Several weeks ago, I had an extensive phone interview with a reporter from the New York Times about the growing popularity of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) in the wide and nebulous net of “evangelical churches.” The reporter had come across one of my previous blog entries and contacted me.
The NY Times article came out today (February 2, 2010). You can click here or the image above to read the full article.
My hour interview was reduced to basically one quote:
“I don’t live for the Jesus who eats red meat, drinks beer and beats on other men.”
Talk about a string of bad press! In addition to a write up in the Christian Science Monitor [The Coming Evangelical Collapse], a cover article of the Newsweek Magazine entitled “The End of Christian America,” a more readable and short article popped up last week on ABC News entitled, “Young America Losing Their Religion.”
Thanks to the collective wisdom of our larger staff, I pulled this “voodoo video” from last week’s Good Friday service.
But I still really like this video. Very thought provoking so I’m now sharing and showing it here on my blog – for your viewing and commentary (video below).
It’s disturbing on several levels including the usage of ‘voodoo’ in it’s title which isn’t the best word in a church context but from an artistic level, this is an amazing video. The incredible animation is created by 26 year old artist Joaquin Baldwin. I don’t know him personally but after watching this video, I suspect he may have been influenced by Christianity in some shape or another. When you watch the film, you’ll see some Christian parallels. Had I shown it, it would have taken some good explanation why I was showing the clip.
It’s sweltering hot here in Seattle this week. It’s also hot in many places. How did Al Gore manipulate the weather to get more support for his cause behind Inconvenient Truth?
When I became a Christian at 18, I never heard anything about the moral dilemma of environmentalism until seminary. I still wrestle with how to more organically speak of environmentalism and care of God’s creation within the context of a larger framework of ministry. I’m constantly challenged by individuals at Quest that not only talk the talk but walk the walk. Individuals that bike regularly to work, go hybrid and biodiesel, compost galore, and even taking steps to utilize solar energy. Very cool. I have much to learn. I’ve always felt like I’ve done my part and even converted my wife who is becoming the recycling Nazi. She recycles everything…
There’s been much talk in the “evangelical church” and christian blogosphere about the problem of the “feminization” of the church. Some even see the “emasculation” of Christian men as one of the largest threats to the evangelical church. Really? As a result, we’re seeing examples of churches challenging Christian men to be more manly and indirectly calling for an old school hierachy in the roles of men and women. What does that mean? Continue reading “jesus – i’m sorry i’m not a “real man””
The image above is haunting. I found it on flickr and haven’t been able to get my mind off it. This past Sunday, we continued our teaching through Colossians and have parked for two Sundays to focus on Colossians 3.18-19: