Archive for September, 2008

Real Preachers of Genius – Megachurch Style

Posted in Christianity, Church, God, Jesus, Megachurch, Religion on September 30, 2008 by Scott

This might be funny to some, but I can’t relate at all since I go to a church that is a self-described micro-church with a mega vision.

  • You laughed and implemented every gimmick known to man…
  • Who says tight jeans and silk shirts don’t work on middle-aged guys like you?
  • Cool, happening, relative, fun, needs centered – all new words heard in church just because of you.

Okay…maybe I can relate a little.

Trash Talk

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

This from James David Manning, the leader of Atlah World Ministries – which claims to be “All Jesus, All the Time.”

…Obama’s momma was trash.  I mean, she was a bag of dirt. She was a bag of trash sitting on the sidewalk waiting there in Honolulu on one of those streets for the garbage truck to come by and pick her up and take her to the dump.

…the man was a pathetic loser. He couldn’t keep a job, knocking-up women all over that Kenyan village.

Let’s find out what your derranged, drug dealing, Satan worshiping, homosexual, sodomizing children are doing.

Let’s get down and dirty.

Might be time to update the organizational tag line of “All Jesus, All the time.

Kind of makes you want to jump on the bandwagon of keeping politics out of the pulpit, but we think it says more about who is in the pulpit in the first place.

Saving Soles

Posted in Christianity, Church, Community, Discipleship, Evangelism, Faith, Jesus, Religion on September 26, 2008 by Scott

Some of you have been waiting for this opportunity for months, so today we bring you for the first time ever in the blogosphere, special guest blogger – What About.

Freakin weirdos…what are these people doing? Surely Jesus didn’t really mean for us to do this.

Not convinced this is something we should be doing? Don’t take my word for it.

1 John 3:17

Christ sacrificed his life for us. This is why we ought to live sacrificially for our fellow believers, and not just be out for ourselves. If you see some brother or sister in need and have the means to do something about it but turn a cold shoulder and do nothing, what happens to God’s love? It disappears. And you made it disappear.

Mark 9:35

He sat down and summoned the Twelve. “So you want first place? Then take the last place. Be the servant of all.”

Mark 10:41-45

“Whoever wants to be great must become a servant. Whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave. That is what the Son of Man has done: He came to serve, not to be served—and then to give away his life in exchange for many who are held hostage.”

You Floating Axhead boys like to keep a running list of “You Might Be a Pharisee if….”  Well, I have one to add.

If you think you are too good to do something Jesus did, you might be a Pharisee.

I’m Too Sexy for My Church

Posted in Christianity, Church, Culture, God, Jesus, Megachurch, Religion on September 25, 2008 by Scott

We know how it typically goes when we post something about Rob Bell.

Some of you will write and tell us how he caused you to rethink your faith and now you are closer to God than ever before. Others will write that he is a heretic, a false prophet and that at best his teachings are misguided and uninformed.

To all parties we say – GET OVER IT.  Relax and have a good laugh.

Stick with the video and you’ll get the song about two minutes in.

  • Sexy is sanctified
  • Sexy God has changed the way we do church
  • Emerged…come out of the closet so to speak

“The freedom of being cool and hip in a very uncool religion.  How do we do it?  We just mix in a little bit of this, a little bit of that, and a little bit of crazy, a little bit of fool, and a little bit of wisdom.”

That last one just might be a little too close to reality, but that is some funny, funny stuff.

The Most Beautiful Girl in the World

Posted in Family, God on September 24, 2008 by Scott

For years I worried that having a child would radically change my lifestyle.

Life was good – beautiful wife, perfect house, great job, golf three times a week. Why would I want to mess that up?

All that changed seven years ago today.  Just thirteen days after the  09/11 attacks, the most beautiful girl in the world was born.

Suddenly when the guys would go golfing, I found myself declining so I could go home and spend time with her.  Instead of hanging with friends, I became a frequent visitor to Babys-R-Us and Target.

I am still surprised at all of the changes our family has gone through.  Those things that once seemed important are now long forgotten. What an awesome feeling to know that God has entrusted us to raise one of his kids.

In spite of my own selfishness, my life has been radically changed forever, by the most beautiful girl in the world.

Happy Birthday Kennedy!

Closet Republicans

Posted in Christianity, Politics, Religion on September 22, 2008 by Scott

According to the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, more Americans are questioning religion’s role in politics.

Here’s what is surprising… the greatest shift occurred among conservatives.

Four years ago, just 30% of conservatives believed that churches and other houses of worship should stay out of politics. Today, 50% of conservatives express this view.

Perhaps conservatives are finally catching on that the Republicans really only want their votes. Don’t worry, the environmentalists won’t catch onto the Democrats for years.

While the Republican Party is most often seen as the party friendly toward religion, the Democratic Party has made gains in this area.

38% say the Democratic Party is generally friendly toward religion, up from just 26% two years ago. Nevertheless, considerably more people (52%) continue to view the GOP as friendly toward religion.

“Generally friendly?”  How lame of a survey question is that? Is this as opposed to being violently hateful?

Nearly half (48%) say religious conservatives have too much influence over the Republican Party, up from 43% in August 2007. At the same time, more people say that liberals who are not religious have too much sway over the Democrats than did so last year (43% today vs. 37% then).

How about if no groups had too much influence over either party and they represented all of us?  No?  I can dream.

Two-thirds of the public (66%) say that churches and other houses of worship should not endorse one candidate over another, which is unchanged since 2004 (65%).

The problem here is that most people are ignorant to the real issues and the roles of those who govern – including Pastors.  Do you really want to listen to someone who doesn’t understand the process or issues?  Trust yourself when it comes to voting.

About half of registered voters (51%) identify themselves as Democrats or lean toward the Democratic Party, while just 38% identify as Republicans or Republican leaners.

Only 38%. That’s leaves a lot of Republicans in the closet….

The Real Threat to Marriage

Posted in Church, Faith, Family, God, Jesus, Relationships, Religion on September 22, 2008 by Scott

Results from a recent survey on marriage:

  • 88% said they were happy or reasonably content in their marriages.
  • 56% would definitely marry the same person again.
  • What happened to the 32%? Guess they’re “happy/content,” but would choose someone else next time.
  • 30% admitted that they remain married either because of financial reasons or because “it’s too much trouble to get out.”
  • Too much trouble?  A wedding cost thousands of dollars, but you can get a divorce for $50. Maybe we should make it more difficult to get married.
  • Less than 25% of men named households chores as a source of friction, as opposed to 31% of women.
  • 33% of women don’t have sex more because they are tired.
  • Maybe the women are tired from doing the chores.
  • 31% have sex less than once a month.
  • 60% of men said they don’t have sex enough.
  • 48% of men don’t have sex more often because their spouse isn’t interested.
  • Alright, we admit we only put this one in here in case our wives read this.
  • 24% have kept an important secret from their spouse.
  • 31% have discovered that their spouse kept an important secret from them.

Albert Mohler says this about marriage:

The greater tragedy is the failure of Christians to take marriage seriously. According to the Bible, marriage is not only designed by the Creator as an arena for human happiness and the continuation of the human race–it is also the arena of God’s glory, where the delights and disciplines of marriage point to the purpose for which human beings were made.

Marriage is about our happiness, our holiness, and our wholeness–but it is supremely about the glory of God. When marriage is entered into rightly, when marriage vows are kept with purity, when all the goods of marriage are enjoyed in their proper place–God is glorified.

We keep talking about the external threats to marriage and family, but the biggest threat might be staring back at us in the mirror every day.