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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio

SHOULD I QUARANTINE AND DELETE IS THE QUESTION

WHICH PART OF THE BRAIN WILL CONTROL MY MIND TODAY:

WHICH SIDE OF THE BRAIN HAVE I DEVELOPED IN BLOGGING?

WHICH SIDE OF MY BRAIN IS IN CONTROL TODAY IS THE QUESTION

JUST WHAT DO I DO WITH INFORMATION I FIND WHILE I DECIDE WHETHER I SHOULD BLOG OR NOT TO BLOG, THAT IS THE QUESTION?

There are many mornings before I get up, my mind is running as to where I want to go when I get up. Sometimes it's the spiritual side, other times it's the human side. "Lord, please control me today." I will click the button on the Gateway and return to start the morning on Microsoft Word Processor, or Firefox Google Reader, or check the Inbox e mails.


Like this morning, Charity had an early day at the bakery and I find myself at the computer. Where do I go and what do I put on GROW BY LEARNING/BLOG today?

With DSL, Verzion, the highest connection speed, I have little time to think sometimes. The old days with dial-up I had a lot of time to think. TO CLICK IS FAST.


I have discovered with Windows 2007 XP, programs that I had up on screen are saved even when I cut off the AOL, or Firefox. I have turned the computer on and there was music playing.


Well, last night I was reading Kent Brandenburg. blog, he is a pastor, Bob Jones grad, and a fundamentalist bar none other. One of his articles is on "Separation." This has been interesting, to the point I have been putting down some thoughts on this subject. (To quarantine or delete)


This morning Kent had an article on "Multi-Cultural Gobblygook from Young "Fundamentalist". Now there was a subject of interest. Here is one comment he made.

  • "I can see other doey-eyed young fundamentalists whose brains have been softened by the modern media picture of race relations."

To quarantine or delete is the question.

Then another Kent like background pastor Don Johnson made this statement about John Piper:.3
  • "Consider those who much admire John Piper. I have listened to one Piper sermon in its entirety. If that is a sample, his content, style and mannerisms (as far as I could discern from audio only) leave me cold. But that is just me. I am not so much concerned with style as philosophy."

To quarantine or delete is the question.

Then last night (too late to quarantine) the idea of "WHOSOEVER WILL" occurred in my brain. And I addressed this issue. A talk with a young lady triggered this article.

EARLIER THIS MORNING I AM THINKING, DO I KNOW EVEN HOW TO THINK CORRECTLY? Do we know how to take the Scripture and understand the principles that they are teaching us?

For example:

  • Separation: A fundamentalist like Don Johnson, or Kent Brandenburg will view separation differently from Mark Dever, John MacArthur, Jr. or John Piper, or Charles Whisnant. Of course there are branches of fundamentalist, too.

  • Whosoever will: An independent Baptist will view this term differently from an evangelical. and BOTH WILL AGREE THEY ARE BIBLICALLY CORRECT.

And somehow, all this lead to a research on CRITICAL THINKING. While reading the comments on Kent and Don's sites, with Jason I am thinking, how do I engage in a serious thought with these men on these issues?

SO HOW DO YOU ENGAGE IN THIS KIND OF CRITICAL BIBLICAL THINKING ABOUT ISSUES THAT WE ALL HAVE IN MINISTRY?


A BRIEF OUTLINE TO GUIDE IN ONE'S THINKING PROCESS:

POINT OF VIEW

  • Frame of reference
  • Perspective
  • Orientation

PURPOSE

  • Goal
  • Objective

QUESTION AT ISSUE

  • Problem
  • Issue

INFORMATION

  • data
  • facts
  • observations
  • experiences

INTERPRETATION AND INFERENCE

  • Conclusions
  • Solutions

CONCEPTS

  • theories
  • definitions
  • axioms
  • laws
  • principles
  • models

ASSUMPTIONS

  • presupposition
  • taking for granted

IMPLICATIONS AND CONSEQUENCES

  • Conclusion

AND I THOUGHT YOU ONLY NEEDED THE KING JAMES 1611 BIBLE TO SOLVE ANY ISSUE. LET THE KJV 1611 BE YOUR GUIDE. ( sorry, tongue in cheek)


Without question the Word of God is our guide in all matters that pertain to life and godliness. It's how you arrive at your THINKING that will guide you. How else do fundamentalists and evangelicals and reformed and Baptist, and the Bob Jones, Jack Hyles, J.F. Norris camps arrive at different opinions?

  • Separation: What is our guide in this matter, who we have fellowship with?
  • Whosoever will
  • Translations of the Bible
  • Elders and Deacons
  • Multiculturalism
  • And a multitude of other issues that are issues.


So do I Quarantine or Delete this article?

Oh my!

This article was written and put on hold, and then I posted the photo of Charity in the last post.

Proof read by Charity 7:30 p.m.