Archive for May, 2008

Christ’s Ambassador

Posted in Christianity, Evangelism, Video on May 31, 2008 by Scott

Chan is the man…

After a week of differing approaches to the lost, the church and sin…a reminder that we are ambassadors for Christ…some reflect better his mercy, some his service, and some his rebuke of both sin and religion…but the goal is the totality of Christ.

Enjoy as we prepare for corporate worship…

Real or Fake?

Posted in Christianity, Church, Culture, Religion on May 30, 2008 by Scott

Read these quotes from author James Gilmore over at Christianity Today.

“Trying to be hip and cool and real does a disservice to the church. We’re not called to be successful. We’re called to be obedient, even if they don’t comeIf somebody doesn’t find you objectionable, I wonder if you’re preaching the full counsel of God.

… the extent to which the church has become a business, with food courts, skate parks, basketball courts, etc.–I think people look at it and say, That’s not really a church. That’s fake.

Nowhere, nowhere, do we find the modern-day sense of authenticity in Scripture. Real is telling people about their sin and their need for repentance and their need for a Savior.

I don’t want a church or a pastor who doesn’t care about culture. But at the same time, I don’t want them to be so steeped in the culture that we lose the point of why are we really doing this.”

Gilmore makes some great points. This seems to be a tough balance for churches/Christians to find these days.

“We’re not called to be successful. We’re called to be obedient, even if they don’t come.” That’s some real stuff.

Man…if word gets out about this Pastor’s might lose their discount at Buckle.

Religion Saves

Posted in Christianity, God, Jesus, Religion with tags on May 29, 2008 by Scott

I really didn’t have anything today…I wanted something funny…or something really stupid…or something really offensive.

Well…there’s nothing like the Gospel…hold on tight sin-huggers…

Three Signs of a Miserable Church

Posted in Christianity, Church, Megachurch, Religion on May 28, 2008 by Scott

One of my favorite Patrick Lencioni books is titled “Three Signs of a Miserable Job.

So I thought we’d have a little fun identifying some signs of a miserable church (not the actual “signs,” although there are a lot of stupid church signs).

  • Missions means giving a little money to a guy in a far away country that visits once a year with a slide show.
  • Your church focuses its resources on what everyone else is doing wrong.
  • The staff does ALL of the work.
  • When you refer to the “church,” you’re talking about the building.
  • You’re Pastor is distracted when there are kids in the audience, so they ban kids from worship.
  • The church has designated “member” parking.
  • There are more people complaining than serving.

Feel free to add your own signs of a miserable church.

What-a-Melon

Posted in Christianity, Church, God, Religion with tags on May 27, 2008 by Scott

I saw this picture and it made me laugh…the Japanese think of the coolest stuff.

Then I thought…we do this with everything. It doesn’t quite fit the way we need it to, so let’s improve it…regardless if it can be or not…I mean changing something doesn’t necessarily improve it.

We do this with God’s word…the Church does this with his truth. I’m not sure I like it that way…can you make it easier to deal with and fit in my world…my refrigerator.

It’s bulky and often messy…and we have to share it with others when we cut into it…but have them hold the seeds too…no need to bear other fruit.

Some would argue…it still tastes like a melon. That might be accurate.

But sometimes the truth that is spoken in our ears is not from God…it sounds like truth based on what we know but then something inside us leaves a place of love and enters the place of self. Our enemy knows the truth…he just refuses to submit to it…to let it lord over him, and he’s happy to share it with us or a portion of it, if he can predict how we’ll respond to it.

Then the truth we thought we heard changes ever so slightly and we’re fed from something other than the truth.

2 Timothy 4:4…They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.

Clearing the Bases

Posted in Religion, Sports, Video on May 26, 2008 by Scott

Too many times when we make a “sacrifice” we feel as if we are losing something.

This video tells the story of two girls who sacrificed for a girl on the opposing team, even though it eventually cost their team the game.

There were no losers.

With Hope

Posted in Faith, Family on May 23, 2008 by Scott

What a tragic week for Steven Curtis Chapman and his family. Just ten days ago Maria celebrated her 5th birthday.

He wrote this for his home town after the shootings in Paducah, KY in 1998. So as we embrace our children tonight and those we love, may we remember as we let go, we turn them over to a merciful God.

God is good…

This is not at all how
We thought it was supposed to be
We had so many plans for you
We had so many dreams
And now you’ve gone away
And left us with the memories of your smile
And nothing we can say
And nothing we can do
Can take away the pain
The pain of losing you, but …

We can cry with hope
We can say goodbye with hope
‘Cause we know our goodbye is not the end, oh no
And we can grieve with hope
‘Cause we believe with hope
(There’s a place by God’s grace)
There’s a place where we’ll see your face again
We’ll see your face again

And never have I known
Anything so hard to understand
And never have I questioned more
The wisdom of God’s plan
But through the cloud of tears
I see the Father’s smile and say well done
And I imagine you
Where you wanted most to be
Seeing all your dreams come true
‘Cause now you’re home
And now you’re free, and …

We have this hope as an anchor
‘Cause we believe that everything
God promised us is true, so …

So we can cry with hope
And say goodbye with hope

We wait with hope
And we ache with hope
We hold on with hope
We let go with hope