Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Everything is amazing, nobody's happy

This clip from Conan is one of the funniest things have seen in ages. I love it. He calls out so many of my pet peeves about spoiled Americans. Brilliant.

YouTube has disabled the embed feature so you will need to click here to watch it.

Friday, February 20, 2009

InSight Releases Acts 29 Podcast

The guests include: Tyler Jones – Lead Pastor of Vintage 21 Church in Raleigh; J.D. Greear – Senior Pastor of the Summit Church in Durham; Sean Cordell – Pastor of Preaching and Mercy Ministries at Treasuring Christ Church in Raleigh; and Daniel Montgomery – Founding and Teaching Pastor of Sojourn Community Church in Louisville, Ky.

All of these guys (except Sean) are in the Acts 29 network as well as the SBC. I think you will enjoy listening to these young pastors and hearing their perspective on church planting, theology, the emerging church and the future of the SBC. You can find the podcast here. Join us on Facebook if you haven't already.

Cool Video Promo

Here is a well done promo clip for the Next 2009 Conference. It would be nice to see the evangelical world put out more of this type of media. In regards to graphic design and video we have looked SO bad for SO long. Leslie is working on changing some of that. Anyway. Check out this video.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

An Encouraging and Insightful Interview

Dr. David Nelson (Dean of the Faculty at SEBTS) sits down and interviews Mark Driscoll on a variety of topics. This is an excellent resource. It's long, about 52 minutes, but well worth your time. Parents, pastors, church planters, missionaries, laymen and students will all benefit from aspects of this interview. Find it here.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Correcting a Misunderstanding

The following post is a correction of a previous error and half summary of notes taken during David Platts' sermon last night.

It appears I argued a very flawed position over dinner this past Summer.

The safest place to be is NOT in God's will. The writer of Hebrews 11:35-37 is speaking of people who were all following after God's will when this happened, "Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life. Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated--[men and women] of whom the world was not worthy..."

Being in God's will may very well require suffering or even martyrdom; it is not a safe place to be. I am sorry if this is of little comfort. I don't have a good counter balance point, hopefully after a few more of Platts' thoughts you will still know that the mission is important enough even without the guarantee of safety.

Platt spoke from Luke 9:57-62. Jesus taught: hate your family, leave your possessions, pick up your cross (instrument of torture and death) and follow Me. This is a lot different than the modern SBC method of "come, accept, commit and pray a superstitious prayer." Teaching like Jesus is not the way to get onto a modern day "church growth list." However, the exclusivity of Christ is exceedingly clear in Scripture. He is the one who absorbed the wrath of God on our behalf. It is through Jesus and Jesus alone that we can ever stand in the presence of a holy God.

If we truly believe in the exclusivity of Christ then how is it that 1.4 billion people have never even heard His name? 1.4 BILLION!!!! And the number one question people in American churches are asking is, "What is God's will for my life?" God's heart is for all people of all nations. If we say that we are only called to our own city or state then we are only concerned for a minimal percentage of God's grand mission.

In Luke and Hebrews God scares off the half committed followers. Hebrews clearly shows that God allows suffering, torture, and even martyrdom to come to so many of those who do go and serve.

But what if the Savior was to call and I said, "no" and then He uses someone else?

God allows us in His mission not because He needs us but because He loves us. It is a privilege. Christ will receive the worship that is rightly His. Revelation 5 is clear that He will be worshiped by ALL. For true believers our only question during our limited time here on earth is, are we going to be a part of Gods grand mission or are we going to say "no" and let Him use someone else?

Monday, February 02, 2009

Great Article

On Friday night I went with guys from my small group to watch the movie Taken. The movie was good. It is basically about a girl who gets kidnapped while in Paris. Her father is a former spy who is determined to find her and bring her home. His daughter has been abducted by western European men who operate in the underground sex-trade. As the father hunts the men down in the search for his daughter he uncovers layer after layer of this industry. Due to the speed at which the bad guys move his daughter he is forced to leave many innocent girls behind. The movies' exposure of these layers of the sex-trade was for me, shocking.

After the movie was finished I was talking to Shannon (former Journeyman in Eastern Europe) and he said that while abductions do happen they are less common. The more regular practice is to take young orphaned girls, recently turned 18, who are no longer allowed to live in their orphanages. Once forced to leave the orphanage they are on the street and easy prey for sex-traffickers.

All that introduction leads me to say that when I read this article this morning, I found it very persuasive. My favorite quote was, "Krattenmaker proposed that by carrying the Sanctity of Life argument beyond the womb to include on-going efforts to thwart slavery and human trafficking, Christians engaged in this effort were in fact expanding the Pro Life agenda. I can’t tell you how refreshing it is to hear the conversation expanding into to such a forward thinking space."

Here is the article to which the first refers.

Compassion First
International Justice Mission
Even Hollywood is getting involved to raise awareness of the problem: Call+Response

Sunday, February 01, 2009

NBC rejects Pro-Life Ad

To read more on the controversy read this article from BP.

To see the ad click here.