Jason P. Franklin

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Metamorphosis

In Faith on September 14, 2009 at 1:05 pm

I used to be a confused Armenian.  Now some would call me a frothing at mouth, card carrying Calvinist.

Calvin, for his part, would be livid if he knew that label was being applied to people.

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Stereotype of Form

In Church on September 12, 2009 at 5:50 am

Preaching styles.  While in general we like variety in our literature and oratory, are there certain occasions when a stereotype of form is called for?

A police officer describing an arrest in court vs. the same officer discussing the same event among his friends.

A pastor preaching a sermon vs. the same preacher talking about the same passage of scripture among friends.

Actuality or Wishful Thinking?

In Faith on September 11, 2009 at 11:48 am

A quote from a recent broadcast of the Whitehorse Inn:

Younger generations don’t want trendy engagement from the church.  In fact their suspicious of it.  Instead they want truthful engagement with historical and theological solidity that enables meaningful interaction with transcendent reality.  They want desperately to invest their lives in something worth dying for not some here today gone tomorrow fad.

I’m just not seeing that.  What I see is a complete and total disinterest in spiritual matters, particularly things pertaining to Christianity.  People, at least those in my area that I’ve interacted with, do not want to invest their lives in anything greater than themselves.  Selfishness rules the day and superstition is the dominant religion.

The Shepherd

In Church on September 2, 2009 at 11:30 am

A good shepherd will no only care for the sheep, but rebuke a goat and shoot a wolf.  The shepherd must be willing to turn the staff around and smack the wolves that rear up.

Re: Decision & Discipleship

In Faith on September 2, 2009 at 7:31 am

Rebuttal to Decision & Discipleship

Discipleship doesn’t begin at decision.  Decision is merely a point (albeit an important point) along the journey of discipleship.

A Pillar of the Community

In Church on September 2, 2009 at 7:26 am

…the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of truth.
1 Timothy 3:15 (ESV)

The Church, not the government, universities, media or public schools, is the pillar and support of truth.

Parents

In Family on September 1, 2009 at 3:50 pm

failure of most churches to teach parents how to train up children in the way of the Lord

decision & discipleship

In Faith on September 1, 2009 at 3:48 pm

decision becomes a discipleship process

The Gossip Curve

In Faith on September 1, 2009 at 1:14 pm

Gossip is the hope that God grades on the curve.  If I can find enough wrong things with others, especially those who claim to be righteous, then maybe I’m in.

Either/Or, Neither/Nor

In Books on September 1, 2009 at 12:31 pm

Finding the Middle Path.

Divine Discontent