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Christians! Can We NOT Pray For Obama’s Death?
November 21, 2009, 11:01 am
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There they go. The Christians! They’re at it again. They’re praying for Obama’s demise.

First — or at least the first I wrote about — it was Reverend Wiley Drake, former vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention, who was practicing “imprecatory prayer” or seeking a divine curse that would cause the president to die. Then it was Arizona pastor Steven L. Anderson from the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, Arizona, who said in a TV interview, “I hope that God strikes Barack Obama with brain cancer so he can die like Ted Kennedy, you know? And I hope it happens today.” And now, it’s not even a specific pastor from any certain church, it’s a wave of bumper stickers, t-shirts, and hats, going around requesting that we pray for Obama, giving the scripture reference, Psalm 109:8. Oh wait… praying for Obama using the scriptures, that’s great, right? Continue reading


I’m Wondering… “What’s the Catch?” [vlog]
November 18, 2009, 10:14 am
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I find myself in a situation where it seems that I can’t help but wonder, “What’s the catch?” But I wonder if that’s really healthy all the time. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it in certain instances, but when do we let go? What do you think? Have you ever been here before? What did you do? How did it work out?

It’s The End Of The World As We Know It… Or Is It?
November 17, 2009, 10:23 am
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“It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine.”

With 2012 right around the corner, and a movie of the same name having just released, and all the talk about the alleged end of the world and what it will look like, that line, from a 1998 R.E.M. song seems very appropriate.

I watched the movie “2012” last night at the prompting of a friend (who said she had heard it was pretty good — she wasn’t all the way right) and had a lot of thoughts about it. It was, no doubt, an epic movie. All kinds of special effects and a decent idea concerning the why and how the world would end, yet it was definitely predictable and cliche at times. It was also a little heavy to see masses of people dying at the same time. Granted, we saw that in the previews, but you just didn’t think about it like that, right? Somehow, in the midst or watching buildings collapse as the plane flies through the debris, we forget that inside those buildings were hundreds, if not thousands of people, who lost their lives in a split second. They were mothers, fathers, sons, nieces, uncles, and sisters. And, at the most basic level, they were people. The loss of a human life is always a tragedy. Continue reading

Coasting Christians And Why They’re Dangerous
November 13, 2009, 10:17 am
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200374545-001I used to love to ride my bike when I was a kid. It was something I would do nearly everyday. My favorite thing to do — find the biggest hills my neighborhood and race down them with my friends. The only catch was that at a certain point we would stop pedaling and just coast. Man, we would fly. We would go faster and faster until we reached our top speed at the bottom of the hill. We’d maintain momentum going up the hill from which we just came down, but we could never, as hard as we tried, coast all the way to the top. There would always come a point at which we would have to pedal and push forward to make it up the hill. Either that or we’d turn around and roll back down the hill only to come to an eventual stop at the lowest point.

Too many Christians are coasting. They’re not pedaling, pushing ahead with intentionality. Instead, they’re content with letting yesterday’s successes sustain today’s movement. Coasting in nothing more than mediocrity covered with the guise of forward motion. Continue reading

Three Reasons I Love Dating Christians
November 10, 2009, 11:00 am
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Black_Couple_WEBI have to say that I had a great time writing last week’s post about the “Five Reasons I Hate Dating Christians.” I find it a bit indicting that, as a Christian myself, it was that easy to come up with things that we do wrong when it comes to dating, and even relationships in general. Not surprisingly a lot of people — some Christian, some not — agreed with the points. My goal wasn’t to say that, as a Christian, you shouldn’t be dating Christians, but rather to bring some attention to the things to avoid in your relationships. For those who read that aren’t Christians, well, do you. Having never been in a relationship without being a Christian, so I can’t speak to your situation.

So in order to offer some redemption to last week’s post, and balance things out, here are the three reasons I love dating Christians (as a Christian — because, honestly, if I wasn’t a Christian, I don’t know that I’d date one). Continue reading

Five Reasons I Hate Dating Christians
November 6, 2009, 11:04 am
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singles-black-dating-personalsGenerally speaking, Christians are great people in a lot of ways. But sometimes, for some reason, they end up being less Christ-like and more crazy-like. The realm of dating and male-female relationships is one of these areas. It seems that when conversations concerning the opposite sex come into the picture, Christians immediately make things more complicated than they should be and thus bring undue tension, drama, and stress into the picture.

I have devised a list of the five reasons that I hate dating Christians, or more accurately, the five things that annoying me most when dating Christians. And for all those super saved folks that think this is blasphemous, and will comment about how Christians should only date Christians (which I’ll agree with) please know that I’ll come back with another list next week, just to even things out, so go ahead relax. It’s ok. So, here we go… in no particular order: Continue reading

Transforming Communities: An Interview with Joshua Yarbrough: Part 3
November 5, 2009, 9:26 am
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IMG_7518Joshua, the last two days we have heard about two important experiences that shaped your thinking about our responsibility as Christians, concerning the poor, and the necessity for community development in rescuing people from the horrible affects of extreme poverty.  You mentioned that we have a responsibility to get involved.  However, these problems seem way to big to wrap my head around.  I can’t imagine how someone like me can make much of a difference.  You seem to believe that I can.  Will you share more about this with us?

JOSHUA: First, I would encourage everyone to try focusing on their personal responsibility to share love and spread compassion to others around them and to the regions of the world that most need it.  It isn’t our responsibility to single handedly change the world.  That is much too big a task for any one person, one organization, or even one government to achieve.  God has commanded us to love our neighbor.  As I have wrestled with what it means to love my neighbor I have learned that there is transformational power in baby steps.  We take small achievable steps to do what we should and trust that God holds the bigger picture, causing us even unknowingly at times to do the necessary things that will result in the world He desires.  The beautiful truth in all of this is that God loves us, has our best intentions at heart, and even though this world will never be perfect He desires to use us to build a world that is ultimately for our benefit. Continue reading