Saturday, May 28, 2011

From: Red Letter Christians

Beer at Church?

by Tony Campolo Saturday, May 28th, 2011

I found a church in England, not far outside of London, in a very densely urban community, a congregation that took up every seat in the sanctuary. What’s more, they had to have multiple services in order to hold the crowds.

When I preached there, my driver couldn’t find a parking place. I asked the pastor, “With so many people, what room do you have for parking?” The pastor told me that almost everyone in the church came from walking distance. That amazed me because I wondered how a church could get so many people from such a small area.

The pastor explained to me that every other Saturday night they make arrangements to rope off a city block. The police cooperate. They bring in a barrel of beer and a barrel of wine. They add to this a good band. He then went on to say that a hundred of his young people come to this block party and start dancing. It doesn’t take long before people come out . . .  (READ MORE)

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Do Crazy Relatives Mean Your Family is Nuts?

From Christianity Today

What to Do with Aunt Julie
Harold Camping is only the latest "problem" relative.
I once had an aunt with a serious case of schizophrenia. She thought one of her daughters came to her on a beam of light from the moon. She also had rages of temper and threatened to kill her children. Things got so bad, she had to be hospitalized for a time, and then medicated for years.

One day I was driving through the community where she lived, Bryte (just over the river from Sacramento), because my mother spent a large part of her childhood there. I was with my wife and my father; I had asked my dad to explain everything he knew about my late mother's life there—where she lived, the gas station she was born in, and other such lore. We were hoping to do a drive by, wanting to avoid... (READ MORE)

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Left Behind. No Rapture Required.

I saw this church sign today and thought about what was behind the decision to put it up.  What if a Ford dealership put up a sign that said "Cars Like They Used to Be?"  You know, no air conditioning, a manual choke and wood-spoke wheels with tubed tires.  Or what if a theater had a sign that said, "Movies Like They Used to Be?"  No sound. Black and white only. Special effects comprised of things attached to visible string and miniature towns crushed by humans in badly constructed monster suits.  Frequent stoppage of the movie to splice back together the broken film. 

Still, part of me gets why they long for church like it used to be.  The trouble is, God is always doing a new thing.  While Jesus is the same "yesterday, today and forever" (Hebrews 13:8), God's way of extending love and compassion is "new every morning" (Lamentation 3:22-23).  So Jesus like he used to be is fine.  Church like it used to be may find that God is up to new things.  Turns out we might not even need a Rapture to be left behind. 

What Lady Gaga Says About You

Lady Gaga tells us a lot about ourselves according to Relevant Magazine

Lady Gaga
If you want the truth about a culture, don’t look to its politicians. Look to its artists.And when it comes to Lady Gaga, it’s hard to not look.As the current reigning queen of pop, Lady Gaga has garnered a name for herself by delivering chart-topping music, high concept videos and eye-popping fashion. Judging by the anticipation for and unescapable promotion of her newly released album, Born This Way, this isn’t likely to change. But she’s more than just a spectacle.