I'm Just Saying

Dr. Paul Perkins

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For an author writing is as necessary as breathing. They don't write for money or to court literary fame, but because they believe they have something to say. It matters not that anyone will read or listen, the words must be written, and if in the process someone is blessed -- all the more wonderful

Dr. Perkins has written for a long time, but only recently has sought to publish his work and venture into new genres. He believes in education, finally earning his doctorate at the age of 55. He believes that learning never ends, giving fodder to the imagination and breathing life into the characters on his page. His hope is to continue telling stories for a new generation of readers and aspiring authors.

Dr. Perkins' first novel is "Centurion: From glory to glory", but is not his first book. He has written "Legacy to my sons", "The Lost Shepherd", "The prayer of a transformed life", "The Cost", and a verity of Christian Youth Devotionals. 

What Do You Look LIke

“Let’s face it: appearance is everything.  Let us help you enhance your image.”  This is an advertising slogan, and like it or not, has to deal with the church.  Image in American culture is everything.  We are consumed with how other people see us and think about us.  Do we dress right, eat right, have the right hairstyle, and so on.  Business’ rise and fall based on their image. Even our presidential season will be full of sound bites and images displayed to either solicit or repel votes. 

Jesus knew the power of image. He chastised the Pharisees as being whitewashed tombs and full of dead men’s bones (Matt 23:27).  They looked good on Sunday morning, they didn’t associate with sinners, their prayers were fluent, gave the right amount of money, and said all the right things.  Yet, they were not interested in the important things like mercy, love, forgiveness, and grace.  They were good at judging specks without looking at the logs in their own eyes. 

But the question isn’t about whether to have an image or not to have an image.  We all display an image. We should be concerned about the kind of image we portray.  The question what that image portrays.  How would you describe your image or the image of your church?

Accepting of people               or                     Selective
Inclusive of others                  or                     Clique
Tolerant                                  or                     Intolerant
Loving                                     or                     Hateful
Merciful                                  or                     Judgmental
Gracious                                  or                     Spiteful
Seeks Unity                            or                     Seeks Self
Giving                                     or                     Consumer
Forgiving                                 or                     List Maker

Churches and individuals have a choice as to how the world will see them.  Too often we are seen as the Pharisees of our day.  My prayer is that as I am conformed into an image, the image will be of my savior Jesus.  I want to be more like him everyday, and some days are better than others.  I’m just saying….