Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Cool Videos and a Great Resource

I wish I was creative enough to think up something like this. Or a good enough writer to write something like this.

Perspectives from Peacemaker Ministries on Vimeo.

While I'm on the topic of recommending cool video clips...let me point you to this one. It's Tim Keller, from Redeemer, giving a little preview of Counterfeit Gods.

While I'm on the topic of Tim Keller let me point you to a brand new resource. I try to "redeem my commute" (work is an hour and twenty minutes, round trip) by listening to sermons. My favorites are Matt Chandler, David Platt, John Piper, Mark Driscoll, and sometimes chapel sermons from other seminaries. But just this week Tim Keller began releasing his sermons for free. I'm excited. Check 'em out here.

[If you are reading this on Facebook click here to watch the clips.]

Friday, October 16, 2009

Convicted by an Atheist

I saw this video (the embedding feature is disabled so click on the link) about a year or so ago on YouTube and thought it was convicting. Recently, we were talking about it in small group and I've seen it mentioned on some blogs I read so, I thought I would post it. Watch the video and read this quote and see if it doesn't make you think. This quote is from Kevin Harney's book Organic Outreach for Ordinary People.

If we believe there is a real heaven and a real hell, we should be moved to evangelize and to reach out in the name of Jesus. If we love people, our hearts should propel us. I heard one of the most convincing arguments for this from an atheist. His name is Penn, the well-known illusionist in the duo Penn and Teller. On his video blog, Penn tells about a man who came to him after a show and gave him a Bible and tried to proselytize him. Here is a portion of his response to that encounter [the rest is Penn telling the story]:

He said, “I’m a businessman. I’m sane; I’m not crazy.” And he looked me right in the eye and did all this. And it was really wonderful. I believe he knew that I was an atheist.

But he was not defensive and he looked me right in the eyes and he was truly complimentary. It did not seem like empty flattery. He was really kind, and nice, and sane, and looked me in the eyes and talked to me. Then he gave me this Bible.

I’ve always said that I don’t respect people who don’t proselytize. I don’t respect that at all. If you believe that there’s a heaven and a hell, and people could be going to hell or not getting eternal life, and you think that it’s not really worth telling them this because it would make it socially awkward–and atheists who think people shouldn’t proselytize and who say just leave me along and keep your religion to yourself–how much do you have to hate somebody to not proselytize? How much do you have to hate somebody to believe everlasting life is possible and not tell them that?

I mean, if I believed, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that a truck was coming at you, and you didn’t believe that truck was bearing down on you, there is a certain point where I tackle you. And this is more important than that.

I'm not going to lie to you, I struggle in this area. Partly because my classmates and co-workers are all believers; the current "Christian bubble" I live in forces me to be much more intentional...I rarely am. Pray for me!

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Idol Worship on Nightline

Last night (10/5) ABC's Nightline ran a special which featured the American culture and our obsession with idols. The segment features Mars Hill pastor Mark Driscoll who has recently been doing a lot of preaching and writing on the subject of idols. It's short, only like 5 or 6 minutes long. You have to click on the link below, sorry I couldn't figure out how to just post it here.

American Idol Worship

This past Summer at Advance 09 he gave a lecture on "Ministry Idolatry" which I found to be one of the most convicting talks I have ever heard, you can watch it here.