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Uh-oh.  Sometimes you can’t win. Like when a church did a fall kick-off for their student ministries. Fun stuff!  A couple of the attractions for the youth 1.  A banana split slip n’ slide 2. A food fight with flour bombs, instant mashed potatoes, spaghetti noodles and eggs. Except for one thing. People could’ve eaten that food. Snap. Here’s the apology letter printed in the local paper: To the editor: Sunday evening, Aug. 25 started our fall kickoff for our students in grades 6-12 at Kish Valley Grace Brethren Church. There was giant Jenga, cornhole, kickball, banana split slip n’ slide and a food fight with flour bombs, instant mashed potatoes, spaghetti noodles and eggs. The activities were a tool to bring 50-plus students from our community and their parents to our church and allow us to connect with and possibly share our faith. There was some concern in the Open Line that we were being wasteful and setting up bad habits for our students and depriving food banks from food. The food that was used was either donated, from Ollie’s or expired and the total amount spent was close to $23. Our church is always willing to help those in need. Also, we had a chance to go to “Hands of Grace” this summer with some students to expose them to this wonderful ministry and allow them to serve those in the community. We are planning to go back soon. We apologize for causing confusion about our activity and we want to continue to encourage and volunteer at the many food banks and ministries in our county. If there are any further questions please feel free to call us at 667- 2500 or visit us online at So… what do you think?  Stupid idea, or great fun? Todd

Recently Dave Miller over at SBC Voices did a little test.  See if you can tell who these tweets are from.  The answers are below. 1) God invites us to to come as we are, not to stay as we are. 2) God doesn’t judge the way we judge. He doesn’t look on the outside. He looks at the heart. 3) We do not follow Jesus because it is easy but rather because he is worthy. 4) God knows what He is doing. Quit fighting against what doesn’t go your way. 5) The attributes of God we see in Scripture are embodied in the person and work of Jesus Christ. 6) Jesus valued the lost over the social needs of the “found.” 7) Grace creates people who are committed to bless the world through their work. 8)  Remember, people need a word from God more than they need a word from you. Give ‘em Jesus. 9) You won’t get in trouble for doing good deeds. You will get it trouble if you use these experiences as opportunities to talk about Jesus. 10) God knows what He is doing. He is getting you prepared. Your destiny is bigger than you think. Read 10 more fun tweets here. OK… Scroll down for the answers…                                       1.  Keller 2.  Osteen 3.  Driscoll 4.  Osteen 5.  Stetzer 6. Stetzer 7. Keller 8.  Stetzer 9.  Driscoll 10.  Osteen

HT to for these: 1.  Klingon John 3:16:  vaD joH’a’ vaj loved the qo’, vetlh ghaH nobta’ Daj wa’ je neH puqloD, vetlh ‘Iv HartaH Daq ghaH should ghobe’ chIlqu’, ‘ach ghaj eternal yIn. 2. LOLCat John 3:16:  So liek teh Ceiling Kitteh lieks teh ppl lots and he sez ‘Oh hai I givez u me only kitteh and ifs u beleeves him u wont evr diez no moar, kthxbai!’ 3.  Word on the Street Bible You can read some excerpts here, dude. 4.  Pidgin English The translation came about through more than a decade of work between linguists at the University of the West Indies and Jamaican theologians. The immaculate conception is announced by the words “De angel go to Mary and say to ‘er, me have news we going to make you well ‘appy. God really, really, bless you and him a walk with you all de time”, rather than the high-flying rhetoric of “And having come in, the angel said to her, ‘Rejoice, highly favoured one, the Lord is with you: blessed are you among women.'” Have a unique Bible version that you’ve found that we don’t include here?  Link to it below! Todd

Interesting excerpt from the book “Radio, Morality, and Culture”: An article in 1923 reported that “in New York complaints have been received by authorities of the Episcopal, Methodist and Presbyterian Churches that the churches in surrounding small towns and cities are being ruined financially by the radio broadcasting of sermons and music”; and in 1928, the same publication quoted the statistician Roger W. Babson, who predicted that radio will tend to eliminate the small-church preacher, as a preacher, because it will enable country people to hear the best preaching. An Episcopal Bishop at the time said “Why go to your parish church when you can sit at ease in your parlor and hear the heavenly music of a capable choir and be charmed by the fervid eloquence of a magnetic preacher?” Tell us what you really think, Bishop: There seems to have entered into our crowded and throbbing life another ally of those forces which make difficult the assembling of the faithful for praise and prayer.  The habit of church-going has a hard time in the face of Sunday excursions, movies, sacred concerts, automobiling, and broadcasting. So there you have it. One of the biggest obstacles the church faced in 1923:  the RADIO. Read more here. What are we believing today that will look totally silly in 75 years? Thoughts? Todd HT:

Interesting post over at Still Searching… here is a list of some historical things that have to do with the church and alcohol, taken from the new book Gray Matters…
  • 27–28 AD: Jesus performs his first miracle: turning 120- 180 gallons of water into wine at a wedding banquet in Cana (see John 2:1-11).
  • 30–31 AD: Jesus says of wine, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you” (Luke 22:20).
  • Second Century: St. Clement of Alexandria publishes Pedagogia, which included the first scholarly treatment of the subject of Christians and alcohol.
  • Fifth Century: St. Brigid of Ireland reportedly changes her dirty bathwater into beer so that visiting clerics would have something to drink.
  • Twelfth Century: Benedictine nun Hildegard von Bingen discovers hops in beer.
  • 1620: Ship carrying John Winthrop to Massachusetts Bay Colony also carries more than 10,000 gallons of wine and three times as much beer as water.
  • 1670: Hard cider a staple at ministerial ordinations in apple-rich New England
  • 1673: Increase Mather publishes Wo to Drunkards, in which he says, “Drink is in itself a good creature of God, and to be received with thankfulness, but the abuse of drink is from Satan, the wine is from God, but the Drunkard is from the Devil.”
  • 1736: The ill effects of gin in England lead Anglican clergyman Thomas Wilson to publish Distilled Spirituous Liquors the Bane of the Nation.
  • 1759: Arthur Guinness opens his brewery in Dublin; eventually uses money from its success to fund Christian charities, hospitals, and Sunday School programs.
  • 1770s–80s: Spanish Catholics plant first vineyards in California at missions up and down the coast.
  • 1805: America’s first temperance sermon, “The Fatal Effects of Ardent Spirits” is delivered by Rev. Ebenezer Porter in Washington, CT.
  • 1826: Revivalist pastor Lyman Beecher publishes Six Sermons on the Nature, Occasion, Signs, Evils, and Remedy of Intemperance, condemning liquor for “the moral ruin it works in the soul.”
  • 1840: The Washingtonian Movement, one of America’s first anti-alcohol organizations, is formed.
  • 1869: Methodist pastor Thomas Welch invents a method of pasteurizing grape juice so that it isn’t fermented. He persuades local churches to adopt this non-alcoholic “wine” for communion services, calling it “Dr. Welch’s Unfermented Wine.”
  • 1873–74: “Mother” Eliza Thompson—a devout Methodist—leads “crusade” of women protesting American drinking establishments.
  • 1874: The Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) is formed.
  • 1893: Ohio pastor Howard Hyde Russell establishes Anti-Saloon League, a nationwide pressure group aimed at ridding the country of alcohol.
  • 1899: Carrie Nation attacks saloons with hatchets and sledgehammers and becomes an icon of female-led temperance movement.
  • January 17, 1920: Eighteenth Amendment goes into effect in America; Billy Sunday holds symbolic funeral service for “John Barleycorn.”
  • 1933: Twenty-first Amendment ends Prohibition.
  • 1933–1949: “The Inklings” convenes Christian luminaries like C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien and Charles Williams at the Eagle and Child pub in Oxford for beer-aided literary discussions.
  • 1935: Christians “Bill W.” and “Dr. Bob” found Alcoholics Anonymous.
  • 1980: Televangelist Jack Van Impe publishes Alcohol: The Beloved Enemy.
  • 2000s: First “bar churches” begin popping up.
  • 2003: Wheaton College changes rules to allow faculty, staff and graduate students to drink alcohol in private, when not around undergrads.
  • 2009: Bestselling author Stephen Mansfield publishes, The Search for God and Guinness: A Biography of the Beer that Changed the World.
  • August 9, 2011: In blog post, evangelical pastor/author John MacArthur chastises the “Young, Restless, Reformed” community for their reckless approach to alcohol.
Read more here… Interesting, isn’t it?  Anything you’ve learned from this list? What stands out to you? Todd

Huh? St. Augustine had a position on breastfeeding?  Evidently so, according to this blog post, that quotes him as saying: “The comforts of human milk were waiting for me, but my mother and my nurses did not fill their own breasts; rather you [God] gave me an infant’s nourishment through them in accordance with your plan, from the riches deeply hidden in creation. You … inspired in those who nurtured me the will to give me what you were giving them, for their love was patterned on your law, and so they wanted to pass on to me the overflowing gift they received from you. It was a bounty for them, and a bounty for me from them; or rather, not from them but through them, for in truth all good things are from you, O God. Everything I need for health and for salvation flows from my God.” Branson Parier writes: Through this lens, breastfeeding stands as a powerful sign that God is the ultimate source of all that is good and that everything that exists is a gift. As a result, the natural fecundity and fruitfulness of God’s creation is something that should be seen as a gift, not a commodity. Breastfeeding thus stands as a perpetual theological questioning of a culture that treats the good gifts of creation as nothing more than commodities or “natural resources” to be packaged, bought and sold. Understood in this light, McNish’s willingness to breastfeed in public is a powerful economic and theological statement… Rather than seeing the world as raw “resources” for our consumption, Christians need to re-train ourselves to see all creation as gifts and signs that point to the God of abundance. Rather than seeing bodies sexualized by consumerism, we need to re-train ourselves to see bodies that inherently bear the marks of a God who gives in superabundance. So next time you notice someone breastfeeding in public, don’t stare. Just say a prayer of thanksgiving to the Giver of all good gifts. Thoughts?  

According to, you get to enjoy freedoms that now everyone in the world can.  Here are some of the more obscure bans around the world: 1.  In France, ketchup is banned from schools.  (I wonder what they put on their “French” fries?) 2. It is illegal in Iran to have a mullet.  (They are a ‘decadent’ western men’s hairstyle… and I can’t say that I disagree). 3. Bangladesh has a total ban on plastic bags. 4. In Singapore, you need to have a prescription to chew gum (and yes… even the prescription gum is sugarless) 5.  Danish parents have to chose from a list of 7000 approved baby names when naming their newborn.  Anything that is not on the list must seek state church approval. Read a few more here. GO USA. Todd