November 30, 2020

Internet Monk Radio Podcast #165

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Get Over It


  1. My pastor gave a great sermon on the parable of the talents, emphasizing that what the worthless servant lacked was faith in his master. Because he didn’t trust him, he didn’t dare take any risks. Eugene Peterson seems to strike that same chord in “The Message”. I think this is at the heart of gospel-cowardice. We believe in the ideals of the gospel, but it is hard to walk and work in it. Maybe Luther didn’t push it far enough, but I think he really plumbed the depths with his “Be a sinner and sin boldly, but believe and rejoice in Christ even more boldly.” He probably ticked off more people with that one statement than anything else that he wrote or taught. But I can’t say enough about it. No matter how much we talk gospel, we can’t stop feeling like God is looking over our shoulder to see if we goofed up. It paralyzes us from true service. It’s a throw-back to the old school life under the law and the pharisees. In that economy, the worthless servant was right: just bury the talent and give it back when the master returns. But grace frees us to be gracious. God’s grace is reckless; so should ours – toward others and ourselves.

  2. For me (someone who has left the paid ministry) I think there is a personal journey we should all take. It took me a year and 8 months to be put in a place where I could even hear from God or even believe that their was a God…

    Now I am refreshed and renewed for what I have been called to do…to plant redemptive communities throughout Houston, TX.

    No one pays me…no one is building walls…no one as of yet is even meeting at any time to “worship” in a traditional since.

    We just group in teams of five or so and go out and meet needs and tell people about Christ…those who are redeemed through the salvation of our Lord we bring in and disciple them to go out and do the same…after about 2-3 months we release them to go forth and follow God in the redemptive community that God has allowed them to build.

    BUT…that is what i am called too…

    I suppose I just got tired of talking about it…and people asking me what we are to do about it…I now have my own solution…stop complaining and talking and just go out and do what God has called you to do

  3. Thanks for this. I liked the point that the willingness to discuss the difficult issues in Evangelicalism is progress. I keep running up against comments like, “This is just the way church is. Get over it and move on”. Yuck. It seems like such a crutch…a convenient excuse to avoid any meaningful self examination. I don’t expect to solve all the church’s problems, but it would be nice to stop doing the same things over and over and stop for a minute to examine how we, (me included), might have screwed this thing up.

    So again…thanks for what you do IM.