brett’s morning blend (06apr10)

Getting Serious About Pornography

This article is in the National Review Online.  Let me say that another way: this is not a Christian article.  I think it mentions the word morality once, and sin never.  Secular America is tuning into the problem of pornography, and this author examines the addiction’s power over men and its effects on our society.  She also explains the four phases of pornography addiction. We had better be serious about the problem of pornography — in our nation, but especially in our churches.  And even more so in our own lives.

Purpose-Driven Definition of a Christ Follower?

“Someone who has made the decision to be an emotionally well adjusted self-actualized risk taking leader who knows his purpose, lives a ‘no regrets’ life of significance, has overcome his fears, enjoys a healthy marriage with better than average sex, is an attentive parent, is celebrating recovery from all his hurts, habits and hang ups, practices Biblical stress relief techniques, is financially free from consumer debt, fosters emotionally healthy relationships with his peers, attends a weekly life group, volunteers regularly at church, tithes off the gross and has taken at least one humanitarian aid trip to a third world nation.”

Where’s the Christ?!  I know a lot of Baptist and Church of Christ peeps who can live up to this definition… and even some non-Christians.

Chris Rosebrough suggests seeker-driven sermons are primarily shallow self-help seminars in short form.  And he’s been reviewing 3-4 sermons a week for two years….

McDenominations?

Terry Mattingly suggests the “have it your way” megachurches are becoming more than just large churches (which he dubs McChurches).  With satellite campuses and video worship, he offers that we’re soon to see these churches become denominations all on their own — each led by a single, charismatic and powerful man.  Which begs the following two questions from this humble blogger: Are there apostles today?  And are these guys them?

Autocomplete Me (or “Fat people are harder to kidnap”)

You know how Google automatically tries to complete your search query with frequently requested search terms?  Yeah, this site is dedicated to that.  And there are some really funny “autocompletes” out there.  In addition to fatties being kidnapped, here are just a few of my favorites.  [Keep in mind, a lot of people had to search for these things…]:

  • Why is daddy in a dress?
  • My brother was eaten by wolves on the Connecticut Turnpike.
  • This looks like a job for emergency pants.
  • Bacon is a little hug from God.
  • I did the macarena with a homeless guy in an elevator because Big Bird said to, and he’s my leader.
  • Amish Online Dating

Really?  Amish Online Dating?  “My name is Obadiah, and I enjoy long walks on the beach, making furniture, and reading by candlelight.  I’m looking for a wife who can cook over an open fire, wants to have a lot of children, and… DOESN’T KNOW HOW TO USE THE INTERNET?”

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