After several decades of pondering the matter, I now know my alignment: I’m chaotic good.
Unlike the ACLU and the NRA and other absolutist groups that *may* be Lawful Good (and do a great deal of damage thereby), I’m willing to accept the moral responsibility for using my power of choice to seek an outcome that almost never emerges from applying a principle without regard to who it helps.
As I’ve stated before, I can tolerate anything except intolerance and evil — and may the Divine grant me the wisdom to know the difference.
I was initially ordained by the Universal Life Church, which cites John 15:16 and the Protestant tradition that all believers are priests as justifying their ordinations.
The ULC states that they do not stand between the believer and God, as most churches do. They stand between the believer and the government, to tell those in government that they have no right to say who is and who is not a minister.
The founders of the Universal Life Church were raised as Baptists (as I was) and the world Headquarters of the ULC is an actual church building where weekly services are held. They found the Baptist church too restrictive (as I did), so they opened their hearts to a bigger mission.
The Universal Life Church has one creed — Do Only What is Right.
My experience as an Ordained Minister within the ULC and as a religious officer within several bodies before that, as well as a lifetime of grappling with religious issues, has led me toward starting a new church, which is currently called Memphis Service Ministries. This is a result of a considered, deliberate, and responsible act.
As an Ordained Minister, I have authority to perform weddings, funerals, naming ceremonies, and other religious services, including ordaining others. My religious studies are ongoing, with the focus of my ministry on helping others.
Please contact me for information on weddings and other services that I offer. For more information on my ministry, please see the website of Memphis Service Ministries.
Thank you so much for the follow Rev. Tim. I appreciate it and will be back around to have a read!
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Thank you, oh bright jewel. I hope you will find some enlightenment and some inspiration here.
I’ve enjoyed reading your blog. In my short tenure on this planet I’ve learned so much about what it means to be a true Christian. I seek it everyday, with the fullness of my heart. I will leave you a couple of my favorite scriptures.
Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect.
1: Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
2: For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.
3: By faith, we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.
I’ve come to understand that it’s not always about what we do or what we say, it is the intent of the heart (faith) which sways God.
I didn’t understand this for the longest time – but after reading the rest of chapter 11 and understanding that each of these great men were grievous sinners, how could they be in the great hall of faith? When I understood that God wasn’t looking at their acts, but at their heart I finally found my freedom. The evidence was found that it’s not what I do but what God does in me. Faith is the pearl that surrounds my heart, protects my soul, and covers my mind.
Thanks for finding my blog so that I might find your.
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