How could I have missed this?
The Good News. Buen Noticias. The Message. Whatever you call it, we're supposed to be telling it. How? Let me count the ways… The Kristo – probably the best online flash video of it's kind. Check it out. Got Life? -not to shabby, a bit on the systematic side. F.A.I.T.H. – the updated version of CWT and EE (for you old geezers…) Not to mention WWJD, F.R.O.G., D.O.G., and the mountain of t-shirts, bumper stickers, tracts, bracelets, keychains, CDs, etc. all designed to help us tell the story of God's plan for redeeming us and the rest of the planet. We've got more tools in our toolbox than Ty Pennington. But how effective are they? How do we use them? Do we use them at all? The danger is in thinking that wearing a t-shirt is doing evangelism. I've never run into anyone who became a Christ-follower by seeing a bumper sticker or a silicone bracelet. At some point don't we have to open our trap and TALK about how Christ saved us, gave us hope, and adopted us into the Kingdom? Doesn't it involve conversation? How do you tell your part of the Christ-story? What interesting conversations have you had? What have you learned from others?
Yesterday, I taught Darien how to ride his bike without training wheels. It was a big day for a 5 year old. (A pretty big day for Dad, too.) I started as I suppose most Dads before me do, by holding the back seat of the bike while he pedaled. I ran along beside him, giving instructions. “Pedal faster!” “Sit up straight!” “Keep going! You’re doing great!”
“Daddy”, he said, “Now my bike is just like yours.” He paused. “Now I’m just like you!”
Sweet. But the reality is, nope. Not yet, he isn’t. Darien had forgotten that I was still holding on to the seat of his bike. As soon as I let go, he remembered…and crashed within seconds.
After about 35 minutes of running and holding, crashing and scraping, he rode his bike for 3 straight blocks without falling. He did it! We hugged. We gave hi-fives. We took pictures.
“Great job!” I said.
“You always say that…”, he grinned.
From the advice I gave him, I began to realize the theology my 5 year old was learning.
1. You’re gonna fall down. It happens to all of us. Even in the best of families. It’s part of our condition. And part of the process. Darien asked me when we got started, “Do you think I’ll fall down?”
“Oh, yeah”, I said, “Everyone falls at first. But you’ll figure it out. You’re gonna do great.”
As a Christ-follower, I still fall. Just when I think I’m just like Dad, I bust it. Ah, well.
2. Slow down. When things get wobbly, use your brakes.
3. Look where you want to go. If you’re afraid of running off the sidewalk, don’t keep staring at the grass. That’s where you’ll end up. If you wanna stay on the sidewalk, keep your eyes there. My wife used to say,”Keep your eyes on Jesus and your feet will go right.” I don’t care to argue hermeneutics or exegesis. Why? For the most part, I’m still struggling with ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ I have a hard enough time keeping my eyes fixed on the prize.
A great day. I’m sure I’ll spend the rest of the week going on bike rides. And putting on Band-Aids.
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The guys over at xxxchurch are at it again. You gotta give it to them for trying. If you’re not familiar with them, check out their anti-porn ministry and their internet accountability software. Good stuff, for sure. I applaud these guys—they are amazing.
Their latest effort to reach those who are trapped in the sin of pornography and it’s money-making lifestyle has been to pass out free Bibles at adult film conventions—typically at the rate of 1,000 per convention.
Following in the wake of The Sportsman’s Bible, The Coach’s Bible,as well as a hundred versions of The Student’s Bible ( I even own a Dirt Track Racer’s Bible!), Mike and Craig approached the publishers with a cover that simply read “Jesus Loves Porn Stars”. …as expected, the publishing powers-that-be denied them. Here’s an excerpt from the L.A. Times:
Bernstengel offered several alternatives, but the pastors rejected them.
Later in the article Craig says this:
… it’s time for Christians to take risks. “Yeah, the cover’s out there; it’s controversial, it’s provocative, it’s wacky,” he said. “But it’s to draw attention to the content. If people have that book in their hands, it’s a good thing.”
Thoughts? Is the cover ‘too much’? What’s the message being sent? What part does 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 play in all this? What would you think about carrying around a Bible that read “Jesus Loves Porn Stars” on the cover?