We have Billy and Caroline Kennedy out with us for a few days, which is really great. They have to come to hang out and do a little bit of training with us.
I have a cold which is bugging me. I was going to say flu, but it would only be man flu.
I love training, learning new things, being challenged to grow.
I guess this whole new move has proved to be a massive learning curve and probably will continue to be one.
Comfortable-ness is something we create no matter what are circumstances are, we create little worlds of comfort. Or we soon become acclimatized to new things. When we first went out on the west end it made me feel uncomfortable but after a while you become used to it, you learn a lot, but you still become comfortable. This is natural.
I realise that we probably learn more through periods of discomfort and upheavel than we do when everything is going well. This is probably why I find it hard to subscribe to some of the faith ministries that are out there. There is a philosophy that Christians should be blessed and that blessing should be in a smooth and prosperous life. I can't run with that.
Read Job, look at the life of David, trail through the book of Acts or any particular book in the Bible and most of it was written by people who went through hard times, yet hung on to their faith.
My biggest worry about faith ministries is that in the long term they actually damage peoples faith. If you are meant to be healthy, financially stable and blessed. Where do you go when it all goes wrong.
You believe for healing and someone dies. Is that your fault or Gods? Your faith takes a battering.
You believe you are meant to be financially blessed. How does that work for a christian in a refuge camp in Darfur?
My other worry with the whole faith ministry scene is that if you ever try to talk to someone involved in it, it's like trying to talk to a jehovah witness. They have so many prepared formulaic bible verses, interpreted in a modernistic and scientific sense that it is hard to argue with them. Their God has been reduced to a slot machne, it you say the right thing, pray the right prayer quote the the right bible verse than he will deliver. A + B + C = D
Where's the mystery in that? How can these people have the audacity to believe that they have sussed who God is and can make him work for them just by following the prescribed teaching? They have worked God out, they know what to say to get certain results. If they don't get the results they expect they ignore them because it could look like they are doubting and then the Big Man will punish their lack of faith.
If it all goes wrong, they don't blame God they blame themselves, with an almost "must try harder next time" kind of attitude.
It's all to simplistic for me, and I am actually a man who likes simplicity.
Faith ministries are reductionistic, they shrink God.