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. 

The Characteristic I Desire

From the fist century church to the present there is one thing that churches have in common, conflict and division. Whether it is between congregants or denominations, Christians have an ability to choose extremes and build walls.  

You might think this isn't true in your church, and I hope that is the case, but my experience is that even the best churches have rumblings that want to burst through the surface like a festering pimple  (I know, gross). The way leadership deals with it makes or breaks the church.

Yet, through all of our contentiousness there is a characteristic the pervades the body of Christ like no other religion or organization.  When we are truly following Jesus it marks us as unusual and unique. The Apostle Paul said he gave thanks for Colossians because, 

"Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints."

What an encouraging statement. Faith in Jesus and loving the saints go hand in hand. Jesus said that the mark of following him was our love for one another. For Paul to make this the identifying characteristic of the Colossians was a great honor. Whatever issues that they were dealing with they got the love part down. 

Of course empty love isn't godly love, and Paul acknowledges that the Colossians' love was based on the hope they had in Christ. They were living and loving out the reality of their faith.

We can be so mean to each other when we disagree. We believe so strongly in our theological and political views that we build walls to keep out the heretics. I believe we should have sound doctrine, and hold them firmly, but our doctrine should move us to love and seek reconciliation, to disagree with grace, and hold loosely positions where scripture is not clear. We need to live in the biblical tension of love. 

I have received and given unkindness as a result of haughty views of biblical positions. We can find passages to support our beliefs. But what of love? True love binds wounds, heals hearts, reconciles relationships, forgives, lets go, and asks for forgiveness. 

I will be known for a lot of things, some good and some bad. In the end I hope that someone will remember me for having loved the saints. I'm just saying.