Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Watching the Bachelor: Religiously

http://iym.ptsem.edu/watching-the-bachelor-religiously/You know who you are. You’re the pastor who watches the Bachelor for research, right? Yes, I’m speaking to the male pastors too. Perhaps you find yourself shaking your head at your significant other, and saying things like, “I can’t believe you watch that trash” …and forty-five minutes later you’re all, “This show has 8.1 million viewers. I want to be the relevant pastor. I should watch this show… for research…” And poof, the Bachelor producers have scored another convert. Except instead of drinking the Kool Aid you’re drinking wine. Every week. And your commitment is unwavering…kinda like your grandma with church on Sundays.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Prayer Candles

https://www.etsy.com/listing/223653209/complete-set-golden-girls-prayer-candles?ref=unav_listing-sameAfter years of quoting and revering these four ladies, now you can finally light a candle and elevate your prayers and worries to the skies above Shady Pines where they will be heard! (This works infinitely better if you offer a slice of cheesecake to your saint. Cheesecake not included.)

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Equal Rights

Following complaints, the Knoxville Baptist Tabernacle Church in Tennessee has taken down a sign that read, "Remember Satan was the first to demand equal rights."

Pastor Tony Greene explained that the sign was meant to promote unity. The church has replaced the sign with a new message: "Glad you reading. Did not mean to offend. We all need Christ."

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Bake For Them Two

In Jesus’ time, the nation of Israel was under Roman rule. The Israelites were allowed to live there and practice their faith for the most part, but they had to pay taxes to Caesar and obey the Roman laws.

To the Israelites, the Romans were evil and ungodly. They had no place ruling over God’s chosen people in God’s chosen nation. That land had been promised to Moses and his descendants when God brought them out of Egypt. Their very presence in the land was blasphemous.
One of the Roman laws stated that any man could be required to drop what he was doing and carry a Roman soldier’s equipment for him for up to a mile. In the Sermon on the Mount, with his followers gathered around him, Jesus referenced that law and told his followers what they should do in that case:

“If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.” ~Matthew 5:41
Do *twice* what the law requires.

If someone forces you to bake a cake for a gay wedding, bake for them two.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Ice Cream Recall

Blue Bell Creameries, which distributes frozen desserts to about half of the United States, said that it was voluntarily recalling all of its products after the bacteria listeria was found in two cartons of ice cream last month.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Monday that tests indicated Blue Bell products from plants in Texas and Oklahoma were the source of a listeria outbreak that has infected five adults in Kansas, three of whom died. Three adults in Texas were also sickened in the last four years.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Good Morning!

Did you know that GOD gave Adam the job of picking out all the jobs for the animals? He did!! And GOD told Adam, "You need to pick one who will wake everybody up in the morning!"

And Adam said, "But LORD, how can I do that? What kind of animal would you like for that job?"


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Survey Says...

People in the U.S. and the U.K. fear the end of days will come on the heels of a nuclear war. Brits feared this more — perhaps because their nation has already lived through some pretty horrific bombings. Both nations also fear climate change, though interestingly people in the U.S. fear it more. This seems to fly in the face of the stereotype that U.S. people are the least concerned about climate change in the world.

But here's where the big difference was: 16% of U.S. citizens polled feared that the world would end due to the Christian Judgement Day. Only 3% of U.K. people believed this.

Also, the more conservative you are in the U.K., the more likely you are to believe the world will end in your lifetime. The ultra-right wing U.K. Independence Party, or UKIP, has attracted a lot of doomsday types. According to the survey, "31% of UKIP voters think there will be an apocalyptic disaster in their lifetime compared to 21% of Conservatives."