Friday, November 30, 2007

five of a kind is afull house

5 Types of Christians were found byt Christianity Today. I won't reproduce the whole article, but I thought the stats were thought provoking!

Active Christians 19%

  • Believe salvation comes through Jesus Christ
  • Committed churchgoers
  • Bible readers
  • Accept leadership positions
  • Invest in personal faith development through the church
  • Feel obligated to share faith; 79% do so.

Professing Christians 20%

  • Believe salvation comes through Jesus Christ
  • Focus on personal relationship with God and Jesus
  • Similar beliefs to Active Christians, different actions
  • Less involved in church, both attending and serving
  • Less commitment to Bible reading or sharing faith

Liturgical Christians 16%

  • Predominantly Catholic and Lutheran
  • Regular churchgoers
  • High level of spiritual activity, mostly expressed by serving in church and/or community
  • Recognize authority of the church

Private Christians 24%

  • Largest and youngest segment
  • Believe in God and doing good things
  • Own a Bible, but don't read it
  • Spiritual interest, but not within church context
  • Only about a third attend church at all
  • Almost none are church leaders

Cultural Christians 21%

  • Little outward religious behavior or attitudes
  • God aware, but little personal involvement with God
  • Do not view Jesus as essential to salvation
  • Affirm many ways to God
  • Favor universality theology

Eye doll uh tree

A god who let us prove his existence would be an idol

- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Wrapped Crap - watch the vid to get it

A couple of weeks ago a young lady named Jill visited our Church to share her previous mission trip and about her upcoming one. My heart had been both burdened and bothered about Christianity in Africa and Ethiopia. The commonly refer to the theology of Africa as being a mile wide in believers but only a inch deep in teaching, other places the Africa faith is described Spiritually as mile wide and an inch deep. Prosperity is growing leaps and bound, but I am afraid that when the teaching can hold, that Christ followers will turn to Islam as the becoem and gry and feel that Christ has failed them. I am really bothered by this. I have spent some time reading on the net and it only get worse the more I dig. Listen to John Piper as he calls it like he sees it and it is.

Monday, November 26, 2007


Voice makes Theological History by being the first to ever rap at John Piper's church.

Not only cat he spit, but this cat is flowing some serious doctrine. Forget gangster rap, Doctrinally sound, Theological rap is on the scene. I can't wait to have a big trunk Lincoln roll up on me at the street light bumping and thumping about Justification, Kenosis or propitiation

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Nice ...

Temperature Rising

from Jumaine Jones at Limeade…quenching the leadership thirst

I’m in the middle of preparing for Sunday’s message. We will be looking at Ephesians 5:21-33. I was truly awestruck as I read of how Christ sanctifies and cleanses her bride by the Word. As husbands, we owe it to our wives to wash them with God’s Word. We can’t prepare a great meal on Sundays, and leave our homes famished. As the head, the husband establishes the spiritual temperature in the home. Where lives are hurt, the water is too hot. Where there’s distance and lack of intiamcy, the water is too cold. Where there’s unconditional love and true devotion, the water is warm. There’s nothing like having a warm, loving atmosphere!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

great quote of the day

William Jay: “They are bad interpreters of the Scripture, who give it meanings which it never had; and by their supposed ingenuity, render its readers uncertain whether it has any proper and determinate sense.”

trust no one and search for yourself

Monday, November 05, 2007

13 Bible Stories You Must Teach Every Child

Tony Krummer of Gospel Driven Children's Ministry writes "The average children’s Bible has about 100 stories. The real Bible has many more. Every story matters. But what are the basic stories kids need to understand to have a full grasp on the Bible? What stories are so basic to the Gospel that omitting them would leave a big whole in their worldview? Here’s what I came up with."

13 Bible Stories You Must Teach Every Child

  1. God created the world and everything in contains (including people) for his glory. (Genesis 1-2)
  2. Our first parents, Adam and Eve, rejected God’s rule and fell into a state of sin and misery. (Genesis 3-4)
  3. God calls Abraham and establishes a covenant with him. (Genesis 12-23, Galatians 3:6-9)
  4. God delivers his people from slavery in Egypt and keeps his promises to Abraham. (Exodus, Deuteronomy 26:8-9)
  5. God makes David the King of his people and promises a forever kingdom. (1 Samuel 16, 2 Samuel 7)
  6. God’s people suffer exile for their sin, but God promises a forever kingdom (2 Kings 17:18-20; 35-41, Romans 11:1-6, Jeremiah 29:10-14)
  7. Jesus is born the Son of God, heir of Abraham and David (Matthew 1, Luke 2:11)
  8. Jesus dies on the cross to remove the sins of God’s people. (Matthew 27, Romans 5:6-8)
  9. God raises Jesus from death. (Matthew 28, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, 1 Peter 1:21)
  10. Jesus takes his throne in heaven (Acts 1:1-11)
  11. The Holy Spirit gives power to the disciples (Acts 2, Galatians 5:22-25)
  12. The Return of Jesus (John 14:3, 1 Thessalonians 1:8-10)
  13. The Kingdom of God on Earth – New Creation (Revelation 21, 1 Corinthians 15:22-23)

I think he is on to somethign here. Maybe you could do one a month and in just over a year you would have covered these.

He is looking for some feedback so let him know as well as giving me your two cents.