A bit of satirical humour to give you a smile, wry or otherwise.
“A man’s place is in the army.”
10. A man’s place is in the army.
9. For men who have children, their duties might distract them from the responsibilities of being a parent.
8. Their physical build indicates that men are more suited to tasks such as chopping down trees and wrestling mountain lions. It would be “unnatural” for them to do other forms of work.
7. Man was created before woman. It is therefore obvious that man was a prototype. Thus, they represent an experiment, rather than the crowning achievement of creation.
6. Men are too emotional to be priests or pastors. This is easily demonstrated by their conduct at football games and watching basketball tournaments.
5. Some men are handsome; they will distract women worshipers.
4. To be an ordained pastor is to nurture the congregation. But this is not a traditional male role. Rather, throughout history, women have been considered to be not only more skilled than men at nurturing, but also more frequently attracted to it. This makes them the obvious choice for ordination.
3. Men are overly prone to violence. No really manly man wants to settle disputes by any means other than by fighting about it. Thus, they would be poor role models, as well as being dangerously unstable in positions of leadership.
2. Men can still be involved in church activities, even without being ordained. They can sweep paths, repair the church roof, and maybe even lead the singing on Father’s Day. By confining themselves to such traditional male roles, they can still be vitally important in the life of the Church.
1. In the New Testament account, the person who betrayed Jesus was a man. Thus, his lack of faith and ensuing punishment stands as a symbol of the subordinated position that all men should take.
Read the full article at The Junia Project
From “My Utmost For His Highest”
From the Bible Society:
Bringing the love of Jesus to children in the outback for 61 years
The first time Lance Jackson taught Scripture at a one-teacher school west of Ivanhoe in outback NSW he asked the class to tell him what they knew about Jesus.
“They all looked a bit dumb … Anyway, I pressed the issue, thinking they were shy, but at the finish a 13-year-old girl up the back put up her hand and said ‘Look, I don’t think he lives anywhere around here but I’ve heard Dad talking about him,’” Lance recalls.
“It was an isolated area but what struck me was I’m less than 500km from Sydney and there’s a whole room of kids who don’t know who Jesus is.”
It is experiences such as this that have kept the 82-year-old Presbyterian pastor teaching Scripture for the past 61 years. The record shows that in that time he has brought the gospel of the Lord Jesus to children in 48 schools in NSW, three in South Australia, 12 in Queensland and two in Victoria, all in bush areas.
“That motivated me to just keep pressing on – because you had to really discipline yourself,” he says.
“I grew up in a climate and a church where you made a commitment for life and you didn’t rust out, you burnt out.”
Now based in Glen Innes, in the northern tablelands of NSW, Lance still coordinates Scripture for 18 classes in three local schools and the annual training courses. He also still works on a voluntary basis as a pastor at the Presbyterian Church in Glen Innes.
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The Bible says, “If anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work” (2 Timothy 2:21). This is a big part of the power of the gospel.
Horatius Bonar painted that picture with greater detail after observing the kind of “vessels” God clearly used with divine power. Writing the preface to John Gillies’ Accounts of Revival, Bonar proposed that men useful to the Holy Spirit for revival stand out in nine ways:
1. They are in earnest: “They lived and labored and preached like men on whose lips the immortality of thousands hung.”
2. They are bent on success: “As warriors, they set their hearts on victory and fought with the believing anticipation of triumph, under the guidance of such a Captain as their head.”
3. They are men of faith: “They knew that in due season they should reap, if they fainted not.”
4. They are men of labor: “Their lives are the annals of incessant, unwearied toil of body and soul; time, strength, substance, health, all they were and possessed they freely offered to the Lord, keeping back nothing, grudging nothing.”
5. They are men of patience: “Day after day they pursued what, to the eye of the world, appeared a thankless and fruitless round of toil.”
6. They are men of boldness: “Timidity shuts many a door of usefulness and loses many a precious opportunity; it wins no friends, while it strengthens every enemy. Nothing is lost by boldness, nor gained by fear.”
7. They are men of prayer: “They were much alone with God, replenishing their own souls out of the living fountain, that out of them might flow to their people rivers of living water.”
8. They are men of strong doctrine: “Their preaching seems to have been of the most masculine and fearless kind, falling on the audience with tremendous power. It was not vehement, it was not fierce, it was not noisy; it was far too solemn to be such; it was massive, weighty, cutting, piercing, sharper than a two-edged sword.”
9. They are men of deep spirituality: “No frivolity, no flippancy . . . . The world could not point to them as being but slightly dissimilar from itself.”
Last night my Cell Group viewed a short presentation by Ray Vander Laan from a former Crusdaer fortress in the Holy Lands. It was a powerful depiction of what Ray called “Misguided Faith”, the belief that we can turn Jesus’ command to love our enemies into a program of death and destruction.
While it is not possible to accurately estimate the number of people killed in this series of wars launched by Europeans to reclaim the Holy Lands from Muslims, a million deaths seems to be an average guess.
This morning I read about an atrocity committed against Christians in a Muslim country and someone responded that Christians need to get smart and retaliate “like the Buddhists.”
I can understand the motivation for such a statement, but it isn’t a christian attitude.
I get angry and I want to lash out at times. If a group of people attacked my church, my friends, my family I would want to retaliate.
Jesus dealt with the sin of the world- which at its heart is a violent attack on the sovereignty of God- by showing love not retaliation, by dying not killing, with grace not war. There will be judgement, but that is God’s last resort, not the first option.
To be clear, I’m not talking about self-defence here or protecting your family in the face of a real danger. This is about wanting to use the weapons of the world to achieve the goals of the Kingdom of God.
“For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.” 2 Corinthians 10:4 (ESV)
In relation to the Crusades, these acts of warfare 1000 years ago in the name of Christ are still a stumbling block to talking to people about Christ in the Middle East.
When we seek to do Christ’s work in ways that are not Christ’s the long term effects are always disastrous.
Judging by most standards, being a pastor is a rotten job- long hours, little pay, lots of criticism by armchair experts.
Of course most pastors are not doing a job, but living out a God-given passion. That makes all the difference and greatly outweighs the negatives.
One of the huge privileges is the way people invite you into the deepest, most intimate parts of their lives, the hidden secret places.
Sometimes people share their struggles and shame, desperately hoping to find acceptance and forgiveness. What an honour it is to listen to the cry of their heart and to express the reality of God’s love to them.
Other times people come and share their great joys, just wanting to have someone celebrate with them. They might be in a place where the news cannot be made public yet- an award, a promotion, family news. What a joy it is to share their happiness and to be entrusted with their confidence.
There are many parts of my life that I love, and some that I find challenging. The real excitement comes in sharing those special moments with special people.