Monday, May 31, 2004

Memorial Day, May 31, AD 2004


December 11, 1890 - October 21, AD 1918

My Great Uncle, George H. Britton was killed in France, Argonne Forest during WWI. He was buried in France, and a memorial marker was erected in the Leonardson Cemetery, Jefferson Twp., Hillsdale Co., Michigan at the family plot. George was killed exactly three weeks before the Armistice of Nov. 11, 1918 brought the war to an end.


LCPL. Ronald Joe Markel, USMC

Born on May 14, 1947
Casualty was on May 9, 1968
Operation HOUSTON II
Requiem for Ronnie

Sunday, May 30, 2004

Why Biblical Counseling is Unbiblical(Take 1)
by John H. Coe.

"The contemporary church has much to learn from the OT wisdom literature and its mandate for the people of God to develop a science of value by investigating the manifold wisdom discernible in both the scriptures and human phenomena. Though the proponents of the BC position have been so careful to avoid the Corrupt thoughts of human opinions. in order to maintain an uncorrupted biblical world-view, comically and tragically they have in fact adopted a positivistic and reductionistic view of the social sciences which is cut off from God's wisdom and moral knowledge contained in nature. The comic side to this is that they have adopted a view of science historically rooted in a movement, viz. the Enlightenment, which otherwise the BC position adamantly opposes. The tragic side is that by so doing they unknowingly go against the teaching of the scripture and the OT sage inasmuch as they reject the possibility of a science of values and propagate a truncated view of God's wisdom. The real misfortune in this is that sectors of the church - God's people - are inhibited from enjoying all the wisdom available for living in all areas of life under God. "
To "Power Up"

I heard a new phrase tonight. "Power up". This phrase was used to describe pastors that lord it over their people. The man who used this phrase is the President of Baptist Bible College and Seminary in Clark Summit. PA.

He was speaking on II Timothy 2, and had come to the words in verse 24 "the Lord's servant". The contrast was being made between true servant leadership and those who use their position of authority to "power up" over other people.

My wife and I looked at one another. We each knew what the other was thinking. "Powering up"... Yes, we've seen that done in a church before. And an apt description it is of lording it over a flock.

Thankfully we are no longer in an abusive church where to "power up" was the norm for the leadership style. And of course many times it was done in the name of "Biblical counseling".... Bah Humbug! And if you had a problem with that style it was because "you were the problem..." never the leadership... Bah Humbug!

What is worse is when that style of leadership is copied in the home... It's a sure way of creating un-godly ugly Nabal like husbands and fathers... Bah Humbug!!!

Christ did not lead by the "power up". He lead by servant example. He was an example of what it means to " kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition..." (II Timothy 2:24-25).

Does your pastor lead by use of the "power up"? If so, it is time to get a new pastor, either by removing the bum from office, or "firing" him by walking away from that church and not looking back.


~ The Billy Goat ~