Church in Society ( 2017-Oct )

Background

Again, this is an area, I will rather not go.

Yet, it is one that stirs our conscience and thoughts.

And, that is reason enough to see what people are saying and why they are saying it.

Predication

Introduction

We all have our own bias and depositions.

And, it is best to lay them bare ahead of time.

Most of my comments will be based on what I have heard from others prior to anything that I will cover in this post.

It is often useful to have some foundational predisposition as that lessens the opportunity to be swayed within each decision point.

Even better when commentators are not even speaking specifically on the new material.

Earlier Words

  1. Damon Thompson
    • Sometimes God places something in our heart, but unfortunately so much  of what has gone out in the Prophetic World was not undergirded in scripture
    • And, so I, Damon Thompson, need the foundation of Scripture
  2. Neil Ellis
    • This is a Church of matured faith
    • You have been preaching, but you were fearful of how the preaching will be accepted
    • Sometimes the Devil magnifies things and makes them appear more than they really are
    • Sometimes as a pastor what makes us press even though there is “Hell on the Outside” is that we are satisfied that we have the confidence of the people inside
    • Can the Lord trust you, and can the Bishop/Leadership depend on you?
    • Free your Spirit, but challenge your people
    • A faith that has not been tested, is a faith that can not be trusted
  3. Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
    • Sotomayor was asked to explain her remarks from a 2001 speech in which she said she agreed that “there is no objective stance but only a series of perspectives — no neutrality, no escape from choice in judging.”  She told the committee that, in every case, the two opposing parties view the facts from vastly different perspectives. “You can’t just throw up your hands and say I’m not going to rule,” she said. There is a choice in judging, which means “you have to rule.”

Videos

Here are some of the videos that I will later comment on.

  1. Paula White
    • Trump’s spiritual adviser: More devout than you…
      Donald Trump’s spiritual adviser, televangelist Paula White, spoke to CNN’s Erin Burnett in August about the Republican presidential nominee’s faith and the phone call that kicked off their friendship.
      Channel :- CNN
      Published On :- 2016-Oct-20th
      Link
    • Inauguration
      • Meet The Woman Who Many Call President Elect Donald Trump’s Spiritual Adviser | NBC Nightly News
        Critics have slammed her as a charlatan, but in a rare interview with NBC’s Anne Thompson, Paula White defends her message and gives insight into the president-elect’s beliefs.
        Channel :- NBC News
        Published On :- 2017-Jan-19th
        Link
    • Jim Baker
      • Two Corinthians’ Gaffe Was ‘A Setup
        • RWW News: Paula White Says That Trump’s ‘Two Corinthians’ Gaffe Was ‘A Setup’
          Published On :- 2017-August-23th
          Link
      • Opposition to God
        • RWW News: Paula White Says Opposition To President Trump Is Opposition To God
          Published On :- 2017-August-21st
          Link
  2. Pastor Jamal Bryant
    • Pastor Jamal Bryant – The problem with Paula White…
      Published On :- 2017-August-25th
      Link
  3. Roland Martin
    • Roland Martin To Paula White: Be A Prophetic Voice And Don’t Just Be A Profitable Voice
      Roland Martin rips Pastor Paula White for her partisan comments about Donald Trump: Be a prophetic voice and don’t just be a profitable voice.
      Published On :- 2017-August-23th
      Link

 

Leadership

Seated Under

Those in leadership do not always get to take a day off.

Not only does what they think matter, but also how they got there.

I have grown from listening in person or via youtube to the people listed above.

And, that makes me forever grateful.

Influencing Capital

The further we grow, the more influencing capital we personally have and have access to.

After long and hard battles our role will be examined; especially if our role is seen to have moved the needle towards an unexpected end.

Unfortunately it is not just our choice that is examined, but the totality of our live.

Circumference of Relationships

Relationships often covers so much space.

And, some of those spaces overlap and are not necessarily disjointed.

And, so even within a body, for instance Faith community, uniformity does not necessarily translate to conformity.

People sometimes reach different conclusions and they should be free to do so.

This is more so where there are personal relationships with those that are being discussed.

 

In Essentials Unity, In Nonessentials Liberty, In All Things Charity

Link
Philip Schaff, the distinguished nineteenth-century church historian, calls the saying in our title “the watchword of Christian peacemakers” (History of the Christian Church, vol. 7, p. 650). Often attributed to great theologians such as Augustine, it comes from an otherwise undistinguished German Lutheran theologian of the early seventeenth century, Rupertus Meldenius. The phrase occurs in a tract on Christian unity written (circa 1627) during the Thirty Years War (1618–1648), a bloody time in European history in which religious tensions played a significant role.

 

Sola Scriptura

  1. Laws of Social Responsibility
    If ever you take your neighbor’s cloak in pledge, you shall return it to him before the sun goes down, for that is his only covering, and it is his cloak for his body; in what else shall he sleep? And if he cries to me, I will hear, for I am compassionate.
    You shall not curse God, nor curse a ruler of your people. ( Exodus 22:27-28 )
  2. Paul Before the Sanhedrin
    • But those standing nearby said, “How dare you insult the high priest of God!”
      “Brothers, Paul replied, “I was not aware that he was the high priest, for it is written: ‘Do not speak evil about the ruler of your people.’”
      ( Acts 23:4-5 )
  3. David, Saul, Jonathan, & Mephibosheth
    • And Mephibosheth the son of Saul came down to meet the king. He had neither taken care of his feet nor trimmed his beard nor washed his clothes, from the day the king departed until the day he came back in safety. ( 2nd Samuel 19:24 )
    • He answered, “My lord, O king, my servant deceived me, for your servant said to him, ‘I will saddle a donkey for myself, that I may ride on it and go with the king.’ For your servant is lame. ( 2nd Samuel 19:26 )
    • He has slandered your servant to my lord the king. But my lord the king is like the angel of God; do therefore what seems good to you. ( 2nd Samuel 19:27 )
    • For all my father’s house were but men doomed to death before my lord the king, but you set your servant among those who eat at your table. What further right have I, then, to cry to the king?” ( 2nd Samuel 19:28 )
    • And the king said to him, “Why speak any more of your affairs? I have decided: you and Ziba shall divide the land.” ( 2nd Samuel 19:29 )
    • Mephibosheth said to the king, “Let him even take it all, since my lord the king has come safely to his own house.” ( 2nd Samuel 19:30 )

Summary

In summary I find myself always returning to a couple of words :-

  1. Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad
    • Allah’s hand of protection is with the maintenance of unity, you should beware of division.
    • The one isolated from the group is a prey to Satan, just as the one isolated from the flock is a prey to the wolves
    • You can not base a spiritual life on suspiciousness, cursing and allocating blame.
  2. Abraham Lincoln
    • I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.”

Closing

Love never fails … for we know in part and we prophesy in part.

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf

Intro

Met another young lady via public transit.

She was reading via her Amazon Kindle.

And, upon asking what she is reading she responded Koran.

I asked for other accessible voices and offered Shaykh Hamza Yusuf.

In the days and weeks ahead, I will share some of the videos I have taken in from him.

Videos

    1. A Life Worth Living – Shaykh Hamza Yusuf
      • What is a life worth living? Shaykh Hamza presents, and discusses the question with Miroslav Volf, Professor of Theology at Yale Divinity School.
        Link
    2. Dr Hamza Yusuf The poor to the rich mind 2016
      • Published on August 17th, 2016
        • Link ( Full )
        • Link ( Closing Segment )
    3. Many Lessons from the story of Adam – Shaykh Hamza Yusuf
      • YouTube
        • Published on August 25th, 2016
          Link
        • Lessons from the story of Adam (as) by Sheikh Hamza Yusuf
          • Lessons from the story of Adam (as) by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf 1/2
            Link
          • Lessons from the story of Adam (as) by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf 2/2
            Link
    4. Shaykh Hamza Yusuf Emotional Q & A 2016 University session America
      • Published on July 22nd, 2016
      • Video
        • Link ( Full )
        • Link ( Closing Segment)
    5. BBC HardTalk | Shaykh Hamza Yusuf [Full Interview] [Enhanced VHS]
      • Published On Dec 13 8th, 2015
      • Added On Aug 8th, 2016
      • Video
        • Link (Full )
        • Link ( Pain, Anger, and Intoxicants )

Indepth

A Life Worth Living – Shaykh Hamza Yusuf

      1. 50 years ago, Time came out with a question asking whether God is dead
        • Atheist take a position that God is too great and it is impossible to believe in him
      2. We taught Allah the names
        1. Adam replied with the names
        2. And, God confirmed that yes, this is a learning creature
      3. Go down to the earth
        • Go down to the earth, and knowledge will come
        • Whomever follows that guidance will be well
      4. Breaking the desires
        • Breaking the desire of lust and food
        • Control desire for corruption
      5. Franz Rosenthal
        • Quotes
          • Know of no longer civilization that places the acquisition of knowledge at the center of ethos
        •  Books
          • Knowledge Triumphant: The Concept of Knowledge in Medieval Islam 1970 (reprinted 2007 with a Preface by Dimitri Gutas)
      6. Knowledge
        • Read in the name of your Lord
        • Be a student, be a lover of Knowledge
        • If one can not be a student, then help and facilitate it
        • Family Traits & Dedication
          • Every Irish family, gave at least one of their children to priesthood
          • Every muslim family gave at least one of their children to Islamic Scholarship
      7. Non Scholars can participate, as well
        • In Example
          • A bedouin in West Africa
            • Whoever believes in Allah in the last days should honor his guests
      8. Two people
        • Learners
          • Some people are facilitated to learn
          • The circumstances are right for it
        • Whereas some are not
          • Other people are deprived
          • Those that have the gift should actively seek to spread it
          • Honor for sake of our tradition and of our God
      9. Signs of the latter days
        • People will no longer learn for the sake of Allah, but for other ends
      10. Sign of depravity
        • It is a sign of the improvised state of our community that people like me actually represent …
        • Do not say so humbly, but based on knowledge of our tradition
      11. Why people choose not to believe
        • Those who see knowledge
          • But, yet fail to ascribe source to it
          • Sees a beautiful written letter, yet state their is no writer
      12. Empathy
        • Empathy is core of most religions
        • Social-path
          • So important that some people fake it just to be seen has having it
            • Just to be part of quorum
          • 1 out of 20 in US are suspected to be social-path
        • lack compassion from our own adversity
        • Some people
        • To know God through secondary knowledge
          • Not as Angels
          • But, through difficulty the soul is expanded
      13. Fundamental Sin
        • Distraction
          • Easily distracted
          • Boredom
          • NoonDay Devil
          • Spiritual Sickness
          • Seek distraction through Sex, Money, Pursuit of Money
      14. Atheist
        • Koran states to the Atheist let us weigh it out
        • God is too mighty to create all this
        • Unrequited Love
      15. Questioned about Job
        • My servant, Job, has spoken rightly of me
          • Job insisted that he was not not in the wrong
          • But, is it possible that someone spoke the truth, and yet still be wrong
            • One can speak personal truth
            • But, yet not speak God’s truth
      16. Is suffering a wound that will remain until clarity comes
      17. Abrahamic tradition did not fully develop the concept of Karma
        • It speaks of it in a world to come
      18. Where is God
        • Free will is a packaged deal
          • We are caretakers of the children
          • Where are God’s people
          • We have moral responsibility
      19. Atheist is closer to God
      20. For Believers God sometimes becomes an errand boy
      21. Taking Responsibility
        • Adam took responsibility
        • Satan did not take responsibility
      22. Current TV
        • Lamented that we have lost the pleasure derived from real beauty
        • Father is an erudite
        • Visited Sea World
          • No longer nature based
          • Stupid dresses on animal
          • Whereas animals are by nature dignified
      23. Knowledge & Submission to God
        • Knowledge
          • One has to know self
          • Soul
            • Indivisible
          • He who know himself comes his creator
          • He who knows self know God
          • From your tongues and complexities ( complexion )
            • Language is a celestial thing
            • Part of revelation is worth
            • God taught him from the names of all the animals
            • See the one in the many
            • From the knowledge of all, comes knowledge of one
        • Submission
          • Abdullah

Dr Hamza Yusuf  – The poor to the rich mind 2016

      1. A re-emergence of family has the center
        • Father has been taking out of fatherhood
        • Father has been taking of motherhood
        • Brother out of bortherhood
        • Sister out of sisterhoo
        • And,  all you have left is the hood
      2. Chris Hedges
        • Boook – Empire of Illusion
        • Dissolve the Police Force in Camden
        • Throwaway people
      3. The immigrant population has a moral responsibility they have not accepted.  And,  that responsibility is to adopt the indigenous people.
        • A ethical and strategic mistake
        • Clip – 30 minutes
        • Inner City
        • Giving victory by the weakest among you
        • Dignify poverty
        • Protestantism at his worst
          • Matthew 19:21
      4. The lion has a natural limit
        • He will not eat the whole flock

 

Many Lessons from the story of Adam – Shaykh Hamza Yusuf

      1. Satan refused to bow them because of
        • Superiority
          • the fact that he felt he was created through fire, but Adam was created through the soil
          • Material Superiority
        • Sameness
          • Both Satan and Adam have consciousness of God
        • Casted down
          • The presence of God is not the place to show show superiority
      2. Question gratitude
        • I will come ahead of them
        • I will come before them
        • And, will show they are ingratitude
      3.  Knowledge
        • Above is revelation
          • As long as you have connection to God, the Devil can not come overcome you
        • Under is humility
          • Satan does not accept humility to anyone
      4. Only Authority
        • Only Authority Satan as is suggestion
      5. Satan lied
        • He led them astray with guile
        • Law
          • Buyers Beware
            • Roman Law
          • Sellers Beware
            • Islamic Law
        • Trick to it
        • In Belgium there are squatters in there
        • When they tasted the tree, there nakedness appeared to them
      6. Lessons Learned
        • Oh Children of Adam learn this lesson for yourself
        • The one who is felicitous is he one who does not have to learn that lessons for themselves
      7. Two Struggles
        • The Struggles
          • Your desire
          • And, then there is this thing, that is tempting you
        • And, the struggle is that you continue in it
      8. Book
        • Religion creates the problem that it solves
          • It makes people feel bad
          • And, then it tells them how to make amends

 

Shaikh Hamza Yusuf Emotional Q & A 2016 University session America

      1. Terms
        • Define terms before you enter them into dialogue
      2. Books
        • The Creed of Imam al-Tahawi: Hamza Yusuf
          • Book endorsed by Arch Bishop of Canterbury Dr.Rowan Williams
      3. Faith
        • Faith is without experience
        • Faith increases with good acts
        • Faith happens in the Heart
        • Increases With
          • Fasting
          • Give Charity
          • Purification
      4. Islam
        • Piety
        • relationship with Allah
        • Direct and immediate

 

BBC HardTalk | Shaykh Hamza Yusuf [Full Interview] [Enhanced VHS]