Here are the top 10 ways you know The Bible on The History Channel may not be 100% Biblically-based.
(Remember, the late-night Top Ten lists were once offered in a spirit of humor, please read it as such).
10. The inn keeper closes the door on Mary and Joseph, then breaks into an a capella rendition of Mary, Did You Know?
9. The three Wise Men are played by Ice Road Truckers Hugh Rowland, Rick Yemm and Alex Debegorski.
8. Donald Trump shows up with Samuel to tell Saul “You`re Fired.”
7. Passover is brought to you by Applebee`s.
6. Instead of stoning Paul, city leaders send him to diversity and sensitivity training.
5. Satan tempts Jesus with a rap contract, You Tube video and da bling bling.
4. “Change the World” is the catch phrase for every episode.
3. One of the Disciples asks Peter, “What Would Jesus Do”, and then smiles at the camera.
2. God gives everyone a pass at the end because he just loves everyone so gosh darn much.
1. At the big wedding scene, Jesus is about to ignore his mother – until Rick Warren shows up to remind him of his “purpose.”
Five amazing blog posts that I read last week that are so brilliant I wish I had written them…but I didn’t, so I’m passing them along to you.
There are a couple of Christian liberties that I very much see both sides of the issue on, and could go either way on personally. The liberty of alcohol is one of those. I was raised as a traditional Southern Baptist, meaning my drink menu consisted of four things: milk, water, tea and Coke* I’ve only really seen drinking alcohol as a Christian liberty, not to be abused, in the past ten years or so. This blog post by Chris Anderson provided a very good counter point to the idea of drinking as a christian liberty.
I have been know to be somewhat critical of certain men who claim to be pastors, I maintain I am well within my rights as a Christian to do so. A public mishandling of God’s Word calls for a public rebuke, as Paul did with Peter for example. I have even been critical of my own pastor at times. This blog post from Brian Hedges, is a good reminder of when to and when not to be critical of your own pastor, and when and how to approach the situation.
If you want an article that’s quite deep and something to ponder for a few days I suggest this blog post by Rev. John Samson over at Reformation Theology , entitled Two Ways in Which Kingdom through Covenant Misrepresents Traditional Covenant Theology. It’ll will make you think about what we are really saying when we refer to Covenant and Replacement Theology.
This past week the band Mumford & Sons released their much-anticipated sophomore album entitle Babel, much to the delight of this guy.and me as well. While I’ve never thought of M&S to be a “Christian” band (probably because of the whole gratuitous use of the f-word thing.) I have been surprised to find out they are a band made up of christians. This review of the album by NPR has a very telling paragraph in the middle concerning the mega-church. In fact, it’s pretty much the only reason I linked it here in the first place. I always find secular observations about the mega-church to be interesting.
And finally, for a good laugh, this blog post, by Jon Acuff had me ROFL, well not literally–that would be weird, but I did LOL several times. I was drawn in by this phrase: “Cats have such disdain for humanity that they are never service animals.” and it only gets better from there. So enjoy!
My life verse is Jeremiah 29:23b…it just means so much to me. When I’m down, when I feel upset…and when I need encouragement…I just look at this one verse I have written on a piece of paper and taped to my bathroom mirror. I read it again and again until I feel better. I pray about this verse…I recite this verse…it really just defines my life and my Christian walk….it’s as if it were written just for me thousands of years ago. Let me share it with you, Jeremiah 29:23b
”I am witness, declares the Lord”
Okay sure maybe it’s not grammatically correct but you know those Bible guys weren’t that smart back then right?
Wh-what do you mean you don’t get it? Of course you don’t “get it”, it was written just for me, thousands of years ago…by God himself. This verse tells me that God is in heaven right now, just watching me be awesome.