Dave Gullett

a miscellanea

Public Passion VS Private Devotion | Catalyst

Francis Chan:

I FOLLOW THE PEOPLE I LEAD

“It is hard to be rejected. I hated it in junior high, and I still hate it today. It didn’t take long to learn how to fit in, in order to avoid the pain of rejection. That ability has stayed with me and begs me to use it. I know how to keep people from rejecting me and leaving the church. I know what words to say and which actions to take to keep people around. But when I do that, I’m no longer leading. I’m being led by the right or wrong desires of the people.

God calls us to give people what they need. Based on His word, regardless of whether they stick around. Jesus led. Few followed, but He kept leading.

Last summer I came to a shocking realization that I had to share with my wife: If Jesus had a church in Simi Valley, mine would be bigger. People would leave His church to attend mine because I call for an easier commitment. I know better how to cater to people’s desires so they stick around. Jesus was never really good at that. He was the one who said, “He who loves father or mother … son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.” (Matt. 10:37 NIV) I’m much more popular than Jesus.

Having come to that conclusion, I came back to the church with resolve to call people to the same commitment Christ called them to. I knew that people would leave, and they have. I found comfort in that because, “Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for that is how their fathers treated the false prophets.” (Luke 6:26 NIV) Over time though, the conviction can fade, and it gets tiresome seeing people leave. There is a constant pull to try to keep people around rather than truly lead the faithful who remain. When my church was started, I used to tell my wife that I didn’t care if we only had ten people, as long as they really loved God and desired to worship Him with all of their hearts. Where is that conviction now?”

via Public Passion VS Private Devotion | Catalyst.

Rare rhino pregnancy fuels hope for endangered species – CNN.com

Amazing animals…One day I hope to go to the Preserve in Indo and see one.

Rare rhino pregnancy fuels hope for endangered species – CNN.com.

Ballad of the American Revolution

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This would have made my day in History class….

via Take Your Vitamin Z: This Is Pretty Funny.

Fake Community Until We Face Our Sin | Take Your Vitamin Z

“Only that fellowship which faces such disillusionment, with all its unhappy and ugly aspects, begins to be what it should be in God’s sight, begins to grasp in faith the promise that is given to it. The sooner this shock of disillusionment comes to an individual and to a community the better for both. A community which cannot bear and cannot survive such a crisis, which insists upon keeping its illusion when it should be shattered, permanently loses in that moment the promise of Christian community.”

– Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Faith in Community

via Take Your Vitamin Z: Fake Community Until We Face Our Sin.

Why the Cross Matters | The Gospel Coalition

Here’s why the cross matters It is at the cross that we see God most clearly. If history were the vastness of space, the cross would be its brightest star.  We see the fullness of God’s being most clearly at the cross.  We see the fullness of His active purposes most clearly at the cross.”

via The Gospel Coalition – Why the Cross Matters.