1. There are three kinds of skeptics about the Christian faith. Those who want to believe, those who don’t want to believe, and those who really don’t care. There are sufficient answers available for the first group, no answers will ever satisfy the second, and the third doesn’t even know the questions. I only concern myself with answering the first group…
2. Organizers say more than 100,000 people attended SoCal Harvest 2013 and over 9,000 put their faith in Jesus at the three-night event, which ended Sunday with 43,000 hearing Pastor Greg Laurie’s conversation with “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson, who encouraged Californians to accept God’s call.
I can’t even tell you how weird that sentence is to me…the only thing stranger were some of the quotes from this years celebrity for Jesus. This was my personal favorite;
“Laurie then asked Phil how he met his wife, Marsha “Kay” Carroway.
“Miss Kay was 14,” Phil responded. “California, all you young bucks out there, you’re listening? If you marry these girls at about 16, they’ll pick your ducks, if you wait till they’re 20, they’ll pick your pocket,” he said jokingly.”
That’s a hoot… unless you’re a female with a shred of self respect.
3. “Jesus said, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock, if you will hear My voice and open the door, I will come in,” Laurie said, urging the people to do that publicly.” This proves once again that God even uses scripture taken out of context and misinterpreted to do His work. Jesus is knocking on the door of a church, not a person…but the implications of that may not fit the purposes of crusade evangelism.
4. Behold American evangelicalism…shallow, flashy, entertaining,celebrity driven, and above all, pragmatic. If it “works” it must be of God. The fact that all those things are contra a Gospel centered life is irrelevant.
5. I missed the crusade because I was drafting my fantasy football team. The good Lord enabled me to pick Adrian Peterson, who is also a Christian. Coincidence? I think not…
6. The most provocative book of the year is “Fight: A Case For Christian Nonviolence”. I can’t recommend it highly enough because it challenges the heart of how we view the Christian walk in a violent world. Indeed it challenges every notion you may have about nationalism and militarism while making a case of Christian non violence in every sphere of life. The right will crucify this guy…and he has made me quite uncomfortable as well.
7. Shouldn’t we be doing evangelistic crusades aimed at older people ? They’re the ones running out of time. I wonder what the entertainment lineup for that one would be…
8. When I went to work for a major bank in 2002, the first item in orientation was a video applauding diversity featuring a gay couple. I mention this to remind you that the current triumph of the gay agenda was begun and financed by corporate America after identifying gays as a specific economic class.
9. Every week we are visited at home by Mormon “elders”, every other week we are visited by Jehovah’s Witnesses. I’ve never had an evangelical come by the house, nor have I gone knocking on doors myself. Maybe we save it all up for crusades…
10. If you don’t have at least one book in progress…you need to find one and start.