Head First: January 2006

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Meet My Friend, Jekk.

After much resistance, my friend, Jekk, has finally started blogging. Jekk (not his real name) is the son of a good buddy of mine, and as such, Jekk is like part of my family. He's following Jesus up at Penn State University (Joe Paterno is the freakin' man!) and is hugely active in campus ministry. He's not as retarded as he looks. Actually, he's more likely a genius. Truthfully, pimping Jekk's site was a secondary motivation for this post. I just had to post this picture. I've been LMAO since he first put it up (you have to know him to appreciate it).

I've known Jekk since he was in diapers (Penn State wouldn't let him come unless he stopped wearing them.), and was there when Jekk got his first guitar, and his second, and his ninth, and his thirty-third (go eBay). He's become an outstanding musician. I remember the first time Jekk led worship in the junior-high youth group (remember that, jimmybob?). I'm going to stop now, before I feel any older.

Anyway, stop by and visit my friend, Jekk. I'm not completely sure where he'll take it, but he's got a good brain, so I'm sure it will be interesting. If five people mention my name, I get a "Jekk for President" t-shirt. While you're there, link to Jekk's friend, Archer. She has got to be one of the coolest chicks I know.

Monday, January 30, 2006

Yay for me.

I'm not sure how I missed this, but Our of Ur, the blog from the editors of Leadership Journal magazine, compiled a list of it's best comments of 2005, and yours truly made the cut.

To tell the truth, I had forgotten that I had even left a comment there in response to a post entitled Who Really Needs Church? Coping with the Death of Ecclesiology.

I know it's not a big deal, but considering that each post over there gets about a gajillion comments and they only picked seven for their "best of" list, I felt pretty good about it. I guess I ought to write a book now.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Jumping Through Hoops for Jesus


I think this article from Relevant magazine, reprinted on Christianity Today's website asks some surprisingly honest and spot-on questions about church and culture. I'm not convinced of the author's conclusion, but his insight shows a self-awareness that I find normally uncharacteristic of most church organizations.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

My daughter came to me for advice...

...about a relationship.

With a boy.

Did you hear that?

My daughter came to her dad for relationship advice.


I am the king of the freaking world.

Monday, January 23, 2006

(sigh)

Still another said, "I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say good bye to my family." Jesus replied, "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God." (Luke 9:61-63)

Friday, January 13, 2006

Not What I Would Have Guessed

I don't put a heck of a lot of stock in these quizzes, but I thought this one was interesting.

Take it yourself.
What's Your Theological Worldview?


You scored as Emergent/Postmodern. You are Emergent/Postmodern in your theology. You feel alienated from older forms of church, you don't think they connect to modern culture very well. No one knows the whole truth about God, and we have much to learn from each other, and so learning takes place in dialogue. Evangelism should take place in relationships rather than through crusades and altar-calls. People are interested in spirituality and want to ask questions, so the church should help them to do this.

Emergent/Postmodern

89%

Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan

71%

Neo orthodox

50%

Classical Liberal

39%

Charismatic/Pentecostal

36%

Modern Liberal

36%

Roman Catholic

32%

Reformed Evangelical

25%

Fundamentalist

14%

What's your theological worldview?
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Sunday, January 08, 2006

Thursday, January 05, 2006

When Will it End?


It's really too bad that MTV already had a show called "Jackass," because I think it would be a perfect name for "The 700 Club." It appears that Pat Robertson cannot keep his opinions to himself--sort of an evangelical Tourette's Syndrome.

Here's how Washington Post staff writer Alan Cooperman reported it Friday:

"The television evangelist Pat Robertson and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad may not agree on much, but both suggested yesterday that the severe illness of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was deserved. Both men's comments were immediately condemned by religious leaders.

Speaking on his Christian Broadcasting Network's "700 Club," which says it has 1 million viewers, Robertson said God was punishing Sharon for dividing the land of Israel. Sharon, who engineered Israel's pullout from the Gaza Strip last year, suffered a massive stroke Wednesday."


I wasn't going to bother writing about this moron, because I thought Zeke handled the matter rather well here. I hoped and prayed that this wouldn't become a big story in the news for a couple reasons. First, the culture at large generally doesn't realize that most followers of Christ don't think the way Pat Robertson does, so his actions are a reflection on us all. Second, I just don't want this hypocrite getting any more attention (although I guess I'm an idiot for giving it to him in this space).

But what can you do? Nothing will shut this guy up! Well, I can't stop him, but I certainly won't let Mr. Robertson interpret my silence as endorsement. Instead of an email to CBN, I thought it would be more fitting to invoke the Almighty in this struggle. I went to the prayer request page of the CBN website (where, oddly, they take your request, but nowhere promise to pray) and left the following prayer petition:

"It is my prayer that someday, when Mr. Robertson goes to stand before Christ, it will be clear to those of us left behind just which of his idiotic statements broke the camel's back and caused God to punish him with death.

Further, I pray that Mr. Robertson stops being seen by the culture as representative of conservative evangelical christianity. His fraudulence and general whoredom (as evidenced on this website) bear little resemblance to the Jesus Christ of scripture.

In Jesus' precious name..."

I also left my name, email and phone number, in the event they wish to discuss the matter. Here's hoping that my friend Steve is wrong and God does answer prayer.