Archive for July, 2008

Stupid Tshirts

Posted in Christianity, Jesus on July 31, 2008 by Scott

Had to share this…actually saw this on a site labeled as “Christian Tshirts to capture your faith“. Who thinks this looks like Lionel Richie?

Do people buy this crap…literally and emotionally?

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Religion and Politics

Posted in Christianity, Church, Politics, Religion on July 30, 2008 by Scott

Started reading A Letter to America by former U.S. Senator David Boren last night and it got me thinking about the similarities between politics and religion.

So…just for fun:

  • Each has conservatives and liberals – although many consider themselves moderate
  • Extremist get most of the attention (see Fred Phelps)
  • Partisanship rules. You’re either with us or against us. There is no middle ground – we’re right and you’re wrong
  • It’s much easier to find people who like to criticize than it is to find people who want to get involved
  • Leaders live in special houses (think about it…Vatican / White House)
  • Some only get involved in certain seasons (Christmas / election year)
  • We often work against each other, as opposed to working together

That last one sucks – whether you’re talking about politics or religion.

The Shack Attack

Posted in Books, God, Video with tags , on July 29, 2008 by Scott

Someone from my Life Group just gave me a copy of this book…he said it was worth reading…so did someone else. I’ve heard others say it is junk theology. I started it this morning.

Have you read this…what do you think? Are people mixing fiction and truth?

Here is Driscoll…this is almost 8 minutes…

Below the Surface

Posted in Christianity, Church, Environment, Megachurch, Religion on July 27, 2008 by Scott

According to Debra Erickson, director of the Kerzner Marine Foundation, the U.S. spends around $18,700 per sq mile on our National Parks, while $400 per sq mile goes to the National Marine Sanctuary System.

Close to 99% of conservation dollars donated go to land causes, and 1% to oceans, although over 70% of the Earth is covered by oceans.

Leon Panetta, co-chair of the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative, says, “The seas have risen, warmed, and acidified worldwide. Those changes, combined with overfishing, have caused 90% of our big fish to disappear. Nearly 90% of our wetlands, the nurseries for fish, have vanished due to development. The oceans are in crisis.”

You look at the surface, and it looks fine,” says Prof. Jane Lubchenco of Oregon State University in Corvallis. “Yet below the surface is a whole different story.”

Hmm…this is starting to sound familiar.

A lot of churches are spending a lot of time and resources on the surface – marketing and promotions to people in the door, donuts and coffee to keep them coming back, lighting and special effects to keep people entertained, etc…

Meanwhile, below the surface its a whole different story.

A Mile in Her Wheels

Posted in Jesus, Relationships on July 24, 2008 by Scott

I’ve mentioned before that my oldest daughter is in a wheelchair…I still remember her 1lb 14oz body when she was born. She’s always been the only child in a chair in her mainstream classes, even now as a sophomore in high school.

She just got back as a counselor at a special-needs camp…she never complains; she just keeps moving forward. She has a great ability to distinguish right from wrong, and it’s black and white for her, and they never meet…she just chooses not to go there.

I see how people look at her…not knowing what to say…thanking God for their children. It used to make me incredibly angry. And now I see how her friends look at her with complete acceptance…how her future husband will look at her.

The funny thing is her chair used to be more bondage for me than her…a lot of why’s between me and God. Then as I spent more time with Him and her…it was clear…it wasn’t about me, it was about her and her fate in this life. It was as if God said “she’s perfect in my eyes, and if you can’t see it, that’s your problem man”…my God talks like that.

So as I think about one of my heroes and how God has changed me through loving her…truly teaching me about love without expectations, I reflect on others.

The reminder is that when those close to you are going through something or are given a certain lot in life…it absolutely has nothing to do with you. You may be called to provide care or be a part of something special but when you begin to ask “why” in reference to yourself…you’ve lost perspective on why you’re there.

Religulous

Posted in Christianity, Culture, Faith, Religion on July 23, 2008 by Scott

A documentary from Bill Maher and the makers of Borat and Fahrenheit 911, so you know this is going to be good. Okay…maybe not.

We’re predicting that this one will soon be available on DVD.

Before you discount the impact though. Checkout the website – Disbeliefnet.com. This is a well-organized organization that uses humor and “rationalism” (their term, not ours) to attack all faiths.

For some good laughs, click on some of the links on their “Blasphemy Box” page. You’ve got to admit, some of that stuff is a little outrageous.

Almost Saved

Posted in Christianity, Discipleship, Jesus, Prayer on July 22, 2008 by Scott

I’m reading through Acts currently and had to read through this in chapter 8 a few times Monday morning. I’m not sure how you process this in conjunction with Romans 10:9-10 but it implies belief and baptism don’t quite get you there…

But when they believed Philip as he preached the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Simon himself believed and was baptized. And he followed Philip everywhere, astonished by the great signs and miracles he saw.

When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them. When they arrived, they prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit, because the Holy Spirit had not yet come upon any of them; they had simply been baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus. Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money and said, “Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”

Peter answered: “May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money! You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God. Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord. Perhaps he will forgive you for having such a thought in your heart. For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin.”

He believed…he was baptized…he turned from his sorcery but his heart was not right before God. Why? …no repentance. And Peter…what was he doing telling that guy the truth…Peter’s a sinner too, what right does he have?

People are the same today…they want the magic of belief and baptism but renouncing and repenting from sin is something we want to ignore..God doesn’t.

This is more than a Christ crescendo…more than jumping into the pool.