Scripture:

Acts 26: 19, 20

19 “So, King Agrippa, I did not prove disobedient to the heavenly vision, 

20 but kept declaring both to those of Damascus first, and also at Jerusalem and then throughout all the region of Judea, and even to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds appropriate to repentance. 

I am examining a passage of scripture that is from the Apostles Paul’s speech to King Herod Agrippa II. In this passage, Paul is explaining the point of his ministry, which is to bring people to repentance and turn them to God, and includes having them “perform deeds appropriate to repentance.”

We tend to think that repentance is a solitary act, but Paul seems to be teaching something different. Let’s take a deeper look at true biblical repentance.

True biblical repentance is more than a change in behavior or feelings; it is fundamentally a change in heart. The reformer John Calvin called it “an inward matter, which has its seat in the heart and soul.” John Calvin understood that repentance is first something that happens on the inside of the person. He is indicating that repentance is essentially a heart matter. But it is a heart matter that leads to an outward change in behavior. I believe this was exactly what John the Baptist meant when he challenged the religious leaders in Matthew 3:8 saying, “bear fruit in keeping with repentance.” The inward change of repentance should lead to an outward change in the way we are living our lives. The outward change is important, but only as the necessary consequence of genuine repentance on the inside.

I emphasis the heart because I believe the flip side of repentance is faith, which is also repeatedly connected in scripture to the heart. Paul says that everyone must “confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead” in order to be saved (Rom. 10:9). And we see that Peter warned Simon the Magician that his “heart is not right before God” after he had tried to buy the power of the Holy Spirit with money, thereby demonstrating that he had never truly believed in the first place (Acts 8:13, 19–22).

Because faith and repentance go together, and because faith is a matter of the heart, we know that the same thing applies to repentance as well. I like how Thomas Watson, the Puritan Preacher, expressed it. He said, concerning the heart, because it is “the first thing that lives,” it must also be “the first thing that turns.”

True repentance is also related to Sanctification, because while changing our moral character the Holy Spirit hunts down where we keep our treasures. In places like work, family, money, accomplishment, sex, food, and drink, the Spirit searches to see if we have made them the ultimate things in our lives. Prodding us to evaluate if we have given our hearts to them, and are serving them with our thoughts, our time, our priorities, and our resources. Have we allowed them to become substitutes for God? More often than not, we find that it is true, we have laid up our treasure on earth, and not in heaven. No doubt because of the sin that remains in us, and clings to us, as our old nature passes away and new things come.

The Christian life is fundamentally about recognizing that fact that we have placed our treasures in earthen vessels, and must turn completely around by identifying and naming how we have done this, while calling upon God to restore them to their rightful position. This is what genuine repentance is all about: turning our hearts back to God.

It reminds me of a song I used to sing in Sunday school as a young child. I will never forget the lyrics which go like this: “Happiness is to know the Savior, living a life within his favor, having a change in my behavior, Happiness is the Lord. Real joy is mine, no matter if the tear drops start, I found the secret, it’s Jesus in my heart.”

It was within that song, that I, as a young boy, first understood that genuine repentance is inseparably linked to a changed lifestyle.

In gratitude,

Rev. John M. Scholte

©2021 John Scholte Ministries

At the height of the riots and protests, I happened to see a news interview of a young lady who was advocating that we defund the police. The reporter asked, “If we defund the police, who would help the community when there was a problem?” Her response, “We would help ourselves. The community would resolve it on its own.” She was a bit short on the details of how this would happen, and in my mind, much longer on naivety about the human condition.

I like what Lionel Shriver, the American author, said about people who are left to their own devices, “yet in my experience, when left to their own devices people will get up to one of two things: nothing much, and no good.”

The Scriptures makes it clear that Lionel Shriver, is closer to biblical teaching, then that young protestor.  The Scriptures clearly teach that the natural inclination of humankind, is to act in the “flesh.” Humankind will naturally gravitate towards everyone doing, as they said in the days when there was no king in Israel, “what was right in his own eyes.” (Judges 21:25)

The Apostle Paul makes it clear, in Galatians 5:16-21 , that if not “led by the Spirit,” the deeds of the flesh will become evident.  It is human nature to manifest the deeds he lists: “immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these…”

and those he adds in his other writings. This means that it is impossible for communities to police themselves, or to resolve things on their own. They will naturally, over time, sink into anarchy. This is why Christians are called to “walk by the Spirit” and set themselves against the flesh.

It is a battle, flesh against Spirit, waged in our communities, country and around the world. The Bible assured us that we will win. The Kingdom of God is at hand, and will through the efforts of His Church, fully come. 

And as we wait for our inheritance to be fully realized, we are mindful of our Lord’s admonition, “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves.” (Matthew 10:16)

Rev. John M. Scholte

©2021 John Scholte Ministries

So I will work hard to make sure you always remember these things after I am gone.”

2 Peter 1:15 (NLT)

What are you working hard for? The American dream? The nice home, car, vacation and comfortable retirement.  Getting the kids through college. Collecting some toys…boats, bikes, four wheelers. Maybe a second home, or cottage, you can escape too for the summer. Or, you might be building a business, which will be your legacy for your children, grandchildren, or community. Nothing wrong with any of these things. All of them can be a real blessing from God.

However, my sister, who has a women’s prison ministry, recently sent me an update on her work in a women’s prison in Wisconsin. It made me stop and think about something deeper. I decided to share her thoughts with you, by way of this blog. After all, I think a major part of a good blog, is the pondering one does, as one reads it. She reflected on our scripture for this blog and said the following:  

“Isn’t it interesting that Peter worked hard to make sure that the recipients of his letter would not forget his teaching.

But God was also working to do what Peter could never do, that is make sure that Peter’s teaching would go out to generations, and spread to countries and peoples, beyond his own imagination and God made sure that his teaching would never be forgotten. Peter worked hard, God multiplied his efforts and uses his words to encourage even us today.

I guess this is an encouragement to us as we work hard to make sure that we pick up what God has laid in front of each of us to do.”

As I said, nothing wrong with working hard to reach the American Dream. But, as I ponder Peter’s words, and the thoughts my sister shared, I am encouraged to remember that there really is something deeper. God is doing a work beyond what I could ever imagine, which in the end, will bring every knee to bow, and every tongue to confess, that he is Lord!

Through this blog, I invite you to ponder, as I do, this work of God, which will be remembered long after we are gone. And in our pondering together, let’s think about everything that God has laid in front us. Then let’s work hard to do what we can do, knowing that God is working to do what we could never do.

In Gratitude,

Pastor John

©2021 John Scholte Ministries

John 9:37-39 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

37 Jesus said to him, “You have both seen Him, and He is the one who is talking with you.” 38 And he said, “Lord, I believe.” And he worshiped Him. 39 And Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, so that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may become blind.”

Our scripture for today’s blog is the final outcome of an interaction between Jesus, a blind man, and the Pharisees. The gist of which is that Jesus had healed the blind man, and the Pharisees did not want to acknowledge what Jesus had done. These religious leaders gave the blindman a tough time, hoping that he would, under their threatening pressure, rescind his witness of what Jesus had done. However, to the Pharisees’ surprise and frustration, the blind man was tougher than they thought. He stuck with his story, and for his efforts, was able to “see” Jesus for who he truly was, the Christ.

In this story, there are two different types of “tough.” First, the Pharisees, who exemplify the idea of “tough” as a noun. A rough and violent person, especially a gangster or criminal. I know this is cliché, but I imagine in my mind the “Hell’s Angels” type riding a motorcycle, wearing leather and tattoos, with a lot of bugs in his teeth. The second type of “tough” is the Blindman, who exemplified the idea of “tough” as an adjective or verb.  Strong enough to withstand adverse conditions or rough or careless handling.

When tough people come into our lives, or in the case of COVID-19, tough situations, we are called to respond like the blindman. We need to be biblically tough.  Which is to have a resilience that knows that tough times like the Pharisees, or COVID-19, will never last, but tough people, those who have faith in Christ, do. When I think about RB Community Church, I think about resilience. I see the kind of tough love that exemplifies the resilient toughness that Paul wrote about in I Corinthians 13, “bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

As we continue COVID-19 restrictions, and we wait for everyone to get their shots, its easy to feel the pressure of being home all the time. I love my family, but working from home can be tough. Many interruptions, boys starting to get on each other’s nerves, even the rainy weather can get to me. But, I keep in mind the guy who went through some real adversity, the blindman, and it helps me keep everything in perspective.

Some of you may remember Tommy Lasorda, best known for his two decades of managing the Los Angeles Dodgers. He appeared in a commercial during his days in baseball, regarding his weight loss with a certain diet. In the commercial he had a saying I always appreciated, and one I can imagine the blindman saying to us as well, “If I can do it, you can do it!”

Rev. John M. Scholte

©2021 John Scholte Ministries

I am writing this blog post on Martin Luther King jr Day, and in honor of his life and work. I would recommend that you add to your library the book: A Testament of Hope. It contains his speeches, letters and essays.

On this day I believe we need to keep in mind that Rev. Dr. King was a pastor and theologian, as such, his perspective comes from the Judeo-Christian tradition. His thoughts and ideas follow the Apostle Paul and the teachings of Jesus as found in the Bible. This is often forgotten or disregarded by many, who celebrate this day or speak of his influence in society particularly when it comes to peace and civil rights. However, I think you will discover in your reading of his speeches, letters, and essays, that one cannot divorce his theological Christian perspective from his work in the Civil Rights Movement. If one does, we devalue his contribution and neuter the power of his message. 

You may not believe the message of the Christian Bible, but you must know and understand its teachings if you are to understand the man and the principles he taught us. We can’t truly honor the man if we don’t honestly note the driving forces of his life. He taught us much about how to deal with conflict in racial relationships which we can and should apply to our present-day realities. It is a message that changed a nation once and can do so again, but only if the transformative depth of his message can be heard in our generation.

Rev. John M. Scholte

©2021 John Scholte Ministries

In December of 1977, the Bee Gee’s hit the number one song on Billboard’s Top One Hundred with their pop ballad, “How Deep is Your Love.”  The song stayed number one for a then-record 17-weeks.  If you are too young to remember the song, you may want to search for it on YouTube, as it captured the pop culture of the late 70’s, and speaks to our topic for today’s post. Here’s a portion of the song’s lyrics:

How deep is your love, how deep is your love, How deep is your love?
I really mean to learn ‘Cause we’re living in a world of fools
Breaking us down when they all should let us be
We belong to you and me

The song came to mind as I read the story of Jesus’ anointing at Bethany found in Mark 14:3-8. It’s the story of Mary, the sister of Martha and Lazarus, showing her deep love for Jesus. Remember, she was the one who sat at Jesus’s feet when he taught. She had also witnessed her brother’s resurrection upon Jesus’ command. She had much to be thankful for and she chose an extravagant gift as her expression of gratitude. Apparently, what Jesus had taught and demonstrated, over the three years of his ministry, had sunk into Mary’s heart. 

Unfortunately, as the song says, “we’re living in a world of fools,” and so was Mary. Her act of extravagant generosity was harshly criticized by the other guests present at the dinner Jesus was attending. On the evening of the dinner, the mind and hearts of Simon’s dinner guests were not on the life and teachings of Jesus. Their hearts had not been moved by Jesus, and so they were unaware that Mary’s actions were a soothing balm to Jesus, only days from his suffering and death. They were only too willing to break Mary down, rather than celebrate and uplift her, for showing how deep her love was for Jesus. Mary may not have even realized how significant her gift was to Jesus. Nor how the perfume would linger through the next three days, and perhaps even upon Jesus at his resurrection appearances. 

How about today? Have the teachings and love of Jesus moved your heart? Do you desire to give an extravagant gift to your Savior?  I think our lives are the best jars of perfume that we can break open to anoint Jesus. I know many at RB Community Church are already breaking open the best and giving of themselves as an extravagant gift. I think of those who remind me of Mary and have been a part of my ministry responsibilities; Brianna Mitchelson and Diane Hunten in children’s ministry, Kathy Wesley in our LifeGroup’s Ministry, Angela Brooks in our Connecting Ministry, Karen Kritzer in Marriage Enrichment, and Deborah Kelly in church health and growth.  And my wife Kimberley, who host’s a cooking show that premiers on our ministries YouTube channel. I know this is her extravagant gift to you, and although you can’t smell and taste the wonderful food, she hopes you will still be able to enjoy the shows.

It is my prayer that all of us, as sisters and brothers in Christ, might be in such a deep love for Jesus, that we reflect what Paul wrote in II Corinthians 2:15, “a sweet fragrance of Christ to those who are being saved.”  

In the Deep Love of Christ,

Rev. John M. Scholte

©2021 John Scholte Ministries

This blog post is based on Mark 10:46-52

To understand the story of Blind Bartimaeus, and how he received his sight, one must understand the Jewish teachings on suffering and the Messianic Hope. Those topics, of course, could all be classes in themselves, so please excuse the limiting summation that I give in this short blog post. Hopefully, I can shed a little light on this particular interaction between Jesus and Bartimaeus, and maybe even whet your appetite to learn more about these subjects.

The presence of beggars just outside a city gate was a common sight in biblical times. So common, that after a time, one could walk past a beggar without even noticing him and if you were accompanied by a large crowd, it would be even easier. Jesus passed Bartimaeus in a whirlwind and was well down the road when something stopped Jesus in his tracks, and prompted him to call the begging Bartimaeus over to him. I don’t really think it was because Bartimaeus was blind, or even his persistence, although I do admire his doggedness at overcoming the rebuke of the crowd. I think it was because Bartimaeus asked for mercy from the, “Son of David.”

The “Son of David” was known as a Messianic title and Bartimaeus is the only one, in the Gospel of Mark, to address Jesus this way. It is part of the Messianic Hope that came from the suffering that is such a big part of the Jewish story.

The Messianic Hope was the idea that suffering will bring a deliverer, a Messiah, who will relieve the pain and restore what was lost. It is suffering with an undercurrent of hope. It has an even deeper side, of which I think Bartimaeus knew, suffering can be a divine disclosure, a revelation, a place in which God is revealed. We know this because the world was suffering and God sent His son to deliver it.

To call Jesus the “Son of David” was to recognize that Jesus was the deliverer, which showed clear spiritual vision.  In response to his faith, Jesus healed Bartimaeus’ physical blindness, and delivered Bartimaeus from his suffering. An act that confirmed to the crowd who Jesus was, the Messiah, who had come into the world to relieve the suffering of spiritual blindness.

This story challenges all of us to know Jesus as the “Son of David” the one who will have mercy on us. The one who will deliver us from sin. The one who will stop and call us out of the crowd of life circumstances. It challenages us to hope in suffering because in times of suffering there will be a revelation of God, a delivery from pain, heartache, fear, and even isolation.  

In the Messianic Hope,

Pastor John

©2021 John Scholte Ministries

“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,…” James 1:2

I never really appreciated the way that James started off his epistle, until about ten years ago when I learn a valuable lesson about joy from someone who knew.  But before I learned that lesson, I would often think, “How can we be joyful when bad things happen to us?” It’s easy to get stuck in those first few words of James epistle and never get any further.

For example, my daughter, Jennie Mae, is studying to become a Respiratory Therapist.  Recently, as part of her training, she has been completing her clinical work at a Skilled Nursing Facility. This involves patients who have tracheostomy tubes that assist them in breathing. Many, because of their injuries, will have those tubes permanently. These tubes have to be cleaned and maintained, and this procedure can be painful to the patient. It would be hard to consider those situations as “all joy.”

About twelve years ago my step-father, Brent Monsma, was diagnosed with ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. I wouldn’t wish that one on my worst enemy, and certainly not on my Step-Father. He was a committed, Christian man, who certainly didn’t deserve such suffering in the grip of a debilitating disease. I know he didn’t want ALS, and it certainly wasn’t considered “all joy.” But at the close of his life he taught me something which brought me closer to Christ, and gave me a better understanding of what James is teaching.  Brent would say, even at his worst suffering, “Jesus is still Lord!”

I realized that he was teaching me what James was really saying in this wonderful passage of scripture. There are times that “Joy” isn’t always dancing, or a feeling of pleasure and happiness. It is, even in the mists of various trials, saying, “Jesus is still Lord!”

Rev. John M. Scholte

©2021 John Scholte Ministries

This summer I took over 40 hours of professional development related to curriculum design and on-line teaching. One result of this experience was my own reflection on the use of words. Not just any words, but what I call amplified words. One definition for the word “amplified” is; cause to become more marked or intense. It seems to me to be a good definition for the way words are recently being used in the three arenas in which I work; academia, business and the church.

Let me give you a little background on this professional development so you can get an idea of why I began to reflect on how we use certain words. One of the tasks involved in this training was to write Student Learning Outcomes (SLO).  This task was important to learn because SLO’s are mandated by the U.S. Department of Education and therefore required by academic accrediting agencies. You will find in most college courses that the SLO’s are stated on the Course Syllabus. Basically, SLO’s are used to clarify what students can expect to take away from the class.

There is now a whole industry that has built up around how to write a proper SLO.  There are books, seminars, and SLO specialists waiting to assist you in writing the proper SLO statement. And although there is apparently money to be made in the teaching, writing and evaluation of SLO’s my point, in this blog, are the words they use to write them. If you are interested in the increasing complexity of establishing the most successful student learning experiences just google “Bloom’s Taxonomy” and you will have your hands full. In the meantime, you have to memorize as many “action verbs” as you can, because action verbs are the words required for writing in the correct format for Student Learning Outcomes.

I am sure my blogs have revealed that I am not the best with English grammar.  But, as the famous line from the plague scene in Monty Python and The Holy Grail says, “I am not dead yet!” So to improve my skills both in English grammar and in writing SLO statements I am learning about action verbs.

According to YourDictionary.com, “Action verbs are verbs that specifically describe what the subject of the sentence is doing. These types of verbs carry a great deal of information in a sentence and can convey emotion and a sense of purpose that extends beyond the literal meanings of the words.” The bold is mine because it captures the point of this blog. Writing these SLO’s got me thinking. I am being asked, through the use of action verbs, to convey emotion and a sense of purpose beyond the literal meaning of the word. The idea of conveying an emotion beyond or to some greater degree than normal is not just in the profession of education but it seems to be a common phenomenon within other fields and in our society here in the United States.

For the most part I am fairly straight forward when I write to or talk with people.  Usually I am calm and the words I use can be taken for their literal meaning. Occasionally, my words might be more marked or intense….say, if someone cuts me off on the freeway…. then I want their understanding to extend beyond my literal words! When I take my kids to a theme park like Six Flags and we ride a monster roller coaster, with the feeling that our lives are on the very edge of extinction, we try to describe the experience in some extensive emotional way. We don’t do this for every family experience we have, just for those that indicate we reached a richer, deeper, or higher plain then the normal everyday plateau.

The other day I asked my daughter if she would like to get some frozen yogurt. She replied, “Awesome!” Is this the same kind of “Awesome” I feel when science reveals to me the intricacies of the created order? I don’t think so. The awesome my daughter uses is a kind of slang, a watered down version that means she would like to go get some frozen yogurt…particularly if Dad’s paying for it.  Although I would like to think that going out with her Dad would cause or induce awe; or inspire her with an overwhelming feeling of reverence, and admiration, the true definition of awesome, I doubt very much that this is the actual case.  Like the biblical strongman Samson, who lost his strength when his hair was cut, and then was blinded by his enemies and used as a common slave to grind wheat, some powerful words have become weak slang used only as common filler to meet a requirement.

In education, we write SLO’s to fit a format that will be acceptable and conform to the requirements of the institution but the wording is just that “wording.” It is shoe horning in as many action verbs as we can. We don’t want our student to just comprehend humanities or religion we want them to classify, describe, discuss, explain, identify, locate, recognize, report, select, paraphrase, convert, distinguish between, extend, give examples, summarize, and translate them. Maybe, with all this amplification of comprehend I am just like an old cowboy who would adjust his hat and say, with that Clint Eastwood glare, “Well Madame, that’s what I said when I used the word ‘comprehend.’”

This amplification of words isn’t just a scourge wrapping itself around the field of education. Business can suffer from this curse too. With my company I assist clients in writing mission and vision statements and company core values. In the process I have had the opportunity to read countless examples. In many of these statements the amplification meter is all the way in the red zone. Here are just a few quick examples:

“Nordstrom works relentlessly to give customers the most compelling shopping experience possible.”

Albertsons: Guided by relentless focus on our five imperatives, we will constantly strive to implement the critical initiatives required to achieve our vision. In doing this, we will deliver operational excellence in every corner of the Company and meet or exceed our commitments to the many constituencies we serve. All of our long-term strategies and short-term actions will be molded by a set of core values that are shared by each and every associate.

Ameren’s mission is to generate electricity, deliver electricity and distribute natural gas in a safe, reliable, efficient and environmentally sound manner. Our vision is to be the recognized performance leader of the U.S. electric and gas utility industry. Being a performance leader means we will achieve operational excellence, industry-leading customer satisfaction and superior financial performance.

The point is not to malign these companies or even state whether these mission statements are good or bad. I can look at mission statements in another blog, but I do want you to notice the bolded words which I believe characterize the use of words in many vision and mission statements. We almost become immune to the words real meanings and there intensity.

What does it mean to be “relentless focused” or to “constantly strive?” When I take it at face value it sounds to me like there is some kind of psychosis present. Not that I am a psychologist but if my kid was relentless focused on something I probably would take him to a psychologist. Although, I am sure my wife and daughter would love to have the most compelling shopping experience possible!

Well, the church isn’t any less susceptible to amplification then education and business.

Here are some mission statements from churches:

Willow Creek exists to turn irreligious people into fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.

East Goshon Mennonite Church: Our vision challenges us to Passionately Follow Jesus, discovering Jesus’ practices of loving, inviting, equipping and living.  We desire to love and look like Jesus in our world.

Epic Church….don’t need to read our mission statement the name says it all. (This is not really what they said, or their mission statement, but I thought the name fit the point!)

Even in my own denomination I see the amplification of words in a mission statement that says, “The Reformed Church in America (RCA) is a family of churches in the U.S. and Canada radically following Christ in mission together.”

Again not to take away from these churches, I am sure they all have powerful ministries that have effectively influenced their communities.

The truth is we live in a society that loves to amplify words, and that’s probably not going to change anytime soon. But words and their true meanings, as Richard Lederer has shown us in his numerous books on the English language, do matter.

There are times when we need to use words that will “amp-up” the meaning of what we want to say. We need them as a part of our vocabulary! There are times when we want to be most compelling, or radically following, but not all the time.

I think the tendency towards the overuse of amplified words is the desire to be relevant to our own pop culture; unfortunately we are creating immunity to the power inherent in these words.  The spoken and written word is one of the most powerful ways that humanity can express itself. This human expression is a beautiful balance between commonness and amplification, an honest portrayal of a richer, deeper, and higher experience because there is a normal everyday plateau. When we respect this balance society is closer to a true perception of reality, and that’s a society I can comprehend.

John M. Scholte, M.Div.

Professor of Religion and Humanities

©2015 Scholte Consulting Services

As my teaching colleagues have said, “I am a renaissance man.” Besides teaching, which I love, I also own a consulting company. As a professional adjunct instructor I teach at four different schools. Two of which are business related, so when I started my consulting company four years ago the company focused on supporting business. As it has grown we have expanded into education and now we include churches. This is only natural, since I have a church background, teach religion, served two churches, and have certifications in church growth, leadership development, and conflict management. So as my company tag line says, my consulting services exist “for business and educational growth and development,” and this now includes churches!

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