Archive for August, 2013

a few days after…

soooo, last sunday night created a bit of a stir!!

if you missed it, this was the evening that will live on in VMA history with a miley cyrus & robin thicke performance that will not soon be forgotten.  if you didn’t watch it you’re probably better off, but to bring you up to speed here’s what it was.  it revealed a problem about US.  and i say “US” because this wasn’t just about the performers.

there has been lots written & said about this, here is probably the best one.  do read.

the thing that i kept coming back to is this; we, as humanity, have a problem…


if you had paid attention to miley cyrus in her pre-teen years, and i did because i have a daughter just a bit younger than miley, she has gone through a massive change.  and she has said, for years now, that she never wanted stardom, never wanted to be a role model for younger girls, and the list of what she didn’t want to do goes on…and on.

the things that began to happen & choices she began to make revealed that she was wanting to redefine herself as someone that was making her own decisions, & was trying to shed the cute, pristine version of hannah montana.  mission accomplished.

what this all reveals, & i mean everything up to and including the VMA’s, is rebellion.  she didn’t want certain people telling her what to do, where to go, how to dress, what to sing & how to behave.  so she was able to get rid of those people & then surround herself with anyone that would support her desire to push away from a former image.

the only difference between miley [and let’s be honest, robin thicke too] is that their rebellion is lived out in the tabloids, on TMZ and on stage @ the VMA’s.  our rebellion, is often, hid behind closed doors & out of the public sight.

we have the same problem, a rebellious heart!

most of us have this internal clock or voice or some other notification that tells us “it’s time to go,  don’t go there.  stop dating her/him.”  but we don’t end up listening.  there is another thought that crops up, “no, no, it’ll be fine.  i can handle this.”  and we end up looking back & saying, “what was i thinking?  i should have known better than to do that.”

so for a little bit, let’s stop thinking about how horrible miley & robin are & their behavior.  consider you & the ways of your rebellious heart…yea, you still have a rebellious heart.

by the way, if you desire is to challenge this point of your rebellious heart, that simply reveals your rebellious heart.

also remember, none of us deserve the grace that we’re offered through Christ & His shed blood on the cross.  that’s something that God gave when we didn’t ask for it, before we ever knew we needed it.


colossians week 5

week 5 follow-up to the colossians series.  read – share – grow!

attitude of Christ [handout]

wonderful article on the call to unity through students we may never meet.

“We Are All Rwandans” by Christopher Heuertz.

ooohhh this is a good article.  take a few minutes & read it.  this kind of thing stirs up our emotions & the things we think are true & right.  it’s always good to challenge the things we believe are true!

3 Phrases Christians Should Quit Relying On | Jayson D. Bradley.

such an important article & the follow-up related to wolves & stones. read it, read it, read it!!

Church Is Messy (and that's a good thing)

I have been preaching for 20 years.  Yesterday I did something that I have never done before in a sermon.  I publicly called out false teachers and named them by name.  I said,

If you listen to Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer, if you take what they teach seriously, it will not be good for you.  It will be detrimental to your long-term growth as a follower of Jesus.

(You can watch the sermon by clicking here)

I used to think that their error was so blatantly obvious that they could just be ignored.  I was wrong.  They are massively growing in popularity in the evangelical world and are seen as credible and helpful.  Before I’m inundated with questioning emails I want to share why I distrust these two and think you should as well.  So, don’t shoot met–at least not yet.

This post will be long, very long.  And…

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continuation of the sunday series, a little more content & opportunity for personal study & deeper relationship with God.

read on & grow!

details of biblical light [handout]