A few days ago I asked Baylor for a good morning hug. She slowly backed away and responded, “But… you see… I’m really so pretty. And pretty people don’t give hugs. [Long pause.] You know… I only give kisses to everybody.”
She then leaned in and gave me a kiss… without a hug.
Where does my daughter learn these things?! Does Dora teach that the attractive among us don’t embrace? “Yo soy hermosa. No hay un abrazo para ti, Boots!”
And since when is giving kisses to EVERYBODY an action that can be qualified with the word only?
Steve Addison compares Jesus’ instructions to the 72 in Luke 10 to his own actions with Zacchaeus in Luke 19. Steve teaches CPM/DBS strategies for evangelism, which is what I’ve been teaching here in Geita. This comparison deals with finding a person of peace.
Despite the fact that my own religious tribe practices it, I’d never heard the term spontaneous baptism until this year. While the Churches of Christ baptize disciples as soon as they accept Christ and confess as much, we don’t call it spontaneous; we just call it baptism.
This link is to a resource page for Elevation Church and Pastor Steven Furtick. You can download the “Spontaneous Baptism How-To Guide,” which is extremely organized and planned out and… well, not so spontaneous it would seem. Before the two-weekend event, they estimated how many people would be baptized (final number, 2158), determined the pace of baptisms, recruited personnel (media teams, wet changing teams, escort teams, etc), bought towels to use and clothes to give out, and trained volunteers. You know, all the same stuff the apostles did at Pentecost. [I heard the New Testament church checklist has recently been found on a scroll in a cave in the Middle East. I never knew they ordered pizza to feed the 3000 baptized in Acts 2?]
My favorite quote:
“Start in the hallway smiling, clapping and creating an atmosphere of excitement and help direct people to the changing rooms.”
Since we’re on the subject of checklists, here’s another one straight out of early church history. If it sounds like I’m not a fan, that’s because mostly I’m not — though I struggle a little with that. It’s not that I’m completely against research and studies and determining what is effective and/or efficient in our churches. In my mind, I’m okay with those things. But something about it just doesn’t feel right to me; I can’t explain it. Anyway, the author of this blog does preface the download with a few things to think about. One of them:
“Checklists like these are designed primarily for affluent, consumeristic cultures.”
He then goes on to explain that these types of churches are more likely to trust in their own abilities than in God. AND that we should become like Paul (Acts 19) and be a servant to the niche we’re working in — including this consumeristic one? It leaves me confused.
I think you’ll find at least a couple of these that interest you.
“What matters isn’t how a person’s inner life finally puts together the alphabet and numbers of his outer life. What really matters is whether he uses the alphabet for the declaration of a war or the description of a sunrise–his numbers for the final count at Buchenwald or the specifics of a brand-new bridge.”
Seriously, they have.
We’ve all seen people exercising in clothes not exactly designed for exercise: runners in jorts, weightlifters in khakis and collared shirts, basketballers in old-school Eastlands (with the knot). Well now you can do more than chuckle when you see these folks. You can sneakily take photos and send them to Jogging Jeans so others can chuckle as well.