Welcome to Provocative Church

As you browse, read and share the many articles, our hope is that you may find this site an encouragement to your faith and Christian life.

Worship

We were created to worship. And we are to worship God with every aspect and area of our lives - presenting our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God.

The Church

The bride of Christ can often times be difficult and messy - but it is Christ's beautiful mess - to which He is the head and chief cornerstone.

Ancient Future

Our faith comes out from a rich heritage and history. It was during the formative years of our faith that creeds, confessions, traditions, and liturgies were developed. These practices and traditions recaptured will not only anchor us but move us forward in our faith.

Freedom

There is freedom in the gospel as it proclaims that in Christ we are sons and daughters of the King. The importance is learning to preach those truths to our heart and life everyday.

Monday, March 31, 2008

AWESOME DAY!

We had our ground breaking yesterday. And it was an awesome day. And I can say that even though it was bitter cold and overcast. It was awesome not because of the weather but because of what we were celebrating. Being able to celebrate and come together as a church family is so much fun. Here are some pictures of that day.


The Ebenezer of rocks, remembering God's faithfulness.

Jon Adams is king of the hill (or the tractor)!!

Oh, the dirt is so soft, in the middle of winter - go figure!







Mark Pugh making some comments.


Randy Pope from Perimeter Church saying a couple of words.

Mrs. Waite who originally owned this property.

Braving the elements
Tim Mills leading us in some worship


Jon making some comments up front.


(ht: Tom Watson - thanks for the pics)

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Proud of my P.R.I.D.E. student

Our oldest daughter got an award on Thursday. It is called the P.R.I.D.E. award. It stands for:

Practices Random Acts of Kindness
Ready and Willing to Work Hard
Integrity Coupled with Responsible Behavior
Demonstrates Outstanding and Honest Efforts
Exceeds Expectations

We are so proud of her and her hard work this past school year. Here are some pics.

First pic with all the recipients, Second pic getting the award, Third pic with the School Superintendent.

10,000 B.C.

Just got back seeing 10,000 B.C. which was showing in an IMAX screen.

The movie was ok. Not the best movie I have ever seen, it was fairly predictable. But was cool was that it was free. Tickets and food all included. How? Mystery shopping! And it was the easiest shop and evaluation in the world.

I am living the champagne lifestyle on a beer budget.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Blogs

I just wanted to give you a brief overview of some of the places that I write.

The first place to start are my two blogs:

Provocative Church
Ministry Best Practices

I would encourage you to subscribe either via email or to their RSS feeds in order to keep current with the latest posts. I post on my blogs quite frequently.

These are several blogs that I contribute to:

RedBlue Christian
- This is a group political blog with a Christian perspective. I am a political junkie and so I appreciate an outlet where I can post political thoughts since I keep Provocative Church apolitical.

Christ and Pop Culture - This is a group blog addressing the intersection of faith and culture. Although I post on culture occasionally at Provocative Church, this is a great outlet to explore those issues more in depth. I post at Christ and Pop Culture once every two weeks.

Relevant Christian - I often cross post stuff from Provocative Church here. Occasionally I may write something original. Relevant Christian is a great group blog that addresses issues of faith and practice with honesty and candor.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Fusion by Nelson Searcy



Fusion: Turning First-Time Guests into Fully-Engaged Members of Your Church.

If you are a pastor of a church and/or you are doing assimilation ministry than you definitely want to get a hold of this small, but information-rich little book. Nelson Searcy from Journey Church in NYC has been equipping churches on the subject of Assimilation Ministry for some time now. They do Assimilation Seminars all around the country (in fact, Travis Johnson just attended an Assimilation Seminar, check out the notes from the seminar)

They also sell the CD's from those seminars, which I purchased a couple of years ago. It was then that I became a big fan of their process and best practices.

Read the rest of the review over at my other blog: Ministry Best Practices.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Planted right in the middle of the action



It is by no accident that God has allowed Big Creek Church to be planted within Forsyth County. As we plant ourselves here, God keeps sending people directly to us, right on our doorstep. We have been listed as one of the fastest growing counties in America.

“Three Georgia counties have drawn significant populations in the past year, ranking among the top 10 in the nation in growth rate.

Forsyth County ranked No. 8 in the nation, increasing its population by 7.2 percent, according to U.S. Census Bureau data released Thursday. It was the fastest-growing Georgia county.

“Once they discovered us, they’re all moving here,” said Forsyth County Commissioner Linda Ledbetter, a lifelong resident.

“It’s the greatest place to be. We’re 40 miles from Atlanta and we have Route 400 to get you there. We’re six hours from the beach and three hours from the mountains,” she said. The county added more than 10,000 people in one year, measured from July 1, 2006, to July 1, 2007.

While Jackson County broke the top 10 this year, Forsyth County has consistently been a pace setter for growth, placing sixth in the nation when looking at the time span of 2000 to 2007. Forsyth has grown by 62 percent in that time period, the census data show.”

Read the of the rest HERE.

God has planted us right in the middle of the action. We have a tremendous opportunity to bring the life-giving gospel to so many people. We break ground for our church this Sunday. This ceremony is not about merely building a building, but rather inaugurating a strategic opportunity to bring about gospel transformation to Forsyth County.

The top national ranking comes on the heals of the ranking by Forbes magazine, you can read my previous post about it HERE

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Watch Classic Star Trek Episodes Online



This is soooo cool. Can't you tell that I am a big Star Trek fan. Here I am from a Halloween party in my Star Trek Next Generation uniform with hand-held phaser.

If it isn't scary enough that I am in a Star Trek costume, then would I definitely scare you if I told you that I didn't borrow it, but I actually owned it!


Check them out here!

Monday, March 24, 2008

How do you spell "Morning"?


If you are anything like me, I spell it "mourning".

Mornings are tough. I am not typically a morning person. It is hard to wake up. But that isn't the only issue, when I do eventually wake up I then find it hard not to get drawn in the busyness and complications of my day. When I wake up I feel the smack across my face of all the things reminding me that they need to be done. The day screams - Urgent! Hurry! Get busy! My heart gets so easily burdened and distracted in the morning. That is why I appreciate these comments from C.J. Mahaney and Jeff Purswell:
I never cease to be amazed at how cold my heart is in the morning. And I used to think, “No, if I am really saved then I wouldn’t feel this way in the morning.”

It encouraged me one time to hear Dr. Piper say, “I feel like I have to get saved every morning. I wake up and the devil is sitting on my face.” I can relate to that.
(HT: Sovereign Grace Blog on Early Morning Spiritual Battles)

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Communion Meditations


At Big Creek Church we celebrate communion weekly, you can read the theological and practical reasons are from this series of posts on the Lord's Supper, part 1; part 2; part 3.

These are our communion meditations that we post on the screen to provide an opportunity of meditation and contemplation during the Lord's Supper.


All right, Christianity will do you good—a great deal more good than you ever wanted or expected. And the first bit of good it will do you is to hammer into your head ( you won’t enjoy that!) the fact that what you have hitherto called “good”—all that about “leading a decent life” and “being kind”—isn’t quite the magnificent and all-important affair your supposed. It will teach you that in fact you can’t be “good” (not for twenty-four hours) on your own moral efforts. And then it will teach you that even if you were, you still wouldn’t have achieved the purpose for which you were created. Mere mortality is not the end of life. You were made for something quite different from that . . . . The people who keep on asking if they can’t lead a decent life without Christ, don’t know what life is about,; if they did they would know that a “decent life” is mere machinery compared with the thing we men are really made for. Morality is indispensable: but the Divine Life, which gives itself to us and which calls us to be gods, intends for us something in which morality will be swallowed up. We are to be re-made. - C.S. Lewis, God in the Dock, “Man or Rabbit?”

If a man is centered upon himself, the smallest risk is too great for him, because both success and failure can destroy him. If he is centered upon God, then no risk is too great, because success is already guaranteed--the successful union of creator and creature, beside which everything else is meaningless. -Morris L. West in The Shoes of the Fisherman.

We're too comfortable to be spiritual…. We think we will be able to pursue God better without danger or hardship. And yet it works in just the opposite way. Nothing is more difficult than to grow spiritually when comfortable.

That's why the believer Alexander Solzhenitsyn's reaction to his exile to the Soviet labor camp was to bless it, because it was there that he discovered that "the meaning of earthly existence lies not, as we have grown used to thinking, in prospering, but in the development of the soul." - Tim Bascom, The Comfort Trap: Spiritual Dangers in the Convenience Culture (Intervarsity, 1993)

It is curious to realize that people like you and me, who set such store by being settled and secure, should worship a God whose revelation was to nomads and wanderers. We try to domesticate God, try to get God to settle down with us--but never succeed. - Barbara Moorman in The Other Side

As I studied the life of Christ, one impression about Jesus struck me more forcefully than any other. We have tamed him. The Jesus I learned about as a child was sweet and inoffensive, the kind of person whose lap you'd want to climb on. Mister Rogers with a beard. Indeed, Jesus did have qualities of gentleness and compassion that attracted little children. Mister Rogers, however, he assuredly was not. Not even the Romans would have crucified Mister Rogers. - Philip Yancey

Preaching the Resurrection

At the National Pastors Conference in San Diego, PreachingToday.com's Brian Lowery got to interview N. T. Wright about his latest book—Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church—and how it relates to preaching. Here is an excerpt from that interview:

Preaching Today: In your book Surprised by Hope, you talk about a deeper understanding of hope "that provides a coherent and energizing basis for work in today's world." How has that deeper understanding influenced your preaching through the years?

Bishop N. T. Wright: [Studying] the Resurrection for an earlier book, Resurrection of the Son of God … ended up rubbing my nose in the New Testament theology of new creation, and the fact that the new creation has begun with Easter. I discovered that when we do new creation—when we encourage one another in the church to be active in projects of new creation, of healing, of hope for communities—we are standing on the ground that Jesus has won in his resurrection.

New creation is not just "whistling in the dark." It's not a kind of social Pelagianism, where we try to improve things by pulling ourselves up from our own bootstraps. Because Jesus is raised from the dead, God's new world has begun. We are not only the beneficiaries of new creation; we are the agents of it. I just can't stop preaching about that, because that is where we're going with Easter.

For me, therefore, there's no disjunction between preaching about the salvation which is ours in God's new age—the new heavens and new earth—and preaching about what that means for the present. The two go very closely together. If you have an eschatology that is nonmaterial, why bother with this present world? But if God intends to renew the world, then what we do in the present matters. That's 1 Corinthians 15:58! This understanding has made my preaching more challenging to me, and hopefully to my hearers, to actually get off our backsides and do something in the local community—things that are signs of new creation.

What themes emerged in your preaching after having been surprised by hope?

I've found myself addressing current issues—what you might call "God in public life"—and I've been doing so from a wide variety of points of view. If you start taking hope seriously, you begin to ask, "What does this mean for our public life?" You begin to wrestle with how this actually impacts education policy or what we do with those who seek asylum. These themes have crept into my preaching.

At this last year's Christmas Eve service, I talked about the problems the hill farmers in my diocese were facing because of foot-and-mouth disease. I noted how the government's attitude toward that issue was like the government's attitude toward those who seek asylum. It's the church's responsibility to stand up for those who have nobody to stand up for them. Somebody approached me on the way out the door and said, "You should stick to the Scriptures. There's nothing in Christmas about those who seek asylum!" I was so astonished, that the person had gone before I could say, "What about Matthew 2? What was Jesus doing in Egypt? Weren't they seeking asylum?"

I have found that my preaching is touching on some of the key issues of the times, presenting a Christian response and not just a political response for the sake of political response. I keep asking myself, How is one to think Christianly about these big things?

Many people still cling to older or limited versions of hope, resurrection, and heaven. How can today's preacher contend with some of those limited viewpoints in such a way that the listener is pleasantly surprised, but not offended?

Some people are always going to be offended when you actually teach them what's in the Bible as opposed to what they assume is in the Bible. The preacher can try to say it a number of ways, and sometimes people just won't get it. They will continue to hear what they want to hear. But if you soft-pedal matters, they will think, Oh, he's taking us down the old familiar paths. There is a time for walking in and just saying what needs to be said. Sometimes you just need to find a good line. The line I often use—which makes people laugh—is: "Heaven is important, but it's not the end of the world." In other words, resurrection means the new earth continues after people have gone to heaven.

I put it this way for my audiences: "there is life after life after death." People are very puzzled by that, so I begin to explain it to them. There's life after death. That was Jesus between Good Friday and Easter. He was dead, but he was in whatever life after death is—in paradise without his resurrected body. But that wasn't his final destination. Here I introduce the idea of a two-stage postmortem reality. Most Western Christians have only heard about a two-stage postmortem reality in the Catholic idea of purgatory. That's wrong! A person goes to heaven first and then to the new heavens and new earth. People stare at you like you've just invented some odd heresy, but sorry—this is what the New Testament teaches. The New Testament doesn't have much to say about what happens to people immediately after they die. It's much more interested in the anticipation of the ultimate new world within this one. If you concentrate on preaching life after death, you devalue the present world. Life after life after death, however, reaffirms the value of this present world.

Early in the book, you write: "Our task…is to live as resurrection people in between Easter and the final day, with our Christian life, corporate and individual, in both worship and mission, as a sign of the first and the foretaste of the second." What role does the preacher play in that good work? In other words, what does it look like to live as resurrection preachers?

So many people think preaching the Resurrection means doing a little bit of apologetics in the pulpit to prove it really is true. Others simply say, "Jesus is raised, therefore there is a life after death." This isn't the point! Those types of sermons may be necessary, but there's more to it than that. To preach the Resurrection is to announce the fact that the world is a different place, and that we have to live in that "different-ness." The Resurrection is not just God doing a wacky miracle at one time. We have to preach it in a way that says this was the turning point in world history.

To take preaching seriously, you need a high theology of the Word of God. When your preaching announces that Jesus is the crucified and risen Lord of the world, things happen. The principalities and powers are called into account. Human beings who once thought the message of someone rising from the dead is ridiculous, actually find that the message of resurrection can transform their lives.

Finally, there must be a relationship between what you say and who you are. Preaching is the personality, infused by the Spirit, communicating the Word of God to people. If there's a mismatch—if you're not being a resurrection person—you may say the right words, but something radical is missing.


Saturday, March 22, 2008

Have we lost the notion of sin?


Is sin dead? No, not by a long shot. Yet as Easter approaches, some pastors and theologians worry: How can Christians celebrate Jesus' atonement for their sins and the promise of eternal life in his resurrection if they don't recognize themselves as sinners?

Read the story HERE

Image: Repent and Sin No More! by Andy Warhol

Passion Week and Google


This is kind of cool and something that you might find fruitful while contemplating the events leading up to our Savior's death and resurrection. Here is an attempt within Google Earth to show the locations of the major events (to the best of our knowledge) along with descriptions and biblical passages describing those events:

The KML file lets you interact with this map in Google Earth, allowing you to rotate the view and zoom in from various angles.

(HT: Justin)

Crucifixion not so bad?!





Crucifixion? It wasn't that bad, says professor.
What is this guy drinking? I have heard all kinds of ludicrous claims in order debunk and marginalize Christianity, but this one has to take the cake. I think that this professor obviously hasn't read this article which I posted a few days ago.

Here is an excerpt from this article:
The Crucifixion of Christ "wasn't as bad as it's been painted", an outspoken Marxist academic will claim on the BBC this month.

Terry Eagleton, Professor of Cultural Theory at the University of Manchester, will say on Radio 4's Lent Talks that Jesus "got off pretty lightly" because it only took him three hours to die, The Daily Telegraph has learned.

He adds that Jesus's scourging was a "blessing in disguise" because it hastened his death. He also attacks modern Christianity for siding with the rich and abandoning the poor.

Professor Eagleton's remarks in the run-up to Easter have enraged traditionalists, who also criticized the BBC for commissioning him.

But the corporation said that the talks, to be given by six well-known figures, including the Bishop of Durham, the Rt Rev Tom Wright, and Ann Widdecombe, the former Tory minister, would offer a range of perspectives.


Read the rest of the article HERE

Friday, March 21, 2008

Good Friday - from a lawyer's perspective

Even lawyers have something to say about Good Friday.

Read the article HERE

Good Friday


O God, by the passion of your blessed Son you made an instrument of shameful death to be for us the means of life:

Grant me so to glory in the cross of Christ, that I may gladly suffer shame and loss for the sake of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirt, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

- The Book of Common Prayer

Don't forget our Good Friday service at Big Creek tonight at 7pm.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

The Brutality of Jesus' Death


"Written over 20 years ago and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, this article goes into graphic detail about the physical pain that Jesus would have endured in his beatings and crucifixion--which pales, of course, to the spiritual and emotional pain of bearing the wrath of his Father on behalf of God's children."

(HT: Justin)

Let's roll the video tape!

I don't mean for this to become an Oprah blog, but I thought that this video clip would be a good follow-up to my previous post on Oprah. If you read my article at Christ and Pop Culture, I mentioned a question from Kelly on Oprah's web seminar which was discussing Eckhart Tolle's book, "A New Earth". Kelly's question garnered a response from Oprah that revealed a lot about her beliefs. Here is that clip:

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

What do you do when your life flies into a ditch?


This has been a tough week for me. The reason why has nothing to do with some drama in my own personal life. Rather the challenges this week have come from what I have absorbed from others.

This past week, I have counseled and entered into the pain of tons of hurting people at Big Creek. People are getting kicked in the teeth by life. I have heard the news of divorce, couples experiencing infertility, a diagnosis of aggressive cancer, a women who lost her baby in the middle of her pregnancy, lost jobs, rebellious kids and the list goes on.

It doesn't seem like a matter of "if" we are going to go through suffering, pain and hardship, but rather "when" and "how".

It some ways all of this suffering pisses me off - I have been mad and frustrated at how people have had to suffer. I have also wept, mourned and grieved for and with those same people. And during it all I have prayed. Although in the midst of all this darkness, I have been able to praise God for answered prayers - medical tests that have come up "negative", people becoming employed and marriages being healed. And through it all I have been able to cling to the hope that is found in the resurrection.

Easter is coming at a good time! Christ's resurrection and His victory over death, pain and suffering has been in my face all week. The resurrection is a foretaste...a foretaste of all that will be accomplished when Christ returns again. The resurrection is a reminder...a reminder that death doesn't have the last word. The resurrection is a promise...a promise that our pain is not pointless.

I would encourage you to set you eyes, mind and heart on Christ's resurrection - it is in the resurrection that we have and find hope when you experience your life flying into a ditch.

For more thoughts on how to respond to pain and suffering, I would encourage you to read John Piper's thoughts called, "Don't Waste Your Cancer"

Piper has gone through cancer, so he knows what he speaks of.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Who are you most connected with?

Americans have a global reputation for being religious people, but a new study from The Barna Group indicates that people’s most important personal relationship is not with God. Family surpassed their Heavenly Father as the key personal connection.
Read the rest of the report HERE

I do know one thing for certain about living in the suburbs of North Atlanta, people take their families/children very seriously. It has always appeared to me as their highest priority.

For instance, the biggest determining factor for people selecting a church, especially our church of Big Creek, is not the doctrine/beliefs. It is not the preaching or the pastor. It is not the proximity of the church to their home. It is the programs/activities for their children. Parents will go where their children are the most cared for, comfortable and connected.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Who was St. Patrick?


A brief history of St. Patrick (ht: Between the Worlds)

St. Patrick's Prayer called The Breastplate of St. Patrick

Is Oprah the Next Billy Graham?


Here is my new article at Christ and Pop Culture.

You can read it here

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Sunday comics

Peeps



In a week, millions of Easter baskets will soon feature those little yellow (or pink, or white) marshmallow chicks (or bunnies, or…) called Peeps. More than a billion Peeps will be sold this year, but I’ll bet you had no idea what a big deal Peeps are to some pretty troubled people. (Or at least people with LOTS of time on their hands.)

Just check out a few of these “Peeps sites” for yourself:

http://www.marshmallowpeeps.com/index.html
http://www.peepresearch.org/

Saturday, March 15, 2008

That was close


Nothing is scarier than watching the doppler on the T.V. and seeing a tornado heading your way. We are fine, it landed in our county but went around us...because of these tornadoes the last two days a lot of people are picking up from the damage. Thank you Lord for watching over me and my family.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Keller's book #7

From Justin Taylor - "Tim Keller's The Reason for God will be at #7 next week on the NY Times Bestseller List (for non-fiction). Which, of course, means that more than just evangelical Christians are buying it--a good thing indeed."

That is very exciting news if not just people of faith are the only ones engaging with Keller's thoughts and ideas.

I think Thomas said it well

Thursday, March 13, 2008

History of Religion

This is a cool map and illustration of the movement of different faiths throughout the history of the world.



Apparently it’s not entirely accurate (for instance Armenia has been a Christian nation since 301 AD and the map doesn’t reflect that). Regardless, it’s a very close representation.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Tis the Season for Ministry Planning

(thanks_bob_for the heads up on the picture)


This is prime time for working on ministry plans. All of our staff are in the middle of working on their ministry plans for next year. We start now, at this point in the year, so that we can access our budget needs (since the finance team works on nailing down the budget in April) and to make sure they are ready to implement for the fall.

Therefore now is the best time to define and develop our ministry outcomes, goals and strategic plans.

Monday, March 10, 2008

I'm NOT Connected!


I live and minister in one of the busiest communities in the United States. North Atlanta is a rat race. Everyone is going on with their life at nearly 120 miles per hour with their hair on fire. People's schedules are super packed. Everyone seems to be pushed to the limit with time, energy and resources. People's lives are isolated, walled-off and lonely.

In light of that, I am not surprised that the biggest cry I hear in the church is "I'm not Connected".

If that is you, or if someone you know says that to you, let me gently counsel you and give you some help in addressing this issue.

First, when are you realistically able to get connected? Wanting to get connected won't simply make it so. You need to make some margin in your life. You won't get connected if your schedule has no additional bandwidth. You need to slow down and cut some stuff out. In trying to do it all, something is going to get left out - most of the time it is relationships. Relationships take time, work and energy. They won't come easily and they won't happen unless you are INTENTIONAL in making them happen.

Second, why are you tell me? Why do people look at me and say, "I am NOT Connected!" What do people expect me to do about it? I know that this paragraph is going to get me into trouble, but it is important to deliver some honesty here. Because I am in charge of small groups some people therefore expect that I can work magic and get people connected. Let me burst your bubble, I can't. I cannot connect you. All I can do is help create and cultivate opportunities of connection and then point you in the right direction. But I can't make you connect. Connection and relationships are ultimately your responsibility and it will require all the necessary work and effort I mentioned in my first point.

Third, why are you ultimately making the point? Most of the time when I hear someone raise that concern, (of not connecting), it is often too late. Often when a person laments of having had no real connections they do so with another agenda in mind. They are usually ready and determined to leave the church and they merely want to justify their own decision by proclaiming, "I am NOT Connected!" The truth is, you must say something to someone when it really matters. You must speak up when we can help do something about it - and help YOU do something about it. If it is a real concern than you won't let months and years go by sitting silent.

My heart and concern is to help people within the church enter into life-giving, enriching, authentic and lasting relationships. I pray that if you are not connected, you will allow your schedule to accommodate relationships, that you will take the initiative and not wait any longer by remaining silent.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Why Michael Spencer doesn't read my blog

I know that I fall victim to points #3, 5 and 9 all the time and I am borderline with points #1, 4 and 7.

Make sure to read Michael's post, it is a good reminder to all bloggers out there.

Ten Reasons Why I don't Read Your Blog (ala breaking point #5)

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Mandles

A perfect gift for Father's Day



(HT: MMI)

Friday, March 07, 2008

Surprised by Hope


(yep_I_ripped_off_the_title_from_Tom_Wright, but the sermon is mine)

This is my sermon from this past Sunday on Revelation 21:1-5



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Thursday, March 06, 2008

Empowered by Hope

In light of my sermon this past Sunday (ala the N.T. Wright book I have been reading), I thought this was an interesting play off of the Obama campaign theme and logo. (HT: Mudpuppy)

Information Overload

Here again is a lot of good material throughout the week that I've come across. I feel the need to share some of the good stuff with you since I don't have time to comment on it throughout the blog.

This stuff shows up in my Google RSS Reader throughout the week and I use the widget from my "shared items" in my Google Reader to post the most interesting information that I've gathered from the web. Enjoy some fun, entertaining and provocative reading. (my shared items have their own individual rss feed that you can subscribe to directly)




WalMart picture


As I mentioned earlier I did the invocation at the VIP/Family night on Monday, but WalMart also had me come back and give the invocation yesterday morning at their public grand opening.

This is an incredible store - apparently a proto-type for the company of a new design.

BTW, here is a picture of the WalMart cake at the Monday night affair...and no offense to whoever made this cake, but my brother could have made a better cake in his sleep!

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Who are the most powerful Christians in Hollywood?


Hollywood may have a well-deserved reputation for being a spiritual wasteland, but faith is hardly absent from Tinseltown. The following 12 Hollywood powerhouses are at the top of their game in movies or TV and are unabashed about proclaiming their Christian beliefs. From Beliefnet are the 12 most powerful Christians in Hollywood? Those who made the Beliefnet Power dozen are on the list because they have the clout to choose their career direction, while keeping their faith and even injecting it into their work in subtle or not-so-subtle ways. Click here to find out who are the most powerful Christians in Hollywood.

What do you think about this list? Any problems with Mel Gibson being on the list? I do.

Coffee Art

You know that I am coffee lover and I have posted on this before...but I couldn't resist posting these picture that my mom sent me from a restaurant in Vancouver that dresses up the lattes.

It is amazing what can be done with coffee, cream, milk & some imagination. These look too good to drink!