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Thursday, July 13, 2006
Hey! Over here!
Anyway, just wanted to update you on my 'sharing a service' post below. Myself and the guy I am leading with, I'll call him J, met today and had a really fruitful discussion. We've decided that we're going to have a 'chat show' style sermon where we'll discuss the text we've decided on. We're going to have an email conversation about it over the next few days and then meet up again on Tuesday to finalise our points. I am sooo excited about it. We are also hoping to get the congregation involved in the discussion.

The text is Philippians 4:1-9. ANyone with any thoughts on it, I'd be glad to hear them.

Slan (Irish for 'goodbye and good health to you')
Melanie

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  • At 7/15/2006 09:48:00 AM, Blogger Mike Clawson

    Hey Melanie, that sounds really great. Here's my one piece of advice on that scripture passage: Be careful that you don't end up reversing the meaning of Philippians 4:8 ("Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.") Too often I've heard Christians take this passage in which Paul tells us to let good things come from inside of us and use it to say that we need to avoid any bad things that might be coming from outside of us (i.e. don't watch movies or listen to music or whatever that is not pure, lovely, true, right, etc.) We essentially take a positive command and turn it into a negative one, using it as an excuse to isolate ourselves from the world.

    Not that you would ever do this, but I've seen it done enough to know that it's a danger.

    Anyhow, just my .02

    Peace,

    Mike

     
  • At 7/16/2006 12:09:00 PM, Blogger Melanie@Abri

    Amen brother! You're preaching to the converted. I was brought up in a form of Irish evangelicalism whereby you were told that people would know you were a Christian by all the things you didn't do (drink, swear, smoke) whereas it would've been far better to focus on all the ways Christianity can transform society - loving our neighbours, reaching out to the outcast, healing the sick. Thanks for that though, always good to be reminded.
    M

     

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