What are your thoughts? In what ways is the church the devil's playground? In my former career as a pastor, I had quietly come to this realization because of the injustices I often saw Christians commit against other Christians within the church, as well as to others outside the church. It was often disheartening to see Christians talk so high and mighty about how worthy they were to "the Lord," and yet all the while be exactly the opposite. It was even more damning and disgusting when I became the target of such ill will, when it came to putting child safety over church politics. So I wonder what any of your thoughts were - particularly those who are former Christians. What say you?
Please note, that I use the term "devil" not in it's generally accepted theological sense of an actual anthropomorphic being, but as a more loosely personification of the concept of evil and the injustices human beings often commit against each other.
I have plans for two more, but that is just what they are: plans. The money could be better spent elsewhere.
When the time is right, I might go back again, but time will tell.
Well, I was planning on showing off the finished product tomorrow, but sadly he wasn't able to finish it in the time allotted. The wings and sun are last. The appointment was for two hours, and the he had another customer coming in after that, so it will have to wait. He gets booked pretty solid, so I may not be for another two months - but that might be a good thing.
Wish you hadn't mentioned the tattoos, Barry. Now we have to go through all the nonsense of getting together a group of sinless believers, booking space, ordering stones....so much trouble. Couldn't you be more considerate and avoid sins which force others to enact bronze age dogma?
You missed the part where I mentioned I go to the local brewery after church on Sundays to eat lunch and drink beer...
Let us not forget, Jesus was accused by the "sinless" believers of his day of being a drunk and a glutton. I am simply a "drunk" (I only drink a pint or two on Sunday, though should make it three - one for the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit - this is for my Homies) and an inked person.
"Jesus was accused by the "sinless" believers of his day of being a drunk and a glutton." - he liked his food and drink. He was a human being. Some of us like things. Is that so wrong?
Good luck with that Norm...
I usually find that organizations each have their own unique culture. Most of the time it's a good culture, and everything gets done well in a pleasant enjoyable way. Sometimes you get a bad culture - perhaps all the nice people are forced out. Your UCC church sounds like it has a good culture. When I am looking to join an organization, I go along as an anonymous observer to check out the scene and try and talk to the people who run it.
TA has a good culture in my opinion, it's well-run.
In my half century of life experience, many times when I have dealt with someone who I felt was particularly harsh or unreasonable, I learn that they make a big deal about their faithful affiliations. There are exceptions, but it has been a steady trend.
Yes! Robert, what you have observed is exactly what I have observed--over the same time period. So, make that a full century of life experience supporting this sad observation.
OK let's NOT add our ages up, hey? grin
Well, if you jump in that would only make us a combined 117, right?