Ringside: Episode 19

Turn off your social media and turn on Ringside! Your one stop podcast for everything you need to know! Jump down the rabbit hole.The debut of our new game show – Which Martin said it? Tyler reads quotes and the preachers have to guess whether it was Luther or MLK! Very surprising! Topics: what makes a good education, Don’t ever say ‘its my opinion’ ‘i think…’ or ‘that was interesting! Is it ok to have a taste for blood or a desire to conquer? preparing for communion. Its crazy that Jesus calls his disciples ‘the light of the world’ right? Zephaniah 3 points to Jesus death and resurrection or the Last Day? Can we preach about the environment?

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2 thoughts on “Ringside: Episode 19

  1. Culturally, “its my opinion” “i think…” or “that was interesting!” are conversational tendencies that are learned by girls and often extend into women’t adult life. There is a strong tendency in any Christian-influenced culture to demand deference from women. I am not claiming this is overt but it is a certain degree of misogyny which resides in the same cultural centers as quieter and subtler racial and ethnic prejudices.

    I realize that you’re bunch of guys talking but, tossing this out there they way you do overlooks other conversations we have in life. My experience is that wives will behave one way around the house and another in public, particularly in mixed conversation. With us, their husbands, they’ll go toe-to-toe but in the world, they strain to avoid conflict and be pleasing.

    That said, it does pay to encourage bolder talk in our discussions as long as we consider the person we are engaging whether there is some enforced gender role or even whether the culture of the person across from us approves of eye contact, values a greater degree of personal space or observes less confrontational norms of speech. We never want to put someone off or on the defensive with even the best and most informed opinions.


  2. Us vs. Them – have to disagree. If our neighbors are baptized, they are our brothers and sisters. Do you assume that our neighbors, because they are not in your pews are not our brothers and sisters? If we hold back, deliberately, are we to do so thinking that God is calling to and serving people who are, today, outside the Church, only through the lives of others?

    I would submit that a congregation that can’t keep it in the sanctuary and takes it out into the world is stronger, builds faith by bringing God’s Word and Will into the world. Case in point, our little congregation of under 200 in our tiny district focuses heavily on being in the community, meeting the community currently has 40 people from diverse backgrounds that are regularly worshiping. We’re working on assimilation toward membership. Half of these are children plus parents coming into Sunday School, all off using VBS as an outreach and following up with home visits.The other half are adults under 50. None of this comes with looking inward, living in maintenance mode.

    The thing about humility, about service, is that these things require parity. We don’t humble ourselves to avoid being served by others or to declare how much lower someone else would have to go one we abase ourselves. Nor do we serve the world in order to show our superiority. we simple live the life we get to live, the great life made possible. Living it only inside the church doors makes the building a castle, a safe haven for the chosen instead of a fountain of grace for all.


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