Theology-related quote for the day

Joe, I, too, walked in the same shoes. This is truly the greatest regret I have in all my time in ministry. I treated my family shabbily thinking all the time that “I was putting God first.”

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And that’s that. Now, I’m really out of here.

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Reset

I’m taking a week off; regular posting will resume Tuesday, August 4th.

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The Will to Power

Book Two: A Criticism of the Highest Values That Have Prevailed Hitherto
V: Concerning the Slander of the so-called Evil Qualities

§372   Since all instincts are unintelligent, utility cannot represent a standpoint as far as they are concerned. Every instinct, when it is active, sacrifices strength and other instincts into the bargain: in the end it is stemmed, otherwise it would be the end of everything owing to the waste it would bring about. Thus: that which is “unegoistic”, self-sacrificing and imprudent is nothing in particular — it is common to all the instincts; they do not consider the welfare of the whole ego (because they simply do not think), they act counter to our interests, against the ego: and often for the ego — innocent in both cases!

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Back in the ol’ hometown, ctd

Detroit tackles mass scrap tire piles

One day, under the spring sky, the tires just arrived.

They weren’t there in the morning. By the time neighbors returned to work that May afternoon, though, dozens of tires had materialized at an abandoned home on Detroit’s east side. Whoever did it was in no hurry. Nor did they seem worried about being caught, neighbors said: About 300 were neatly stacked at the curb and inside the front room.

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Irrevocable errors

The Christian teaching about marriage is unambiguous and not susceptible of confusion: The cult comes first.

(1)   The believer in Christ acknowledges him as Savior and Lord, with an allegiance that exceeds any earthly commitment. When two believers are married, they share this mutual commitment and are commonly dedicated to the Lordship of Christ.

And:

(2)   As the Gospels make clear, loyalty to Christ exceeds that of any family commitment, even as the church becomes the family of faith, embracing within its life all who come to faith in Christ and into the life of the church.

Those are the teachings of the cult, and these are the regrets of a pastor who lived them:

We were supposed to have a healthy marriage, and here I am putting everyone and every thing ahead of my own family.

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That is my greatest regret from over half a century of ministry: I failed to take care of my family.

Notice something: Even as he tolls his regrets, this pastor feels obliged to make a bow toward the company line.

No one is saying a pastor should put his family before the Lord.

Ho-ho — I am. Make no mistake: If the pleasure of an invisible friend is more important to you than the well-being and happiness of your family, then you aren’t married at all.

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