Jesus the rock star!

6 08 2010

I can see it now! Imagining that the New Testament had not been about the son of God becoming personified, but instead Jesus displaying himself in the 21st century for the first time. Sitting here at Starbucks, I daydream about this moment and I envision what it would possibly look like.

Would I possibly see a poster on the current local events board, with a portrait of Jesus and a caption proclaiming “The son of God, see him live on the ‘heal your situation’ tour!” And Jesus, being the man of the hour wouldn’t just travel by himself. I’m pretty sure he would have a sweet tour bus, all decked out with comfy seats, beds, lights, granite counters, flat panel tv’s and of course, the latest christian music playing overhead.
His groupies would be following him around in smaller vans, all ready to serve him by setting up the stages, getting the lights just perfect and a killer sound system so that everyone could hear the life changing truths that are being spoken by the God-man. To start off his shows, I mean, evangelistic campaigns
, he would invite only the best ‘worship’ bands around. Because they are one of my favorites, we’ll say Hillsong (because I really like their new album.) To keep with the idea of wanting to reach as many as possible, this event would no doubt be free. But let’s be honest…who would want to keep a bunch of Christians from the blessings that will pour out in their life through their generosity? So, Jesus would probably take a love offering for himself. After-all, eating out at Applebees and gas for the bus isn’t free.
And Jesus would be all about ‘reaching today’s culture’, so undoubtedly he would be wearing the current fashionable trendy clothing of today. He’d probably have a hair/makeup team traveling with him even. We all know that in order to reach people, you have to look amazing! His water-to-wine trick would be performed on the bus after events, and the feeding of 5 thousand would be done for the largest conferences. Mostly because it’d make him look cool, again, important.

I’ll stop now. I hope you realize that I don’t honestly think this is how Jesus would act if he were physically present and living as human in today’s world. I don’t think he’d be all flashy and full of himself. In fact, I remember moments in scripture where he told people not to tell others who he was. So why is it that we have such an infatuation with the “celebrity” status within the Christian sub-culture? Maybe you don’t struggle with it, but I have. I’ve been the guy who put people on a pedestal who were “doing amazing things for God” or “such a powerful speaker”, and while on the outside I try to paint a picture of someone doing “God’s work”, in reality, I’ve been guilty of admiring the kingdom that someone has either built for themselves, or others have built up around them. Not every ‘celebrity’ of the Christian faith is wrong in their attitude or lifestyle, in fact, it’s more likely that they are really trying their hardest to not let it be about them. But we, as brothers and sisters in this ancient/current faith, must remember to be Jesus centered. It isn’t about growing our personal kingdoms, or acting like 12 yr old girls at a jonas’ brothers concert when we attend Hillsong. It isn’t about their kingdom either. It’s about Jesus.

It’s about a real God. Set apart. Infinite. All powerful. King.

It’s about His kingdom. It’s about us learning to live out his characteristics.

There is a fine balance between, “Follow me as I follow Christ” and “Follow me as I’m a good leader.”

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Resurrection : The Video posted by Rob Bell for Easter

2 05 2010

Rob Bell put this out for Easter, I posted it on my facebook profile but thought I would add it to my blog for future reference. Creative communicator.





Spoken as if for today, 100 yrs early.

15 03 2010

“We Christians are constantly stretching to devise new methods, new plans, new organizations to advance the church and secure enlargement and efficiency for the gospel. This trend of the day has a tendency to lose sight of the individual, or to sink the individual in the plan or organization.  God’s plan, however, is to make much of his people, far more of them than of anything else. People are God’s method. The church is looking for better methods; God is looking for better people.”  E.M. Bounds (1835-1913)





For the price of a beer a week…liver stays cleaner & child is given life.

15 03 2010

The other day, Sheena and I went downtown Seattle to view an exhibit called ‘Bodies‘. A strange and informative exhibit where you view real bodies that have been preserved, giving a glimpse into what our bodies look like under the skin. As a nurse, she loved it! She could barely contain her excitement as she pointed out parts of the body, remembering names and functions. My main concern was…this is all gonna keep working inside me right? I was assured that it would for awhile!

Before this we hit up a fabulous chowder spot, using a coupon to get half off our order. If you are ever downtown, you need to go to Pike Place Chowder!

It was between our chowder tasting and the bodies exhibit that our lives were changed. We were meandering around, in and out of different buildings, just enjoying the day. As we stepped onto the corner across from the exhibition hall, I caught the eye of a guy who appeared to be selling something. Another glance across the street told me that there were a couple of them out here! I looked back at him, and he laughed, started walking towards us, and said “uh oh! Don’t make eye contact!” Then, because sometimes I am actually a nice person, I asked him “why not?”

Convo starts up, and crazy enough, Sheena went to the same high school as this guy. He lives simply, is in a band, just got a small house with buddies and offering it as a halfway house for homeless guys, plays his guitar at the market for extra money to sponsor a little girl. When he was broke, without a job, he was persuaded to sponsor a child who had less than he had. Did he really need a new pair of shoes? Couldn’t he give up a beer every week? Caught on the day he wore his $70 jeans. It’s because of that little girl that he stands on the corner. He is an advocate (yes, he is also paid) for Children International. He loves Jesus and his way. And today, it’s our turn to feel guilty.

Sheena and I have always talked about sponsoring children around the world, but it was always that. We talked about it, said we should do it, and waited until we were making more money to do it. Well, here was a guy, who lives on less than we do. Doesn’t shop or eat out near as much as we do. And he can sponsor a child. Sort of made our excuses seem lame. He was only sharing his story with us because he knew Sheena, but in the end, we told him we’d like to sponsor a child. Should have seen his face! He lit up! “Seriously?! Like, right now?!”

All that to say, our ‘adopted’ (sponsored) girl’s name is Rosalia. She lives in one of the poorest areas of Guatemala. She is 10 years old, and has 7 siblings. We like to think she is apart of our family now, as well as her physical family. For $22/month we are providing for her basic needs. When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” (Luke 18:22) If any one of you has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in you? (1 John 3:17)

We aren’t rich. We aren’t perfect. We aren’t without reasons that would keep us from giving. But we are blessed. We are being redeemed. And we are loved beyond all units of measure.

If you have ever thought about giving out of your blessings to help a child around the world, I encourage you to check out Children International. Check out their website here. Yes, there are other “Christian” organizations out there, but this is the one we have chosen to partner with – and we will do the work of sharing Jesus’ love with Rosalia. If you would rather, World Vision, Compassion International and Latin American Child Care are incredible organizations. (Rosalia pictured below)

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We suffer way too much from sh*t that never happens!

4 03 2010

I follow a select number of people through the phenomenon known as Twitter. Ranging from Pastors, Missional Teachers, Friends, Commentators, and one actor. That one actor I started to follow after watching an interview with Conan, and I’m not 100% sure why! It may have been because he is okay with being who he is. He’s okay with having a beard that looks like it may be a home for the twitter bird. Jim Carrey, often times hilarious, occasionally offensive and sporadically calm. His smile is recognizable, and while I’ve never met him, I think he would be crazy fun to hang out with.

A few days ago he posted a tweet that grabbed my attention. RT @jimcarrey: We suffer way too much from sh*t that never happens! ‘get ready to be ok’! ;^)

Maybe it was the shi*t that caught my attention, but it got me thinking!

Jesus says in Matthews record (chapter 6:25-27)“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life ?

When talking about people who come into contact with the Kingdom of God and truth, Jesus says in Luke 8, “The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature.”

I’ve found that many times I suffer from my perceptions of what others possible perceptions of me. Stress seems to find an open door into my life through worrying too much about the future- allowing stress to affect me before it needs to. Sort of like Jesus warned his disciples in Luke 21:14.

So I’m trying to live my life without worry. Without overwhelming my mind and thoughts with “what if’s”. It’s hard to retrain myself, but I gotta know that I’m “gonna be ok.” Not really because Jim Carrey tells me so, but because I find Jesus speaking his peace into my life. It’s time to stop suffering “way too much from shit that never happens!”

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