The Church of Starbucks

Posted in Christianity, Church, God, Megachurch, Religion on November 20, 2008 by Scott

A couple of years ago many churches were looking to emulate the Starbucks culture and retail atmosphere.

Turning the tables, Beyond Relevance shared this great video that shows what might happen if Starbucks decided to emulate a church.

I loved the locked doors, the greeters standing around talking to each other, and the first time visitors.  And what about the lesson on giving? Classic.

Coffee is good – all the time…and all the time – coffee is good!

This would be funnier if there wasn’t some truth to it.

Get Up and Dance

Posted in Christian Music, Christianity, Jesus, Religion on November 19, 2008 by Scott

Who would have thought that God would give his one and only son
Taking a stand upon the cross to show His perfect love
So wont you break wont you break free
Get up and dance in his love
So wont you break wont you break free
Get up and dance in his love
His love never ending

There’s no escaping the truth
There’s no mistaking it’s You
God forever we’ll
Get up and dance,
Get up and dance
And praise You

I have to admit that sometimes I sing “Shutup and dance…” primarily because I think sometimes we should just shutup and do something, instead of sitting around talking.

Really, Really Long Prayer Guy

Posted in Christianity, Church, God, Prayer, Religion on November 18, 2008 by Scott

Every church has one.  If you don’t think so, look in the mirror.

Burying the Hatchet

Posted in Christianity, Family, Religion on November 17, 2008 by Scott

Those of you who have been reading for awhile know we’re not big fans of Ed Young, Jr. (more here).  But after reading about Pastor Young’s latest challenge, we’re ready to bury the hatchet.

“Marriage is the only right place for sex,” says Ed Young, senior pastor of Grapevine’s nondenominational Fellowship Church. So he’s encouraging married couples to celebrate by having sex every day for a week starting Sunday.

Preach on, Pastor Young!

  • Sex is the Superglue…
  • Whining into whoopie…
  • One of the greatest Thanksgivings ever…
  • Practice what you preach…

“I think it’s one of the greatest things you can do for your kids because so goes the marriage, so goes the family,” said Young.

So, if you can’t do it for yourselves, at least do it for your kids.

How can we stay mad at this guy?

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Posted in Christianity, Culture, Jesus, Religion on November 14, 2008 by Scott

merrychristmasIt’s that time of the year again when we get together with our families, remember the birth of Jesus, give presents to friends and love ones, but best of all it’s time for Christians to start boycotting.

For many things, such as homelessness, hunger, education, addiction, etc… we often sit idle. But when you start referring to Christmas as the Holiday season that’s were we draw the line.

Christians will boycott Target, K-Mart, Banana Republic, Barnes and Noble, Circuit City, Disney, Kohl’s, Old Navy, Petco and others for not using the word “Christmas” in their advertising this season.

The Alliance Defense Fund, which was founded by 35 ministry leaders and whose prime concern is the “dramatic loss of religious freedom in America’s courts and the resulting challenges to people of faith to live and proclaim the Gospel,” has more than 930 attorneys available nationwide to combat any improper attempts to censor the celebration of Christmas.

We need 930 attorneys so that we can proclaim the gospel by saying Christmas instead of holiday?

Of course, it’s all part of the liberal War on Christmas.  It couldn’t be about attracting the greatest number of people in the marketplace in our free enterprise system (capitalism) in order to maximize profits for shareholders. That would be too simple.

We found a better reason to boycott Christmas over at “The Christmas Resistance.”

You know Christmas marketing is a scam, benefiting manufacturers, stores, and huge corporations, while driving individuals into debt. You know this annual consumer frenzy wreaks havoc on the environment, filling landfills with useless packaging and discarded gifts.

Together, we boycott Christmas Shopping, Christmas decorations, Christmas cards, and every variety of Christmas Crap…We show our love for friends and family by giving our time and care, not by purchasing consumer goods. We maintain the integrity of giving by giving spontaneously and from our hearts, rather than during a specified season.

Now that’s a movement Christians should get behind.

As for the boycotts, how about we get everything else right first, stop thinking that everything is about us,  and then we talk about boycotts?

Lift My Hands and Spin Around

Posted in Christianity, God, Jesus, Music, Religion on November 13, 2008 by Scott

One of our all-time favorite worship songs, Marvelous Light by Charlie Hall

Into marvelous light I’m running, Out of darkness, out of shame.
By the cross you are the truth, You are the life, you are the way

Lift my hands and spin around, See the light that i have found.
Oh the marvelous light, Marvelous light

Who’s Fault Is It?

Posted in Christianity, Church, Culture, Discipleship, Evangelism, Faith, God, Jesus, Missional, Politics, Religion on November 12, 2008 by Scott

blameNo…not the election.

Who’s fault is it that we have become reliant on the government to solve our societal issues?

Christians have become a pawn in the political process and we allowed it to happen.

Meanwhile, our society is full of people who need help – the homeless, young women considering abortion, kids who are starving, families breaking apart, and more.

And where are we?  Canvassing for our favorite politician so that they can cure everything that is “wrong” in our country.

Pastor Greg Matte of Houston’s First Baptist Church puts it this way:

…government policy has stepped into theology. The beginning of life and definition of marriage are theological issues, not political… We redefine family and look to government as the lone savior – and here we sit.

Baby Boomers moved from biblical values to “do your own thing” which included raising their kids to enjoy a lazy Sunday morning instead of church.

We now raise our kids on the sporting fields while shoe polishing our SUVs each weekend with “Go Team! On to the ‘ships!” instead of teaching the difference between eternal rewards and plastic trophies.

All valid points.  So, now what?

Roxanne Wieman at Relevant Magazine has some great ideas:

We do not rest our hopes for change on a political party or candidate…. in January when Obama takes office, we get up and we continue our sojourn to follow Jesus. We live our votes for life, for justice, for peace, for equality.

We comfort our friend who tells us she’s considering abortion. Then we gently tell her why we believe life in the womb is precious. We help her find alternative options … and we stick by her side all through the pregnancy and birth and after. She is not a statistic or a faceless evil to us.

We love beyond racial, gender and sexual lines. We reject stereotypes. We embrace individuals. We work for reconciliation.

We do not talk about “that side of town,” we live there and work there and mentor there. We are a part of educational reform, and ESL, and rehabilitation.

We recycle. We reduce our imprint. We consciously make our purchases, recognizing the global implications. We strive to “live simply that others may simply live” (Ghandi).

We personally pray for our soldiers in Iraq, for the citizens of Iraq, for our leaders who are making tough decisions that affect millions of lives. We really do pray, and we believe our prayers matter.

We continue to work hard in the jobs God has given us, saving our money and stewarding our resources. We tithe. We donate. We volunteer.

We continually challenge each other to deepen our understanding of whole life ethics and Jesus’ call to follow Him.

Rather than sitting around and “grieving” the election results like James Dobson, it’s time we stop blaming the government, look in the mirror and heed the words of Jesus:

Mark 12:30-31 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

John 13:34-35 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

If you really want to make a difference in the issues that plague our society, that’s where we start. It’s time to stop going to church and time to start being the church.