"In His majesty [I write] victoriously for the cause of truth...for the Lord God has given me the tongue of those who are taught, that I may know how to sustain with a word him who is weary." ~ Isaiah 50:4 (ESV)
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For those who’ve
been following us the past few years, you’ve probably noticed how I often
branch “bivocational” into two camps: those who work multiple secular jobs and
those with a gig in the ministerial arena1. However…in
recent months, I’ve begun to question if this approach best captures the
is: we’re all ministering something…because we’re
all worshipping something. Or to put it another way…we’re ministering something because
somehow, someway (whether we realize it or not) we’re being continually
empowered to attend the needs of someone else…whether a co-worker, a boss, a
family member, a friend, a loved one, etc.
Now, before I
continue, let me clarify this one point: when I say ‘ministerial arena’…I am
(more often than not) talking about those who provide full-time or part-time
service under the occupational ministry umbrella, but this doesn’t mean I
believe other umbrellas are inferior.
view all callings as unique given what God creates, assigns, and rations is infallible
(Galatians 3:28, Genesis 1:27, Acts 10:34). So
while the majority of what we discuss may naturally gear itself to those with
one foot in a more ecclesiastical door, that doesn’t mean you fail if your feet
find themselves on a different foundation2.
You see…I think
far too often those in the church, those in ministry tend to pump up their own
cause through the mission God has called them to… …which, to me, represents one of the
greatest tragedies not talked about in forums like this. And while I’m not insecure about people
taking prior His Girl Fryday blogs out of context, I still wanted to take time
on this beautiful Monday afternoon to autocorrect how I breach bivocational
topics in the now…and then.
we’re consultants, salesman, doctors, nurses, lawyers, accountants, teachers,
journalists, designers…whether we’re a combo platter of diverse professionals
and/or have liturgical responsibilities…God has made us sufficient to be
ministers of life through His Spirit.
our effort and endurance, we can demonstrate the power of God operating in and
through us by reflecting His heart of love, purity, patience, kindness to the
So when you
think about it, getting caught up in ranking standards with a “This person
has more weight because ‘this’…’ …or “That person has it easy because
‘this’…’ attitude makes no sense ‘cause the reality is we all have a
calling and a purpose for such a time as this... ...not to mention...
For me, the real
question comes back to: are we being faithful to walk what God has
called us to walk…and are we going to do so with an appreciation for the
diversity by which God has fashioned us? I’ll just let the mic drop there. ;)
So hopefully this ties up some
If not, feel
free to shoot us a comment below...or drop us a personal message if you prefer
the confidential route. At
any rate, we’d love to hear from you. ‘Til then, be strengthened, encouraged,
and challenged to live as Christ. Know
we’re with you every step of the way.
fair angle when looking to simplify
all, we live and grow in stride…and in seasons. Where God has you today may
look totally different tomorrow.
Well, folks. We’re one week past the autumnal equinox…and I think we all know what that means…
…break out the fall décor, have
yourself a very merry pumpkin-space
latte, and check Cameron’s blog for yet another preliminary winter weather
Now, I’m not gonna lie: my forecastlast
year busted badly due, in part, to a screaming Pacific jet and lingering 2015-16
Super El Niño side effects. If
you recall, outside of a few days in January and March, we absolutely
blowtorched from December 23 through the end of March with top 5 positive temp
anomalies for the stretch.
Just look at how nasty these CF6's look...
While it’s hard to imagine a worse winter this season, given the nature of
winters since 2011, it’s only fair to wonder what to expect in the months
ahead, specifically between Thanksgiving and the start of spring 2018.
Thus, as I always do this wonderful time of year, I present you my preliminary
teleconnection grades for the winter ahead...
Back when I was a young padawan studying the Word, I had a bad habit of downplaying geography and time as filler. I figured by skimming over environmental details, I'd better discern the “heart” of the passage without being distracted by peripherals.
However, as I would ultimately find, when we consider what the Scriptures has to say about Christ's ministry, we find every word, pronoun and article carrying strategic purpose and placement. Take John 4 for example, where we find Christ intentionally reaching out to a woman at a well. Before the encounter takes place, we’re given comprehensive context with respect to setting, which connects back to John 3: John 3:22-23 (ESV) – “After this Jesus and his disciples went into the Judean countryside, and he remained there with them and was baptizing.John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because water was plentiful there, and people were coming and being baptized.” Now, let’s flash-forward to John 4:1-6:
I’m just goin’ cut to the chase… I don’t give a flying fart1 about “Fifty Shades of Grey”. There I said it. Hope I didn’t offend2… In all seriousness… there’s a lot of talk goin’ on about the
erotic romance novel and drama porn film. But I suppose this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. After all,
talking about purity and pornography should be encouraged in a time where sexual
compromise is at an all-time high. Granted, it’s heartbreaking to come back to these issues
only to find more people wearing blinders3 covering their
sensitivity to graphic eroticism and relational abuse. But I mean…think about it. Just because culture glorifies the
fetish doesn’t mean my opinion belief in awe-fully4, amazing
sex, as God intended, is invalid. Sure, I may be “old school” in the eyes of some, but at the
end of the day, for something to be good, it also has to be right, just, pure, and
honorable (Philippians 4:8). And I’m sorry, but I’m not going to naively waste my breath
claiming “Fifty Shades of Grey” is …