Man, I'm getting old! I remember watching this back in the day. Sam was the original American Idol. I sure wish he would've gotten better producers, etc. He never made it "big" but he has done well nonetheless.
WHATCHU TALKIN BOUT WILLIS?
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Monday, December 03, 2007
- It's not biblical, so we don't celebrate it. (Also, some troubling issues with it's pagan and catholic origins might be involved).
- It's a CHRISTIAN HOLIDAY. Less than blatant expressions of a Jesus' birthday approach are unacceptable. Hence, Santa, Rudolph & Frosty must go!
- It'a a secular (non-christian) celebration. Bring on Santa, Rudolph, Frosty and everything else, just don't give me that Jesus' birthday nonsense!
- A little of all of the above. That's what I do.
I read Luke 2 and watch Charlie Brown and sing Silent Night as well as Jingle Bells. I do Christmas Eve service and Santa. I concede it's not biblical, but I still think it's nice to focus on His coming in a special way.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
- Nintendo DS Lite
- Nintendo Wii
- Laptop computer
- Digital camera
- Cell phone
- Ipod Nano
What happened to a Barbie & an Easy Bake Oven???
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
It does raise the issue of people writing in anonymity. I leave this blog wide open and don't even screen replies. I've never removed a reply either, even the asinine ones. I will, of course, remove anything that is blatantly offensive or immoral. I've just never been a fan of writing in anonymity because it seems so cowardly. I know the anonymous reader/replier will be offended but so be it.
On the positive side, however, it does give you information you would otherwise be denied. And maybe that's a good thing.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
Saturday, October 20, 2007
- Skin problems
- Trouble sleeping
- Bad breath or body odors
- Mental dullness or poor memory
- Fatigue or low energy
- Joint aches (especially knees)
- Low back pain
- Poor circulation
- Stomach bloat or gas
- Acid reflux
- Poor digestion
- Weight gain
- Premature aging
...Just to name a few! Wow! It looks like everybody needs a good colon cleansing!
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Monday, October 01, 2007
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Are you too busy? Perhaps you are too busy with church stuff. Huh? Did the preacher just write that? YES HE DID! I did because I firmly believe that sometimes we are tempted to do more & more church stuff… start more activities… do more things… plan more events and fill the church calendar. Yet, WE MISS THE SIMPLICITY OF BEING A PART OF THE BODY OF CHRIST. Have you ever wondered how the early Christians survived without all the trappings of the modern church? In our current age there is a tremendous pressure to try and do “what the big churches do.” We are deluged with books, magazines, websites, conferences, etc. all trying to tell us how to improve church. This supposed improvement usually requires buying somebody’s ministry programs or products. Some are helpful, but some result in activity without productivity. We erroneously seem to think that busyness is next to godliness. Don’t misunderstand: I’m not suggesting idleness as a preferred lifestyle either! I have, however, seen many well intentioned believers burnout and drop out. It usually starts with intense enthusiasm and energy yet ends with barely a trickle of life. Church leaders aren’t inclined to say “no” especially to people who want to do more stuff “at church” so we often unwittingly let them run full speed into their own demise! Let me illustrate: Someone comes forward with a ministry idea (usually something someone else is doing somewhere else)… he/she reasons that this a MUST FOR US TOO… he/she recruits help… and sells the idea… and takes off with great expectations only to be disappointed in the end. This scenario is frequently accompanied by unrealistically elevated expectations of our brothers and sisters. We end up, in the worse cases, turning on those we were allegedly going to serve. How, you ask? Well, these folks don’t “support” or “participate” like they should. Maybe the leaders (or yours truly) aren’t doing enough either. So we then begin that highly detrimental practice of fault finding in others. It is ironic, but it is predictable. That’s why I share it. Maybe someone will avoid spiritual calamity, maybe not. But, let me close by suggesting some alternative ideas to the present pressure of the current church culture.
Here are some suggestions…
- Keep it Simple! Clichés are irritating but this one is true & powerful.
- Remember: Everyone can’t do everything so instead let’s major in majors.
- Less is more! Sometimes a prayer with a child is better than an elaborate event.
- Stop evaluating everyone else. Fault finding is only helpful when it is applied to oneself.
- Read your Bible more than the plethora of authors who roll out the latest & greatest fads.
- Finally, read the passage below very slowly & prayerfully.
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
- Belicheat's Pats may get SuperBowl #4 this year.
- "LT" should take a few reps next preseason.
- Carson Palmer is really, really, good.
- Peyton Manning is still the man.
- The Saints are back to being the Aints.
- Who is this Derek Anderson guy? Wow!
- The Cowboys might be pretty good.
- The Redskins are probably not.
- Randy Moss is back.
- Favre looks like the old Favre again.
- Atlanta wishes they still had Matt Schaub!
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
KEY: Romans 12:1: Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.
Mike Root: “We will have Sunday only Christians as long as we have Sunday only worship.”
Colossians 3:17: And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Hebrews 13:15-16: 15Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name. 16And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
*THE ASSEMBLY IS PRIMARILY A “ONE ANOTHER” EVENT.
Mike Root: “Together is one thing you can’t do alone!”
Mike Root: “The saddest indictment of any church is that it is structured in such a way that members can attend the assembly and still be alone.”
Do I need to “go to church” to be with God? NO! I need to go to be with YOU!
*THE ASSEMBLY IS PRIMARILY A CHRISTIAN EVENT.
Hebrews 10:22-25: 23Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. 25Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Acts 2:42: They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
The apostles' teaching…
OUT: Dry lectures from the pro. Surface level stuff.
IN: Deeper teaching. Interaction. Application. Questions. Answers. Equipping.
OUT: Turn around & shake hands “fellowship.” Fellowship only happens outside the “service” mentality.
IN: Table fellowship = eating together…perhaps breakfast before or lunch after. TIME to talk, pray, encourage, share life, etc.
The breaking of bread…
OUT: Chiclets & mini-shot glasses & isolated spiritual fetal position “communion.” Synchronized communion rituals.
IN: Breaking bread, taking together, sharing thoughts on Jesus and the cross. Communing as families, as small groups, etc.
OUT: Predictable invocation-benediction stuff.
IN: Authenticity. Variety of times and lengths. Silence. Large group. Small group.
The Sunday gathering becomes active instead of watching the show. Authenticity trumps “excellence.” People will be central to what happens and not just on the sidelines.
THINGS THAT ARE OUT: Cooker cutter service. Ruts & routines. Predictability, boredom & auto-pilot services. Formality. Cathedral thinking. The pulpit. The “communion table.” Offering trays or bags. The “invitation.”
THINGS THAT ARE IN: Anticipation. Participation. TOGETHERNESS. Informality. We are the TEMPLE thinking. People not performance. Love, edification, equipping, encouragement, KOINONIA!
Approximate length: 2 hours.
Possible flow: (With lots of flexibility!)
- Prayer in small groups
- Large group singing – some planned – might be some requests. VARIETY. Much more interactive & less about presentation, lighting & mood etc.
- Communion within groups – discussing the gospel & remembering Jesus. It may happen within the small group “teaching time” or during a meal.
- Intro of Bible teaching (large group)
- Small group breakout for discussion, questions, application, etc.
- Large group debriefing (elders lead)
- Singing & prayer...
- Hangout (People still needing attention, encouragement will hang around)
- Giving? (Boxes located at doors)
- Evangelism? It will happen here, but it isn’t the purpose. It is the by-product.
- Elders & perhaps deacons and teachers will lead small breakout groups. The leaders can identify individuals or families in need of further attention.
See Acts 2:42-27; Acts 20:6-12; I Corinthians 11-14
Saturday, September 08, 2007
Signs that you are a megachurch wannabe:
- Do you frequently say things like "Andy Stanley says..." or "Bill Hybels wrote..." or "Rick Warren does..."???
- Are your three favorite churches North Point, Willow Creek and Saddleback?
- Do you use "point" or "purpose" or "seeker" in everyday conversations?
- Do you frequently refer to the "trinity" aka. Hybels & Warren & Stanley as though you know them personally? Sometimes you call them Bill, Rick or Andy?
- Do you have a Purpose Driven calendar?
- Have you considered changing your church name to include "community" or "creek" or "point?"
- Do you think "40 days" is the key to doing anything?
- Have you made the requisite pilgrimage to Atlanta, Chicago or Orange County?
- Do you consistently disregard the fact that none of these three would recognize biblical soteriology if it was walking down the street with a hat on?
There are many more, so PLEASE ADD YOUR OWN. Thanks!
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
“Everywhere I go, all over the world people still support Mike Vick. Regardless of what I go through, people will love me.”
I wonder how many pit bull puppies will be named "Vick" over the next few years...as an expression of love of course!
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
I'm excited to announce that George L. Faull will the speaker for our fall revival. He happened to be available so we decided to go for it. Brother Faull brings some seroius bible teaching/preaching when he comes. I don't know anyone who knows the Book like he does. Anyway, I asked if I could make some sermon requests. I hope he does at least one of them. Here they are...
- I Have Never Split a Church
- Where I Disagree With God
- In Essentials Unity
- Joe Brown’s Funeral
- Mutiny on Old Ship Zion
And I threw in a couple of others with titles I can't remember. One about having a clear sound and one about being a disciple. I know he is going to rock!
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Thursday, May 31, 2007
In Seattle, the young men are, generally, pathetic. They are unlikely to go to church, get married, have children, or do much of anything else that smacks of being responsible. But they are known to be highly skilled at smoking pot, masturbating, playing video games, playing air guitar, free-loading, and having sex with their significant others. However, the emerging-church massage-parlor antics of labyrinth-walking by candlelight will do little more than increase the pool of extras for television’s Will and Grace. If there is any hope for a kingdom culture to be built in Seattle, getting the young men to undergo a complete cranial-rectal extraction is priority number one.
Mark Driscoll, Radical Reformission, p. 184
So, think I can use it?