Archive for June 9, 2008

Say no moreFor centuries… millennia even… 1 Corinthinans 14:34 has been arguably the most widely distorted, heavily abused and self-serving piece of canonized scripture in the entire Holy Bible.

Come on, rednecks, wife abusers and those of you too old to consider changing your wrinkled spots, you know this one.

Say it with me (because God knows you have quoted it enough out of context):

As in all the congregations of the saints, women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the Law says. If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church.

A quick preface? The Bible is the infallible word of God; however, he used man to write it during a peculiar time in a specific place.

One of those times and places was a world where women HAD to remain subject to men out of respect and LAW. If there was a question in church, ask your hubbie at home. If you wanted to pray, do so alone (which is largely why God moved back then, because most men weren’t doing it at all).

So why the need for the verse? Women were parched for spiritual insight and practical application of God’s truth. Husbands weren’t teaching back at the casa, so why not ask the pastor in the house of God? Well, there was law and biblical dogma (NOTE: The fall of man with a big shout out to Eve) that had the lazy men… er, authoritative figures a little freaked out. So, that’s why.

Women, enjoy leading your bible studies, testifying, ministering to groups or whatever you do. HiScrivener has got your back. And to prove it, enjoy this wonderful song and hilarious lip-syncing video. You think another reason women were quiet back then is because they knew if they said anything, it would be fodder for a bad joke in the pulpit? Click play and enjoy.

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Talk about not-so-great reincarnation

Talk about not-so-great reincarnation

Churches have used biker rallies and car washes, progressive dinners and bake sales for years. ‘Whatever it takes’ has been a mantra of the community church for decades.

Whatever it takes to reach the lost. Whatever it takes to feed the poor and shelter the homeless. And of course, whatever it takes to reach NASCAR fans and grease monkeys everywhere.

Um, what was that last part again?

Well, that’s what is happening in Kilgore, Texas, so says this interesting story from the Dallas Morning News.

The focal point of the ministry is a smoking hot 1976 Camaro with its newly installed 391-cubic-inch small-block Chevrolet stroker engine.

Tom Wills, a former dirt track racer, wants to use this community outreach and muscle car to share his faith. Meanwhile, the car is a ministry aimed at him, with some 25 friends helping Willis, who has Lou Gehrig’s disease, keep his fingernails dirty.

“I’m going to love it,” he said. “But my true desire for this car, upon completion, is to reach people for the Lord. There are a lot of muscle-heads in the world. With this, I will be able to minister to so many people that, without it, I wouldn’t get a chance to talk to.”

The moral of this story: the Gospel takes all kinds, all people to get the job done. Whatever it takes, indeed.

A fave of HiScrivener’s and a link on the Wall’s blogroll is “Get Religion.” Today, the scribes over there penned a nice story on this tool claiming to be the man behind the 9-11 catastrophe, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed.

Yeah, Public Enemy #1… well, Osama is still sending nasty grams to Al Jazeera, so uh, Public Enemy #2.

I thought this story was so provocative, I even commented myself. Something I pray I encourage our Wall Watchers to do in here. Nonetheless, good story, great insight. Enjoy.