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Tweets for Jesus

I’ve been asked by more than my fair share of folks, including my wife, why would I waste my time ot the social interaction tool called “Twitter.”

Seems that many a folk has been asked the same question.

Preaching and witnessing were the original means of spreading the gospel. Later, the printed word, radio and television became key media for sharing the good news. Many Christians have now embraced a new tool: Twitter. (Champion Newspaper)

Removing the “interesting” etiquette, can 140-characters really do anything for Jesus? That is all you’re allowed in a “Tweet,” or posting, 140 characters.

For those who don’t know about Twitter, it’s a free online social networking service that allows users to send and read messages called tweets. Text is limited to 140 characters and appears on the author’s profile page. Those who subscribe to someone’s Twitter profile—known as a follower—could receive the tweets. Celebrities typically have hundreds, sometimes thousands, of online followers.

Since its launch in 2006, Twitter has grown to more than 32 million users, including prominent pastors.

It can make a difference. I’ve used in across two continents to further Kingdom activity.

Tech-savvy Christians have wasted no time in using this new medium. At the Frankfurt Book Fair, attended by the largest publishing houses around the world, they debuted the so-called Twitter Bible. It summarizes the Bible’s more than 31,000 verses into almost 4,000 short tweets. The Bible is officially titled And God Decided to Chill.

WWJT… (What Would Jesus Tweet)

…by most accounts, it has been an effective tool, especially for reaching a generation of young people who may never open or even own a traditional Bible.

Doesn’t that make it worthwhile?

Upset at “Pissing on Jesus?”

Just so I don’t get taken out with preemptive nukes… this isn’t my title but that of Aceshowbiz.com and HBO.

Whew!

Check out the writeup here.

Last Sunday on ““, Larry David’s new pill has increased his flow so much it is causing him to splatter, which leads to a misunderstanding about a miraculously weeping Jesus in Maureen and her mother’s bathroom. Immediately after the air time, Catholic groups came out with disapproving statements.

We tend to be johnny-come-latelies to the party. The Enemy has methodically and effectively taken territory while we’ve been fiddling around. This is a reversal of the “fiddling while Rome burns” syndrome; we gave up the helm to take an extended coffee break and are surprised when, thirty to forty years later, we come back on deck and discover a trendy Satan cruising along with the approval of the passengers.

Why are we surprised when the world acts like the world and we refuse to act like believers.

What’s he done now?

Ever had a friend that continuously gets you into trouble?

Growing up I did. In college I did. Now I do again.

He and trouble seem to be buddies because it is always following him around (which means I get drug into it as well!). He hangs out with the wrong folks, he goes places he shouldn’t, says the oddest things at the most inappropriate times. He can be really funny, but the audience doesn’t usually get the joke. Most folks have a difficult time taking him seriously.

Because of him I’ve been called out of bed a number of times in the wee hours of the night. He’s always throwing my name around to people who need assistance.

He always gets me in trouble. I really like the guy, but the more I hang out with him, the more it seems to put me in uncomfortable situations.

What kind of a friend is that?

I wonder if he is latin… he goes by Jesus.

Burn baby, burn! (don’t forget the marshmellows)

Hey, ya’ll come on down to North Carolina! We’s open-minded folks and just loves a good cookout…

A Baptist Church near Asheville, N.C., is hosting a “Halloween book burning” to purge the area of “Satan’s” works, which include all non-King James versions of the Bible, popular books by many religious authors and even country music.

The website for the Amazing Grace Baptist Church in Canton, N.C., says there are “scriptural bases” for the book burning. The site quotes Acts 19:18-20: “And many that believed, came and confessed and shewed their deeds. Many of them also which used curious arts, brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver. So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.”

Church leaders deem Good News for Modern Man, the Evidence Bible, the New International Version Bible, the Green Bible and the Message Bible, as well as at least seven other versions of the Bible as “Satan’s Bibles,” according to the website. Attendees will also set fire to “Satan’s popular books” such as the work of “heretics” including the Pope, Mother Teresa, Billy Graham and Rick Warren.

“I believe the King James version is God’s preserved, inspired, inerrant and infallible word of God,” Pastor Marc Grizzard told a local news station of his 14-member parish

Lord, save us from your followers

Anyone know when this will open locally?

Is that it?

For the majority of the years I labored under the Christian banner my “walk” was constantly plagued by the nagging question “Is that it?” Is this all there is to this thing? Doesn’t it get any better? What’s all the hoopla about?

Being the good little Christian, however, I never voiced my rising concern. I was, after all, a “professional” Christian. I’d actually gone to school to do this. I “knew” how it worked.

And that was a big problem… I KNEW how it worked. Better stated, I knew how it DIDN’T work. But I was expected to have all the answers. Even more frightening, when I asked those who I deemed as “spiritual” what I was missing, I was told to not ask those sort of questions because they were “of Satan” and that I needed to work on my faith to make it stronger.

Decades–and a massive train wreck of epic proportions of my life and faith–later, I sit in awe. In awe of Abba. Honestly amazed at how I could so mess things up and he still be wanting me… me.

It seems so contradictory to wonder if there is “more” when you claim to believe in a Being who has created everything. How can my faith be so fragile if God has unlimited resources? How can he be real when my life is so unfulfilling? It just can’t be.

Either he is distracted and a liar or I’m missing something.

Experience has shown me that it is the “something” factor. When you discover the “something” it changes everything; it also makes a lot of folks uncomfortable.

Why wouldn’t it?

Everything changes while pursuing a “something” in a pit on a snowy day.

Contrasts

I was watching one of the recurrent themes on America’s Funniest Videos last night — cats doing stupid things.pet007

There was a big, fat cat sitting on the kitchen floor; there was a loud noise that startled him and he instantly went from sitting to running. The problem was he couldn’t get any traction on the smooth floor. He was running as hard as he could but going nowhere.

He was going nowhere, very fast.

Talking with a mother whose daughter is sick yesterday I see the same thing. The day was full of the same — a pastor who realizes he’s never understood what he’s told his parishioners, a woman who feels trapped in her marriage, a man burnt out from a job that has accomplished nothing, the posturing of a Christian who thinks he knows it all… running hard, getting nowhere.

Hopeless, weak, without purpose.

Quite a contrast with words spoken by  a fellow who claims to be God: anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works

Could it be…

Beat up

There are some days when you simply wonder if you’re going to make it through the day.

Phone calls from folks who act like idiots, people who have unreasonable expectations that they want to make your issue (and fault), computers that don’t work, cars that don’t go, food that doesn’t arrive… you know exactly what I’m talking about.

It makes you want to go crawl under a rock and hide, or at the very least go sit on the beach all by yourself.

And then there’s Judith.

Judith has more health problems than most of us have hairs on our head. Speaking of being “beat up…”

Today, in the midst of a “being beat up” day, she sends me an email that simply states: “I’m doing everything as indicated and feel like a new person.”

Go ahead, punch me again. But watch out for that Mona Lisa smile on my lips…

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Aretha Franklin did a bangup job with the song, but Satan does a masterful job with the application.

He certainly has mine. Respect, that is.

Say what you like, he roams around like a lion looking for lunch, he’s got lots of darts/arrows to chunk at us, he’s a snake, a liar and comes to steal, kill and destroy. All true, all powerful. But the verbiage is deceiving and lulls us into a false sense of safety and accomplishment. Paint the boogieman bad enough and he becomes fictional and childish. He can’t be that bad, it isn’t possible.

I’ve watched him come after, and dismantle, several folks over the last few days. These aren’t your average, dull and listless, only go to church on Sunday believers. Each of them has shown and have walked in power that most would find enviable. They all gave him respect, acknowledging his strength.

But he still got ‘em. A sniper shot from long distance, a surprise attack in the dark, showing up when least expected, he picked each of them off with no more effort than we’d swat a fly.

He’s had thousands of years of experience, he plays for keeps. Respect him or become his next notch.

Simple enough

We live in a time when everything seems to be so complex.80674818

College degrees are seen as a must in order to succeed; you are thought to be incapable of figuring out the complex if you don’t have one. Video games have upteen levels of complexity to navigate, tv series go on and on to unravel the plot and there’s no such thing as a simple relationship.

When you move into the religious or the spiritual, complexity rises to new levels. You need professional clergy to “figure it out” and dumb it down for the lay folks; a knowledge of Old English is required in order to be seen as having the “right” Bible and most “spiritual things” are seen as being achieved only after years of intense struggle.

So, most folks pick up a Cliff Notes or Dummies version of spiritual growth in three easy lessons and resign themselves to the impossibility of being a true Jedi of the faith.

That’s sad.

It also means that Satan takes the match and rules the church.

That’s wrong.

But, what if it really isn’t that complex? What if this spiritual thingy is far more simple than we’ve been led to believe?

Would that change anything? Would it up the stakes? Would it wrest the church out of Satan’s hand?

But Jesus was matter-of-fact: “Yes—and if you embrace this kingdom life and don’t doubt God, you’ll not only do minor feats like I did to the fig tree, but also triumph over huge obstacles. This mountain, for instance, you’ll tell, ‘Go jump in the lake,’ and it will jump. Absolutely everything, ranging from small to large, as you make it a part of your believing prayer, gets included as you lay hold of God.” –Matthew