The Halloween Spectrum – Understanding the Evangelical Community

Dr. Russell Moore presents a great little comparison the terms “evangelical” and “fundamental” using the filter of Halloween. If you have a hard time understanding the nuances in these christian circles, I think this helps. And it is pretty accurate!

See the original article here.

The Halloween spectrum within Evangelical Christianity:

  • An evangelical is a fundamentalist whose kids dress up for Halloween.
  • A conservative evangelical is a fundamentalist whose kids dress up for the church’s “Fall Festival.”
  • A confessional evangelical is a fundamentalist whose kids dress up as Zwingli and Bucer for “Reformation Day.”
  • A revivalist evangelical is a fundamentalist whose kids dress up as demons and angels for the church’s Judgment House community evangelism outreach.
  • An Emerging Church evangelical is a fundamentalist who has no kids, but who dresses up for Halloween anyway.
  • A fundamentalist is a fundamentalist whose kids hand out gospel tracts to all those mentioned above.

Packers vs. Seahawks – NFL Replacement Ref. Mayhem on 9/24/12

If you haven’t been following the NFL this year, the big story is how the veteran (and highly skilled) referee crew is on a lock out over pension contract issue. This video will go down in history in connection with these “replacement” refs. Check out some of the backlash.

It is a desperation “Hail Mary” pass in the last seconds of the game. Seattle Seahawks are down by 5. The pass is intercepted…no it is caught, no…we don’t know what happened! The two corner refs run in on the scene and simultaneously declare opposite calls. Which call stands determines who wins this Monday Night Football showdown.

No matter where you stand on this now infamous piece of officiating, let me throw out a few thoughts:

  • No one is perfect: not the refs (for sure), but also, not the league and commissioner for allowing this lock out to persist so long. Not the coaches and players who have been bullying these replacement refs. And not even the media who has railed on these refs since the first game of the season. This season has reminded me of the selfishness that comes to light in high pressure moments. Man, no one is perfect.
  • Greed drives the bus: the NFL is a 9 billion dollar industry. Yet this lock out of the veteran refs is over an accumulated 3 million in pension funds. Where is the perspective here!?! Why can these people not work out their financial issues before the football season begins? Greed. Getting all we can get when we can get it. Being self centered. For goodness sakes, when the NFL highlights a spiritual condition of the heart, you know it is serious!
  • Everything in this world will let us down: If you love football, and end up on the wrong side of a call like this, it can be a huge disappointment. While everything in this world will fail, there is One who is completely trustworthy. Where refs and all men will get it wrong eventually, Jesus Christ get it right.
  • There are more important things in life than sports: As much as I love football, I understand that life is more than sports. I was just speaking to an FCA this morning and reminding them of Matt 6:33, which says our first and greatest priority in life is His Kingdom and His righteousness, and if we get that priority right everything else will fall into the correct place.

Keep your #1 priority in focus today!

-Adam

Fantastic FREE Backgrounds and Desktop Images

If you are like me, you set your desktop wallpaper image to “rotate every 30 mins”. [a nice little feature of my macbook pro] 😉  So I am always on the lookout for some new images that are high enough resolution to look good.

Click HERE for a great link full of high quality pictures. Pick your specific device and download the images formatted specifically for it.

Enjoy. (here is one of my current wallpaper choices.)

Lecrae, TobyMac, Owl City: Christian Music Making Mainstream Waves

 

 

We all know that music is a huge influencer in the lives of teenagers. They live and breathe it. Here are some amazing artists who are rising to the top of their field, receiving recognition in both christian and mainstream venues. Check out this encouraging article I found.

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What an amazing 14 days!

Two weeks ago today, Owl City‘s new album “The Midsummer Station” released and immediately climbed to #1 on the iTunes album chart. Last week, tobyMac‘s “Eye On It” landed at #1 on that same chart, causing more than one music fan to scratch their heads and say “toby WHO?”

And then today, Lecrae‘s much anticipated (by me and a whole lot of other people) “Gravity” shot up the chart … as of noon it’s the #1 album on iTunes.

When stuff like this happens, I usually do one of two things: I get wrapped up in the excitement of it (I admit it, I kept checking iTunes every 30 minutes this morning watching Lecrae climb those last few spots to the top). Or, I write it off as “just numbers” (I’m a pessimist at heart).

But today I was really struck by how much of a God thing this is. Think about it. In the last two weeks, three incredibly talented artists — three believers who have followed a call to use their talents to glorify their Maker — have had their work showcased alongside Carrie Underwood, Maroon 5, One Direction, John Mayer … the “best” of pop music. People from around the world, not just those that regularly listen to or seek out Christian music, are being exposed to great music that was written to reflect the true Light into a dark world.

[check out this tweet by Lecrea]

#GodIsGood
But God isn’t always easy. Adam, tobyMac and Lecrae (and countless other artists, musicians and songwriters) spend weeks on the road away from family and friends, and long days (and nights) in the studio. But they keep doing it because they know it’s their gift. Their calling. Their platform. And landing on the iTunes chart isn’t about success; it’s about a bigger platform.

So thanks guys, for the great new music … and for the reminder that as Christ-followers we are all called to embrace our God-given talents, exercise our gifts and strive to use them to honor the One who gave them to us.

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Reblogged from Interlinc Music Resources. Thank you for this article Sheridyn Williamson and keeping us up to date in the christian music industry!

-Adam

 

Funny Baptism Videos

Baptisms are great. I love watching them, I love doing them. What a great picture of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus seen in a life of a new believer. But sometimes they don’t go so smooth! Here are some hilarious baptisms caught on camera.

The Original Classic:

The Reluctant Participant:

The Swimmer:

The Falling Pastor:

Worshiping Through “Beautiful Things” by Gungor

I just returned home from Cincinnati, OH where I took a mission team of teenagers and chaperones to assist a brand new church plant. Velocity Church, led by Pastor Steve Staton, held their very first service last weekend. I was blown away by God’s presence when his people meet together in His name. As the Velocity band played, this song led me to the throne room and reminded me again what an awesome God I serve. I hope as you watch and listen, you to will take a moment to let your heart worship even while sitting at your computer!

Beautiful Things –  Gungor

All this pain
I wonder if I’ll ever find my way?
I wonder if my life could really change at all?
All this earth
Could all that is lost ever be found?
Could a garden come up from this ground at all?

You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of the dust
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of us

All around
Hope is springing up from this old ground
Out of chaos life is being found in You

You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of the dust
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of us

Oh, you make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of the dust
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of us

You make me new, You are making me new
You make me new, You are making me new
Making me new

You make beautiful things
(You make me new)
You make beautiful things out of us
(You are making me new, making me new)

Oh, you make beautiful things
(You make me new)
You make beautiful things out of the dust
(You are making me new, making me new)

You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of the dust

You make me new, You are making me new
You make me new, You are making me new

Smithsonian Indebted to The Creation Museum?

Tomorrow I head out with an outstanding group of teenagers and chaperones to Cincinnati, OH for a mission trip. We will be helping out a church plant in it first weekend of operation. One perk of this trip is an afternoon excursion to The Creation Museum. This 70,000 square foot museum is 7 miles outside the Cincinnati airport, just across the state border in Petersburg, KY. This will be my first trip to the museum but I have heard great things about it.

I knew there has always been animosity directed toward creation science from those within the scientific community. At the institutional level many other natural history museums mock The Creation Museum and call it pseudo-science. Well, here is something ironic! The Smithsonian (unknowingly, I’m sure) has used a photograph of one of the dinosaurs inside The Creation Museum on a major promotional brochure for its popular IMAX shows.

This little (plagiaristic and therefore illegal) mix up was uncovered by a true detective. Hannah, an 8 year old tourist, who was visiting the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. She recognized the dino’s ugly mug (yet artfully and professionally crafted) as the same one in The Creation Museum in her home state of KY. After some internet research the parents alerted The Creation Museum of the infringement.

President Ken Ham of the Creation Museum and Answers In Genesis is calling the Smithsonian out on it!

“I’m sure the Smithsonian will be horrified when they find out where this photo was taken. (We just alerted officials there about its copyright violation.)  Now, AiG/Creation Museum does own the copyright on this dinosaur of ours, and the Smithsonian or its ad agency obtained it from a commercial site that is not licensed to sell this photo.  Now, we would be happy to give permission to the Smithsonian to use this photo if they request it, but I’m sure once the word is out that this photo is of a dinosaur at the Creation Museum—well, I wonder what they will do?  After all, we are accused by the secularists of not doing real science—yet the Smithsonian chose one of our dinosaurs (albeit unwittingly) to feature on a major promotional piece.  Now, we are prepared to offer the Smithsonian a license for free, though it would require our copyright notice near the dinosaurs. Regardless, we are not asking the Smithsonian to throw out all their brochures with our dinosaur on them.” (read the full article in his own words here.)

Seems like the Creationists have the upper hand. 🙂  And it is always nice to get a pat on the back for professional, scientific, quality work…especially from the Smithsonian, even if it was unintentional.

Way to go Hannah keeping a close eye on the big shots. We need you to stay on your toes in case they try any other shenanigans. Keep it real Creation Museum, and keep it classy!

Your fellow worker in the field, Adam