So Let’s Chat…

I guess I should start with why, why do this blog? I have been having an enjoyable time doing some study at The Vine Community Church in Summerville, SC. It is a privilege to do those teachings, and this has led to the start of this, just expanding on a few topics and branching out on a few smaller ones as well…

Oh, and we try and practice these below points during our discussion live on YouTube on Wednesday nights, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYMIxoygHU-W0TO1qhTtzNw , please test us, we need to “practice what we preach, picture matches the words”…

This, I hope, will become a fruitful dialogue for a few… Meaningful discussion, searching… Points of view are always welcome, yet there are a few provisions, community guides…

1) IF not in love, it serves no purpose. This forum is for meaningful discussions, not “proving points”

2) When a counter-point is expressed, there must be context and support. Just to make sure it’s an “apples to apples” discussion

3) Only REAL names here, this is not an anonymous forum. IF we are building community then we have to know who everyone is…

4) If the above guides don’t work for you then just don’t even bother to read/post

This is for helping to build community amongst those who are YHVH Covenant followers, and figuring out what that might look like.

We are in the diaspora, so it will probably look a bit different in many places yet the “fruit” should (maybe even must) be the same. It’s hard to justify being in the image of the Creator and yet bear different fruit, we should only bear His fruit. So what ever we do and say, and how we do and say that, is should meet that, and yet that is ONLY validated by others, only they can bear witness to our fruit. We can’t define our own…

Most of the blog posts will be addendums to others teachings.  Let’s be frank up front, others have been walking this walk much longer and have studied deeper, nothing here should be new, just maybe a fresh perspective or tying together of many pieces of study.  This is not a place to debate “my teacher vs your teacher”, if this does not interest you for fruitful discussion then just feel free to walk away…

Many of my postings will probably be in response or reacting to only a few teachers, those at this time I respect.  Two of them are Rabbi Steve Berkson and Dr. Skip Moen.  Like I said before, if you have a particular problem with either of those teachers then this is not the forum for you.  My Pastor (Sheppard) is Joe Christmas, from his teachings there will also be comments, his vision for Community (and what that might look like) in Summerville, SC is vital to this discussion.  If this reflects things going on in your community then feel free to pipe in and share.

I also will try when ever possible to post the link to the original teaching/study/video so you have access to what I am referring.  It might go without saying but, if you respond without reading or watching the referenced material (the entire article/video) then it does truly limit the voracity of a response, like mentioned “context, context, context”.