Archive for November, 2007

Do You Believe Every Word of the Bible?

Posted in Books, Christianity, Faith, God, Politics, Religion on November 29, 2007 by Scott

This question was asked in the CNN / YouTube Republican debate last night.  It brought for some interesting responses from the candidates, although only three were given time to answer.

rudy-g.jpgGuliani: “OK. The reality is, I believe it, but I don’t believe it’s necessarily literally true in every single respect … I think there are parts of the Bible that are allegorical. I think there are parts of the Bible that are meant to be interpreted in a modern context.But I don’t believe every single thing in the literal sense of Jonah being in the belly of the whale, or, you know, there are some things in it that I think were put there as allegorical.

romney.jpgRomney: “I believe the Bible is the word of God, absolutely…. It is the guide for my life.” When asked if he believed every word, Romeny stuttered and hesitated before answering “yes.” 

huckabee.jpgHuckabee:  “I believe the Bible is exactly what it is. It’s the word of revelation to us from God himself… “…the part that says “Go and pluck out your eye,” well, none of us believe that we ought to go pluck out our eye. That obviously is allegorical. There are parts of it I don’t fully comprehend and understand… and no finite person is ever going to fully understand it. If they do, their god is too small.”

Who nailed it and who missed the mark? Will these answers influence who you vote for?

Wonder what kind of answers we would hear from the left given the newfound attention from Evangelicals?

Right Place – Right Time

Posted in Community, Culture, Discipleship, Evangelism, Family, Missional, Relationships on November 28, 2007 by Scott

I went to a funeral today…a relative by marriage…the ones you see three to four times a year. But as it progressed, I knew I was at the very place God wanted me today. I got to witness someone’s life displayed in terms of impact on other people’s lives.

Now here is the part God wanted me to hear…someone who was speaking said this man’s life was joyous and it was joyous because he lived life like it wasn’t about him but about everyone around him.

His life wasn’t all about him…

If I don’t hear one other thing in the next year that moves me, I want to start living that one thing…and quite frankly, I suck at it.

My prayer today is that God allow me to live like it is not all about me…

Caricatures of the Church

Posted in Christianity, Church, Creativity, Religion on November 27, 2007 by Scott

nixon_cartoon.jpgSeth Godin posted a story today about how police are having better luck finding suspects using caricatures than boring sketches.

Seth’s analogy is that “the best brands are caricatures of their true selves.” It’s easy to turn Starbucks’ variety and focus on your needs into a caricature as well, “half-caf, extra hot, short macchiato, extra foam, with soy, in a ceramic mug….”

Perhaps the worst thing is the failure to create a brand that can be caricatured. “Coloring inside the lines and pleasing most of your customers most of the time almost guarantees you’ll be bland.”

It’s that last line that drew our attention. Are we “coloring inside the lines” to please the majority? If so, are we making the message of Christ bland?

There is no need to caricature Christ – no need to exaggerate. There is no better brand. But sometimes we may need to color outside the lines,ruffle some feathers and make some people uncomfortable.

Seems like we read about a guy like that…

Church Viagra

Posted in Blogs, Christianity, God, Megachurch, Video on November 26, 2007 by Scott

Yeah the title is weak but Church Growth just lacks the staying power in the mind of the reader…

We saw this chart over at Jesus Christology and had to share it. Their content may be a little heavy for our usual suspects but we thought this deserved mentioning as does the video below. We really just like the satire, and in light of Hybel’s recent statements on his formula-driven church, this is fitting.

The new Mega Seeker Church really grew out of a response to a tired, stale formula of doing church by old white guys with church marm wives in floral dresses. And now we have this Christ-centered message coming out taking shots at the trite, entertainment-driven Seeker Churches with the jean-wearing pastors and their augmented wives. It is pretty amusing.

We read recently that Satan tempts us just as he did Jesus by appealing to our most basic and legitimate needs. The question is: Are these needs going to be met by the flesh, the devil, a church, or God.

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Kansas Football

Posted in Culture, Discipleship, Leadership, Relationships on November 24, 2007 by Scott

Thanks to Jason, our guest poster today and his thoughts on Kansas football…

I read an article out of the NY Times that highlighted a small Kansas town, and their football team. The thing that I found most impressive about that team was not the amount of points they scored versus other teams (704-0), or the amount of rushing yards they had compared to the teams they played (4,244 to 218), but I focused on the team playing cards that are distributed to the elementary school. Each player and cheerleader has their own trading card that is distributed to the elementary schools.

As quoted in the article, “The trading cards, for example, are not about hero worship. Each player and cheerleader signs a contract pledging to remain alcohol-, drug- and tobacco-free. If they break that promise, they must go to the elementary school to explain to the children why they were kicked off their team, and their cards are revoked.”

Imagine that, a town that comes together as one group to help raise their children to be accountable for their actions.

 

I Played My Best for Him

Posted in Lifechurch.tv, Megachurch, Music, Religion on November 23, 2007 by Scott

We kickoff the Christmas season with Trent Austin from Lifechurch.tv.

Small Group Mentality

Posted in Blogs, Christianity, Community, Discipleship, Leadership, Relationships on November 21, 2007 by Scott

chairs1.gifWe call them Life Groups, Cell Groups, Community Groups, Core Groups, Support Groups, Sunday School Groups and often Group Therapy. We work so hard at branding them that we forget to build them…to embrace them…to cultivate them.

Matt Singley put this up and it definitely made us think of our own small groups and their dynamics.This is just not for leaders but for participants because a group is only as good as those who bring it…

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