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J Page 4 K6610 Religion Spiritual Thoughts l@ the faith: dustglve me n Jesus too.cooloo-loco...-coo-ooooooon-oooooo-ooococo-00¢cocoon-nu...coco-na."aooococo-onose-oceanooo-oon-ounoose-noncoooooo-anu BY RONNIE “(MAYER CONJRlBUllNG WRITER As I traveled through my home state of Georgia not long ago, I came upon a little Baptist church stuck away in the woods. That's not unusual. At times Georgia seems to be overrun with Bapn’st churches; that and kudzu. What was unusual was the name of this church. It was the “Entire Bible Baptist Church.” Not “Bible Baptist Church," a very common church name, and it was not like the church in which I was reared, where we had all our declarative doctrinal statements on our sign out front. Our sign read “Independent, Fundamental, Premillen- nial, and XIV-Only.” This was not an invitation to come in. It sewed as a warning. Any would-be visitors had better believe what we believe. Otherwise, just stay away. I didn’t get the impression that the Entire Bible Baptist Church wanted people to stay away, but the church did want people to know where it stood. Obviously, they intend to practice the “whole counsel of God” and do everything the Bible commands. But nobody, not even the good folks at the Entire Bible Baptist Church, practices the unabridged Bible. This is a good thing, because there are parts of the Bible that are nothing short of confounding. Consider that owning slaves, selling your children into servitude, and executing adulterers are all permitted in the Bible. Further, holding hands with your wife at the, wrong time of the month, eating shrimp and pork chops, or wearing clothes blended from two different fabrics (so much for my favorite pants) are not allowed. Does the Entire Bible Baptist Church keep all these commandments? I doubt it, and that’s okay. Actually, it’s more than okay. It’s a sign of spiritual maturity when one can move beyond hardened rule-keeping. And besides, turning the Bible'into a tool to hurt others just isn’t right, no matter how zealous toward obedience a group of people might be. What then do we who love the Bible do with these of Lake Stevens ’6 Granite Falls Thefollowingmassesarenowatournewsiteat Inchsloy on SR 92 (1/3 mile E of Soccer fields) 5pm Saturday‘s Sunday’s at 7:30am, 9:00am, 10:30am, 12:00pm (Spanish), 5:00pm Mass Rel. Ed &'Youth Programs also on Sundays 560-69l-AMEN (2656) . A S s E M n L Y Sunday 10:00 am. Morning Worship with George Smith 6:00 pan. Evening Worship 0 Wednesday Groups 7:00 p.m. 9 autumnal»: (& various in week): Bible cinder/rm. grps H 1 i l I i l l i i i _, g Holy Cross Cathl Cu i i i E i i i i 9805 — 31st. Pl u. 425-334-3700 tangled texts? This will be an overly simplistic answer to some, but for me, I have come to read the Bible through the lens of Jesus of Nazareth. In other words, I take a “What Would Jesus Do” approach and use him, his words, and his way to better understand. So when I come to these inexplicable and sometimes bizarre passages, I look to Jesus to make sense of them. . And I discover that most of the time Jesus is silent on these issues, and when he does speak, it is speech seasoned with love, grace, and shackle-breaking freedom. That’s Why for me, the “entire Bible" is not the foundation of faith; Jesus is. 7 Once after having a similar discussion, a listener came to me with the news that I had to believe everything in the Bible the entire corpus of the church's theology — to become a Christian. So I asked this dear person a ques- tion: “When did you come to faith in Christ. He answered that he had come to faith when he was nine—years—old. “Good,” I said. “I came to faith in Christ when I was ten. I don't know about you, but at the time I did not believe in the Virgin birth did you?" Of course he didn’t! At that age he didn’t even know what a virgin was, and neither did I. At that time I could not discuss the reasons for the Protestant Reformation, recite the Apostle’s Creed, expound upon the eschatology of the Hebrew prophets, or quote Calvin's “Institutes.” But I knew Jesus loved me. That was enough. Thirty years later, there is so much I do not know. In fact, I may know less today than ever in my life, but I'm okay with that. I’m okay being unable to reconcile every conflict between faith and science. I'm okay not having a clue what the book of Revelation is about. I'm okay Being uninterested in the hundreds of strange, technical prohi- bitions found in the “entire Bible." Just give me that with which I started. Just give me Jesus. That is enough. Ronnie McBrayer is the author of "Leaving Religion, Following Jesus. He writes and speaks aboutlife, faith, and Christ-cen tered spirituality. Visit his website at wwwronniemcbrayernet. .V “Doing Life Together! Sunday Services Meeting at 9:30 a.m.&11 am. amiififf‘ Programs for all ages Meeting at the Lake Stevens Boys Girls Club 1609 E. Lakeshore Drive WA 98258 LakeStevensChurchcom - 425—334—5900 LAMB 0F goo LuTHERAN CHMRCH V SUNDAY MORNING AT 10:15 AM Bible Classes, All ages at 9:00 am Meeting at: Zion Lutheran School (425) 377-2173 103rd Ave. SE Lake Stevens, WA ‘ ' Pastor, Rick Johnson ' Worship/Youth Loader, Jan Novak fienezerLutfieran Cflu LCMS rcfi LUTM!’ ea: 425-334-0421 Sunday Worship 9:30 am. V Home of Ebenezer Lutheran Preschool 425-397-6374 , snohomishrornmunirychurch ' stamens, Advertise your churCh or place of worship in the Journal ’3 church directory v' Contact the Journal at'425-334-9252 or Want to upgrade to a larger display ad? Contact advertising at ads Lake Stevens Journal June 1, 2011 Local youth group offering free drop in sports Sundays JOURNAL STAFF On Sunday, June 5, the EPIC Youth Group of Lake Ste- vens Family Church will be hosting a Sunday Slam at the Boys & Girls Club. Ifyou are in grades seven to 12, you are welcome to join other teens for three intense hours of dodgeball, volley- ball, basketball, pizza and movies. The event will run from pm. until 6 pm. Parents are welcome to either drop off their youth or join in the fun. For more information please contact 1' THE DATE ' 's'rmns men school. cuss or 191! 40TH REUNION Saturday, September 17, 201 l 5 pm. to lo pm. 5 pm. to 7 pm. Social 7 pm. Dinner WHERE: Florol Holl, Forest Pork ' Everett, WA COST: $30 per person by Aug l _, V $35 per' person Aug 2 Sept 2- Pleose RSVP with poymenis ’ro: LSHS Class of 197], P086»: 5752' Lake Stevens, WA 98258.: ‘ For more information go to Ishsclossofifllifi’gnioilfiorn'3'- Sunday School: During service Newborn Grade 8 ." 41!; ’- . (TIHURCH ' 7: oflhonauvquungalpd Sundays 10:00 am Pastors Paul and Barbara Mazzlo (425) 397-0515 9015 Vernon Rd. ( 1 Mile North of Haggen) Youth Group: Wed: 7:00 pm ' 9015 Vemon Rd. real help ' real frlonds real faith - roaladvonturo ' JOIN us on SUNDAYS SERVICE "Mrs: r 9:00am and 10:45am Dubuque Road; Snohomish WA 98290 425-334-918l Serving loko Stevens, Snohomish, and beyond