Posts Tagged ‘Dead Orthodoxy’

Brother Oswald makes another startling statement:

“Common sense is not faith….” Of course, that is his style, one might say. In a “civilized” world, one says,  Reason should dominate, but, Christ is super-rational.

quote from Aug. 29th reading


by Oswald Chambers

Whatsoever ye shalt ask in My name, that will I do.

“Am I fulfilling this ministry of the interior? There is no snare or any danger of infatuation or pride in intercession, it is a hidden ministry that brings forth fruit whereby the Father is glorified. Am I allowing my spiritual life to be frittered away, or am I bringing it all to one centre – the Atonement of my Lord? Is Jesus Christ more and more dominating every interest in my life? If the one central point, the great exerting influence in my life is the Atonement of the Lord, then every phase of my life will bear fruit for Him.

I must take time to realize what is the central point of power. Do I give one minute out of sixty to concentrate upon it? “If ye abide in Me” – continue to act and think and work from that centre – “ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” Am I abiding? Am I taking time to abide? What is the greatest factor of power in my life? Is it work, service, sacrifice for others, or trying to work for God? The thing that ought to exert the greatest power in my life is the Atonement of the Lord. It is not the thing we spend the most time on that moulds us most; the greatest element is the thing that exerts most power. We must determine to be limited and concentrate our affinities.

“Whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, that will I do.” The disciple who abides in Jesus is the will of God, and his apparently free choices are God’s fore-ordained decrees. Mysterious? Logically contradictory and absurd? Yes, but a glorious truth to a saint.”

John 14:13

“It is very important to remember that while God‘s Spirit is given to the believer once for all, our spirit must go on learning throughout life. Thus the more we learn, the more we can discern. It is a source of grief to us that so many brothers and sisters in the Lord do not know how to exercise spiritual discernment. Too many fail to differentiate between what is of the Lord and what is of human nature. Only as we have experienced the Lord’s strict dealing with us in a certain matter can we quickly detect even the initial sprouting in others. We do not need to wait for its fruit. We can discern long before harvest time. So our spiritual sensitivity is gradually gained through experiencing God’s hand upon us. For example, someone may mentally condemn pride, yes, even preach against it, yet not sense the sinfulness of pride in his own spirit. Thus when pride appears in his brother, his spirit is not distressed ; it may even be sympathetic. Then the day comes when God’s Spirit so works in his life that he really sees what pride is. He is dealt with by God, and his pride is consumed. Though his preaching against pride may sound the same as before, yet now every time a spirit of pride appears in his brother, he senses its ugliness and is distressed. What he has learned and seen from God enables him to sense and to be distressed. (“Distress” most suitably describes such an inward sensitivity.) Now that he recognizes this ailment, he can serve his brother. Once he was attacked by the same affliction ; now he is cured. (This does not imply that he should claim complete deliverance—simply that he knows some measure of cure.) This is how we come to spiritual knowledge” (Watchman Nee).



The sentence that snagged me is: “And I knew he was very troubled by his inner world erupting into ordinary reality. One of the first things he said was, “Can you heal me?” Traditional Protestant doctrine might eschew some of Whiteagle’s wisdom, yet I find myself drawn closer to my own need of healing in areas that my evil twin has run rough-shod over.

The Evil Twin I met the Otter on the beach. He didn’t talk much, just joined my group doing the Cherokee Dance of Life. It was spontaneous. Hottest day in Seattle on record for May and there were lots of young people on the beach that day. Most were from the Reservation or had Native Blood and they were fascinated by the old white man in the “Running Strong for Native American Youth” tee-shirt doing what seemed to be Tai Chi. When they discovered it was a Cher … Read More

via Ancient Whiteagle Wisdom

While I wait for the morning newspaper, I ponder the maxim: Stay where you are planted. So, I created this blog in hopes of metaphorically, being “on the road” again. But there is  more for me to  think about as well as pray about. I think I should just wait it out.

That doesn’t mean I won’t tweak my vita. That doesn’t mean I won’t post my resume in strategic databases. That doesn’t mean I won’t apply for certain teaching positions, even if there are no current openings. I full well will plant some seeds and nurture them.

But, there is some unfinished work here. And so, I need to let the plant grow and mature and then, be harvested, so to speak.

Here is my other blog:

“I spent 16 years of my life as a vocational minister working with college students along with a short stint on a church staff. College students are a lot easier to work with and a lot more fun. Grown-ups live a whole different kind of life and are pretty uptight about a lot of things that aren’t that important. After a messy break from church work, I have entered the work of my second half as a good-for-nothing layman. I say that because I heard a pastor say one time that “pastors are paid to be good, but laymen are good for nothing”. Honestly, I love my new role. The transition from paid minister to every day working guy has been tough because nobody out here seems to know how to balance all the major areas of work, family, faith and ministry. And if they do have it together, nobody says anything. Most folks are just muddling through. The only people who seem to speak consistently into the life of a layman with any authority are the pastors” (The Howitzer).

51. “You stiff-necked people, with uncircumcised hearts and ears! You are just like your fathers: You always resist the Holy Spirit!

52. Was there ever a prophet your fathers did not persecute? They even killed those who predicted the coming of the Righteous One. And now you have betrayed and murdered him–

53. you who have received the law that was put into effect through angels but have not obeyed it.”

54. When they heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him.

55. But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.

56. “Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”

57. At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him,

58. dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul.

59. While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”

60. Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep.

Modern & Post-Modern church goers are fixated on the sensational sacred event. Of course, being obsessed with another “hands-on”  hyped up marketable newsworthy experience at the church house misses the mark. We’ve crossed the line; we’ve trangressed the boundaries; we’ve removed the old landmarks in favor of a cheap thrill. What cost Christ his life, we are happy to demythologize out of our lives.

When will we see the real glory of God? Following Stephen’s example is a good starting place. But if you want your self-esteemed boosted or if you want to salve your conscience or if you need your own religious agenda validated, you are barking up the wrong tree.


I think, for most men I know, that losing a son or daughter or grandson or granddaughter would be THE tragedy in their life. Losing a wife ranks the same, I’m sure. But losing what you’ve made — your flesh and blood must truly be unbearable. I understand that sorrow is an inevitable part of living.

But, I’m learning, even now at the age of 56, that suffering, sorrow, and loss are tools God uses to fashion in us hearts that follow Him.

So, when you click the link and watch the video, please take to heart that, as men, we need to “gird up our loins,”  so to speak, and pass the test.

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“For though you have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have you not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel” (American KJV).    

Paul, of course, was addressing a local church with many serious problems. And, he being the spiritual father of the Corinthians believers had them under his wing, so to speak. But, there was strong opposition from the enemy. Furthermore, there was a lot of rhetoric being slung back and forth like hash in a greasy spoon in Abilene Texas. 


Good old boys like to talk. But the Lord’s brother, James, states: “let every man be swift to hear. Slow to speak, slow to wrath” (1:19). At a family function, I remember a blunt statement directed to me. “Rick. You just talk and talk and talk.” I thought I was having a good time; I didn’t realize how I had offended this man. But, the more I’ve dwelt on this statement, the angrier I’ve became. Anger led to resentment; resentment lead down a dark road into bitterness.  


truth. What I’m driving at is this: Paul probably heard it all before and probably intended to diffuse a ticking time bomb in the church at Corinth. Here’s my hypothesis.   an element ofTalk is cheap. I know that’s a cliché. In many clichés, there is


If some of those “instructors in Christ“ had matured a degree more, then maybe they could have functioned as a catalyst generating a stronger and more mature faith. Instead something went wrong and sin got loose.    

Paul’s letter is a testament to how bad circumstances can get when spiritual leadership is lacking. There just weren’t enough spiritual fathers to curtail the mounting manifestations of sin. Did they throw in the towel prematurely?    

Here’s another old saying: when the going gets tough, the tough get going. I like that. So many men get mired in pettiness. Somehow we have too many soft men of God. Is that oxymoronic?