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Greensboro, NC (Recovering Pharisee Press)
The Southern Baptist Convention has bought the rights to Gordy Gecko from GEICO Insurance. They traded Psalty the Singing Songbook, Bibleman and a character to be named later.
Gordy Gecko has been brought on to start a nationwide bus tour promoting evangelism and discipleship among SBC churches. The program is called "15 Minutes." It is designed to appeal to younger SBC'ers. The slogan for "15 Minutes" is
"15 Minutes or Less Can Your Soul by Switching to Jesus."
When asked about his new role, Gordy Gecko said,
"It is my job to help spread the woooooord......"
An insider said they hope that Gordy will appeal to the TV age. Gordy Gecko finished his press conference by stating,
"It is my job to save souls for Jesus, I love my job."
The Church of Scientology, the religion for which actor Tom Cruise crusades, will attempt to spread its "Ignite Your Potential" message into auto racing through sponsorship of a race car in one of NASCAR's lowest levels. Read the story here.
Maybe the SBC can sponsor a car too! How about instead of the Busch Grand National, we have all of the Christians form a team against the cults. Think of the possibilites. NASCAR usually races on Sunday--we might find our missing church members. :)
I have had it up to my neck with labels. When will the church start acting in love to each other? In recent weeks I have seen accusations leveled at people that are un-founded. W hides behind a blog and won't identify who he is. He claims that Dr. Frank Page of Taylors First Baptist Church, Taylors, SC is a "liberal." He actually tried to imply that he condones homosexuality. I can't allow this to go on! Please! Plus Dr. Page is being criticized for standing behind one of his former church members Dr. Rusell Dilday! What good pastor wouldn't stand behind a church member when they are unfairly treated?
Last year, Larry Bateman, the administrator at Taylors called me for an interview. Larry was my former boss in Atlanta. He wanted me to become their Adult Pastor. Cassandra and I flew to Greenville and met with the staff and enjoyed a night of worship at their church. I was very impressed with Dr. Page. He has transitioned every church where he has been pastor. He spent a few hours with us and all I can say is he is the real deal.
We decided that God was leading us to pastor a church so I had to back out of further talks with Taylors FBC. I promise you Larry Bateman would not be serving at a "liberal" church. I said I would not talk politics on my blog and I won't. Name calling is a problem in Christian circles. If you don't like someone, you call them a name. In my denonomination if you want to ruin a person's reputation, you call them a "liberal" or an "emergent." This is wrong!
I've read books by so-called "emergents" and have liked some of what they say and think a lot of it is garbage. I voted for George W. Bush but I don't like everything he has done either. We believers need to quit calling people names! If we don't agree with them, then love them anyway because when we get to Heaven we will spend eternity with them!
I was looking through some old videos that we made when we planted a church in Atlanta. Here is one that Stuart Delony and I filmed on the coldest day of the year (I am behind the camera). We were starting a series on the Ten Commandments and we wanted to see how many people could name. Check it out here.
How many can you name?
Should we all stay home? Read the story here, here and here.
Hell, Michigan (it is a city) is having a 666 party.
The sad thing is that the number is signifcant. I don't think anything will happen tomorrow. But maybe I will stay home! :)
The congregation of St Philip's Church in Penn Fields, Wolverhampton, Engand spent Sunday delivering letters of apology to every home in the parish. Check out the story here. Sound like a good plan to me. What do you think?
I'll admit, just seeing his name made me laugh! The man "who invented the internet" :) has a new passion. Al Gore is back. Not as a political candidate, but as a Baptist preacher with a moral message. His favorite sermon is about the judgment day that will come upon us if we do not mend our ways and stop contributing to global warming. Read about it here. Check out his new movie here and a clip here.
Maybe he could run for SBC Pres and win? How much does his church give to the CP? He could start a nationwide bus tour promoting "Global Warning Awareness and the internet." I wish he cared for un-born babies and the souls of man as he does for mother earth!
It's about time somebody stood up to these evil people! Albert Snyder of York, PA, the father of Lance Cpl. Matthew A. Snyder of Westminster, will sue the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka for unspecified actual and punitive damages, according to attorney Sean Summers of York. The civil suit will claim defamation, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Read the story here.
Summers said it never occurred to the elder Snyder that protesters would be at his son's funeral. "He was hoping for closure, and Mr. Snyder didn't get it,"
That is so sad! I agree with Joe Kennedy that my denomination, SBC, should condemn the un-Christlike actions of these hateful people! Jesus came to love people. He died for those people that Fred Phelps and his group protest. God help us!
TBN announces the release of the TBN Networks Media Player. The new TBN Networks Media Player features all five TBN Network Channels for your viewing enjoyment. Now you can simply download the viewer, then after a quick and simple installation we can bring TBN to your computer desktop 24 hours a day. Download here!
Now you can watch Jan and Paul right at your computer. You too can be a "CROUCH POTATO!"
Fred Phelps and the Westboro church crew definitely are hateful people. But the Jesus Metropolitan Community Church of Indianapolis, IN is misusing the Bible too! The $55,000 campaign by the church asks: Would Jesus discriminate? And it comes while Indiana lawmakers are being asked to prohibit same-sex couples from adopting children. Read the story here.
Some of what they say is true:
"Do you know someone who is homosexual? Would you give your life for that person? Jesus did," the church's ad says.
I agree! But the Bible says homosexual behavior is a sin. We don't have special interest groups for Adulterers. We don't have special rights for those who are gluttons. We don't give special rights to liars.
If I were a minority, I would be appalled at these people. Their first newspaper ad was run Sunday, a day when nearly 300,000 people were in town for the Indianapolis 500. In a Sunday edition of The Star showed a group of Klansmen around a burning cross with a headline,
"Remember a time when a symbol of love was used as a symbol of hate?" The subtext: "The Bible shouldn't be misused to justify discrimination against any group, including gay people."
Excuse me, if I were an African American, I would be outraged! If you say something about it you are called a homophobe. Jesus loves everyone, but He didn't die so we can excuse sin--any sin!
A burglar is on the loose after stealing from a house of worship in South Memphis. A crook broke into the Cornerstone Church on South Parkway Wednesday afternoon. Police say the crook stole a water hose, two cases of soda and two boxes of toilet tissue. Read story here.
I guess this man's life has gone to pot. It is being flushed down the drain. Maybe he has a small bladder. Maybe he is headed to Greensboro to roll the SBC Convention. :)
Whitney Cerak and Laura VanRyn looked remarkably alike, both attractive young women with blond hair, similar facial features and the same build and height. They were together the night of April 26, returning from banquet preparations with a group from Taylor University, when a tractor-trailer slammed into their university van, peeling off the side and killing five people.
Cerak's family was told their 18-year-old was among the dead. VanRyn's parents were told their 22-year-old daughter was alive but seriously injured and in a coma.The VanRyns kept vigil at the young woman's bedside for weeks, but as she gained consciousness, she began saying things that didn't make sense. This week, they made a stunning discovery: The recovering patient wasn't their daughter at all, she was Whitney Cerak. Read the story here.
I can't imagine the roller coaster of emotions that both families went through. Wow! For those of us who have children, this has to be the worst nightmare.