Thursday, August 28, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
9-year-old boy told he's too good to pitchNEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Nine-year-old Jericho Scott is a good baseball player -- too good, it turns out.
The right-hander has a fastball that tops out at about 40 mph. He throws so hard that the Youth Baseball League of New Haven told his coach that the boy could not pitch any more. When Jericho took the mound anyway last week, the opposing team forfeited the game, packed its gear and left, his coach said.
See more at here.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
My dear friend, I am concerned for the poor, but much more for you. I don’t know what Christ will say to you on the great day. You seem to be Christians, yet you don’t care for His poor. What a change will pass upon you as you enter the gates of heaven. You will be saved but that will be all. There will be no abundant entrance for you. He who sows sparingly will reap sparingly.
And I fear that there may be many hearing me who know that they are not Christians because they do not love to give. To give largely and liberally requires a new heart. An old heart would rather part with its lifeblood than its money. So friends, enjoy your money, make the most of it, for you will be paupers throughout eternity."
-Robert Murray M'Cheyne
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
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Thursday, August 14, 2008
This movement is defined by:Sounds good. I can't wait to read it.
• Ministry that seeks to make Christ above all else beautiful and that declares an uncompromising Gospel to those who do not know Christ (Galatians 1:6-9).
• Ministry that is measured by lasting disciples rather than attendance campaigns and focuses on the glory of our matchless Savior (John 15:1-15).
• Ministry that truly partners with parents and seeks as a priority the task of resourcing, training, and involving parents as the primary disciplers of their children (Deuteronomy 6:4-9).
• Ministry that prioritizes and champions equally the two institutions that are God-given: the Family and the Church (Acts 2:42-47).
• Ministry that seeks men who are biblically qualified pastors rather than charming activity directors (1 Timothy 3:1-7).
• A ministry environment that is healthy for a student pastor and his family; an environment where pastors will desire to stay long past today’s destructive low tenures (Matthew 10:10).
• Ministry that seeks to mentor students for adulthood, marriage, and family rather than seeking to develop lifelong youth group attendees (1 Corinthians 13:11).
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
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You can see the video here. Caution there is some language and real stupidity. Don't mimic anything in this video.
And the guy is 25 and not a teen.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Basically, Joel's wife is accused of pushing a stewardess on a flight in 2005. You can read the story here (ht to DennyRadio). Whether she is guilty or not, I don't know. All I know she appeared to be angry enough to warrant a lawsuit.
That is why we must be "above reproach". We must constantly be pushing into Jesus so that when we have "weak" moments, they fall above the reproach line. No matter what, this whole situation could have been avoided and the good news of Jesus is drug through the mud.
May God redeem this situation. . .
Monday, August 4, 2008
The best thing that can happen is for people to forget entirely that they once specified whether their music was ‘Christian’ or ‘mainstream.’ That divide has been the single most damaging idea to Christianity in the modern world. CCM may be as bad as ever or even going downhill, but that's ultimately a win for Christian art, because at some point no one will listen to it anymore. (See here for the entire article)I agree with most of the article and thought it was well written. I then read another article today talking about pop star Katy Perry. You can read about her songs here, here and here. What does she have to do with CCM? She use to be a Christian Artist. According to Beliefnet, when she signed, she wasn't even modeling "Christian" life but still was able to sign the record deal because her parents were ministers. You can listen to her song here.
I know some will say I'm throwing the baby out of with the bath water and condemning an entire industry because of one bad apple. I personally think getting out into the industry is more effective then creating a sub-culture to protect our ears. I'm not against worship music because the purpose to point to God. Christian Music grew on the backs of Youth Ministers and Parents that want to protect their children from the evils of rock rather than truly go out and reach people. Plus, the industry is more about money than actually doing its shadow mission of reaching people for Christ.
If you don't believe me, listen to some people's story who were in the industy.
- Blogger and Church Planter Chris Elrod use to be in this industry as a comedian. Read his story here and here.
- Anderw Osenga (who happens to be one of my favorite artists) use to be in a "Christian" band called the Normals and now doesn't know what to call himself artistically. He also sings back up vocals for Caedmon's Call. Read his lament here and here.
- Former Supertones Drummer, Jason Carson, is now a Youth Minister. Hear why here.