders quite perilously upon the committing of the unpardonable sin.)

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While what it boils down to is that we’re all sinners — something the fundamentalist Baptist contingent makes a point of spreading around the world as part of its sharing the “good news” — there is, oddly, a sense of grace given to those who sit in the church pews, that is not extended to those who repose on bar stools.

Hurting Families

One of the unfortunate fallouts of this attitude hits families, those reeling from the actions of some of its members who quite unwisely make some bad choices, and the advice given to many parents of prodigal children, for example, is that the best way to get those children “back to Jesus” is to reject them in His name.

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In other words, stop eating with them.

I have known more than one grieving parent dealing with the painful actions of their progeny who has been counseled,

“Cut them off. Do not associate with them and their lifestyle or you will be condoning their sin. You yourself will be as much of a sinner as they are.”

Rejection Doesn’t Work

Were it practical advice, along the lines of, “Hide the debit card when they visit,” this would be, well, practical, but the overall tone is small and mean, essentially commanding, in Jesus’s name, that all relations be suspended until the offending party repents and returns to the fold.

Quite logically, how effective is rejection in reaching out to people? And does love look like hate? And is their sin so egregious as to eclipse any of those that we, quite complacently, accept as reasonable and unexceptional?

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Because many Christians attend churches where they are conditioned to think, act, and perform a certain way, well-meaning believers panic when they hear about Jesus eating with the sinners, because they fear that they — as imitators of Christ — are expected to follow suit.

“Do I need to go into bars and strike up conversations with total strangers?” they wonder, and if their church is large enough, it no doubt has a Jesus Outreach to Bars program into which they can be pressured to join. At the very least, they can go onto street corners — the “bad” ones — and pass out tracts.

But life with Jesus doesn’t has to propel us into a constant state of being intimidated, and eating with the sinners, quite frankly, starts at our own dining room table. There’s each one of us, for starters, and the more people we add, the more likely that there will be someone living in such a way that they incur condemnation from some religious quarter.

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If Jesus hadn’t eaten with sinners, He would have eaten every meal alone.

Thank You

Thank you for joining me at Commonsense Christianity where my constant encouragement to believers is to stop allowing other people to define what Christianity is. We are not ancient Israelites, and have no Levitical priesthood, and yet we give much power (and money) to self-imposed leaders who foist upon us a Christianity that looks like nothing that Jesus preached.

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Why Many Christians Doubt That God Loves Us

posted by Carolyn Henderson

“If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well.” (John 14:7)

The 1980s was a big time in establishment Christianity, and as college students, my husband the Norwegian Artist and I attended the closest thing to a mega-church the upper Pacific Northwest had to offer.

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He is the God of beauty, diversity, complexity, grace, and love, and He cannot be distilled into Four Spiritual Laws set in a booklet. God is bigger, and greater — and kinder — than we understand Him to be. County Roads, original watercolor painting by Steve Henderson, sold.

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There were 800 members, all really cool and relaxed and into “sharing” and “relating” with one another. We sang contemporary worship choruses with the words splashed across a giant white screen, thanks to the latest technology of the overhead projector, and on a regular basis, the senior pastor brought in speakers and writers who were big in the contemporary Christian circuit of the day.

We learned about apologetics, listened to live music, and focused a whole lot on cults — some of them quite mainstream — that we were informed were masquerading as Christianity. Workbooks in hand, pencils poised, heads nodding in erudite agreement (some people, who weren’t completely nearsighted like me, removed their glasses and thoughtfully chewed on the earpieces — it increases the intelligence factor five-fold), we took notes on and bought books about the deceptively “sister” religions: they look like they teach Jesus, the cool speaker said, but when you follow their beliefs to their logical end, you run straight into absurdity.

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Logic Is Not Evil

“What silly, foolish people,” we looked at one another in wonder. “Don’t they listen to what is being taught to them?”

Excellent question. It’s one that I wish church members like we were, glasses gently swaying in hand, would ask themselves today about their own beliefs, the essence of which are encapsulated thusly:

1) We are sinners who deserve eternal punishment.

2) Christ died for our sins.

3) When we believe in His name and put our trust in Him, we are saved and will not suffer eternal damnation. To fully complete this process, we must pray something helpfully labeled as “the sinner’s prayer,” in which we say something along the lines of, “Lord, I am a sinner and deserve eternal damnation. Your Son Jesus took that punishment for me, and I accept His free gift. In Jesus’s name (this is important), Amen.”

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4) The logical consequence of not following through with the process of #3 is that we are damned eternally, because Christ’s entire purpose and message is encapsulated in Acts 16:31, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.” (Generally dropped off is the rest of the verse, “you and your household.” Apparently, this is a cultural thing, and we don’t need to pay attention to it, although verses like 1 Corinthians 14:34, admonishing women to remain silent in churches, are apparently not cultural and need to be obeyed.)

Faith Based upon a Booklet

While I didn’t set out to make four points, this message is the essence of The Four Spiritual Laws, a series of disparate verses designedly pulled out of context primarily from the Epistles of Paul and not the Gospels of Jesus Christ, upon which many Christians base their faith. (The booklet, the Four Spiritual Laws, was authored in 1952 by Bill Bright, the founder of Campus Crusade for Christ. For some reason, he was able to distill Jesus’s central message, 2,000 years later, into a 1, 2, 3, 4 process that Jesus Himself was never able to articulate.)

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So that God doesn’t seem like an absolute monster, some denominations, who hold fast to the necessity of saying the right words to be saved, have developed the doctrine of reason, which permits young children, under 5, to escape hell because they’re not old enough to say the words. But once they hit six, the grace ends. Child of Eden, original oil painting by Steve Henderson; licensed wall art home decor at Framed Canvas Art, iCanvas, and Amazon.

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This, then, is the good news: If you believe in Jesus, you go to heaven. If you do not believe in Jesus (using the proper terminology), you will go to hell.

It does not matter if you were born, and live, in a country where 98 percent of the population believes something else: if you truly had a heart for Christ, we are told, you would find him.

It also does not matter if your primary contacts with Christianity involved judgment, harshness, and verbal brutality: if you truly had a heart for Christ, you would find him despite this. And while there is no punishment for the insensitive person whose “message” turned you off (because he has prayed the sinner’s prayer is and therefore saved), there is judgment for you.

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It all boils down to words, saying them or not, and, astonishingly,  the absurdity of this, taken to its logical conclusion, does not reach many, many Christians, who dispatch the dilemma of a loving God creating human beings whose destiny, from birth, is to be damned, by quoting a bastardization of Isaiah 55:8:

“Oh, well, God’s ways are not our ways you know!”

Maybe we should, as intelligent people, do what we’re taught to tell cult adherents to do, and follow our belief system to its logical conclusions, asking ourselves if this is the type of God we want to spend eternity with. (If it is, then this provides insight as to why so many people resist this version of the “good news.”)

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The Four Gospels, not The Four Laws

And then, we pick up our Bible, forgetting everything we’ve been told or taught that it says, and read the four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.  When we feel tempted to get caught up in John 14:6 (“I am the way, the truth, and the life; No one comes to the father except through me,”) and think, “Jesus. Jesus. Jesus. Those who don’t make a point of saying that they follow Him are damned,” let’s go back to Luke 18:18-29 and read Jesus’s answer to the rich young ruler who asked how to inherit eternal life:

Have we sold all our possessions yet? Didn’t think so. Like the women shutting up in church, that one must be a cultural thing.

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In focusing solely on the four gospels (as opposed to reciting Four Laws), we encounter what Jesus said and did (much of what had to do with love, specifically the love of His Father) not what we’re told he taught (judgment, hell, damnation, and wrath), neatly summarized for us in tract form.

By the time we get to John 14:7, maybe we’ll catch on then to what Jesus means when He says that, if we know Him, we know the Father. And who is Jesus?

He’s kind, compassionate, understanding, merciful, reasonable, and non-judgmental. So is His Father.

That we don’t grasp this may be because we can’t interface a figure of unconditional love with one who destines 2/3, 4/5, 11/12, of the world to spend eternity in hell.

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Why Political Activism Is Not the Christian Answer

posted by Carolyn Henderson

“John answered, ‘The man with two tunics should share with him who has none, and the one who has food should do the same.”‘ Luke 3:11

Arguing with people rarely produces a result acceptable to either party, and arguing with a determined, strongly opinionated woman (aren’t we all?) in the library is definitely not wise. It alarms the librarians and incurs looks of censure from patrons reading the newspaper.

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We are the light. And though we feel that we are but a candle flame in the wilderness, that flame breaks the power of darkness. Light in the Forest, original oil painting by Steve Henderson; licensed wall art home decor at Framed Canvas Art, Amazon, and iCanvas

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So, the other day, when an acquaintance and I started “discussing” the definite need (her opinion) or non-necessity (mine) of prayer in public schools, I actually wound up taking the high road by smiling, nodding, and shutting up. I didn’t even leverage a parting shot. (It helps that I like and respect my verbal opponent; it also helps that, thanks to many occasions of not being 100 percent right, I’ve learned that there is no one-size-fits-all answer to any question. And by the way, I don’t always take the high road.)

Christians Are Being Distracted

Prayer in school is one of those side issues distracting Christians from pursuing the real thing, and it is yet another call to political action that foments anger, encourages dissent, and reinforces the world’s impression that Christians are harsh, insensitive, and constantly operating on the defense. We hate homosexuals. We hate Muslims. We hate left-leaning liberal, licentious libertines who stomp on the flag and say bad things about former President Reagan (I didn’t realize that Protestants had saints).

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My opponent’s argument goes like this:

“Back when I was a child, there was prayer in schools and this country was God-fearing and righteous. The reason we have so many problems now is because we’ve outlawed things like prayer in schools!”

Mine looks more like this:

“Congress opens its sessions with prayer. Words uttered by people who don’t know, believe, or follow God will not magically result in a Christian nation.”

Imposing Group-Think

Ultimately, our viewpoints differ upon whether we impose Christianity onto our culture, using legalized group and peer pressure (which is how the world tends to do things) or whether we believe that Christians, though we are part of a body, are also individuals, and it is through our individual decisions and actions, under the guidance of God, that we season the stew in which we live.

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When we accept the former, then our plan of action is clear: we write letters to our representatives, we fund politicians who believe the way we do, we send money to televangelists, celebrity Christians, and conservative commentators (who helpfully write books) who pound the pulpit or desk and announce God’s coming wrath upon us as a nation because we are evil and He must punish us. In other words, we look for solutions through the very places causing the problem: our political, educational, corporate, religious celebrity and media systems.

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Are we one of a group, or one of a kind? The body of Christ is made up of many individuals, all of whom have an individual contribution to make. Love, from Paris, original oil painting by Steve Henderson; licensed wall art home decor prints available

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And while there is nothing wrong with speaking up and using the processes at our disposal, there’s something naive about looking for the ultimate answers through them:

Jesus’s Way Looks Different

“All who draw the sword will die by the sword,” Jesus told Peter (Matthew 26:52) when the latter sliced off the ear of the servant of the high priest. No, this does not mean that we lie down and let people step on our faces, nor do we stop writing letters to the editor (more effective than any note to our Congressman) but more importantly, it means that we do things differently, and following Christ’s — really really narrow —  path definitely looks different.

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In the case of my worthy verbal opponent, she does powerful things in Christ’s name, although I’m not sure if she realizes it:

She goes to the local nursing home, regularly, and manicures the hands of the residents.

I’ve seen the results of this: women who, 20 minutes before, looked tired and old and dispirited and beaten, emerge with a smile, a lifting of the head, as they hold out their hands and admire the beauty. It is a small, seemingly insignificant thing, but in the life of a human, no gesture that reminds a daughter of God that she is precious, or a son of God that he is valued, is wasted or void.

Little, Individual Actions, Added up, Make a Big Impact

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My worthy opponent gives her time and skills to help people about whom the majority of society does not care: they’re just going to die, you know, and their useful life is over. But not in the mind of my worthy opponent, who is also, more importantly, my sister in Christ.

And there’s another thing my sister in Christ does: she shares her financial resources with others, her extra cloak, so to speak, she gives to another, and there is a 10-month-old baby in the Philippines who is not malnourished because my library friend found out that his family couldn’t afford to feed him enough, and she sent the money needed. And while on an obvious surface level this gesture won’t go far in shaping the politics of a nation, it sure made a difference in that baby’s life.

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One by One

It’s a one by one thing, you know, how we Christians make a difference. In the same way that our very relationship with God is on a direct, individual basis, so also is our interaction with the world: we interact, one by one, with individuals throughout the day, and how we speak, what we say, that we listen, and we give — these make a difference, one far greater and more impacting than a televised debate between a creationist and Bill Nye, the Science Guy, or a presidential debate between a liberal atheist Democrat (are all Democrats atheists, and all Republicans Christian?) and his or her “godly conservative opponent.”

We are the light — not the president, not the prime minister, not the senator or representative or CEO or cabinet minister or sheriff, any of which, if they are truly Christian, have their own work to do.

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But it is not more important than ours, and we do not need a government mandate to pray (in school, at work, or in Congress), give, or exhibit love. We just need to take seriously the example of our Eldest Brother, whose every action wrapped around doing the will of His, and our, Father.

Thank You

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posted by Carolyn Henderson

“‘What should we do then?’ the crowd asked.” Luke 3:10

If you’re a Christian, and you’ve got a question about the Bible, your place in the world, or what our Father wants you to do with your life, be assured that, no further than your local church, is a kicky little book to instruct you, and a small group to walk you through the process.

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Good tea is strong, brisk, and invigorating. So is intelligent study of truth, God’s world, and Scripture. Tea by the Sea, original oil painting by Steve Henderson, sold.

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An added bonus is a workbook (part of the $45 class fee) to prod you by asking elementary, simplistic questions that are supposed to get you to think, and “integrate spiritual reality into daily living” —

  • “What do you think God’s purpose is in your life?”
  • “When Jesus says, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself,’ what does he mean by ‘neighbor’? (Note to leader: begin the discussion by listing out three types of neighbors: our immediate neighbor, the person on the next block, and the stranger we run into in the grocery store.)

What’s so sad is that contemporary Christians, many of whom are intelligent enough to balance their checkbook, take the car in for a regularly scheduled maintenance, and figure out why the toilet is leaking, are flummoxed when it comes to their spiritual lives. Reading and interpreting the Bible for themselves — even though the book is translated into their first spoken language — is determined to be beyond their mental capacity, much to the benefit of assorted speakers, writers, and teachers, who make a generous living by posting an innocuous title at the head of their book chapters (Your Community of LOVE), engaging in warm pastoral talk incorporating a guided teaching story about a “real” member of the church community, and winding the whole thing down with a series of  “thoughtful questions,” designed to encourage “spirited (instructor -led) discussion.”

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Religions Sells, Well

When hundreds of Christians, in thousands of churches, buy this book (and the accompanying DVD) and use it, the author and publisher do well. It’s a business, you know.

This is not to say that reading books about spirituality and the Bible isn’t good, but it is to encourage Christians to not read these books at the expense of reading the Bible for themselves. We should try that first, on a regular basis, and see how good we get at understanding, interpreting, and analyzing. The book we next pick up, then, may go far beyond asking us questions like,

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Our reading tastes change, and mature, with age and wisdom. So also should our reading tastes improve as we mature in our Christianity. Seaside Story, original painting, sold; wall art home decor at AllPosters, Amazon, Great Big Canvas, and other licensed retailers.

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“Is Jesus our friend or our brother?” and instead delve into biblical history, lexicography, and assorted ways that different scholars and thinkers, through the years, have looked at a same verse or passage. There is nothing stopping each individual Christian, whom the apostle Peter in 1 Peter 1:9 describes as “a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God,” from taking those words seriously and approaching Scripture as intelligent, Spirit-led, scholars.

For example, let’s start with Luke 3, in which John the Baptist is baptizing and teaching and preparing a way in the desert, and the people asked — much as they do now — “What should we do then?”

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Nowadays, the answer is searched for in that aforementioned small group, with the necessary Biblical Scripture Materials — and the Christian Teaching Celebrity of the Day answers, over 12 chapters, the questions, “What Is My Ministry, Lord?” or, “What Are My Gifts? (an integrated look at God’s work in our lives today).

Direct Speech

John was more direct:

“The man with two tunics should share with him who has none, and the one who has food should do the same.”

Share what you have with those who have less.

To the tax collectors, John said, “Don’t collect any more than you are required to.”

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Translated to today’s terms, this could be a message to any major CEO interested in being a better person — “Pay your employees decently and treat them with respect. Don’t overcompensate yourself and upper management at the expense of the people laboring under you.”

To the soldiers:

“Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely — be content with your pay.”

Today: “Police officers: put the taser away and stop looking at innocent civilians as if they were the enemy.”

No, these are not word for word interpretations in 21st century terms, but the concepts John addresses are basic enough to extrapolate:

Whatever your job is, don’t use it to abuse people. Don’t hoard. Stop doing things that you know are wrong so that you can make a better material life for yourself. In other words, it’s back to loving God with all our hearts and our neighbor as ourselves, the two commandments that Jesus, in Matthew 22:40, says everything in the law and prophets hangs upon.

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Simple, Not Simplistic

It’s simple, yet profound, and when we read Scripture with this in mind, we filter Jesus’s teaching through, well, Jesus’s teaching. We don’t need a workbook to open our minds to this, and once we get over the notion that there is one incontrovertibly “right” way to interpret every verse of the Bible, we will be free, like honest scholars are, to ask questions:

Who was John, really? Why did Jesus say, several chapters later, in 7:28,

“I tell you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John; yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he”?

This is a far more pertinent question than,

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“What is my community? And how does Jesus want me to ‘share my gifts’ in it?” It is also one that we cannot answer in one or two sentences to fit upon the line provided. It’s something to think upon, meditate over, ponder — all something that scholars do.

And while it is very true that we all start out as babes, and cannot be scholars when we cannot yet crawl, it is also true that for too many of us,

“Though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food!” (Hebrews 5:12)

Much of what we depend upon, years into our Christian lives, isn’t even milk so much as it is man-made formula. Let’s toss the bottle, pick up the fork, and grab some meat.

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Thank you for joining me at Commonsense Christianity where I encourage you to not to feel bad when, in your small group spiritual reading session, you get bored with the chosen book. I’ve seen these things in bookstores, and I can’t get past a page or two.

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