Todd’s Theses revisited (conclusion)


Theses Part ThreeWay back in March 2006, I started a blog-series titled “Todd’s Theses.” I essentially listed the church- and theology-thoughts running through my head at the time. I went back to review those posts and thought it might be interesting to repost them here unedited and unfiltered. Do I still feel the same? Am I embarrassed of what I believed so long ago? Let’s find out.

Part One

Part Two 

33. Being mean or offensive isn’t the best way to point people towards truth.

34. Churches should be transformational. When people come in contact with Jesus’ love, they should never be the same.

35. God’s will isn’t unfurled before us so we can know His entire plan for our entire life. It’s revealed in small pieces so we can take next steps.

36. Every member is a minister.

37. Educational institutions, political organizations and Focus on the Family are NOT the Church.

38. We don’t go to church. We are the Church.

39. Mission work (and money) doesn’t have to occur (be spent) in another country.

40. Truth isn’t contingent upon me. Just because I believe something to be true doesn’t make it so. (Caedmon’s Call)

41. Women and men are equal in Christ. We do females a great disservice when we tell them they can be anything they want professionally, but they’re restricted in church.

42. The Bible is NOT an answer book, rulebook, instruction manual or textbook. It is a narrative, and it’s important that we understand it as such. (See #18)

43. Unity doesn’t equal uniformity.

So, what do you think? Where am I way off base?

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  1. December 21, 2007 at 10:51 am — Reply

    You should put links on all of your theses posts so that a person could easily jump to the next or the prior one. They’re good, and I’d like to link to the start of the series.

  2. December 21, 2007 at 2:30 pm — Reply

    WAY off base!

  3. December 21, 2007 at 5:26 pm — Reply

    Done and done…kind of. I just linked in the conclusion post. I should have done it straight away, but I got lazy.

  4. December 22, 2007 at 10:49 am — Reply

    41 I disagree with, but otherwise I whole-heartedly think you need to speak out more on these points. They’re important. Thanks for sharing.

  5. baxter
    December 24, 2007 at 5:27 pm — Reply

    Yeah, I am with Jonathan on number 41.

  6. Brad
    December 29, 2007 at 7:40 am — Reply

    My two favorites were #5 and #40. Especially 40. I’m no reletavist about truth, but I’m humble enough to know I’m wrong about some things today that I will change my mind about tomorrow as I continue to seek truth. At the end of the day I think we’re all doing our best to interpret and taking our best guess.

    As for #5, I don’t know about downplaying the importance of afterlife but I do believe that it is the call of Jesus for his people to bring heaven to earth so to speak. Our time here in Christ is stage one of eternal life.

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Todd’s Theses revisited (conclusion)