got religion?

8 03 2009

i know these are a couple years old, but i just stumbled across them this afternoon.  funny, but interesting takes on being religious from a series of videos about “connecting with God without being religious”.  in my life, i’ve seen more division, strife and pride produced in the name of “religion” than anything.  ick.  i have yet to see where religion of any kind produces grace, and probably never will.  i dig these and can relate to them all.  you?  holla.

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disturbed

10 10 2008

i am disturbed.

first, there’s this.  louis farrakhan, leader of the nation of islam and silver-tongued deceiver of many, has gone as far as to hail barack obama’s words as the words of “the messiah”.  excuse me?  there are so many things that are disturbing about this.

the only thing more disturbing than that has to be this, a site dedicated to crowning obama as a deity. you must be out of your mind!

as i was reading all these things, this passage from the gospel of luke immediately came to me…

what sorrow awaits you who are praised by the crowds,
for their ancestors also praised false prophets. – luke 6:26

the niv translates it this way…

woe to you when all men speak well of you,
for that is how their fathers treated the false prophets

and the message translation says it like this…

there’s trouble ahead when you live only for the approval of others, saying what flatters them, doing what indulges them. popularity contests are not truth contests—look how many scoundrel preachers were approved by your ancestors! Your task is to be true, not popular.

all this is disturbing on many levels and i can’t get away from it.

i know this isn’t going to make me popular, but i really don’t care.  but i must be honest and say that i have great concern, as a follower of Christ, supporting someone in this capacity who has the glowing adulation of so many who not only do not espouse my views and values, but many of whom have views and values at the far other end of the spectrum.

when i see so many people in morally-bankrupt hollywood practically foaming at the mouth to get obama into office… i’m not going to lie to you… i must ask deeper questions and wonder why.  i must question the motive.  what is lying underneath and driving this seemingly unquenchable passion that they exhibit and I must ask myself…

is my voice synonymous with those whose vehement disdain for anything of virtue is second only to their lust for power, money and greed ?

does oprah winfrey, who can’t seem to make up her mind exactly who it is she serves, represent me?

do i lift my voice in concert with those whose “art” vigorously decries the values that are central to family to say, “i’m with you”?

do these people who day in and day out push the envelope of godlessness, immorality and indecency on a global scale actually speak for me?

i’ll tell you.

hell to the naw!

EDIT:::  for the record, this is not necessarily an anti-obama post, but rather a look at some of the foolishness going around as well as a “people get it together and learn to think and make decisions for yourselves” blog.

just because someone has a hot song or a hot movie does not mean their political opinions carry any more weight than yours do.  find out the issues, get the facts, pray for wisdom, and vote based on your conscience.

which ever way you vote, it needs to be because it is the conviction of your own heart, not because diddy is fresh to def and says “obama”.  it’s wrong when it happens on either side, but i see a lot more abuse and irresponsibility of platform and status when it comes to the entertainment world waving the obama flag high than i do on the other side.  don’t think for a second that folks aren’t banking on the ignorance of the many who wont’ take time to educate themselves on the issues, but will blindly do whatever celebrities day do.  hell, burger king even has a ad campaign featuring diddy based on this entire premise.  “diddy says bk is open late” and the masses come running.  sure, it’s tongue in cheek, but there’s a thread of unfortunate truth in it that should not be winked at.

don’t be a puppet.

selah…





file under: you’ve got to be kidding me

7 10 2008

oh lord, I don’t even know where to start with this one.

just in case you may have been under a rock and are unaware of the absolute circus that was the $1.2 million 2003 wedding, media frenzy, 2007 separation and subsequent divorce of “bishop” thomas weeks and “prophetess” juanita bynum earlier this year… first of all, good for you!  for those of us who were subjected to watch all the nonsense play out on both sides, i believe both parties owe us all a big apology for the way they allowed the drama of their personal lives to be presented as they both milked the situation for all it was worth.  but i’m not here to talk about that, so i digress.

fast forward to now and the good “bishop” and “pastor”, having been divorced for 4 months, has taken to the internet to find his next, and third, wife via a “reality” show called “the holy hook-up” where he endeavors to find “who will be the next mrs. weeks?”  … you’ve got to be kidding me?!?! yet more publicity and exposure resulting from something that everyone wishes would just go away!  i hope this thing does not materialize because i can smell a hot mess a mile away, and this one reeks! i’m talking “hot mess” with a capital “what the hell?!?!”

there is so much (soooooooooo much!) commentary i could offer about this, but instead i will just post this video.

watching this, and laughing until i cry… i don’t know what’s funnier… the fact that this dude is actually doing this foolishness, the hilarious commentary from “lady d” or the fact that she is “taping” her show at work (see her look at her desk phone when it rings at 7:09) lol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!      tears….  really!

dare I ask where is the gospel in all this foolishness?  ummm… “pastor”… where is christ being preached as you scour the globe for a sensual woman of drinking age to be your third wife?!

wait… did she just say that “people might want to see a video” of her naked???  who are these people???  what people?!?!?! too much!!!!!

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when bad ideas happen to god’s people

15 09 2008

honestly, i don’t even know what commentary to offer here… except  what  the  heck  in  the  world?!?!?!

your honor, in the case of ‘the people vs. cheesiness in church’, and in an effort to further prove why everything you do in church should not be recorded, i would like to submit exhibit a…

… and why does it sound like they are “borrowing” from the groove of destiny’s child’s ‘bug a boo’?!?!  LOL!!!!!!

please…

stop….

can’t breathe…

stop…

no, really…

stop…

freak!

**UPDATE 9/16/08 1:16pm** it appears that the person who uploaded the video onto youtube has removed it. why????  boooooo!  *sniff sniff*  we were having so much fun with it!!!!   i should have grabbed it when i thought about it earlier today. if anyone else saved it, please let me know!

**UPDATE 9/17/08 6:39pm** it’s BACK!!!





simply put

24 07 2008

sometimes i think that we can tend to complicate life, love and faith so much that we lose the simple essence of what’s really important.

i love the song “simply put” from fred hammond‘s latest album “free to worship”.  i wanted to share the lyrics here and encourage you to dig through all the crap that has piled up in your life over the years that has kept you from really knowing and running in the truth of God’s love for you.  fall in love again with the simple fact that the Lord of all creation considers you his own and not only does he love you, but he likes you… i mean, he is really into you!

i don’t really need to tell someone their future
i don’t really have to see the things that can’t be seen
i don’t need another hyped up church encounter
or another clever new years theme
i’m not looking for another goose bump sermon
or a word that leaves me passed out on the floor
my basic needs are really very simple
to know you love me, you like me
and i am Yours

my learning could go on throughout the ages
but i just need the plain and simple of what’s real
i could memorize and quote a million pages
but i’d rather just express the way i feel
i’ve tried so hard to know the deepest revelation
so i could stand and tell the nations what it means
but i found the greatest gift wrapped in your salvation
it’s really much more simple than it seems

so i relinquish all my witty observations
leave my so called sacred knowledge at the door
when you died you answered every single question
you said you love me, you like me
and I am yours

my learning could go on throughout the ages
but i just need the plain and simple of what’s real
i could memorize and quote a million pages
but i’d rather just express the way i feel
all those complicated things have no appeal
so i’d rather keep it simple, keep it real
yes i’m done with all the things that make it
difficult to know

you love me, you like me
and I am yours





God is not a white man

23 07 2008

i love controversial songs, messages, titles, ideas, themes, etc that challenge people’s often stalemated theology and challenge them to examine what they really believe and why.  i love to see people’s perceptions rocked to the point where they have to dig deeper past the surface.

a lot of people know michael gungor as the co-writer (along with israel houghton) of huge songs like “friend of god” and “say so”, but gungor also has a killer band of his own (the michael gungor band of course) and they have a new album that is very good, to say the very least.  the new album was released independently last year as “all i need is here”, but will be re-released through brash music this september 9 as “ancient skies” and will have a few new songs, including the one this blog is about, “white man”.

i love the simplicity of what this song says, and can’t wait for people to hear it.  some will love it while others will freak out publicly but be forced to privately wonder why the concept of “God is love” with no boundaries really freaks them out. the lyrics challenge a lot ideals and boxes that people, including lots of “christians”, have ascribed to and put God in for many, many years… and i love it!  guess what?  He gets out of all your boxes!

God is not a man / God is not a white man / God is not a man sitting on a cloud
God can not be bought / God will not be boxed in / God will not be owned by religion

but God is love, God is love / and He loves everyone
God is love, God is love/ and He loves everyone

God is not a man / God is not an old man / God does not belong to republicans
God is not a flag / not even american / and God does not depend on a government

but God is good, God is good / and He loves everyone
God is good, God is good / and He loves everyone

atheists and charlatans / and communists and lesbians
even old pat robertson / God He loves us all
catholic or protestant / terrorist or president
everybody, everybody
Love, love, love, love, love

romans 8:38-29 (the message) says:

i’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our master has embraced us.

the love of God is so limitless and far reaching beyond our human comprehension, yet we often think that we are entitled to God’s love because we live a certain way, in a certain place or don’t do things that “they” do. it’s very interesting, actually.

what parts of these lyrics challenge what you have come to believe about the love of God?  a lot of people find it easy to think about God “being” love as long as it fits in the confines of their experience or surroundings.  for example, when i was growing up i believed that God loved people who went to my church or other churches that believed like we did.  if you were outside of that group, you were questionable at best and a straight up heathen at worst.  when you say “God is love”, what does that mean to you?  how have your perceptions of God’s love been shaped and have those perceptions changed over the years?

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don’t stop hoeing

28 05 2008

there is a church on every other corner in nashville. when i lived there, i has the esteemed honor of driving 45 minutes each way out to the berry’s chapel church of christ to take this picture. it was a day i will never forget. this picture has provided many, many moments of spontaneous and uncontrollable laughter since i took it in 2004.
church sign

yes, it is real. poor, poor little church full of (what I presume to be) white people. i know what they meant to say, but they obviously didn’t realize the double meaning. i guess at this church they teach from the RJV… the rick james version. 😉

i recently came across crummy church signs, a blog dedicated to the “critical analysis of critically bad church signs”. i absolutely love it! i submitted my pic and they selected it for this week’s commentary contest. so, click on over and submit your caption/comment to my gloriously horrible church sign pic!