Presented on 3/25/2019 at Curwensville Alliance by Pastor Steve Shields
We all like to think we are “an authority” on something.
Get a bunch of people together and start talking about music and you’ll hear things like, “Clapton is overrated!” and “The blues are the only kind of music with any heart!” and “If it’s not hip-hop, it’s not worth producing!” The more they speak, it’s likely that you’ll realize it’s just a bunch of opinions; no one there is a real authority on music.
Get a bunch of guys together and you find a room full of authorities, on hunting, fishing, hockey, football — you name it. After a while, you realize it’s all a matter of posing. Guys are great at posing in that context.
Counterfeit authority. It’s all around us.
It’s even prevalent in spiritual matters. Most people tend to feel they are a spiritual authority.
Thinking Christians believe that Jesus is the only authority.
But are you looking to him?
This podcast speaks of our tendency to look to counterfeit authority, and leads us to look to genuine authority.
Presented at Curwensville Alliance by Pastor Steve Shields on 3/17/2019
One of my many embarrassing moments came my freshman year in college.
I am a fan of Beatles music. I have been since my childhood. I was ruining my brother’s vinyl LPs when I was barely tall enough to see where to place the needle on the record.
So my freshman year, I was sitting in one of the townhouse apartments listening to the Beatles with an upperclassman we called Monk, when he pointed to one of them and said, “John is my favorite Beatle.”
I laughed and said, “That’s George!” I went on, as freshmen sometimes do, and named each Beatle pictured on each of his albums. Showing him that he was wrong.
Then he got out a book on the Beatles — and it was I who was mistaken.
Being wrong wasn’t the problem. Laughing at him because I thought he was wrong…. that was embarrassing.
Getting the names of a couple pop musicians wrong is trivial. But there are other areas of life where, if we get it wrong, the consequences can be staggering.
This podcast addresses counterfeit knowledge and genuine knowledge, and speaks of how to tell them apart.
Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 3/3/2019 by Pastor Steve Shields
A few decades ago, a Christian author proposed that people have two basic needs — beyond the physical. Security and Significance. He went on to say these are often gender specific. Okay. Maybe. But we all know that, whatever your gender, you want to be secure. And whatever your gender, you want your life to have meaning.
And often, as we work to make our lives secure, we grab some counterfeits — things we think make us secure, but don’t really.
This podcast speaks of counterfeit security and shows us how to find genuine security.
Because the original recording was misplaced, this podcast was re-recorded. Recording in an empty sanctuary takes a little of the vibrancy away from the recording — but the material remains.
I grew up attending church faithfully. So I saw it’s weaknesses and I saw it’s strengths. One of the glaring weaknesses I saw in the church, early on, was its tendency toward being rule-focused. This led to what we called legalism and judgmentalism.
Ultimately, this counterfeit morality led to the dysfunction of hypocrisy.
While legalism is not characteristic of all church groups, I would guess that all of us have had a brush with it. For me, as I saw it, legalism was something that strictly belonged to the church. Outside of the church, people were accepting and non-judgmental.
Counterfeit morality isn’t something that belongs to religious groups alone. Counterfeit morality has permeated society thoroughly.
You see it in politics, school systems, bowling leagues, sports and news shows.
Counterfeit morality is everywhere.
This podcast speaks about counterfeit morality, giving us a way to discover the meaning and source of genuine morality.