Recently I came across some articles that reminded me of past posts of my own. I liked these other posts, as they expanded on my post or approached it from a different angle. Sometimes I share such mostly for my own future reference, but maybe it will interest another. Here they are:
⇒ ⇒ I had a post entitled: What ever happened to Sunday and Wednesday evening church services? While emphasizing that I am not against change, I feel that the removal of things like Sunday night services and prayer meetings and their replacement by “small groups” has been detrimental. Another post I came upon had similar concerns: Where’s the Revival Now? An excerpt from it:
“My early experiences in the faith included Revival meetings and Camp Meeting and Prayer Groups and Evening Worship Services and Midweek Prayer Meetings, etc. They were all aids to discipleship. They were important. But, I don’t mean that the ‘form’ was important. I know many of these are considered to be the evangelistic techniques of the past. It is felt that they need to be laid aside for new techniques. And, I’m fine with that. Really. I strongly believe in function over form. Times change. Strategies change. They should. Great. I’m all for new and better strategies. But, here’s my (major) gripe about the present state of United Methodism: what has replaced the old techniques? … Nothing.”
Nothing replaced the old methods or meetings. In my background, I saw the old meetings replaced almost exclusively by small groups. Our concern is the same, whether nothing or small groups, we do not observe the same level of discipleship.
⇒ ⇒ I had a post entitled: Are you giving orders to God? It is about Gideon and how the passage about Gideon and the fleece can be misused and misapplied. I share some thoughts about Christian decision making. We are suppose to walk by faith, but it seems certain Christians want to walk by signs and certainty. I came across this article by Michael Horton: Confusing Faith with “Taking Big Risks for God” and I appreciated his approach with similar concerns.
⇒ ⇒ Finally, I had a rather rambling post where I was trying to make a point but I am not sure I ever did make the point I was trying to! haha. It was this one: Can you separate the wheat from the chaff? Being a flip-flopper vs making a thoughtful change. Being exposed to other Christian views can develop critical thinking skills and help you delve into the Bible and theology on a deeper level. It can enrich you spiritually, as you incorporate the strengths of various groups into your Christian life. However, it can also lead to…confusion, rather than clarity. Some people are too easily influenced and end up in a confusing mess. They are chameleons or flip-floppers, and that is not good.
I came across this article that I think is making the point I was trying to make, but in a clearer manner. Or maybe it is a different point from my post, but making a related or connected one? Figure it out for me! haha. Here it is:
The Bible, Explained. We can be drawn to simple explanations and certainty. And while there is nothing wrong with certainty, it can also reveal an “underlying desire for easy answers and straightforward solutions that come at the expense of wading through complexity and nuance.” – Give it a read! The author of this article often has thoughtful things to share. Follow her on twitter: Kaitlyn Schiess @KaitlynSchiess
Perhaps the connection between my post and hers is this: If we lack critical thinking skills, we can end up isolating ourselves from other views -or- we can become chameleons. Neither is good.