Thursday, August 28, 2008

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Too good to Pitch?

This is the stupidest thing I have ever heard in my life. I guess Michael Phelphs should have been banned last week because he is too good. Tiger Woods should never play golf again because he is too good. Steve Jobs should quit because he is too good. Google should shut down because they are too good. What a communistic approach! Very rarely do I get mad at something but this takes the cake. I remember striking out against the Mark Rabbitts, the Matt Pearsons, and the Ben Tobias's growing up in baseball who made me into a windmill but I still went up against them. It was intimidating but I grew from it. How stupid!

9-year-old boy told he's too good to pitch

NEW 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

Great Quote on faith, works and Social Justice

"I fear there are some Christians among us to whom Christ cannot say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Your haughty dwellings arise among thousands who have scarcely fire to warm themselves at and have but little clothing to keep out the biting frost. You heave a sigh perhaps at a distance, but you do not visit them.

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

The Junky Car Club

I'm a proud member with my 91 Buick Regal without a radio, working driver side window and broken trunk.

(HT to Ben Arnent)

Monday, August 18, 2008

Thursday, August 14, 2008

I pray that this can be true here. . .

I'm excited that I just got a new book today on Youth Ministry written by a guy here in Raleigh, Steven Wright from Providence Baptist Church. He is talking about a different approach to meeting the needs of students that sounds very appealing. He posted about it today and he is praying for and working towards. He writes:
This movement is defined by:

• 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).
Sounds good. I can't wait to read it.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

There is dumb and then there is dumb!

I can't believe someone is dumb enough to take a bath in a Burger King Sink. The dude is twenty five, taped it and put it on myspace. The worst think is that this was in Xeina, OH. See the story here.

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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

So you had a bad day

As a pastor, I know that I always need to watch my life and doctrine closely. I'm always being watched and I always have to a give an account to Jesus (not just Capital City). I saw this story today about Joel Osteen (you know, the smiling preacher that you see on T.V. every Sunday that does this cute Bible chant).

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

I have my issues with Christian Music. . .

If you have known me for a while, I know I'm not a huge fan of labeling things with the adjective "Christian" since it has always appeared as a noun throughout history. Last week, I saw on the Collide Magazine blog an article asking "Is Christian Music Dying?" One quote I read that I have to agree with from insiders in Christian Contemporary Music (CCM) was the following
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.
I hope is people start listening to what they listen to and see if it is God honoring or not. Just because it is Christian, doesn't mean it is Godly (in theology). Just because it is "Mainstream" doesn't mean it can't point out a spiritual truth. Don't take the easy way out by just labeling things one thing or another. I can't wait to hear Perry speak on this next week.