Tag Archives: myths

“What Would People Say?” And Other Perceived Barriers

Can’t do this. Can’t do that.

What would people say?

Sometimes you’re at the mercy of a community that holds your reputation hostage. IF YOU LET IT.

My friends have two of the cutest dogs you ever saw. Every time I knock on their door, the dogs bark like crazy, excited to lick and paw at whoever comes their way. But they’re stuck behind a little indoor security gate that leans against the wall at the bottom of the stairs.

If these pups simply tipped over the fence with a nudge of their nose or even jumped over it, they would be free.

But fear and obedience keep them behind that weak little gate. That’s their routine, their sense of security. Continue reading

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The More Spiritual You Are, the Less You Need to Think.

“Part of the problem in contemporary Christianity, I believe, is that talk about freedom of the Spirit, about the grace which sweeps us off our feet and heals and transforms our lives, has been taken over surreptitiously by a kind of low-grade romanticism, colluding with an anti-intellectual streak in our culture, generating the assumption that the more spiritual you are, the less you need to think.”

-N.T. Wright

Read more in Glenn Packiam’s Why Thinking is a Vital Part of Christian Growth.

For the past few years, I’ve found myself less interested in the praise and worship songs portion of church and pining for a deeper understanding of scriptures and their greater context.

What are the questions I need to ask that I haven’t been asking?

What spiritual myths have I been accepting just because I’ve heard them enough times? I recently heard that the Bible doesn’t state a requirement to be baptized before taking Holy Communion. Something I need to study for myself.

I had a friend who enjoyed the Presbyterian church because it was cerebral and not overly dependent on emotion.

Glenn Packiam says we should let Truth define Experience instead of letting Experience define Truth.

What can our churches do to be places that offer that type of truth? To be a place where it’s OK to think?

What can we do to be members that encourage truth-discovering?

What happened in your life that led you to find truth? Did it happen in a church or elsewhere?