who's more embarrassed?

I don't want to poke fun of other people's beliefs, but here I go.

In a bid to embarrass the weather gods into bringing some monsoon rain, Eastern Indian farmers have asked their daughters to plow in the buff.

"They (villagers) believe their acts would get the weather gods badly embarrassed, who in turn would ensure bumper crops by sending rains," Upendra Kumar, a village council official, said from Bihar's remote Banke Bazaar town.

So who is more embarrassed the gods or the daughters? It seems to me the gods are getting a show at the expense of the daughters.


Atheists De-Baptize

This USA Today article describes a new ritual that many atheist groups are practicing - de-baptism. Apparently, they are using blow dryers labeled "reason" to symbolically blow away the folly of religion. It is a kind of mock ceremony, but many are finding it cathartic.

It was very therapeutic," Gray said in an interview. "It was a chance to laugh at the silly things I used to believe as a child. It helped me admit that it was OK to think the way I think and to not have any religious beliefs."

One seminary professor responded with...
Baptism "is a kind of adoption where you become a child of God, of the church and of the family," he said. "You can renounce your physical parents, (the church and God), but they cannot renounce you because you are their child. Anybody who makes fun of baptism probably hasn't gone into it in enough depth to know that."

Any thoughts?


still applicable today

These words could have just as easily been written yesterday.

“It grieves them more to own a bad house than a bad life, as if it were man’s greatest good to have everything good but himself” (Augustine, City of God 3.1)

what the hell

Here is a post worth reading about our limitations when it comes to understanding hell and judgment.


Worst Sermon Ever...

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Mike Belue for turning me on to this gem. This is perhaps one of the most awe inspiring sermons I have ever had the privilege to hear. This will be a nice introduction to my next Top 5 list.


Three recommendations at Read Mor Ded Peepl.

A good introduction to an understanding of the Kingdom of God.

The true art of happiness.

The nature of Christian faith and discipleship.


Top 5 Mistakes in Leadership

In the same vain of the previous post “Top 5 Mistakes in Marriage,” I list my “Top 5 Mistakes in Leadership.” List your own top 5 or challenge mine in the comments (or on your blog):

(1) Wanting to be in leadership.
(2) Blaming failure on those you are leading or external circumstances.
(3) Believing those you are leading are servants to your vision.
(4) Failing to or being unwilling to admit error or confess sin.
(5) Leading out of ambition and not out of burden.

Crazy Love

Put down your Osteen. Put down your McLaren. Put down your Dali Lama. Turn off your Oprah. Put down your Chopra.

And pick up your Chan.



praying today's psalm: psa 133

How good and pleasant it is
When brothers live together in unity!
It is like precious oil poured on the head,
Running down on the beard,
Running down on Aaron’s beard,
Down upon the collar of his robes.
It is as if the dew of Hermon
Were falling on Mount Zion.
For there the LORD bestows his blessing,
Even life forevermore.

(Psa 133:1-3, NIV)

Lord, you desire unity among your people, but we are factious and divisive. But what is at the root of our conflicts? Someone will say it is religion itself. Unity will only come when faith is destroyed. Someone will say it is because some have and others do not. Unity will only come when possessions are nullified. You know, Father, at the heart of it is our own self-centeredness. Our only ethic is what is best for “me.” Our only objective is to take care of “me.” My only goal is to exalt “me.” Everyone else is expendable to this one vision, and everyone else seeks the same. You have shown us another way: “In humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus” (Phil 2:3-5). Forgive us, Lord, for our failure. Forgive us, Lord, for we have ignored the most fundamental doctrine of our faith. Do a work in us. For your namesake, work a miracle in your people. Amen


sitting in the pews

If you have ever listened to a sermon and thought “I could never have found all of that in there,” Fret not! It probably wasn’t there.


Top 5 Mistakes In Marriage

Scot McKnight forwards this question. What are the top 5 mistakes made in marriage?

My Answers:
1. Getting married because you want to be married.
(I have seen many settle for the first person who wants to marry them because they wanted to be married so bad and felt this was their only shot. If you are not secure enough to remain unmarried, please don't get married.)

2. Ignoring red flags that arise and warnings you receive during dating and engagement.
(Guess what? They will not change, and it will only get worse once you put that ring on.)

3. Men withholding love for sex, and women withholding sex for love.
(It's a surefire way to drive them into the arms of another. If you don't, someone else will.)

4. Men not making their wives feel like beautiful women, and women not making their husbands feel like competent men.
(Same as above. If you don't, someone else will. If you think affection just comes naturally, you are in for some surprises.)

5. Slighting your spouse in public.
(Next time you see someone slight their spouse in public, look into that person's the eyes, and tell me what you see.)
Holding a grudge? See what the early Christians had to say about that. More from The Didache


the scholar and the preacher

"When a gulf exists between the lecture-room and the pulpit, sterility in the class-room and superficiality in the pulpit often result." George Eldon Ladd in the Forward of The Gospel of the Kingdom

if god texted the 10 commandments

Maybe you have seen this one going around, but it is worth passing.

1. no1 b4 me. srsly.
2. dnt wrshp pix/idols
3. no omg’s
4. no wrk on w/end (sat 4 now; sun l8r)
5. pos ok – ur m&d r cool
6. dnt kill ppl
7. :-X only w/ m8
8. dnt steal
9. dnt lie re: bf
10. dnt ogle ur bf’s m8. or ox. or dnkey. myob.


How did early Christians judge whether leaders were legit? More from The Didache.