the tentmaker

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Location: Sharpsburg, Georgia, United States

"...because he was of the same trade, he stayed with them, and they worked together — by trade they were tentmakers." Acts 18:3. Tentmaker is a title taken by bi-vocational pastors. As such, I am both a pastor and a project manager. I am a pastor of a local congregation of moderate, accepting and affirming people who worship in the Baptist tradition. We call our church "Hope Memorial Baptist" and we are about 40 in number. I am also a project manager of major construction projects for the State of Georgia. My home and church is in rural Coweta County, between Peachtree City and Newnan, with a mailing address of Sharpsburg, Georgia.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

There is something disturbing...

...about this story. Read the entire article here.
By Emanuella Grinberg, CNN

(CNN) -- Lori Davis remembers a time when the doors were always open at her church -- and not guarded. "No one thought twice about their safety. I guess we took it for granted," said Davis.

But things have changed. In an era when terrorism threats and deadly shootings at schools and churches have made headlines, religious leaders are rethinking their security strategies. Last Saturday, a minister was fatally shot and another man wounded outside of a church in Kentucky where the men went to attend a funeral.

Such violence has houses of worship evolving from the days of walkie-talkies and video surveillance to armed guards, who keep a watchful eye over worship services and church.
The issue here is vulnerability/protection vs. the teachings of Jesus and Paul regarding persecution of the Church and individual Christians. It is true, that we live in a particularly violent age. But these times are not that much different from the first two centuries of the common era. The teachings of Jesus, and the examples set in our own times by people like Ghandi and King, have been replaced by a protectionism that borders on isolationism. Is this the Good News? I don't have any answers. I do have a lot of questions about the state of the modern Church and the Teachings of Jesus Christ.


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