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Friday, July 31, 2009

Bring Me My Big Black Belt!

A 7-year-old boy in Weber County, Utah lead police on a car chase last Sunday morning. Police responded to reports of a “child driving recklessly” and indicated that the boy ran a stop sign before his apprehension. The officers tried unsuccessfully to stop the child, who reached speeds of about 40 mph, before he stopped in a driveway and ran into his house.Under questioning by his father, the kid admitted he didn’t want to go to church. Growing up I did not have an option. The times are changing.

The Rev.Ike!

Before Joel Osteen and Creflo Dollar,there were Frederick J. Eikerenkoetter II. He was the flamboyant minister better known as the Reverend Ike. Who was one of the first to preached the blessings of material prosperity to a large congregation in New York and to television and radio audiences nationwide.

Rev Ike was the TV preacher we remember from the Seventies, a Jackie Wilson look alike, and his money message certainly set the stage for the real crooks who'd follow. The good Rev. died this week after suffering a stroke two years ago. I am surprised he was only 74. His church is asking for donations in his memory. And the entire Rev. Ike pitch went like this:

“The love of money is not the root of all evil,
It is the lack of money.
Have you ever seen a rich man
down in the street mugging someone?
You can talk all you want
about the pie in the sky
and the sweet bye and bye,
but what about the good ol' now and now!”
"RIP Rev.Ike"

Thursday, July 30, 2009

What Nas Can Expect For His Well Spent Money.

The judge has finally ruled and Kelis is going home with a new baby boy and $44,000/month — that is $528,000 per year. First, this post is not about if Kelis deserve that amount of money nor should Nas have to pay her that kinda of money. This is more about what Nas can expect for his well spent money. Now a couple of months ago the government calculated the cost of raising a child from birth to 18 and came up with $160,140 for a middle-income family. I thought that quote was a sticker shock! Those numbers doesn't even touch college tuition. Now some people might think the best financial advice is don't have children if you want to be/or "rich." Actually, it is just the opposite. I decided to look at what Nas will be getting for his money especially if the ruling stands:
  1. * Naming rights. First, middle, and last!
  2. * Glimpses of God every day.
  3. * More love than his heart can hold.
  4. * Butterfly kisses and Velcro hugs.
  5. * A hand to hold which is usually covered with jelly or chocolate.
  6. * Someone to laugh himself silly with, no matter what the world says about him.
  7. * He gets to take the training wheels off a bike.
  8. * removing a splinter.
  9. * filling a wading pool.

Nas will also get a front row seat to history to witness the:

  1. first step.
  2. first word.
  3. first date.
  4. first time behind the wheel.
But most important, Nas will gain understanding. And in his understanding he will know why the black community didn't like the idea of naming a album the N-word. But most of all in the eyes of his child, he'll rank right up there under God. He'll have all the power to heal and fix anything. He'll also get an education in psychology,criminal justice and communications.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

How The Faith Of African-Americans Has Changed.

In a survey by the Barna Group, African Americans are markedly more religious when it comes to attending church, participating in a small group, praying and reading the Bible.
Please! I mean really, what do people who do these surveys expect? I do believe we are a people of faith. It doesn't matter if we voted for Obama or not. I mention Obama because when you goggle this particular article in the comment sections there's a lot of references to Obama. I don't understand it, how is it every time the "Black Community" is mention Obama name will appear. HELLO! The black community existed way before Obama appeared on the scene.
Any way, We as a people of believes do see ourselves as people of faith. Yes ! We do.We might not cling to our Bible and Guns like others but we still cling....We have a way of clinging to what we believe in very strongly:
  1. The Bible is totally accurate in all of the principles it teaches 66% (Black) 46% (White)
  2. I have a personal responsibility to tell others about my religious beliefs 46% (Black) 32% (White).
  3. your religious faith is very important in your life 86% (Black) 70% (White)
  4. Satan/devil is not a living being but is a symbol of evil 39% (Black) 46% (White)
  5. when He lived on earth, Jesus Christ committed sins 43% (Black) 54% (White) Now I don't believe "Jesus every Committed sin".
  6. Single, most important purpose of your life is to love God with all your heart, mind, strength and soul 66% (Black) 85% (White) I believe we were made for worship.
  7. God is the all-powerful, all-knowing, perfect creator of the universe who rules the world today 70% (Black) 84% (White)
  8. your highest priority in your life these days is your faith 11% (Black) 18% (White
Now once upon a time (long ago) the black community activities were completely centered around the church. Not the pastor agenda but the church for example:

  1. Monday - Rest from Church
  2. Tuesday - Choir Rehearsal
  3. Wednesday - Bible Class
  4. Thursday - Deacon's and Deaconess meeting
  5. Friday - Canvass the neighbor for lost souls.
  6. Saturday - Clean the church
  7. Sunday - Church (ALL day)
  8. Repeat.

Now the new study released by The Barna Group points to the fact that passage of time has not diminished the importance of faith in the lives of African-Americans. The study examined the religious beliefs and behaviors of the black population, today and in comparison to 15 years ago, as well as comparing the faith of blacks to that of the U.S. population as a whole. Article here!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

I Will Not Vote For Obama Again!

Let me say this, I didn't say anything about the Skip Gates case because I didn't have any thing to say . But when I ran across this little number here, I must say something. Now I have an issues with her statement and the tone she used while making the statement. Too me just as she is supporting her friend and colleague, the police officer whom she believes would never lie or wrong anyone. To me that's exactly what Barack Obama was doing in supporting his friend and former colleague whom he apparently believes would not lie or deliberately try to hurt someone, so what's her issue? Now she won't vote for Obama again because he called a friend "stupid". So I am guessing she had no problem up until them. I have some issues with the president at this point and it's not because he spoke out for a friend. I am mad because he walked it back.

Should the President have gotten involved? Yes! Should he have used the word stupidly? I don't think so, but he considered Skip a friend so he spoke from the heart. I think we need a heart in the white house as opposed to a statement read by his press secretary Gibbs.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Is Gospel Music A Ministry Or A Business?

It feels like it’s been a slow couple of years for Gospel music. I can’t say whether that’s because the music has’t been great or if it’s because I just haven’t been terribly excited about it. It’s possibly both.

Now me and my circle of friends are simply not excited about gospel music like we once were. We're not talking about the new releases, and we're definitely not talking about the new artists. For me I have heard only two albums this year I believe are worth buying: Power of One and Don't Waste Your Life. Everything else is a selective iTunes download. Once upon a time gospel music and the black church use to fit together like a hand in a glove but not any more.

What we have now is a music industry that seems to have lost its way somehow, along with The Black Church. The music industry are putting out albums they hope will appeal to a increasingly disinterested audience. I was thinking if gospel music want to be around a little longer, maybe it should think about working more closely with the church to create more Christians.

I am just saying; if the black church is interested in creating more Christians it would seem to me that the record industry’s interests would be best served by their banding together and spending money promoting Jesus instead of promoting their artist. Who by the way don't appeal to many Christians any way. If the companies invested in outreach, invested in evangelism and supported churches’ efforts in those areas—wouldn’t that increase the audience and demand for their product?

Instead, the gospel music industry continues to do what it has always done—copy the secular industry. The same slick ads, the same “star” treatment, the same promotion and glamorization of self. Money spent in the same ways, the same basic business model, which puts a lie to the notion that gospel music is a “ministry.” It is a business. It is about promotion, it is about airplay, it is about revenue. What if the gospel music industry threw out the secular business model and began functioning like a ministry instead of a business? Maybe then their efforts would find success and blossom as never before I am just saying.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

What Does It Mean To Take Up Your Cross?

We Christian have this idea of equating our cross with things like:friends who put knives in our back, parents who are just to strict, children who can't stay out of trouble or sick love ones. One author writes: “We think God passes out crosses like a warden handing shovels to a chain gang. No one wants one. Each one gets one…
  • [But] the cross means much more. It’s God’s tool of redemption…proof of His love. To take up the cross…is to take up Christ’s burden for…people. Did you here that world! "PEOPLE"” Jesus said, “The load I give you to carry is light” (Mt 11:30). So people mean "ALL PEOPLE"(Black,White, Gay,Straight,Saved, Unsaved ...) The cross we’re called to bear won’t break our back, it will awaken and develop in us areas of strength which are lying dormant or being used for less worthy purposes. When we recognize this we ’ll stop praying for a lighter cross and ask God for a stronger back. When Paul began praying this way, God said, “My grace is sufficient for you” (2Co 12:9 ).
  • I was reading were a badly burned infant was left to die in a field when an attorney John Bentley and his wife found him an nursed him back to health and adopted him. Today the Bentleys oversee an orphanage. Instead of walking away, they’re shouldering the cross for China’s children. Michael Landon, Jr. was nineteen when he accepted Christ and started impacting Hollywood by making redemptive films instead of the usual garbage. The son of an acting legend, Landon is uniquely qualified to carry the cross for the entertainment industry. There's one reason we want pick up our cross the cross calls for dying to self-interest and crucifying the desires of our flesh so that the life of Christ can be seen in us. Have you or I done that? I am a work in progress! So in other words our man made cross is not the same Cross that Christ speaks of .hmmm!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Has The New Church Model Impacted The Traditional Black Church?

I believe the biggest threat to the black church today is the role the church plays in our lives. While growing up, the black church was the center of our community and our lives. My street was a ghost town on Sundays. Everybody from saint to sinner was in church. It was one of those unspoken rules: Sunday, that’s where you went. The church was our after-school program. The church was our social services agency. The church was our extended family. We didn’t need a schedule of events in order to be there. Often times, we’d simply drop in if we were passing by. We worked together. We struggled together. We shared together.

I have always wonder has the new church model impacted the traditional black church? Meaning new model—with comfortable auditoriums (often with stadium seating), theatrical lights, refreshments in the lobby, rigidly-timed and well-rehearsed worship services—has this moved the church-going experience from an interactive one to a passive one? Has going to church, in some of these places, become more like going to a show, or going to the movies? Has the dimmed lighting and theatrical aspect moves us from worship to entertainment? Are we being entertained? We know exactly when church will start and exactly when church will end. We are being served by the fine folks at "Church" who put on this show for us. A show that costs us nothing in terms of personal involvement or personal sacrifice. Many churchgoers simply melt into the crowd, becoming observers, hearers of the word rather than doers.

I've notice that local church attendance is dropping in a lot of areas especially here in Jacksonville Fl. I have notice there's a lot of empty parking places and I am guessing empty pews at quit a few churches. Now some of these churches are not accustomed to seeing empty pews. Our revivals, here, are poorly attended, as are inter-church or district events. We’re simply not showing up.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Women Pastors.

I got into a debate yesterday about women serving as pastors or preachers. Now this has always been one of those highly debated issues. While this may seem like a men vs. women issue I don't believe it to be.Now I believe everybody has their God-ordained place in the family of God and we should praise God for what He has given us to do within that holy place and not trespass on another responsibility.
  1. Are women call to pastor churches?
  2. Are women call to teach the word of God?
  3. Are women call to preach the word of God? I mean from the pulpit?
Now this is 3 different questions therefore, there will be 3 different answers.

Now the Word of God has been clear on this matter for centuries.
It is only due to the spirit of control in these last days that this has begun to rise again among some. We are not to be misled like Eve who fell for the serpent's lies (Gen. 3:13, 1 Tim. 2:14). We should not let the plain and simple Scriptures be twisted to our own self-destruction (2 Cor. 11:3).

There are some women who are attempting to justify doing what only God has ordained men to do: preach from the pulpit as ordained ministers. Now God ordained men to be the head of the household and of the household of faith. It does not mean women are stupid or unable to be eloquent or a spiritual leader -- it's simply not their place.

Jesus never tired to usurp the authority of the Father! (1 Cor. 15:24). Neither should women vainly attempt to usurp the God-given authority of men, any more than children ought to disobey their parents (Ephes. 6:1, Col. 3:19-21). Fathers are told not to unnecessarily provoke their children, and the same could be said about husbands concerning their wives, otherwise they'll become discouraged.

God does have government structure and family order according to His purpose, even as He has called Israel before other nations -- not because they were better, but because He has chosen it to be that way in His infinite wisdom and He no what's best (Amos 3:2). Remember how Korah, Dathan and Abiram tried to force themselves into an office that God hadn't given them under the guise of "we're all equal?
They added insult before their injury, accusing Moses and Aaron of being on a power-trip like some women today falsely accuse men who stand up for the biblical law and order as having big egos and wanting to "lord" it over women: "They gathered together against Moses and Aaron, and said to them, "You take too much upon yourselves, for all the congregation is holy, every one of them [chanting the mantra of "we're all equal"], and the LORD is among them. Why then do you exalt yourselves above the assembly of the LORD?" (Numbers 16:3).
  1. Deborah was a spiritual preacher I say she was a politician (Judges 4:4-5).
  2. Huldah was consulted in private, she didn't preach or take the stand (2 Kings 22:13-20).
  3. Phoebe was a deaconess and served as such -- not as a minister (Rom. 16:1-2).
  4. Anna praised God and didn't preach in any official capacity, any ordained office (Luke 2:36-37).
  5. Same goes for Miriam leading the women (only) in praise - no official capacity, especially over men.
If you want to no how God feel about authority check this out: When God confront Adam an Eve concerning their sin in the garden. God never ask Eve anything. His question was directed toward the one whom "HE"had given dominion and power to and that was Adam.

Racism And The Church!

We must acknowledge that racism and prejudice exist among Christians before we can rid ourselves of its stench. By posting this article I am acknowledge that racism and prejudice exist. Now, Jimmy Carter, was a part of The Southern Baptist for over 60 years . During that time he had no problem praying in a “White-only” church even while he was President. Most people are aware that Southern Baptists are known for their Biblical belief concerning certain things . Like I've stated he's the same Carter, whose Christian conscience never bothered him during his presidency for supporting and praying with a group of racist Christians, who would not allow Black Christians to join with them on Sunday morning worship. But now he has become a vocal voice for women’s rights. I believe in honesty; When Mr. Carter was in power he should have spoke up over the treatment of blacks back then. I am for civil rights for everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

The question for Carter -- and for others who find themselves at odds with their church or denomination: When the group you're deeply involved in starts to move away from your own core beliefs, do you stay and try to change from within or, at some point, do you have to look for the exit?

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

A Megachurch Have Teachers And Leaders While A Church Have Pastors.

Has any one notice that God is the One who appoints people to the type of work they are to do, not men? There is then an anointing given to each one for that work. The problem is that men sometimes give each other a title for which they have little or no anointing. It is not up to men to “see” what position they should hold in the church. It is by the calling of God and that alone. Men appointed Saul as king, while God anointed David. This is part of the problem that the church is facing in these last days.

  • I don't believe it appears anywhere in the Bible that a pastor should preach all the sermons, or that someone who stands in the pulpit, have been called to teach. Neither do having a degree from a seminary or being appointed by men necessarily mean someone is qualified to preach, teach, counsel, or pastor the Body of Christ.
  • There's a new survey out were most megachurch pastors don't see themselves as pastors. I guess not considering God had already establish who would lead His people. Most view their role as preacher/ teacher, according to the survey. In newly released findings from the Leadership Network’s Large-Church Senior Pastor Survey, 81 percent of senior leaders in churches with more than 2,000 attendees view their role as “preacher/teacher” while only 16 percent see themselves as a “pastor, shepherd or spiritual guide.”
  • Compared to other church pastors, megachurch pastors are considerably less likely to be single, divorced or re-married; tend to have more formal theological education; spend more time in preaching (including preparation) and in administration; spend less time personally visiting members, the sick and shut-ins; tend to be less satisfied with their spiritual life and their leadership effectiveness; take more time off; experience less conflict in their churches; report higher levels of congregational morale; and agree more often that their churches are ready to try new things. Read entire article >>

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Fans Or Admirers?

Do you want fans or admirers? Are you more interested in what people think of what you do? Or who you are? I was out of town Friday when I heard about the death of Walter Cronkite. While watching the news coverage of his death this week, I started thinking of how I would like to be remember when my time comes to return to the Father. Some people say it don't matter but to me it does.

I also think how Michael Jackson had "fans," and maybe Walter Cronkite had "admirers." Don't takes this in the wrong way, people loved Michale's music and what he did on the stage. His personal life however, left much to be desired. Now Walter Cronkite on the other hand wasn't terribly spectacular, but he was brilliant at his job, and it literally impacted an entire nation. On a personally level , Cronkite was married for nearly sixty-five years to Mary Elizabeth 'Betsy' Maxwell Cronkite. They were married on March 30, 1940, and remained together until her death in 2005. Jackson on the other hand had and often unhappy personal life to say the least.

The bottom line is that people loved what Michael did, but they loved who Walter was. It's common these days to say that a artist, performer, leader, or celebrity should only be valued for the work he or she performs, and their personal life should have no bearing on the issue. Perhaps I'm a little old fashioned in that regard I don't see how you can separate one from the other. I tend to believe your personal life, moral values, and spiritual bearing says a lot about the bigger picture of what your life and work means and how people will remember you. So, do you want fans or admirers?

Monday, July 20, 2009

Is There A Place In The Worship Service For Technologies Like Twitter?

Until recently, the idea of pulling out your cell phone in church was the height of trashy behavior. But now, some pastors all over the country are encouraging their members to Twitter during the service, sending out "tweets" of notes, ideas, and principles from the message to their many followers.

First off let me say this; if your pastor is so boring you have to multi-task on your phone to keep from losing it during a service, you might want to consider finding a church where you personal can get fed. I believe this is another way for Satan to stop the message from going forth. Satan no's that preaching is one of the most powerful tool there is for reaching souls for Christ. Satan has watch man long enough to no just what to use to pull us away and stop us from receiving from something as simple as preaching.

Now the Holy Spirit does not interrupt itself when speaking to people. If the Spirit is speaking to you through the pastor then you should be listening and taking to heart what the Spirit is saying. If you are texting then you are not giving full attention and you are likely annoying someone near you with your activity.

I fell it's better to ask the person to come to church with you so you both can be blessed, or wait until after the service and either visit or call them and tell them what wonderful thing God did in church today. Reading a tweet is like eating popcorn, there is usually very little substance in it.

I used to go to a large church and they would make announcements before every service for people to turn off their pagers, phones, and other devices and still in every service you can hear someone's crazy ring tone that disturbs right when the pastor is at the crux of the matter. Really, is church such a waste of time that we can't give Jesus our undivided attention for 1 hour?

Question: Is there a place in the worship service for technologies like Twitter? What do you think?

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Does God Agree with Our Idea of Prosperity?

It's interesting that the debate about what we call the "Prosperity Gospel" continues. I'm not surprised because anything that sounds like hope is a tough thing to walk away from - whether it's true or not. I have some mixed feelings because I understand that preachers of the past rightly wanted people to understand that God is a good God which is rightly so. But it's harder today for us to understand that vibe from back in the day.

Back then, most people believed more in a "God with a stick and a Big Black Belt" than any real sense of grace. Some has written very eloquently about the toxic church they grew up in and the harsh view of God they were taught. Many churches of the time were very dead places. But in those dead places we believe more in the God of the Bible that we do today.

But today, on the other extreme, it's really gotten out of control. The Old Testament prophet Isaiah said, "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord." I rightly understand that what seems to us good may not actually be good in God's eyes, and what seems to us evil may not actually be evil. Therefore pain, suffering and disappointment may not be as bad or harmful as we assume. Likewise, prosperity, success, and accomplishment may not always be as good for us as we wish. I say we need to let God be God. Our thoughts are not His, and his judgments will often be dramatically different from ours.

Does God want what's best for us? Of course. Will "what's best" always line up with our expectations? Not hardly. I read a statistic recently about people who win the lottery. It said that within a few years, a significant number of big winners are right back where they started. In some cases, vast sums of money actually ruined their lives.So, let God be God. I believe we should encourage people, but we also need to seek a balance. We all should believe for His best for our life, but be careful assuming that God should live up to our expectations.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Has Our Worship Become A Performance?

I've had some interesting discussions lately about the difference between worship and performance. I have visited a number of churches with both a "traditional" service and a "contemporary" service - which made for an interesting comparison between services.

Honestly, I enjoy both. Having grown up in a traditional old baptist church in the deep South, I know every hymn in the book and love a good traditional worship service. But I'm also a worship music fan and love me some worship music also. But I noticed one interesting thing. In a traditional service, everyone knows the hymns and sings along. But in most contemporary services, I'm finding very few people in the congregation participate.

What I'm finding in more and more contemporary churches - the worship aspect of the service has become a performance. Excellent music and musicians to be sure, but the audience isn't participating at all. Rather than being invited into the worship experience, the music leaders are just performing and there's something important being lost. After all, we can attend a concert anywhere, but in my experience the point of the music service is to invite the participation of the congregation. Making it a "corporate" experience is what makes it unique. What do you think? Which experience best fit you Contemporary, Traditional or Both?

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Was Martin Luther King, Jr A Republican?

There’s no proof in the world that Dr. King was a Republican or expressed any political affiliation with the Republican or Democratic Party. Now if the claim were that King was Conservative I would have to agree with that statement. There seems to be a preacher in Houston claiming Dr. Martin Luther King was a Republican. He even put up a billboard to tell the world of this revelation. Now, Steve Klein, a senior researcher at The King Center dismissed the “King-was-a-Republican” rumor when the GOP ran radio campaign ads in 2006 targeted at Black listeners. “I think it’s highly inaccurate to say he was a Republican because there’s really no evidence,” Klein said.

Would not Black Republicans have better luck trying to find a few live Black folks who would rather be part of the Republican party? What about Condoleeza Rice or Colin Powell? I really enjoy hearing these two speak; especially Colin Powell he is a great speaker. So, why keep trying to hold up a dead Black Icon? Honestly I don't understand that logical at all.

Even if King was alive today and standing under the banner of the Republican Party I would not have voted Republican. I voted twice for Bush because I honestly thought he was the better man for the job. I read somewhere that Frederick Douglass had mad love for the Republican Part back in the day and from my understanding of history this was/is not a surprise a lot of black were Republicans. Why don’t they brag about Booker T. Washington? Wasn't he a Black Republican also? O.K why haven't some one ask Bernice, Martin or Dexter? Oh! that's right they were to young to have known that.

Question: Could it be that Blacks who were first allowed to vote registered as Republicans was it under threat and duress, and for fear of their lives and retribution; and not because they were practicing Republicans? I am just asking!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Jehovah's Witnesses Now Have A Congregation's Do-Not-Call list.

Jehovah’s Witnesses interpret the Bible literally and believe the world will soon end, leaving the Earth intact and only believers alive for eternity. For many outside the faith, they are known more generally as people who don’t accept blood transfusions, don’t serve in the military and show up at the door — well-dressed, carrying a Bible and ready to proselytize.

The Jehovah's Witnesses now have a congregation's do-not-call list for those who ask not to be approached and those who are hostile to Witnesses are put on the list. I don't believe I am hostile to Jehovah's Witnesses when they come to my door I just don't open it. Neither do I open it for the other sects who canvass the neighborhood on bicycles.
For Witnesses, preaching is seen as coming at an especially critical time because they believe signs point to a nearing of the end of time, conference leaders said. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the economic crisis are indications that the world is entering an ominous period, Harry Thompson said. Article Here!

Who Can Measure Our Walk With Christ?

No one! It's impossible to measure how religious someone is but we human beings love to try. We just love measuring stuff! So from the beginning of time since we can't measure other people hearts or their commitment to God, we begin using outside benchmarks. We decided that you weren't a real Christian if you danced, smoked cigarettes, drank alcohol or got tattoos.

While growing up in a "Black Baptist and Pentecostal Church" during my early years. We had
many families in our church who actually believe going to the movies would send you to straight to hell, especially if Jesus returned while you were in a theater. I really believe that's why we have many Christian schools with dress codes, curfews, and required rules - all in an effort to measure how much religion one has . Even now, some Christian organizations are prepared to fight to the death to keep certain hair styles , baggy jeans, or certain kinda of music outside their doors.

Don't get me wrong sometimes the intentions are good. No one will dispute that cigarettes will kill you, or excessive alcohol consumption can destroy your family and your life. But those are health rules, not spiritual rules. In fact, some would argue that at the beginning of this century, the church began to lose it's credibility in the culture because it joined the "Temperance" bandwagon. Many wondered why the church became such a force for eliminating alcohol from society - especially since it isn't even a Biblical issue. Once they saw pastors cross that credibility line, they lost respect for the church and it still hasn't recovered.

You can't really be a Christian if you don't believe in Jesus Christ Death, Burial and Resurrection. I will go a little farther and say you can't be a Christian if you deny all authority of Scripture (since that's really the only place we can really learn about the teachings of Jesus). I will state for the record you can drink, smoke, do drugs, play cards, dance, and even *gasp*be gay and still be a Christian ( I am a once saved always saved person).

The point that I am trying to make is, we should be careful in our attempts to measure someone's spirituality by the way they dress, what they drink, or who they associate with. The apostle Paul was pretty clear about that in his letters, but we human beings just can't seem to lose our obsession with being able to "measure" other people's commitment to God.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

“ Women Who Intimidate.”

1 Peter 3:4 instructs women to have a “gentle and quiet spirit,” but our spirits do not always reflect this kind of calm and peace in Christ. Instead, we want to control things and do them our way, in the same way that Eve did in the garden. We manipulate, we scheme, and we can become out right ugly when we don’t get what we want. Any person would find this kind of behavior to be intimidating. Women No Women!

I do not think the label of “intimidating” always reflects the truth, nor is it always a negative label. I whole-heart agree that women can be bitter and angry and drive people away with their fitful spirits, but this is not the only reason women are intimidating. women can also be intimidating because they are smart, and because they are successful, or even because they are spiritually solid. Now I've been to blogs were the blog administrator will make comments like "people want leave comments because they are intimidated by us smart women."No! it could be because you have a nasty attitude and saying something they don't agree with. It's indeed important for Christian women to check their attitudes and make sure they’re not acting out of a desire to control or manipulate.

So don’t get me wrong, there are times when intimidation is a bad/good thing. If we as women are not resting in the love and security of Christ, then it will certainly show through. So, the next time someone labels you as intimidating, search your heart, and see if there is any truth to the statement. Do you struggle with humility? Do you struggle with wanting to control people? Do you often feel manipulative? If you answer “yes” to all these, then perhaps you deserve the title.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Personality Driven Church.

I know that Pastors play an undeniably important role in the life of any church. Their leadership, or lack thereof, shapes the local church. The focus and style of their teaching set the standard. As such, some churches have become personality driven churches, making the most of the presence of the pastor. In these churches, most people go to hear the preacher. It's a let down when he/she not preaching that week.

I don't have a problem with John David Wright becoming the pastor of the church his father (Timothy Wright ) started 20 years ago. But I do question why now? What happen to God calling pastors? When God calls us to do something , it means we're called to a higher level of accountability. Jesus said "Unto whom much is given, of him shall much be required." In every article that I have read; it never stated Mr. Wright was qualify or rather he had any training to be the pastor of the church. Is that not important any more? I believe he was pick because of who his father was. In a musical ceremony, the Grace Tabernacle Christian Center Church of God in Christ officially welcomed Wright, 30, into the role of pastor. How can you welcome some one into the role of pastor? I just don't get it! The young man was the minster of music. David Wright said that, after the crash, his father chose him to become the next pastor of the small Crown Heights church. Has the church became more like a business where you pass it on to your children? All I am saying is when God gives you a word of direction it's often followed by a season of preparation. I see this trend taking place in many of our churches. If not the children then it's the wives who are taking over.

"Is gluttony a sin?"

What do you think, should gluttony be address from the pulpit on Sunday morning like every other sin? Gluttony is too crave food to the point that it kills us which is a sad thing.
  1. Gluttony: a person who eats and drinks excessively or voraciously.
  2. a person with a remarkably great desire or capacity for something:
  3. a gluttony for work; a gluttony for punishment.
What I found so shocking is who are at a particularly high risk are black American women. Now I know There are legitimate medical reasons for being overweight: thyroid problems, medication side effects, etc. But face it: most of us are overweight because we simply eat too much food and exercise too little.

Emotional eating is an idol; we use food to self-medicate and feel better before we think to go to God with our concerns. I've heard pastors who preach vehemently against homosexuality and abortion, but who have never uttered a single world against gluttony, which is actually one of the seven deadly sins. Why are we ignoring this serious issue?

I figure it's easy to rail against sins committed mostly by those outside the church. Most churches don't have a significant numbers of gay people in the congregation, and so it's easy for us to pass judgment on them because they're "those other people." However, most churches do have a lot of overweight members; but for a pastor to challenge them would alienate people, thus shrinking tithes.

Question:Why is gluttony more accepted or at least tolerated over other sins?

Sunday, July 12, 2009

TV Evangelist Paula White To Take Over Ex-Husband's Tampa Church.

She's back! Paula White will take the pulpit at Tampa’s megachurch Without Walls International today. Ex-husband Randy White resigned last week. Randy White says he quit over serious health concerns and this Sunday’s services will be used to honor him. Paula White has been away from Without Walls for more than two years, following the couple's divorced. The congregation has rocked by the death of Randy White's daughter from brain cancer and the hint of financial scandal. The couple is part of a federal inquiry into the church finances. Source Here!

In a recorded telephone message sent out to church members, she extended a special invitation to church members to bring their friends and family members. Can some one say MONEY!!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Jim Brown Criticizes Tiger Woods’ Social Activism!

Football Hall of fame Jim Brown blasts both Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods for their lack of social activism in an interview that is to appear on HBO’s “Real Sports."

Now I believe Jim Brown is right on principle. When you have the opportunity to say something…not to force someone’s hand, but a platform from which people have to listen to you, you use it. Most people sees Tiger Woods as a black man. I can't remember any one ever asking Tiger Woods to be anything other than himself. But to just pretend the black part doesn’t exist is sickening. He makes sabbaticals to Thailand, but you never see him doing anything to connect, forget help, to his African-American roots.

Of Woods, Brown said, “This cat is a mamajama; he is a killer. He’ll run over you, he’ll kick your ass. But as an individual for social change, or any of that kind of —-? Terrible. Terrible.”Brown criticized Woods in January of 2008 for not speaking out against the Golf Channel’s Kelly Tilghman after she used the word “lynch” in a joking reference to him FULL ARTICLE HERE.

Few things are as powerful as the right word spoken at the right time. By the same token, words withheld when their season of opportunity is gone, are a heavy burden to live with. Solomon said, "There is...a time to speak" (Ecc 3:1&7 ). But it's a limited time, and when it's over it's gone. I don't believe we should spend our future regretting and carrying inside us the unspoken words someone needed to here. "Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones" (Pr 16:24 ) Wait no longer speak!

Are Black Athletes obligated to lead Social Change???

Friday, July 10, 2009

McNair Fans Pissed it Was Closed Casket!

Now I’m not exactly an expert in the field of mortuary science, but I’m guessing that four bullets shot at a person from close range, including two in the head, doesn’t make it very easy to make the body presentable.

I’ve never been one of those who will just stop an hold up the funeral line by looking in a casket trying to spot the damages. Once someone’s gone, that’s it for me — I really don’t want to remember them lying in a casket, completely lifeless. Once upon a time long ago you could have paid me all the money in the world and I wouldn't go to a funeral. And if I went you could bet I would not be looking in a casket. I would walk by the casket going as fast as I could all the time making sure I didn't knock other funeral goers down heading for my seat. But I guess like most things, I’m in the minority on this one. Now take for instance your typical Titans or general NFL fan. I’m not sure exactly what they thought they were going to see by visiting Steve McNair’s casket at the funeral home, but some felt that they needed to be there. These are probably people who didn't no McNair nor his wife but just wanted to be nosey. So anyway, if you want to know how sick some of these people are, they were bitching that it wasn’t open-casket. No joke.

People were disappointed that McNair’s casket was closed during the visitation.

“I wanted to view him – I didn’t want to view a casket. I think everybody expected to see him,” said Jackie Smith, who stopped by before going to work at the U.S. Postal Service.

She described herself as a Pittsburgh Steelers fan, “but I enjoyed that Air McNair period.” She said the reality of McNair’s death finally kicked in yesterday when she saw his obituary in the newspaper, “but still I’d prefer to view the body to have some closure.”

7th Grader Sues School To Wear Pro-Life T-Shirt.

The mother of a California seventh-grader forced to remove her pro-life T-shirt is suing school administrators, claiming that her daughter's First Amendment rights were violated.

Do you think it's okay for kids to be billboards for causes that they may or may not understand, pro-life or otherwise, in school? Do school officials have the right to demand that such clothing be removed? Article Here!

MIchael Jackson And The Number 7.

Throughout the Bible, numbers are used consistently and repetitively with strong emphasis on the number seven. The frequent use of seven is obvious even to an occasional reader of the Scriptures.

Seven is in the Bible more than any other number. The number seven in the Bible is associated with “completeness.” Other numbers seem to have symbolic meanings as well. If you're in to Numbers , you'll probably enjoy — and perhaps even find deep meaning in, or not. TMZ's has a list of coincidences involving Michael Jackson and the number seven:
  1. Jackson signed his will on 7/7/02
  2. Jackson’s memorial service was on 7/7/09, which is exactly 7 years after his will was signed
  3. Jackson has 7 letters in his first and last name
  4. Jackson is the 7th of nine children
  5. Jackson was born in 1958 — 19 + 58 = 77
  6. Jackson died on the 25th — 2 + 5 = 7
  7. Jackson’s biggest hits, “Black and White” and “Billy Jean,” were each No. 1 for 7 weeks Jackson’s three biggest albums — “Thriller,” “Bad” and “Dangerous” — each produced 7 Top 40 hits.

There are multiple Biblical references to "7" as well: "7" symbolizes "completeness" -- there were 7 days of creation, 7 days of rain after Noah entered the ark, 7 miracles in the gospel John, 7 churches in Revelation and 7 miracles on the Sabbath, among others.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Rev. Al Sharpton Is Not A Racist.

There's a lot of chatter on the net about The Rev.Al Sharpton being called a racist. In which I 100% total disagree with. The statement Rev. Al made at the memorial services for MJ was point on. And when you listen to the interview he had with Dr. Dyson on that same day then you can understand were he was coming from and why he made such a bold statement.

Rev. Al Sharpton, sits down with Dr. Dyson to discuss his memories of the King of Pop. “Michael Jackson made culture accept a person of color, way before Tiger Woods, way before Oprah Winfrey, way before Barack Obama. Michael did with music what they later did in sports and in politics, and in television. And no controversy will erase the historic impact,“ Sharpton said. A commemorative postage stamp is being sought out by Rev. Sharpton in honor of the late Michael Jackson.
Rev. Sharpton and Dr. Dyson also discuss the rise and fall of Michael’s career and life time of trials and tribulations.“I hope Michael will get the respect he was due. If he had shortcomings, they didn’t equal his strengths,“ Sharpton said, “and if he brought days that we had hoped would never come again, they didn’t measure up to the many days and more days that he gave us joy and pleasure.“