The Gurleyman Posts

As I was winding down after another day at work, the Lord brought to mind how I fit (or am supposed to fit) into His perfect plan.  This is the outworking of that thought process.

Who am I?

I am fallen. I am a sinner deserving of hell. I am dust and
of no value — on my own. I am burdened. I am weary. I
am headed to destruction — if it were not for Him. I am a
failure. All my righteous works are as filthy rags (Isa. 64:6).
I am not my own. I am His.

Personal Ponderings

Once again, MercyMe has defied the traditional definition of worship music, this time with Spoken For, a collection of songs aimed at the core of Christian life…

Bart, Nathan, Mike, Robby, and Jim of MercyMe created a masterpiece with their latest release, Spoken For. The songs on this album are more than just moral — the unfortunate de facto standard in Christian contemporary music.  Each track of Spoken For calls believers to excel in Christ, return to their First Love (Christ), and then go where He leads.

Personal Ponderings

“Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.” James 3:5

A series of events begun long ago, permitted to thrive from before my arrival into this theatre of conflict and strife, has affected many lives and rendered outcomes in stark opposition to the positions those instigating purport.

“It’s crowded in worship today / As she slips in / trying to fade into the faces / the girls’ teasing laughter is carrying farther than they know / farther than they know…”

Personal Theological

Maybe it was his heritage Maybe it was his roots Maybe his manner of love Stepped on too many boots Now the line has crossed Yea, it’s been dissolved Guess…

Personal Poetry

A life application of Mark Schultz’ song, He Will Carry Me.

“Even though I’m walking through the valley of the shadow / I will hold tight to the hand of Him whose love will comfort me / And when all hope is gone and I am wounded in the battle / He is all the strength that I will ever need / He will carry me…” ~Mark Schultz, He Will Carry Me from Stories & Songs

Personal Ponderings

Church music discussions frequently center around the word, “chorus” (or “choruses”),…preferences aside, what does Scripture say?

The Church throughout history has been slow to step into her present day culture and has often distinguished herself by being culturally awkward or archaic, believing that adoption of contemporary methods is endorsement of contemporary sin. This has most clearly played out through Church music. Yet the full story is somewhat humorous. Traditional churches tend to shy from music from the current century (or half-century), thus for example, leaving today’s churches with music from the 18th and 19th centuries. To church leadership in the 18th and 19th centuries, though, such music was heretical and rejected (Musical instruments?!? Heaven forbid!).

Personal Theological

This articles was written in memory of three Mississippi College students who died as a result of a car accident on Friday, September 17th, 2004.  We can cry with hope…

Personal Ponderings

Why do we get married?  Why should we pursue marriage?  This article attempts to answer the latter from a Biblical perspective.

Our purpose as Christians here on earth is to glorify God and exalt His name above all. Thus, when it comes to marriage, we should only initiate that process if we see that together, a man and a woman can better glorify the Lord than can each individually, separately. This concept deduces further to encompass the consideration of who one should date or take interest in.

Personal Ponderings Theological

The testimony of a man of God who knew his place when the Messiah came and understood who Jesus was…to an amazing depth, a knowledge granted by God alone.

Reading through the first chapters of the Gospel of John this morning (May 27, 2004), I reached chapter 3 and verses 27 to 36. It is a relatively familiar passage of John the Baptist speaking to his disciples, but somehow in my mind, I had incorrectly attributed the last 6 verses to Jesus. That may sound insignificant, but it isn’t. John the Baptist is often remembered for his baptisms preceding Jesus and then for his doubt and questions after he had been imprisoned. What is often missed in that bio is the depth to which John understood Jesus’ deity.

Personal Theological

Not Recommended. Who you are depends on the effect The Passion of the Christ will have on you. For the Christian, it may show you how Jesus physically gave His utmost to redeem us. But for the unsaved, it is utter brutality, lacking a clear spiritual context and needing a thorough preface.

Summary:

The Passion of the Christ inspires a variety of emotions and conclusions among those who view it. For some, it seems to help them understand the deep love of God by showing how much Jesus suffered. For others, it may well confuse or repulse them by its sheer brutality — forgive the repetition of this word, but nothing else quite describes it.

Personal Ponderings