My blog will be on vacation until October 7th. I’m taking my wife to New York for our sixth anniversary. If anything should happen to us, David Fairchild is raising my kid so keep him on the straight & narrow! If you want to get new blog posts, go to Fairchild’s blog because he’ll be posting ideas he has about a book he is writing that the church needs to read! Ask him about it….
I won’t access email while I’m gone, so this will be a good test of how technagoraphibic I am.
“‘Americans should select and prefer Christians as their rulers,'” said Pastor Doug Baker. Baker quoted America’s first Supreme Court justice, John Jay. Baker’s quote was in response to the nomination process of chief justice nominee John G. Roberts Jr., a Catholic. “The Ten Commandments are what our founding fathers used to build our country. Our system doesn’t work if we are a people without moral standards that God approves.” Baker said he believes our country has drifted from an adherence to God’s moral code. “Just look at the looting after Katrina. I’m not talking about the people who took for survival, but people who stole for personal gain. This speaks a lot about the heart of the people. Our nation needs to evaluate where our heart is at. If you look at the history of mankind, Rome, the Greeks, and all other empires ceased to exist when they began to fall into perversion and corruption.” Pastor Baker believes this is where America could go to, if things aren’t changed. Baker suggested people listen to a sermon he gave on July 4, where he presented quotes from America’s founding fathers and their allegiance to God. “Ultimately, though, our [church’s] emphasis is on moral issues, not political influence.”
Full Article: Faith Community Church by the Sea
A friend of ‘the Donald’s’ created a new site for booking Mr. Miller to speak. I love the look! Go to Donald Miller’s New Website
The Drama of Scripture is a book many of our leaders will be reading through. Again, many ‘theological’ students can box scripture into systematics. This is a great book to remind us that we are part of a grand story that begins and ends with God. Continue reading
Launched a new look and feel. Brings in some AJAX and other bells and whistles. (It’s the renovatio theme designed by Entropy.)
Piper (who has threatened he’d write this book) releases his new work, God is the Gospel
This book is a cry from the heart of John Piper. He is pleading that God himself, as revealed in ChristÄôs death and resurrection, is the ultimate and greatest gift of the gospel.
None of ChristÄôs gospel deeds and none of our gospel blessings are good news except as means of seeing and savoring the glory of Christ. Forgiveness is good news because it opens the way to the enjoyment of God himself. Justification is good news because it wins access to the presence and pleasures of God himself. Eternal life is good news because it becomes the everlasting enjoyment of Christ.
All GodÄôs gifts are loving only to the degree that they lead us to God himself. That is what GodÄôs love is: his commitment to do everything necessary (most painfully the death of his only Son) to enthrall us with what is most deeply and durably satisfyingÄînamely, himself.
Saturated with Scripture, centered on the cross, and seriously joyful, this book leads us to satisfaction for the deep hungers of the soul. It touches us at the root of life where practical transformation gets its daily power. It awakens our longing for Christ and opens our eyes to his beauty.
Piper writes for the soul-thirsty who have turned away empty and in desperation from the mirage of methodology. He invites us to slow down and drink from a deeper spring. ÄúThis is eternal life,Äù Jesus said, Äúthat they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.Äù This is what makes the gospelÄîand this bookÄîgood news.
Full Title: God Is the Gospel: Meditations on God’s Love as the Gift of Himself
Ok, I remember seeing this when he had one pixel box sold! Now he’s made over $120,000! See milliondollarhompage.
I’m about to launch one for church plants!
Barna released a report about the extent to which churches are using technology… Continue reading
I enjoyed the movie Lord of War with Cage. It does a great job of presenting James 1:
14 but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. 15Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
The film doesn’t make any apologies for the actions of Cage. Cage’s desires lead him down a path of carnage and death all around him. But, he slowly becomes numb to these. The film also makes a strong social commentary about the US duplicity in arms dealing and both funding/supplying rebel factions to kill others as long as it fits our political agenda.
“People thought [my becoming a pastor] was bogus,” said Pastor Stan Miller. “They said, ‘He’s lost his marbles’ and ‘He’s flipped out.’ It angered the media. They vilified me. Most of this came from my former colleagues at KUSI. It’s because I’m the only pastor and news anchor in the country,” said Miller. Pastor Miller took over Sonrise’s Unite service one-and-a-half months ago. “I was assigned this position. The guy who was doing it left for full-time mission work.” Unite is Sonrise’s “postmodern” evening service for young adults. I asked Miller what a postmodern service was. “I don’t know what the heck postmodern means. I tried to ask the old Unite pastor to explain it, but I still don’t get it completely. Your guess is as good as mine,” replied Miller. Miller concluded that it is a service geared toward younger people. “If you don’t reach kids by junior high, you’ve probably lost them by college. A lot of professors who are atheist preach a message against Christianity daily in their pulpits of the classroom. They can sway these kids and I don’t want to lose them. Kids are very much open-minded and receive [what the professors say], which is heresy.”
Three 15-foot video screens projected a timer countdown: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 0. As the counter hit zero, the band emerged from backstage to lead worship. Noah Balcombe, the worship leader, yelled, “I’m excited to be here!” Balcombe bounced around and jumped as he led the worship. A pianist, drummer, bass player, two guitarists, and vocalists led the congregation in popular songs such as, “Here I Am to Worship,” “In the Secret,” and “Consuming Fire.”
Full Article: Sonrise Community Church