Archive for October 2002

On faith . . . Weak faith is true faith – as precious, though not so great as strong faith: the same Holy Ghost the author, the same gospel the instrument. If it never proves great, yet weak faith shall save; for it interests us in Christ, and makes Him and all His benefits ours. For it is not the strength of our faith that saves, but truth of our faith – nor weakness of our faith that condemns, but the want of faith; for the least faith layeth hold on Christ, and so will save us. Neither are we saved by the worth or quantity of our faith, but by Christ, who is laid hold on by a weak faith as well as strong. Just as a weak hand that can put meat into the mouth shall feed and nourish the body as well as if it were a […]

Encouragement for those doubting their faith in Christ . . . Some doubts there will always be. He that never doubts has nothing to lose. He that never fears possesses nothing truly valuable. He that is never jealous knows little of deep love. -Bishop J.C. Ryle, Holiness, 1879

Got any new ideas? Great ad campaign. Too many uncreative parodies of it. Stupid name for a city.

Is anybody else out there having difficulty adjusting to the time change? I’m working really hard to drag my sleepy self around and get some things done. What I really want is a nap.

So on Friday evening, shortly after coming home from work, a couple of old friends call me up. They’re on their way down to San Diego from Orange County, where they work. They are on their way to see the Creed concert at the Cox Arena. My friend went to high school with one of the band’s sound engineers and has some comped tickets. They ask if I want to go. It’s been over a year since I’ve seen one of them, and about three months since I’ve seen the other one, so I go. Creed gets a lot of interesting press because of lead singer Scott Stapp’s “spirituality.” To me, they just play an updated version of the arena rock that made bands like Bon Jovi popular in the late 80’s. Stapp has an “alternative” edge to his voice, and a magnetic stage presence, so people who wish the […]

My ministry outlook . . . I want to be a part of creating a place where people can enjoy life together in every way. Deeply satisfying relationships, spiritual depth and meaning, laughter, worship, generosity, growth, sacrifice, beauty, and a communal consciousness. My goal is not to build an organization of success or a model of excellence for others to follow, but rather to pursue God’s kingdom and his righteousness. My desire is to create a place that people hate to leave, because they want more of Jesus, more understanding of the sacred, and more love for others. That place is within all of us, and is partially experienced in the quiet minutes alone with God, partially experienced in conversation with real friends – the kind that you’d die for, and they’d die for you, and partially experienced in an environment where the people of God come together in force […]

How big is big enough? How big is too big? So I’ve been doing some thinking/wrestling lately around the topic of worship gatherings that bring people together in “large” numbers. By this I mean regular (weekly? bi-weekly? monthly?) get-togethers of Jesus followers for the purpose of worship and unity. “Large” could be 20, 200, or 2,000 – dosn’t really matter to me. The point is creating a group experience of the worshipping community – it could be oriented toward music, art, reading of scripture, teaching, or something else – again, doesn’t really matter to me. The gathering itself is more important than what takes place at the gathering. There’s so much that I love about the house church movement, and I’ve learned so much about the body of Christ through the friends I’ve made there. I’ve considered (and will continue to consider) being a part of it myself. The one […]

My little attempt at being a psychic . . . I predict a brain drain in established churches over the next ten years. “Up and coming” ministers will choose the more daring adventure of church planting with an emerging generation in mind. Current youth pastors and associate pastors will increasingly become aware of the inadequacies of the established church culture and opt for the adventurous way themselves. The leftovers will be viable for some time to come, but will infrequently penetrate and impact the post-Christian world.

A design war? Check out the new look over at theooze. Check out the new look over at ginkworld. Feeling insecure right about now. I need a new look . . . except I have no talent for design or the programming know-how necessary to look cool. I wish I had some cash . . . I’d hire Alan Creech – he’s supposed to be some kinda design wizard.

Mark Riddle blogs. Formerly, he only ranted. Now he blogs.