Monthly Archives: February 2010

Three Things Tuesday

Here are three things that I wanted to share with you this week:

Homebrewed Christianity is running a new series by a fellow named Michael Camp.  The series is called “I Survived The Christian Right” The first post of the series is about legalism and the second is about Bible abuse.  I could relate to a lot of what he had to say and am looking forward to the rest of the series.

Cindy McCain, the wife of former Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain, has posed to demonstrate her support of marriage equality.  (If you aren’t familiar with the NOH8 campaign you can check them out here.)

Cindy joins her daughter, Meghan, in posing for the NOH8 campaign.

Cindy’s husband, John, is still against legalizing same sex marriage (and against doing away with DADT).

I don’t know if it makes a difference but I am glad that there are some Republicans finally “coming out” with their support of marriage equality.

Stay on the lookout for a new podcast that will be up and running in the near future:

HCX – HardCore Xianity.  A podcast for the outcast & apostate. An outcast is someone who has been rejected by society or a social group. An apostate is a person who renounces a religious or political belief or principle.

The HCX team is made up of Adele Sakler,  Drew Tatusko,  Meridith White-Zeager and Ryan Kemp-Pappan

You can follow them on twitter @hcxianity and on facebook.

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Good News/Bad News

I saw this on someone’s facebook status update recently:

Open your eyes to all the possibilities around you…. Never give in, trust in God and you will always WIN!!!! the power of ACHIEVING is BELIEVING!!!!!

I restrained from commenting but what I wanted to say is “this is baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad theology”!!

If you check out scripture it seems like the most faithful “good guys and gals” had a lot of troubles – some had to constantly flee for their lives, others were beaten, stoned or flogged, many were ridiculed and rejected, some were homeless and poor … these are not experiences that are usually associated with “winners”!

Yeah, yeah, I know, you (or someone) will be tempted to make an excuse and say that being a winner doesn’t necessarily equal a comfortable life … I agree with that statement, BUT we all know that the status update WAS referring to comfort and happiness and prosperity.  Which brings me to my point …

When we send out messages which basically say “if you trust God your troubles will all be resolved to your liking” we are preaching a prosperity gospel and imo that is a false gospel and baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad theology.

I’m not saying that following in the way of Jesus is always painful – there are blessings – but the longer I live and the more I learn I would say “it’s no picnic”.   The kind of individualistic gospel message that so many churches proclaim distorts the message of scripture.  People begin to think that everything that happens is all about themselves when it is obviously about everything but self.  In many ways, it’s a hard pill to swallow, but once you look at the big picture the suffering to be endured is tempered (somewhat) by the purpose and hope that is embedded in the story.

I think a more accurate status update would be something like this:

The good news is that the kingdom of God is at hand.  The bad news is that you probably will have to sacrifice and suffer in order to take hold of it.

Prayer For The Week – Send Me Some Light

I don’t know much about his theology but those closest to him say that Elvis Presley was a deeply religious person.  It is said that he continuously asked for God’s help throughout his career, searched for answers in his spiritual quest and before performances he would find a quiet spot off stage, think about his upcoming performance, and offer this one-line prayer:

Send me some light – I need it.

I don’t know if that story is true but I like the prayer and the simplicity and honesty of it.

Three Things Tuesday

Here are three things that I ran across recently that piqued my interest:

1. I ran across this over at AdamWC.me and thought it was really good.

2. While I was surfing the web for stories about the situation in Haiti I ran across “The Livesay (Haiti) Weblog” In their own words they are “A big family from Minnesota living and serving in Haiti.”  Troy and Tara Livesay, and their five children (which I think has grown to “seven” now) moved to Haiti in 2006 because they had a heart for the people there and wanted to serve them.  They live in Port au Prince, were at home when the earthquake hit, have set up a hospital of sorts in their home and have posted every day since the earthquake. The first hand, personal stories have been informative and moving.  Be sure and check out the blog.

3. Out of Ur has started a new series on eternal damnation with the following video.  Check it out and join the conversation.