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Kevin Bussey (aka k-dawg)
Lead Pastor
Charlotte, NC, USA

Samford University: B.S. Public Administration, 1985
University of Alabama at Birmingham: M.A. Education, 1988

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary: MDivBL, 1995

Married to:
Cassandra (6-25-88)


quote of the week

"Pastor I don't like your plans" Bisagno, "what are your plans." man, "I don't have any." Bisagno, "I like my plans better than yours." .

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building 429: rise

chris tomlin: live from austin music hall

various: music inspired by the chronicles of narnia

fusebox: once again

passion: How Great Is Our God

storyside:b : everything and more

delirious?: the mission bell

hillsong united: look to you


Friday, February 03, 2006

12 Step Plan...

I didn't even know there was a book for Recovering Pharisees. I guess I need to go purchase it. I've read John Fischer for years on Contemporary Christian Music (CCM ) magazine. I guess I'll need to go buy it. On his website he gives:
12 Steps for the Recovering Pharisee (like me)
The 12 Steps 1. We admit that our single most unmitigated pleasure is to judge other people. 2. Have come to believe that our means of obtaining greatness is to make everyone lower than ourselves in our own mind. 3. Realize that we detest mercy being given to those who, unlike us, haven't worked for it and don't deserve it. 4. Have decided that we don't want to get what we deserve after all, and we don't want anyone else to either. 5. Will cease all attempts to apply teaching and rebuke to anyone but ourselves. 6. Are ready to have God remove all these defects of attitude and character. 7. Embrace the belief that we are, and will always be, experts at sinning. 8. Are looking closely at the lives of famous men and women of the Bible who turned out to be ordinary sinners like us. 9. Are seeking through prayer and meditation to make a conscious effort to consider other better than ourselves. 10. Embrace the state of astonishment as a permanent and glorious reality. 11. Choose to rid ourselves of any attitude that is not bathed in gratitude. 12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we will try to carry this message to others who think that Christians are better than everyone else.
These are a great reminder for all of us, especially me.

posted by Kevin Bussey at 2/03/2006 10:30:00 AM


Blogger Paul Toler said...

Can I still watch American Idol if I'm a recovering Pharisee? I think the truth in step #1 is why reality television is so successful. We all want to secretly be Simon Cowell and judge others.

I don't agree with step #7 however. I won't embrace any belief that has me expecting to sin in the future. It's true we've all fallen short and will all sin again, but how will we make our enemies our footstool if we continue as sin experts? I'd like to believe that practiced righteousness and developing Christlike character will lead us away from sinful patterns. That is why I made Jesus my shepherd, not satan!

John 8:31-32 says if we continue in the Word then we are Jesus' disciples indeed, and we will know the truth and that truth will make us free. That includes free from being experts at sinning!

2/03/2006 12:06:00 PM  
Blogger Kevin Bussey said...

I don't think he meant we should sin, I think he means unfortunately we will sin. To me there is a big difference.

I strive to never sin but unfortunately, my sin nature is still here until I go to heaven.

Good insight Paul!

2/03/2006 12:31:00 PM  
Blogger art rogers said...

I admit it, my delight in judging others knows no bounds.

My wife ran me from the bedroom yesterday because I was critiquing a woman on a cooking show. Incessantly.

She said that the TV can't hear me and that I should shut up, and then she said I should leave.

The bad part? I am sooooo much better than I used to be. Anybody else talk back to the TV?

2/06/2006 11:27:00 AM  

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