Alice in Wonderland. The Wizard of Oz.
What do you do when you’ve been there? You know you’re no longer in Kansas and you’ve pulled back the emerald curtain. Flying monkeys, munchkins, madhatters and talking rabbits are everywhere; they’ve always been there, but you’d never seen them. You’d not looked for them because you’d been told they didn’t exist. They did at one time, but no longer.
Then you meet them.
Worldview run amonk, “Danger, danger, Will Robinson!”
You know the story of Pandora’s Box. Once opened, it couldn’t be closed and everything revert back to the way it was before opening it.
I’m finding that walking the Way is like that. If we simply look at “the box,” wondering what is in it, but never open it, it will never affect us. If we should pull the curtain aside, to mix my metaphors, what we will discover will so radically begin a process of transformation that it will be impossible to go back to what we were previously.
This isn’t about the flavor of your religion, it is about the activation of your purpose. I dare you to consider lifting the lid…
I’m getting my little, neat religious world rocked back on it’s heels these days.
Many years ago, so many that it actually startles me, when I was in graduate school, I remember being overwhelmed at the material I was discovering. My tidy little world view was smashed into thousands of pieces as I was exposed to the wonders and intricacies of of original biblical languages, textual criticism, exegesis, archeology and biblical history.
It was heady stuff. Liberating in some ways, awe inspiring in others and deliciously destructive in yet others.
Much water under the bridge since then. Innocence, tom-foolery and reason long gone.
These days there seems to be a whole new “awakening” greeting me.
This is going to be interesting…
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?
Just so I don’t get taken out with preemptive nukes… this isn’t my title but that of Aceshowbiz.com and HBO.
Check out the writeup here.
Last Sunday on “Curb Your Enthusiasm“, 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.
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.
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