about me

Kevin Bussey (aka k-dawg)
Lead Pastor
Charlotte, NC, USA


Samford University: B.S. Public Administration, 1985
University of Alabama at Birmingham: M.A. Education, 1988

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary: MDivBL, 1995


Married to:
Cassandra (6-25-88)

Children:
Jacob
Hope

quote of the week

"Pastor I don't like your plans" Bisagno, "what are your plans." man, "I don't have any." Bisagno, "I like my plans better than yours." .

Dr. John R. Bisagno:


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howie luvzus
gary lamb
angela davis
neil elmore
jason shepherd
monday morning insight
wayne cordeiro
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my parents ministry
starbucks
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the ooze
willowcreek association
purpose driven
northpoint community church
springs church
albert pujols
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john maxwell
element 2
dale jarrett
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bible gateway
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building 429: rise


chris tomlin: live from austin music hall


various: music inspired by the chronicles of narnia


fusebox: once again


passion: How Great Is Our God


storyside:b : everything and more


delirious?: the mission bell


hillsong united: look to you



 

Monday, February 06, 2006

The least of these.....

Growing up I was a big U2 fan. I loved their early music because the lyrics were filled with themes from the Bible. As they became more popular and it seemed they became more political. Then I saw them win a Grammy award and was shocked at the language Bono used. Call me a prude or whatever, I judged Bono for his salty language. I got in an argument with a friend in Seminary about this. He said that was just the way of Christians in Ireland. I didn't buy it. God has a way of smashing the box I have Him in. I confess, I am amazed at how He uses people that I discount. Shame on me! This summer I read this article in World Magazine. Look at this quote from Bono:
"Look, the secular response to the Christ story always goes like this: He was a great prophet, obviously a very interesting guy, had a lot to say along the lines of other great prophets, be they Elijah, Muhammad, Buddha, or Confucius. But actually Christ doesn't allow you that. He doesn't let you off that hook. Christ says, No. I'm not saying I'm a teacher, don't call me teacher. I'm not saying I'm a prophet. I'm saying: 'I'm the Messiah.' I'm saying: 'I am God incarnate.' . . . So what you're left with is either Christ was who He said He was--the Messiah--or a complete nutcase. . . . The idea that the entire course of civilization for over half of the globe could have its fate changed and turned upside-down by a nutcase, for me that's farfetched."
Wow! He goes on to say this:
"That's between me and God. But I'd be in big trouble if Karma was going to finally be my judge," says Bono. "It doesn't excuse my mistakes, but I'm holding out for Grace. I'm holding out that Jesus took my sins onto the Cross, because I know who I am, and I hope I don't have to depend on my own religiosity."
Sounds to me like Bono knows the Jesus I know. Last week Bono was invited to speak at the National Prayer Breakfast. Check out what he said here. Why would a rock star be invited there? Because Bono lives out his faith! He travels around the world trying to reach the 1% of the world that if forgotten. He quotes from Matthew 25:40 where Jesus mentions the least of these. Bono is friends with Jesse Helms and Bill Clinton. He has rubbed shoulder with the Pope and Mick Jaggar. He has helped people in Africa without clean water and stricken with AIDS. Too many times we as followers of Jesus are too busy nit-pickin people for their language and their methods. I think we should watch what we say, but I think Jesus is going to judge us for what we do. Are we just giving money for missionaries to do the work or are we going to be the hands and feet of Jesus? I am challenged by Bono and pray that I will listen to his example and my wife's heart to be the hands and feet of Jesus right here where we live!

posted by Kevin Bussey at 2/06/2006 09:11:00 AM

5 Comments:

Blogger art rogers said...

He's a true Postmodern Christian,eh?

2/06/2006 11:28:00 AM  
Blogger Kim Traynor said...

Art Rogers, I wonder if you are missing the point?

Kdawg - I love the blog (especially the title!) Have you seen that Bono is going to be one of the featured speakers (via video, unfortunately) at this years Leadership Summit?

2/06/2006 06:40:00 PM  
Blogger art rogers said...

Kim Traynor, how am I missing the point?

I was being flipant, but Bono really is a Postmodern Christian. He holds his faith dear, but not the traditions ("proper language" for one) of the older generations of Christianity.

There is something about that authentic faith that can reach a generation who sees us as more interested in how we look than how we live and who God is to us.

No, I got the point.

2/07/2006 12:52:00 AM  
Blogger Kevin Bussey said...

Kim,

Thanks for dropping by. I love Willow and Hybels has had a huge impact on my life--esp TOO BUSY NOT TO PRAY!

2/07/2006 09:42:00 AM  
Blogger Kim Traynor said...

I realy am sorry Art. I've heard that phrase used various ways, ranging from "relativistic" to "neo-pagan." I like your definition better!

2/07/2006 12:57:00 PM  

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