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Tuesday Theology

Tuesday TheologySeptember 29 2009by Doug
Today for Tuesday Theology, I'd point you over to, specifically to the debate about whether or not multi-site churches are a good option, a bad option, a Biblically acceptable option, or what. I'm one of the presenters on this debate, so my theological thinking is headed that direction.
You can comment there or here about it. I'll have a rebuttal up in a day or two, and will link it here.

September 29 by doug

Reflections on ProverbsProverbs 29, September 2009by Doug
Proverbs 29:1(NIV) →You really don't know when the last warning is coming. Don't play with it. Once you pass that line, there is no turning back. And yes, I think that can apply to believers. God will bring discipline on you for the purpose of teaching you and turning you back. I don't think He stops until you repent, even if it means you go see Him.
Proverbs 29:2(NIV) →The people groan under the wicked, for it takes their energy to face it. Be strong, and place the righteous into power!
Proverbs 29:4(NIV) →Justice provides stability. Kickbacks, bailouts, and infighting don't really help.
Proverbs 29:5(NIV) →Flattery may seem good, but to flatter dishonestly will destroy you!
Proverbs 29:6(NIV) →Your own sin brings your destruction. It's incredibly easy to blame others, but it's our own sins that get us.
Proverbs 29:8(NIV) →This one seems a little odd. But I think what we're seeing here is that people will…

Sept 27 AM Sermon Outline

Date: September 26, 2009 AMText: Hebrews 11:32-38Location: CBC MonticelloTheme: History Matters
History of FaithThe history of those who have gone before us is worth studyingHow many of us have learned the stories of Gideon, Barak, Samson, David, and the rest?Do we focus on teaching these stories to the next generations?The history of people that have proceeded us in the Christian faith is importantWe ought to learn about people that have proceeded us in faithGeorge MuellerJohn ChrysostomThomas AquinasMartin LutherHudson TaylorD. BonhoefferLottie MoonDixie JacksonDavid BrainerdGladys AylwardAugustineBlack Regiment Have you heard of these? Ever read of their efforts?These should be our heroes as much as anyone else.The history of those that have gone before help us to see God's faithfulness through the agesWe should look to these for the similarities, not the differences between “then” and “now”History of our churchHow did we get where we are?What brought the best?What brought the wo…

Monday Morning Politics--September 28

Monday Morning Politics
September 28, 2009

Republicans and sheer, utter stupidity.

While, personally, I don't often put these two things together, this weekend I've seen some reasons why. They basically come back to the current health care debate. Now, to tell you the truth, I currently have health insurance that I pay for completely from my salary. If I could live without insurance, I would make a substantial amount more. Also, at previous times in our family's life, we've gone without insurance for Ann and I and had the kids on Medicaid, because we could not afford the insurance offered by my employer. As soon as I could find a job with insurance provided, we changed. We continued to be eligible for Medicaid because of low-income, but used only our employer plan.

So, what has me displeased with the party of no right now? After all, my experience with Medicaid was more than enough to convince me that government run health care isn't a great idea. We had difficulti…

September 26 by Doug

Reflections on ProverbsSeptember 26, 2009by Doug
Proverbs 26:1 →And in the Proverbs, fool reflects poor morality. So honor and poor intentional moral choices do not mix. And this is why I really don't give very many hoots about media award shows.
Proverbs 26:2 →Fret not that someone asks God to curse you. God will not honor a dishonorable curse. See David's response to Shimei in 2 Samuel 16 and 2 Samuel 19. And quit stressing about the fruitcake down the road attempting to use his Ouija Board or whatever against you. You leave it alone, and don't give evil a foothold by willful disobedience. God will deal with the rest.
Proverbs 26:4-5 →Wrestle with a skunk, and you still stink, but you still can't let the skunk camp out.
Proverbs 26:13 →Do you see danger everywhere? Does this hold you back from taking necessary actions? Get help if need be, but get going! Better to be eaten by a lion while striving to obey!
Proverbs 26:18-19 →Humor can be a good thing, but deceiving your f…

September 25 by Doug

Reflections on ProverbsSeptember 25 2009by Doug
Proverbs 25:1 →Just remember, if you give credit, it's not plagiarism.
Proverbs 25:4-5 →Give the government some time, perhaps if we get rid of all the dishonest people of both parties from Washington, and things will improve.
Proverbs 25:6-7 →Let God handle your exaltation. He knows whether or not you can handle it as well as whether or not you deserve it.
Proverbs 25:9-10 →Don't betray and destroy another for your wealth and aggrandizement. It's not worth the cost.
Proverbs 25:11 →Learn to listen and say the right things at the right times.
Proverbs 25:13 →For Christians, are we being that trustworthy messenger?
Proverbs 25:21-22 →Did you know that in some Middle Eastern cultures at the time, and to this day, burning coals are carried in firepans on people's heads? Yep. And how do you help out someone in the desert at night? Heap coals on their heads. Really. So, by caring for your enemies, you might be helping their survival.…

Book Review: If God is Good

Book Review: If God is Goodby Randy Alcorn
Doug Hibbard
September 25, 2009

Ok, I actually get the opportunity to review books for a couple of publishers. This one is from Multnomah publishers. It's entitledIf God is Good.It's by Randy Alcorn, who has a decent track record of writing both fiction and non-fiction.

This book is Alcorn's attempt to tackle the problem of evil. The theological term for this is “ theodicy,” attempting to justify God's existence and reconcile it with the existence of evil. The normal person term for this is “ life,” as in, “If God is good, why does bad stuff happen?” Sometimes our questions come from big bad stuff like wars and abortion, sometimes it's personal bad stuff like cancer and AIDS, job losses and car accidents. All through, Christians are taught and teach to others that God is good, that fundamentally, good wins out over evil in the world.

Well, a 200-word or so book review cannot adequately deal with the philosophical issue, and …

Thoughts today, September 23

Daily Journal, September 23, 2009

A few quick thoughts:
1.) Thinking about a book I'm reading...

I've got to get a book read to post a review by the end of this week. It's entitled If God is Good: Faith in the Midst of Suffering and Evil. It's by Randy Alcorn. I've read some of his fiction, but none of his non-fiction. So far it looks good. It is an attempt to help believers understand the purpose and use of suffering in this world. This is a thorny problem, because of the nature of our underlying philosophy of life in the Western World.

You see, ethical monotheism, the belief that there is a God of some sort who has morals, has been behind the educational, moral, philosophic, and governmental development of America, England, Scotland, France, and other Western countries for more than 1,000 years. It's become so fundamental in our understanding that we don't even acknowledge it. This thought pattern underscores why we believe in human freedom, human rights, an…

A brief ranting

Tuesday Morning Theology meets yesterday's Monday Morning Politics while influenced by last week's Friday Morning Business.
September 22, 2009 by Doug.
Ok, typically I blog a daily journal, a Proverbs reflection (which used to be part of the daily journal), and a subject/theme piece every day. I haven't done my theme pieces in a few days. So I'll mash them all into one, and hopefully have something funny for weird Wednesday tomorrow.
So, where I have been? Oh, here and there. And I'll not waste your time with details. If your life hangs by the thread of my blog, call me. I've got the names of some real counselors that will help you.
So, how do these all mix? Well, let's compare and contrast help:
Business help: AT&T will get back to me Wednesday about whatever it is that is keeping my Blackberry from working right.
Government help: I've emailed, tweeted,and called my Congressman. He never touches back. Ever.
God's help: for sin: Ephesians 1:4 “ even as…

Proverbs 22 by Doug

Reflections on ProverbsSeptember 22, 2009Doug
Proverbs 22:1 →Which am I seeking? And what do I get more concerned about losing? Do I insist that I don't care what people think if I have stuff? Or that I don't care what I have as long as my name is good?
Proverbs 22:2 →God has made all people, and is the Lord of them all. Don't treat the poor as if they are less than you or the rich as if they are great.
Proverbs 22:3 →The prudent man takes refuge. The simple go ahead get their wireless data from AT&T and then pay to have nothing. Ack, to have been prudent.
Proverbs 22:6 →Is this an absolute guarantee? No, it's a guideline based on wisdom and knowing the opposite to be almost an absolute guarantee: If you don't start with a child and train them right, they will most certainly go wrong. Why do you think it's so important to actually teach children at church and to be heavily invested and involved in their overall education? Because how we train them as children i…

Daily Journal September 18

Daily Journal – September 18, 2009

My journal entries are a little short today. I've been working more on my sermon outline, which I'll probably start posting on Sunday mornings, but can't give it away before then. Otherwise, you wouldn't come to church!

Romans 1:2 →The Gospel was promised beforehand, because God has always planned in His purposes to bring it. Creation was made so that redemption could be brought.

Joshua 1:2 →God's promises remain, no matter the earthly status. What has God called you or your church to do? What has He promised? Fret not over who comes and goes, but rest in knowing that God is with you.

Psalm 86 →Reminded today of our neediness before God. There is not much capacity in the human heart for true love or compassion apart from the work of God in our lives, that He seeks us out and redeems us.

Don't forget to check out the Reflections on Proverbs blog for thoughts on today's chapter!

Read Emil Turner's blog today.

My prayer today i…

Proverbs 18 for Sept by Doug

Proverbs 18September 2009by Doug
Proverbs 18:1 →Do our pursuits lead us to defy sound judgment? Should they remain our pursuits, then?
Proverbs 18:2 →Do I seek more to broadcast than to understand?
Proverbs 18:4 →Wisdom is ever refreshed, though it is the same thing, just as a cool mountain stream.
Proverbs 18:6 →And he'll get that beating.
Proverbs 18:13 →You ever see this happen on Jeopardy? And it's even worse in real life.
Proverbs 18:14 →Be careful that you don't crush the spirits of others. It's truly crucial to keep people encouraged and strengthened.
Proverbs 18:17 →Every church needs to know this verse.
Proverbs 18:22 →And it is truly a blessing. Your wife, men, is a favor from the Lord. Treat her as such.
Proverbs 18:23 →Yet reverse the roles, make the rich man poor, the poor man rich, and still the rich one is oppressive.
Proverbs 18:24 →Don't try to please the many. Really, it's not going to turn out well.
Doug Hibbard

Thursday Sports--September 17 2009

Thursday Morning Sports Guy September 17, 2009
Ok, so a couple of weeks ago, ESPN ran the story that a few current and former football players for the Michigan Wolverines had leveled allegations that the football team was made to practice and work on football beyond the NCAA limit. This story surprised me. Why?
There's a limit? Yes, there is! Apparently, teams can only require 20 hours a week apart from game day activities. What are the players supposed to do with rest of their time? I think the idea was to go to class. Novel thought, I know.These players complained about it in the news media. Why? To get attention? Hard when you're the “ unnamed sources within the Michigan program.”Michigan? They're cheating, allegedly, but I'd take all but 2 SEC teams against them any day. Sorry to Mississippi State and Vanderbilt, but y'all ain't up to that yet, you know?
Now, Michigan's defense is two-pronged:Everybody does it. All programs exceed the 20-hour limit. Which,…

September 17 by Doug

Proverbs 17 by DougSeptember 2009NIV Translation
Proverbs 17:1 →When looking at work and financial greatness, consider this verse. Which are you pursuing? The peace and quiet or the strife? Strife isn't necessitated by wealth, nor peace by lack of it, but weigh more than the coin. Weigh the consequences.
Proverbs 17:2 →Blood may be thicker than water, but stupid and disgraceful will still wipe it away.
Proverbs 17:3 →Again, God knows what's in your heart, what drives you to do that which you do. Your life tests you and reveals you to Him. And it purifies out the dross, just as the crucible for metals.
Proverbs 17:4 →Who advises you? Who do you listen to? Do you take your information from malicious people? What does it say about you?
Proverbs 17:5 →Mocking the poor is an unacceptable habit many of us have. Some are poor from bad choices, but some are poor from disaster. Either way, they, like all people, are made by God and thus are worth what He paid for them, just like you are.

September 17 2009

Daily Journal—September 17 th, 2009
Romans 14:1-12 →V. 1 is a quick “ouch.” Don't involve those weaker in faith just to beat them down. Or to judge and try and correct them or change them. (note: Paul isn't talking about accepting heresyoruntruth, we're probably talking about those that today go back and forth between pre-, post-, mid- trib or other debatable points of Scripture {and yes, those are debatable points. Just because everyone thinks theirs is the only right interpretation doesn't prove anything}) v. 4 is really the core issue: none of us as believers are entitled to judge other believers as we are all servants of the same Lord, who will handle judging all of us.
Romans 14:7-8 →nothing here but serious conviction. I'll be praying over this one. Not for the loophole, but for the commitment to live this way. It's so easy to take a verse like this and add “Yeah, but....” to it. No “yabbuts” allowed here: live for the Lord, die for the Lord, we are the Lo…

Tuesday Theology (on Wednesday, I know)

Tuesday Theology (on WEDNESDAY!) September 16, 2009
The fourth commandment: 8 “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 “Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath of the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you. Exodus 20:8-10
Now, what does this one mean?
Seriously? It means we have to go to church on Sunday and not work on Sunday? Is that really what it means?
Now, if you're satisfied that it means that, live it. Go to church on Sunday, do no work on that day. And make sure no one does any work to serve you on Sunday, be it at restaurants or Wal-mart or the Donut Shop. Probably shouldn't take the fruits of their labors either.
And that's not necessarily a bad place to consider starting. Perhaps, though, there's more here.
First of all, the Sabbath isn't Sunday. Never has been, but it is the last da…

September 16 2009 Daily Journal

Daily Journal—September 16, 2009
Psalm 103:1-13 → Notice in v. 10: we are not dealt with according to our sins! The whole passage speaks to the remarkable grace of God! Praise Him for that grace!
Romans 1:1 →Paul calls himself a “bond-servant of Jesus Christ” that is “called an apostle.” Some thoughts here: 1.) We ought to all remember that we are the purchased servants of the Lord Jesus Christ; 2.)We all have a calling; 3.) And this is what I thought about today: Paul is pointing out that his reputation is one thing, “Apostle,” but in reality, he's a “bond-servant” or a slave. Our reputation among the world and in Christian community ought to be similar: an apostle was one dedicated to the growth and health of the church, that was passionate about the truth of Christ, and that had seen Him personally resurrected. While none of us hit that third one, we ought to hit the first two. And how do we get there? By recognizing and embracing this reality: we are the bond-servantsof Christ …

Proverbs 16 by Doug for September

Proverbs 16September 16, 2009by Doug
Proverbs 16:1 (NIV) →Whose tongue? My own? Or perhaps that of Godly counselors to whom I share my plans in my heart? And that from their tongues I hear the reply of the Lord, of His wisdom. Nehemiah 2 seems to contain an illustration here.
Proverbs 16:2 (NIV) →I've often heard people defend action or inaction with “God knows my heart.” Yes He does. Do you still have a viable defense?
Proverbs 16:3 (NIV) →Because you will pursue His glory!
Proverbs 16:4 (NIV) →His ends. His purposes. His will. When will we realize all of creation is about Him?
Proverbs 16:6 (NIV) →Faithfulness takes time to demonstrate. Just an observation.
Proverbs 16:7 (NIV) →Notice, he still has enemies.
Proverbs 16:9 (NIV) →Determines. Not recommends.
Proverbs 16:10 (NIV) →People automatically assume leaders speak truth. Leaders? How you doing with this?
Proverbs 16:12-13 (NIV) →Kings should elevate those who speak truth, even if they don't like the truth they hear.
Proverbs 16:16…

Daily Journal Sept 14 2009

Daily Journal—September 14 2009
I'm sitting in our church sanctuary, which could also be a gym or any of a dozen other configurations if wanted it, and listening to the rain on the roof and the thunder rolling. God is not surprised by the rain, and in fact He is the bringer of it. Someday I hope to reach the point of trusting and finding my pleasure within God's will and glory that I don't get bothered by the weather, but instead always take pleasure in what God has done with it.
I'm not there yet, but I do like the rain.
Prayer for this week from Clement of Rome, probably the first true Pope (from a Protestant historical view. I know you Catholics think of Peter that way. Kind of like we Baptists think of John the Baptist as the first Baptist. :) ) We beg you, Master, be our help and strength. Save those among us who are oppressed, have pity on the lowly, and lift up the fallen. Heal the the sick, bring back the straying, and feed the hungry. Release those in prison, li…

September 14 by Doug

Proverbs 14 by Doug September 2009
Proverbs 14:1 (NIV) →Foolishness destroys the things you have worked hard for, and destroys what is closest to us. And it's our own fault.
Proverbs 14:3 (NIV) →How do we use our words? And what effect do they bring to us?
Proverbs 14:4 (NIV) →How many times do we need to hit this one? God hasn't given us mangers to keep empty, but to produce fruit! Income! Changed lives! Eternal Treasure in Obedience!!!
Proverbs 14:5 (NIV) →Acts 1:8 tells us that all believers are witnesses. Which kind are you?
Proverbs 14:6 (NIV) →And this is why sometimes debating is pointless. Certain people will never understand until their hearts are different, even though it is obvious to those who serve the Lord.
Proverbs 14:7 (NIV) →Avoid wasting time with the foolish.
Proverbs 14:10 (NIV) →No, really, you don't understand. Neither the bad or the good. Trust me that I say it is bad or good, weep or rejoice with me. But I know what's there. Listen to what I'm sayi…

Monday Politics September 14

Monday Morning Politics—September 14 2009
I thought about posting on September 11 th all about where I was that day, what I felt, and what I thought. Then I realized oodles of other bloggers were doing the same thing, so I didn't do it. My thoughts didn't really fit with the tone of many people's of that day, and I didn't want to take away from their remembrances or from the somber tone. So, today I'll share my “I remember when” story:
Where was I September 11, 2001? It was a Tuesday morning, so I was at my office at a church in Georgia. I was the youth minister there at the time. What was on my mind? Well, the pastor had suffered a minor stroke that weekend. It was so minor that it actually took a few days to nail down the diagnosis, but he was out that week from it. So, I was trying to make sure things at the church office ran smoothly. The phone rang, it was my father telling me to turn on the TV, that “some idiot just a flew a plane into the World Trade Center.”

September 9 2009 Daily Journal

Daily Journal—September 9, 2009
In a few hours, it will be 09:09 on 09/09/09. Which means absolutely nothing. Why? 1. God is in control, not the dates on the calendar. 2. You really need another reason? How about that dates/times are based on an arbitrary man-developed system? 3. Ok, reason #1 should be enough. But also consider: Daily Saving Time. 09:09 is really 08:09.
Proverbs 9:1(NIV) →Seven pillars: this is symbolic of the completeness of wisdom, both for knowledge and life. Completeness in knowledge: Anything else is an add-on in learning, it is wisdom that makes the framework for it. Knowing that DNA carries genetics does no good without wisdom, knowing what causes fire is no good without wisdom to guide when to use that knowledge. Completeness in life: your life will not support well without wisdom.
Proverbs 9:3(NIV) →Wisdom can be found, but you must go and seek it out. Note that she sends out her maids, but the seeker must respond and come to her. Portions of wisdom are easily …

September 9 2009 by Doug

Proverbs 9:1(NIV) →Seven pillars: this is symbolic of the completeness of wisdom, both for knowledge and life. Completeness in knowledge: Anything else is an add-on in learning, it is wisdom that makes the framework for it. Knowing that DNA carries genetics does no good without wisdom, knowing what causes fire is no good without wisdom to guide when to use that knowledge. Completeness in life: your life will not support well without wisdom.
Proverbs 9:3(NIV) →Wisdom can be found, but you must go and seek it out. Note that she sends out her maids, but the seeker must respond and come to her. Portions of wisdom are easily found, but the fullness of it requires a responsive effort.
Proverbs 9:4(NIV) →All. Now, I know we can hash out that all is not always totally inclusive. I think it is generally inclusive here. There are a few people who will never seek out wisdom and such will remain fools. But all who will seek can find wisdom. You don't have to stay simple.
Proverbs 9:7(N…

Tuesday Theology September 8

Tuesday TheologySeptember 8 th 2009
On teaching authority.
I was going to preach on this Sunday night, but we had an impromptu cookout instead. Which was actually my idea, so I'm not complaining.
Much to-do is made in the American church, especially us Baptist ones, about verses like
But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet.1 Tim 2:12 (NASB).

This leads to all kinds of questions, like whether or not women can teach mixed Sunday School classes or preach sermons or tell their husbands what to do. I want to address this from my understanding. If you have a different understanding, bring it to the comments. Really. I want my blogging to be an extension of my ministry, which I've commonly understood to be teaching. Questions or debate are both helpful.First of all, the verse in context is related to Paul's instructions to Timothy about church order. They are directed to Timothy while Timothy is at Ephesus, but the context shows that P…