Thursday, November 16, 2006

McCallum's Musings Has Moved!

McCallum's Musings has moved!

Please visit...

http://compasschurch.blogspot.com/

Where you can read more of McCallum's Musings!

CJM

McCallum's Musings Has Moved!

McCallum's Musings has moved!

Please visit...

http://compasschurch.blogspot.com/

Where you can read more of McCallum's Musings!

CJM

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Back From The Shadows...

Ok, so I will be the first to confess that I have been absent from blogging for a good long while. Julie has finally prodded me to come out of the shadows and post something, so here goes...

Lots going on right now with getting ready to launch Compass Church. We hold the first of two preview services tomorrow and then launch on the first Sunday of October. I am excited and humbled by the whole effort thus far.

I got a call today from David Bannach sharing with me that the wife of his youth pastor was involved in a horrible accident that resulted in her being injured badly and their child losing his life. Something in me sank when I heard the news. My heart still hurts for them and for the Burnips church.

Family here at 8711 Woodhaven is good. Really good. Chase is a blast to play with at the end of the day and Miles is the cutest one year old on the planet. Julie is such a support and help to me as well. I am blessed.

With that, I am off to bed...

Chad

Friday, June 09, 2006

al-Zarqawi

It's a fine thing to be passionate about one's beliefs. But passionate beliefs alone are not enough if they lack the added benefit of being right. There's nothing more dangerous and destructive than passionately believing and acting on lies.I was reminded of this when I heard about a pastor who truly cared about those in his charge. He spent much time at great personal sacrifice in ministry to his flock. He was keen on making disciples, and met often with key leaders in his ministry to counsel them in their faith and advise them in their careers.The people that he led revered him as a holy man of God.The tragedy is that they found this pastor's body yesterday in the bombed-out rubble of a terrorist safe-house in Iraq.Nearby was the corpse of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, al-Qaida's former leader in Iraq and infamous terrorist. Zarqawi boasted of beheading innocent victims and murdering more than 1,000 British and American soldiers in Iraq over the past two years. Zarqawi planned relentless suicide bombings and organized attacks that killed thousands of Iraqis.The pastor, sadly, was not an innocent casualty of war.His name was Sheik Abdul Rahman. He was not in that house to rebuke al-Zarqawi's blood-lust, but to encourage it. He was the terrorist's personal spiritual advisor. Abdul Rahman passionately believed that murdering innocent people was right, and he perpetrated his horrific teaching in the trappings of spirituality and obedience to God.Few of the news stories you hear about al-Zarqawi's death will say much about his pastor. But I wonder if that pastor's passionately believing and teaching lies to a willing pupil isn't a big part of what happened?Yes, it's a fine thing to be passionate about one's beliefs. But passionate beliefs alone are not enough if they lack the added benefit of being right.So check it out, my friends. Make sure that what you're believing is actually true and right and good and godly. Make sure that pastors you're trusting as teachers are humble and under authority and submitted to God's Word, The Bible. Check them out, all of them, including this one.Because there's nothing more dangerous and destructive than passionately believing and acting on lies.