November 2006


My brother, Alan, made an amazingly poignant statement in a Bible study four or five months ago. A statement that has taken on a life of its own in my reconsideration of God’s will for me and the rest of mankind. I thought I’d title it Yeldell’s Axiom of Obvious Omission. So here it is…

If it were so important to God, why didn’t He just spell it out in clear terms?

I forget the point of disagreement, but it was something about the frequency, content, or practice of the Lord’s Supper. Wouldn’t this work nicely on other doubtful disputations like transubstantiation, instrumental music, the continuation of supernatural gifts, and infant baptism. So next time you feel compelled to take a point too far, remember Alan Yeldell’s Axiom of Obvious Omission and move on to the more important practice of faith and love.

My 10 year old son, Colton, is working on his scout badges. One of the requirements is to remember the “Scout Law” which is a commitment to 12 virtues.

TRUSTWORTHY
LOYAL
HELPFUL
FRIENDLY
COURTEOUS
KIND
OBEDIENT
CHEERFUL
THRIFTY
BRAVE
CLEAN
REVERENT
Who can argue with this as a firm foundation for youth (and adults) of all generations? Nonetheless, we find Paul in Romans 7 admitting that we are powerless to keep the law or perhaps even the scout law without some supernatural help.

In a recent interview, Frank Viola noted this typical problem with “house churches”…

In my observation, many house churches are little more than glamorized Bible studies. And most perform the same ritual every week. I’d like to see more house churches hunger and thirst for an experience of Jesus Christ and who would seek for ways to make Him central, supreme, and preeminent in their house church experience. By my lights, there is a great deal of room to grow in this area.

Another concern he expressed in his book So You Want to Start a House Church? is that some house churches are little more than coffee house discussion groups where people get together to catch up with one another. I guess these are concerns of mine too. Being in a house doesn’t necessarily make a gathering more genuine, nurturing, accountable, etc. I think we are creatures of habit and it takes effort to change things up, to think about what to do week-by-week.

In the two house churches that I meet with, we have drifted into a repeating pattern. Nonetheless, I feel like we are asking the right questions. “What is Jesus doing in your life? How have you been Jesus to those around you? Where is the Lord leading you? What are you studying this week? What difference is it making in your life?”

 We do change up when a special need arises. Sometimes in Allen, we simply go out to eat together. When one of us have had a bad day, we can stop and talk/pray through it. When we have a Halloween carnival to go to, we can have a short service. So perhaps we aren’t so rigid…. yet.

Is Jesus at the center? Supreme? Preeminent? That’s a great goal to work toward.