The Road Trip: A Fight Back to Gratitude: “Gotham City is Still Holding on Line One”

Secret: I hate the holidays. I have several reasons, including a desperate longing to see family that have long since gone Home, and the hopelessness that comes from doing the same things over and over and over and over every year with no expectation of it ever changing. One “Holiday” I’m just going to take off for about 3 months and rent a little cabin so close to Nowhere that Santa doesn’t have it in his GPS and I’ll decompress from all the expectations and just live a while and not watch in despair as humanity behaves at its “best” at the holidays.

And I’m not alone.

Depression is a strange beast.  Its sufferers often cowering in a place of shame.  Of loneliness.  Of despair.

We hear ourselves.  Our voices aching and crying out.   We see the world around us, the laughter, hopes, joys of others.

Holidays for us are often the most difficult time of the year.  When we are witness to a season of joy, our lifetime of pain is never in more stark contrast.

Often just to turn off the television, to get up from sleep, to answer a telephone is excruciating in the energy required.   We scour the internet.  We ask for advice.  We desperately seek a way back to rejoin the human population.  Gratitude, for we know that we should be happy to be alive.  It would be a sin to entertain thoughts to the contrary.

Finish reading: The Road Trip: A Fight Back to Gratitude: “Gotham City is Still Holding on Line One.

OUTRAGE!!! BOYCOTT!!! WOO HOO!!! YAY JESUS!!! DOWN WITH COSTCO!!!

Grounds For Moral Outrage? Get a grip.
Grounds For Moral Outrage? Get a grip.

Grounds For Moral Outrage?
Get a grip.

You know, I think of all the Christian character traits mature followers should have the most important is outrage. It is extremely important to be thoughtless and reactionary with unchecked anger and we seriously need to channel those feelings into some productive revenge. I think Jesus would be so proud of us!

Now all we need is for the church to rise up out of its oppression, light the torches and hoist the pitchforks, and let’s go burn something down so we can feel closer to God! Then We’ll do the best thing a Christian can do.

We’ll BOYCOTT COSTCO!

If you want to know what the dripping sarcasm is about, here’s a note from Ed:

Another Day, Another Faux Christian Outrage: Costco’s Fiction Bible | The Exchange | A Blog by Ed Stetzer.

The Snack We Call Supper – Shepherd Serve

Here’s a long one that’ll make you think the next time someone passes you a cracker an half an ounce of grape juice.

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I hope you are beginning to see that the little ritual we rehearse in our churches is a far cry from what the Lord originally intended for His special supper of love. And I hope no one thinks Im calling for nothing more than a relocation of the Lords Supper from church buildings to homes, along with an increase in the portion sizes of the food! The greater issue is our love for one another.

Naturally, a joyous meal in a home is a better opportunity to express our love for each other than is a two-minute snack that we swallow while staring at the back of someone elses head.

Read the whole thing:  The Snack We Call Supper – Shepherd Serve.

sexy “christianity”. — kyledonn.com

Here’s one of those must-read posts that a friend shared on facebook earlier. For a long time I’ve been annoyed with the mecentric preaching of some popChrist preachers. I keep hearing them blather about God’s best for them, God’s healing for them, God’s blessings for them, God’s blahblah for them, and God is universally concerned with their rights. God will smite you if you violate a popChristian’s “rights”. You know the ones I’m talking about. If you know one of those there are some words they need to hear.

You gave up your rights the instant you declared Jesus to be your Lord and Salvation and vowed that all your life was His alone.

This mecentric “gospel” and #ScatologicalEschatology the modern pulpits are spewing sure does garner a lot of popChrist followers though. Its promises even extend to God allowing anything because everything is forgiven in popChrist and we have no need to fear any repercussions because God surely won’t allow horrible things to happen to his popChrist followers.

Please.

This kind of Scatological Eschatology comes from one thing: Listening only to the pulpit and not studying God’s word for ourselves. Jesus is not a candy vendor. Stop treating Him like one. With that, I’ll stop my rant. Please click through and read Kyle Donn’s whole post. You won’t be disappointed. You may get hurt though…

quote“They were put to death by stoning; they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated – the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground.”

Hebrews 11:37-38 (NIV)

Again, we read passages on the sufferings of Paul, like 2 Corinthians 11:23-28, and find our hearts stirring within us as if to say, “Ah! If I could just have that kind of faith! If I could just live with that kind of abandon! That is what I was created for!” Our generation has reached out in longing saying, “there has got to be more than this!” and is finding that heroes like Paul seem to have found it… It’s that variable on the back of our tongue when we hear the words “for me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” It’s Jesus. Untamed and unadulteratedly Jesus. Unpolluted by what the church wants to make Him… Unbound by what modern Philosophers want to call Him. We only want Jesus. And no less.

This kind of Christianity is dangerously cool. And that’s the thing… it’s dangerous. Here and there, it’s spot on; but my fear is that it flirts with the edge and settles for the empty satisfaction of a cultural ego-trip – thirsty to hear cool people say: “Wow! You’re doing great things for God!”… It says, “I’ve got style… and heart.” And when our “style” starts to get a little to close to our “heart” our faith begins to become as skin-deep as the skinny jeans we like to wear.

Please read the whole thing: sexy “christianity”. — kyledonn.com.

North Korea publicly executes 80, some for videos or Bibles, report says | Fox News

German Military Firing Squad Eliminates an Opponent of the New World Order

Do you ever feel persecuted?

Let’s get honest for a minute. “Christian persecution” has so many flavors and nuances and outlets it can be hard to determine what really is and is not genuine suffering for the Name of Christ. I sometimes believe we in the USA have a persecution complex and are ready to holler about my rights far too easily and assume we’re being deliberately trodden on for our faith. Someone may simply not like you. They may not like you a whole bunch. And a bunch of people may feel the same way. Big deal. But are you being targeted only because of your faith?

Consider this: North Korea publicly executes 80, some for videos or Bibles, report says | Fox News.

Reblog: Strange Ire: John MacArthur, Charismatics, and Controversy

MacArthur, as you probably know, is a prolific author, radio host of the syndicated show Grace to You, and longstanding pastor of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, CA. Controversy’s no stranger to him – his past public comments about Christian counseling and Christian rock have ruffled plenty of feathers, mine included – but I respect him and deeply appreciate so much of what he’s written and said, not to mention his consistent shepherding of the thousands at Grace Community Church.

But I don’t think he’d return the admiration, judging by his recently released book Strange Fire: The Danger of Offending the Holy Spirit with Counterfeit Worship (Thomas Nelson) which has just hit the stores. Quotes from it, and from him, have also just hit the fan. Among them:

-The charismatic movement dishonors God and deserves judgment.

-Charismatics are attributing to the Holy Spirit the works of Satan.

-The Charismatic movement has made no contribution to biblical clarity, interpretation, or sound doctrine.

-God doesn’t strike it down only because He’s patient

And Joe answers this very well. Be sure you go read the whole post by Joe Dallas, who does have a bit of my personal respect in spite of my not knowing him personally. Nor do I know MacArthur, of whom I really had no personal respect in the first place because I’ve zero experience with him. But he certainly lost much of a chance of getting any when he throws out accusations that I can’t possibly be NOT working for Satan himself. I’m a fairly point-blank guy. If you said the things MacArthur said I’d probably just call you a bigoted religiously bound butthole and move on.

I’d like to point out something in MacArthur that I find bewildering before I go and let you read the rest. MacArthur is one who believes that the Holy Spirit ceased acting on earth shortly after the Book of Acts. So in his world and theology it is impossible for anyone to claim the Spirit has done anything. That’s nuts and it’s myopic. That’s my two cents worth of opinion. Move along; nothing more to see here. 🙂

Blessings.

Read the rest: Strange Ire: John MacArthur, Charismatics, and Controversy | Joe Dallas Online.