Archive for June, 2008

2008 Fearless Predictions Update

Posted in Christianity, Church, Environment, Faith, God, Megachurch, Politics, Religion with tags , on June 30, 2008 by Scott

We’re halfway through 2008, so we thought we take a look at the “fearless predictions” we made back in January.

Democrats will lose the Presidential election. The Republicans have a better machine and come crunch time they will crank it up and make the Democrats look foolish – again.

Still feeling pretty good about this one. Forget that the current Republican administration has dismal ratings. Like the Cubs, the Democrats will find a way to lose.

A megachurch will make headlines when they stop counting attendance and focus on quality over quantity.

We might have gone a little too far with this one as it doesn’t look like this is anywhere on the horizon – unless you count the Willow Creek Reveal Study. Probably just wishful thinking.

Evangelicals will splinter. Does anyone really believe that James Dobson, Joel Osteen, Bill Hybels, Pat Robertson, and Rick Warren are on the same page?

Think this isn’t happening? Read this story from last week on the splinter that Global Warming is causing among evangelicals. Here’s what the other half says.

Back to the basics” will be a common theme among churches. You’ll hear more preaching from the pulpit (that’s the stage for the megachurchers or microchurchers, or whatever you’re calling yourself) on studying and learning scripture. The pages of Acts in your Bible will be worn out.

There is some evidence of this here. Lifechurch.tv’s “One Prayer” was an effort to breakdown the denominationalism that has controlled our churches for decades and get “back to the basics” by joining together and creating real change.

Somewhere a Christian group will boycott something stupid that will make the rest of us look silly (okay, so this one isn’t really fearless).

Did someone say Fred Phelps?

The rest of the world will continue to develop methods to combat Global Climate Change and the United States will continue to consume resources as if they are infinite. Many Christians, believing the Republican Party is right on this issue, will continue to ignore that this is God’s Earth and we should treat it as such.

Alright…we take this one back. It wasn’t fearless after all.

Building A Religion

Posted in Culture, Politics, Religion, Video with tags , on June 28, 2008 by Scott

White Men Can’t Listen

Posted in Christianity, Church, Faith, Religion on June 27, 2008 by Scott

Romans 10:17 – “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

Everytime I hear this scripture it reminds me of this line in White Men Can’t Jump:

“Look man, you can listen to Jimi but you can’t hear him. There’s a difference man. Just because you’re listening to him doesn’t mean you’re hearing him.”

How much time do we spend listening to God without hearing him?

Giving? I’m down with that. Just tell me who to write the check to. But don’t ask for too much because I’ve got big plans.

What? Give of my time. There are barely enough hours in the day for me right now.

Study the scriptures daily? Didn’t you hear what I just said?

Serve? Do you seriously expect me to hand out talk notes every Sunday? Have you seen the people who do that?

C’mon God, aren’t you listening to me?

Yes I am, but you aren’t hearing me.

Sin is Sin

Posted in Religion on June 26, 2008 by Scott

Is all sin the same? James, our first book of the new testament says this in verse 10…“for whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.” I think the point here is all sin condemns but sin is not the same…God does not feel the same about all sin.

Is all sin the same…is speeding and murder the same to God?

1 Corinthians 6:18-20…Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.

So sin is different to God…he even says he detests lying lips in Proverbs 12:22. But churches really don’t like talking about the sin-word, especially as it relates to immorality. They’re becoming more antinomian…God is all love and grace but no moral absolutes.

The Pharisees told Jesus that they didn’t commit adultery or murder, so he told them, no but you lust and have an angry spirit…which are the sins behind the first two. Jesus wasn’t saying everyone sins and it’s okay…he’s saying all sin separates…but some is different.

1 Corinthians 6:15-17…Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never! Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.”But he who unites himself with the Lord is one with him in spirit.

Each week members of our body rape Christ and then sing Hosana in the Highest…and we take it.

So let’s just say it…Jesus was very clear…with open arms…it’s time to walk away from your sin or walk away from the church.

Pastor Parking

Posted in Christianity, Church, Religion on June 25, 2008 by Scott

Nothing like a good (or bad) church sign.

This is how we see Sunday morning service at this church:

Ladies and gentlemen, today I want to talk to you about following Christ’s example of putting others before yourself.

In John 13:14-17 Jesus says, “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.

If Christ did, so should we.

Oh….and before I forget – Could whoever drives the Blue Honda Accord please stop parking in my reserved parking space.

Things That Piss Me Off

Posted in Church, Culture, Jesus on June 24, 2008 by Scott

No, not Don Imus, Cindy McCain, or the fact iTunes always puts up some Latin piece of junk for the free download every week…I now know why the COC bans instruments.

…I’m driving home and see some tanning billboard with the augmented D’s hanging out upside down…no wonder insurance rates suck…if I wanted to look at some whore with her cleavage hanging out, I’d run by the church.

WHAT ABOUT this…we just put a well in the hallway of the church and the women can just wait for Jesus there…

Survey Says…

Posted in Christianity, Church, Culture, Evangelism, Faith, God, Religion with tags , on June 23, 2008 by Scott

Courtesy of Friendly Atheist.

Highlights from a survey by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life:

  • 70% of Americans affiliated with a religion or denomination said they agreed that “many religions can lead to eternal life.”

Remember the good old days when we all went to the only church that was going to heaven? Now everyone is invited. Better book your reservation now.

  • 16% of American adults say they are not part of any organized faith, which makes the unaffiliated the country’s fourth-largest “religious group.”

Not being “religious” is the fourth largest religious group? That settles it. We are forming the Floating Axhead Center for Religious Surveys.

  • Most religiously/politically conservative Americans are those who attend worship services most frequently and battle against abortion and gay rights remain touchstone issues.

Really? Nice investigation Sherlock.

  • More than a 25% of adult Americans have left the faith of their childhood to join another religion or no religion.

No word on if they are part of the 16% doing nothing.

  • Respondents were evenly split about whether churches should express their views about politics, with evangelicals and black Protestants favoring such activities far more than people of other faiths.

50/50 – just like the rest of the country.

  • Nearly two-thirds of respondents favored more government help for the poor, even if it meant going deeper into debt.

Sorry, Dave Ramsey…your principles apparently don’t apply here. How about favoring more Christian help for the poor?

  • 61% said “stricter environmental laws and regulations are worth the cost.

Now we’re just confused. Who are we voting for again?