Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Opus 2011-317, Mushroom Theology

One of the central points of the Protestant Reformation was sola scriptura.  Scripture is to be the central point of our understanding of truth.  Yet so many people don’t know much about their Bible.  I was teaching a class of young adults.  They had been raised in the church.  When I tried to get them to quote I John 1:9 I got nothing but blank stares.  I tried to give them a clue, “If we confess...?”  More blank stares. 

Why is it important to read your Bible?  A lot of people in trying to build their spiritual lives don’t build a foundation because they don’t study enough.  Actually they don’t study at all.  The parallel of picking mushroom came to mind.  I like mushrooms.  With a little butter they are good by themselves.  They add a rich savor to foods.  Yet I would not have a clue on picking edible mushrooms.  I know that most mushrooms I see are deadly toxins.  I have heard them calle “toadstools.”  They look like mushrooms and feel like mushrooms, but they are not edible.  If I tried to eat them I would die from my ignorance.

Too many people have a mushroom theology or mushroom spirituality.  They know truth exists.  They see it and have tasted it.  Yet they cannot find it themselves.  Too many go out and grab the first bit of “truth” that grows in the yard of their life.  They don’t take time to do any research.  They ignore the lessons of people they can trust.  What they get is toxic.

Avoid the mushrooms of life.  If you don’t know the difference, open your Bible and read until you learn some discernment.  This is not like wearing a shirt that doesn’t match your eyes.  This is eternity we are talking about.

homo unius libri


  1. Most folks learn just enough scripture to back up what they already believe.

  2. Spot on. And most of us already know more than we are obeying. At least I do.

    Grace and peace.


Comments are welcome. Feel free to agree or disagree but keep it clean, courteous and short. I heard some shorthand on a podcast: TLDR, Too long, didn't read.