March 11, 2008
Just saw that Sherwood Pictures (the film studio run by Sherwood Baptist Church in GA) is coming out with another movie: Fireproof. Starring Kirk Cameron, Fireproof will be coming to a theater near you this fall. View the trailer to the movie here: Fireproof Trailer.
I really hope this movie receives as much acclaim and attention as Facing the Giants did last year. What a great movie that was!
March 10, 2008
Found this article the other day describing a hacker’s attack on Bible Gateway.com. For 3 days in July, this hacker adjusted the settings of Bible Gateway’s Bible search to provide different results. From the article:
“… anyone at BibleGateway.com who looked up passages in the King James Version of the Bible was actually presented with passages from the Amplified Bible (and vice versa).”
Now you would think that anyone who knew anything about either the KJV or the Amplified Bible would recognize the difference between the two. The KJV is an older translation written in a “higher English” manner, meaning it sounds old and dignified. The Amplified Bible is a more modern reading that provides a clearer reading in English by using extra words. However, some people blindly relied on the text found on that website, to some disastrous ends.
A presenter at the American Fundamental Baptist Association National Conference used text he assumed was KJV, but was really the Amplified Bible. The article recorded the crowd’s reaction:
More than 11,000 of the 13,000 appalled attendees walked out of the stadium while over 100 attending pastors’ wives fainted in their dismay.
“Good mercy, there was nothing subtle about the toxin that was spewing from his mouth! How Satan was able to deceive him on such a simple verse, I do not know.” (quoted from a witness)
Now I am all about people using their favorite translation or interpretation for their English Bible (mine is the ESV). However, to call the display of God’s Word a “toxin” or “the demonic realm of blasphemy” is way too harsh. Lighten up, people! Be glad you are free to read the Bible in your preferred translation, yet alone read it. Having your own Bible is a luxury too many Christians worldwide cannot have. Be grateful we have the Bible. Don’t worry about the “evil nature” of translations or paraphrases you may not agree with. View the Bible as God’s Word, and treat it as His written revelation to you.
March 9, 2008
Saw this link on Kurt’s blog, so I had to know myself. Glad to know I could take one whole class of Kindergarten children (20 kids), but no more.
March 9, 2008
On Friday night, our Junior High boys were supposed to go to the Sixers game. We had 8 students signed up, along with 2 leaders. A van was rented, tickets were purchased, and I was waiting at the Tabernacle at 5 pm, ready to go. Unfortunately, none of the students showed up. None. I called a few that I had numbers for, and received no real reason why they bailed.
Now I have had my share of event failures in ministry. This one was surprising, though, since it was an activity the students wanted to go on, and it was free (for them, not us!). One nugget of truth I have learned from this experience: the more you think you understand students and youth ministry, the more you find out you don’t. Remember, it is not your ministry, but God’s.
March 7, 2008
Over at Textuallly.org (via Engadget), I found this article on recent trends in naming children. Here is a quote from the article:
“Most parents these days are drawing on the cool SMS and email spellings, by eschewing traditional spellings for versions such as Alex-Zander, Cam’ron, Emma-Lee, Ozkah, Thaillah and Ameleiyah.”
I have noticed this trend in my ministry. Students are no longer showing up with “normal” names like Michael or John. Rather, their names are a hodgepodge of consonants and vowels with a unique pronunciation. If they do have a semi-regular name, it is either spelled with an extra letter or is pronounced completely different.
On a personal note, I guess that when the time comes to name my offspring, I might as well pick up a Scrabble set, jumble all the letters together, and pick letters at random. They are bound to form a name.
March 6, 2008
Last month Hillary Clinton gave an interview with the New York Times about her religious beliefs. Read the transcript here: Transcript with Hillary Clinton.
Points from her interview:
- Her discussion of the Trinity. She said “I believe in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and I have felt the presence of the Holy Spirit on many occasions.” I am glad she recognizes the Trinity, but I wonder why she mentions her “feelings” of the Holy Spirit. But it’s not like Christians keep a running tally of how many times times they “felt” the Holy Spirit.
- Her description of faith. She described faith as “…the background music. It’s there all the time. It’s not something you have to think about, you believe it.” Sorry, but I think about my faith all the time. I thank God for my faith, and I try to live it out daily.
- Her Beliefs on Salvation. When asked if belief in Jesus is the only way to get to Heaven, she responded with “That one I’m a little more open to. I think that it is, as we understand our relationship to God as Christians, it is how we see our way forward, and it is the way” She then goes on to say that she accepts others who do not believe Jesus is the way to salvation.
- Her Thoughts on Isaiah. I wonder what parts of Isaiah she finds “very intriguing and provocative.” Interesting.
I am not here to judge her. I mean, it sounds like she knows what she is talking about, or she at least knows what Evangelicals want to hear. Her rejection of Jesus as the ONLY way to Heaven disturbs me, and it is not what Evangelicals want to hear. I cannot stand the woman and may move to Canada if she is President, but I am glad that she at least talks about Christianity. Heck, I voted for the guy who believes Jesus came to America!
March 5, 2008
Today I went to the local Friendly’s with other local youth pastors for our monthly meeting. In this meeting we joked around, talked about the universal struggle for volunteers, and problem solved specific issues in our ministries. One guy has had a recent influx of Junior Highers, bumping his numbers from 20 to almost 60! While this is a blessing, it has also left him seeking more leaders for this ministry. We gave him some of our ideas on how to approach volunteer recruiting.
As I left, I thought how these monthly meetings are a blessing. Every month I look forward to meeting with my friends, hearing about their ministries, helping them through struggles, and sharing a common bond of ministry. Some may see other local pastors as competition, since we are provide the same service: getting students to Jesus. However, there are MORE THAN ENOUGH students out there lost and without Jesus. That is why our meetings are so important: so we can help each other reach out and minister to these lost students more effectively. I thank God for these meetings and cannot wait for next month!