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The King James Journey to the Grocery Store on the First Night of the Icy Weather


(Photo Credit: Bill Morrow)

As I look at the forecast and see MOAR SNOW on the horizon this guest post from Ken D. seems altogether timely. Keep warm out there.

The King James Journey to the Grocery Store on the First Night of the Icy Weather

Yea, verily, unto the earth didst fall without number the small pellets of ice like unto the fine gravel of the road in their size.

And great was the upheaval and the consternation throughout the land, and great was the hustling and bustling in the much-trafficked aisles of the market, yea, of the grocer’s stall. For many were the hands that were laid upon the loaves of bread, the groping hands that seized the milk of the kine. Deep into their purses and devices of mechanical banking didst the teeming masses thrust their hands and brought forth money, yea, even lucre, wherewith to purchase victuals.

For in their hearts, they thought unto themselves, “We shall not surely starve. For if the electricity be off, yea, if the power of the lightning be cut off, we shall yet eat; for, verily, our cupboards are full unto bursting with bread and dry cereals. And our pantries what eschew the heat, they do hold unto themselves rich stores of milk wherewith we shall drench our cereals and wash down our breads. Yea, and we shall be sated. Though we be frozen as the stones of the ground, we shall be filled.”

Then, with their great bundles stowed in their carriages, the haughty people, yea, the proud ones who didst unto the last minute delay to buy groceries, even these drove away. And in their foolishness, they heeded not the the ice which as the fine gravel lay upon the road; and with all speed and carelessness of mind, they didst drive like unto maniacs until with great clamor and noise of destruction they skidded headlong through yon guardrail. And great was the crashing of metal; great was the splashing of icy waters. And their victuals didst take wing and fly hither and yon, and the birds and beasts of the field didst devour the bread and meat and carried them unto their young.

And they didst endure the storm being not hungered, but the foolish people perished, and they froze and wert hungered.

FWOTW: KingJamesBibleBaptist.org

King James Bible Baptist Church

We often reference the tacit racism that exists in the history of fundamentalism. Nevertheless, it’s worth remembering that there are minorities who do join and even lead in parts of the movement.

The pastor from today’s website “began to feel burdened about the people in the Mississippi Delta because he realized there was not one Independent Fundamental Baptist Church reaching the Black community there.”

Which requires us to ask “why?” What in their history and philosophy makes the IFB so incredibly bad at reaching out to the black community? Perhaps the place to start is by looking at the era and the cultural values that fundamentalists glorify and realizing that there is little space for other peoples and cultures there.

An Open Letter to Crown College and Temple Baptist Church

I was approached an asked if I would post this letter of apology for words written on this site. I agreed and will now do so without further commentary. – DD

After the counsel of family and friends, and conversations with those I have offended; I wish to write an open letter of apology to Crown College and the Temple Baptist Church.

I have in times past and in the recent future engaged in critical allegations of the ministries of Temple Baptist Church and its pastor, Dr. Clarence Sexton. I have made these allegations under a pseudo name on this site; and have done so with malice in my heart causing hurt to friends I deeply care for. For this I am very sorry.

Though words alone are not enough to repair the relationships that have been damaged, I pray that I can give some explanation to the behavior I engaged in.

Shortly before my departure from the ministries of Temple; I became aware of serious abuse allegations that in my opinion were handled unjustly and endangered the well-being of those under my care. Rather than dealing with it in appropriate biblical way, I chose to allow the root of bitterness to grow inside me; and chose this online format to vent my frustrations and in some cases be unjustly critical.

I realize now the error of my ways, and appreciate the graciousness that has been extended to me; even by those whom I have hurt. I have now gone to the proper parties of the allegations I mentioned above and will no longer engage in critical or abusive language towards the ministries of Temple Baptist Church or its founder.

I do not discount my time learning and serving, and am very grateful for the wonderful Christian people and friends I have met along the way who have invested so much in my life. I pray for the forgiveness of God and his reconciliation with those who I love and love me.

Sincerely,

Joshua Cehulik
(NEOIFB)

Special thanks to Darrell for allowing me the opportunity to post my letter of apology in the forum where I have created so much damage. I am also grateful for those of you who have afforded me words of encouragement along the way.

May God’s grace direct each of us in our journey ahead.