Wesleyan Accent: Anxiety in Worship

This article is a repost of an article on a topic that is near to my heart. It has garnered feedback and sparked important conversation in the church. I invite you to re-read, read for the first time, and share…May your Resurrection Sunday be filled with the peace and love of God. – Elizabeth

{The full post can be found at World Methodist Evangelism}

Note from the Editor: We’re pleased to feature this important piece on mental health, anxiety, and communal worship. It also may be helpful perspective for clergy leading Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday services.

“Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching.” – Hebrews 11:25 (MSG).

What if worship has become so creative that 18% of the population is on the outside?

The pendulum for creative contemporary worship has swung so far in many regions across denominations that segments of the population cannot assemble with others. Many Christians gather weekly and experience a one-sided worship celebration. It is one-sided because, even though everyone is welcome, these worship gatherings are not for everyone.

Continue at World Methodist Evangelism…

everything is not a glock…

When seconds matter, I pray that my family, friends and I are surrounded by law-abiding firearm caring individuals exercising their right to bear Arms. Personal safety is a right not a privilege.

The harsh reality is that words on paper do not stop criminals and do not protect those who find themselves in harm’s way. They are mere words. Individual’s with intent to harm others will, in fact, make every effort and exhaust every resource to do so.

Why is personal safety with firearms a right in the United States of America?

AMENDMENT II
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

My personal belief?

No law-abiding citizen should have their individual right to purchase and own a firearm infringed. And we need to take a serious look at how we decide to strip and individuals’ rights and the steps one must take to have those rights restored. When purchased, properly stored, and maintained firearms are not dangerous and an unloaded properly stored inanimate object is not going to harm anyone. I am not negating that on more than a few occasions lackadaisical firearm ownership has helped precipitate tragedy.  And yes, background checks have proved flawed. However, the knee-jerk reaction to ban guns or have stronger checks is not the solution. Have you ever tried to purchase a handgun? No serious question, it is a process and a waiting game. A law-abiding citizen does not just walk into XYZ Reputable Firearm Dealer and walk out with a handgun. It requires steps and waiting and the signoff from the sheriff’s office.

I admit some may say it easy for me to say that I am pro firearm ownership, what if my child was involved in a school shooting, or if were in a house of worship or movie theater shooting or insert your tragedy, would I feel the same. My reply. Yes.

Why because I have been in a school where a firearm was passed from one student to another in my view. Why because as a child I had a gun pointed at me by someone intending to do harm. Thankfully, I and many others walked away from those incidences unharmed. The reality is that in those cases stronger laws would not have been prevention.

Criminals do not walk into XYZ Reputable Firearm Dealer; they frequent street dealers and corrupt dealers. I am not saying they do not steal them (which they do) but if we are all honest we admit that criminals do purchase their firearms, just not through the channels as the soccer mom, amateur three-gunner, or medical doctor. Yes, they steal them, because many legally purchased firearms are stored improperly, but calling a spade a spade, there is also big money in illegal firearm transactions.

What I believe should happen.


Instead of people bashing gun owners and gun ownership, I wish people would take a First Steps Firearm course. People need to take the time and learn what they are all upset about before entering a debate based upon fear (warranted or not) and misinformation from the media (there is a difference between a handgun, AR, and an AK, just saying’, everything is not a Glock). And while the adults are taking a First Steps course, enroll your children in an age-appropriate course. Education on all sides is crucial if we ever want to have a fruitful conversation. It will amaze you how many realtors, physicians, and your co-workers have concealed carry licenses or how many have firearms in their homes. Visiting a mainstream gun dealer is like going to the DMV all kinds of people for various reasons.

That is all…just needed to get that off chest and out of my brain.

 

now faith revisited…

I began this blog 10-years ago with a simple post entitled now faith, I invite you to read the full text below…

From 24 March 2007

There is something wonderful to be said about serving a God that breathes new life into me. A God, who speaks to me daily, and sharing the journey of the experience with others. I have recently had to opportunity to realized just how blessed I am. I have a group of strong Christian friends, girlfriends, sister-friends, mommy-friends and so many more in my corner to pray for and with me. Available to pray at all times even the inconvenient times (late at night, middle of the workday).

I read the Bible often, lately I have been drawn to The Message paraphrase, and I begin this blog with a passage of scripture that sums up its (the blog’s) very existence:

Hebrews 11:1-2 The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd.

Today 25 March 2017

I still stand in awe of God, my faith in Him truly makes life worth living…