Bible Interpretation · Commentary · Confessions

Peeing in the Easter Basket

After listening to a sermon the other day I posted on Facebook a very strong opinion about how preachers should do their basket-making-easter-craft-photo-420-FF0302ALM5A01preaching. The specific preacher I was listening to at the time was circling round and round a point for what seemed way too long, never really saying much. Being entertaining, but not communicating the point he had set out to make. I was fed up, as I am with most preaching, and spoke my mind in public.

Most people loved what I had to say. Many people have never been on the underside of ministry like I have, nor have the perspective of church things like I do. And they seem to act giddy when someone is willing to speak the truth, even about the church.

The truth that I’ve found and that is central to my message to the Church is that Christ is the One who has earned ultimate authority over man kind and it is our job as the Church to point others unto the glory that is completely His. So that they may begin to walk uprightly with God through the life and presence of Jesus Christ… and in and amongst those who call themselves church.

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Bible Interpretation · Commentary

Politicians and Religious Leaders

Mark 8:11-15 (YLT)

The Pharisees came forth, and began to dispute with him, seeking from him a sign from the heaven, tempting him; and having sighed deeply in his spirit, he saith, `Why doth this generation seek after a sign? Verily I say to you, no sign shall be given to this generation.’ And having left them, having entered again into the boat, he went away to the other side; and they forgot to take loaves, and except one loaf they had nothing with them in the boat, and he was charging them, saying, `Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod,’

Jesus says, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod. I was reading this morning and got an interesting insight that I think may be helpful to us. While doing a small word study on this passage I realized that although leaven has a negative connotation in the Old and New Testament, leaven itself is not a bad thing. Here’s a definition…

leaven-noun

1. a substance, as yeast or baking powder, that causes fermentation and expansion of dough or batter.
2. fermented dough reserved for producing fermentation in a new batch of dough.
3. an element that produces an altering or transforming influence.
Leaven is what makes bread bread. It cause the batter to ferment and grow so that it is transformed into a scrumptious food. That’s good right?