Archive for April, 2008

Obama to Enslave White People

Posted in Politics, Video with tags on April 30, 2008 by Scott

You heard it here…you know this is people’s real fear. Either that or the “black” church will no longer be invisible…to quote Jeremiah Wright.

The Selling of a Savior

Posted in Christianity, Church, Jesus, Religion on April 29, 2008 by Scott

In his book The Selling of a President, Joe McGinniss writes about the hiring of advertising agencies by the Nixon and Humphrey campaigns in 1968. For the first time  advertising agencies packaged candidates like products to sell to the American people.

One of Nixon’s advisor’s wrote “the response is to the image, not the man… It’s not what’s there that counts, it’s what’s projected.”

So yesterday Brian writes “What if, instead of promising “blessings” we just presented Jesus?”

Hmmm….we have created an image. We have packaged Jesus in such a way that the world will buy it. At least that is our reasoning. Isn’t the “man” enough or do we need to sell the Savior?

And why don’t we ever package him like this? (from Todd Agnew’s My Jesus).

Pretty blue eyes and curly brown hair and a clear complexion
Is how you see Him as He dies for Your sins
But the Word says He was battered and scarred Or did you miss that part
Sometimes I doubt we’d recognize Him

Unlike the Nixon and Humphrey campaigns, it isn’t the image, its the man that counts.

Love

Posted in Christianity, Faith, God, Jesus, Relationships with tags on April 28, 2008 by Scott

I’ve been struggling with this lately…forever…and I just “happened” to be in Romans 12 this morning.

Love

9Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

14Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.

17Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. 18If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”says the Lord. 20On the contrary:
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

May we wash the feet of those we know are going to betray us…

Breaking The Law

Posted in Christianity, Community, Culture, Faith on April 26, 2008 by Scott

So Friday morning I’m heading to my men’s group at my old church. I’m leading and have the Krispy Kreme’s in the front seat. The road on which it is located is dark and it’s 6am, so I miss the turn. I go to the intersection ahead, look behind me and make a u-turn through the intersection.

The lights in the distance came up fast…it was a Trooper. He flashes his lights and I turn into the long church driveway and wait for him. I said I was sorry but didn’t see anyone close; he asks what I’m doing here…bible study, I said.

He asks for my insurance verification..I have 2004-March-08…the new one is sitting at home. He heads back to his cruiser…returns with the citation…he says he’s giving me a warning because it’s $200 for the illegal turn and $200 for the lack of verification…so I sign the warning.

He says he meets a lot of different people on the job…it’s nice to meet a Christian.

I said thanks brother…

Making a Difference, One Hypocrite at a Time

Posted in Christianity, Church, Evangelism, Faith, God, Religion on April 25, 2008 by Scott

A recent Lifeway research study found that 70 percent of unbelievers surveyed agree that “Jesus makes a difference,” but more than 70 percent also affirmed that “the church is full of hypocrites.”

Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan and author of The Reason for God: Belief in an age of skepticism says “When they see Christians saying they are born again and they don’t see an incredibly changed life they assume you are a hypocrite.

Seems like a reasonable assumption.

78 percent of those surveyed said they are willing to listen to a Christian talk about faith and are open to having conversations about God.

What? The church is full of hypocrites, but you’re willing to listen?

Imagine the opportunity if we could rid ourselves of the hypocrisy. We’re thinking it time to start our own set of surveys…

The Bible…Inspired or Invented?

Posted in Christianity, God, Jesus, Religion on April 24, 2008 by Scott

Then each went to his own home. But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.

But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.

At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

“No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

Do you know these verses…John 7:53-8:11…have you noticed in the notes of your bible that these verses are not considered part of the original and most reliable texts. Christianity Today has an article on this and it’s worth the read…more here.

But does it matter to you? As someone likes to say, is this a brick for your faith, or just a spring?

This is a highly used and misused piece of scripture and what if Jesus didn’t say it…what if someone made up the story because it seemed like something he would have said to an adulterer and a pharisee.

The passage really has nothing to do with unconditional freedom and forgiveness, or not judging because Jesus repeatedly called his disciples to do just that.

No this was about those men breaking the law in their prosecution of her, and the fact the man she was with when she was caught was among her accusers…so don’t judge the sin when you yourself are living that same sin.

But what if he never said it…does it change your faith…does it change your trust in what truth is and who Jesus might have been. It definitely makes me think about propaganda and the agendas of the Church in assimilating the Bible.

But I believe God is big enough to use it…despite the liberals or traditionalists application of it. He has to be or this is just a big experiment.

The War on Poverty is Over

Posted in Church, Culture, Missional, Religion on April 23, 2008 by Scott

You heard it here first. The war on poverty is over. Okay, actually you heard it at church first.

A recent poll found that “two-thirds of Americans surveyed in a new poll say their churches are doing enough to help the poor despite the latest United States Census Bureau statistics showing consistent year-to-year increases in the numbers of Americans living in poverty.”

Sixty-seven percent of respondents “agreed” or “strongly agreed” with the statement, “My church already does enough to help the poor in my community.”

“These results, when combined with current census and economic data, expose a discrepancy between Christians who believe they are doing enough and the reality that Christians are just scratching the surface in our communities,” said Steve Haas, vice president for church relations at World Vision.

Question…. How do we as Christians define “doing enough?” Is there a break even point where we decide to utilize our resources elsewhere?

What is an acceptable amount of poor in the community?