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Here’s what the Bieb thinks about going to church:
“A lot of people who are religious, I think they get lost. They go to church just to go to church. I’m not trying to disrespect them . but for me, I focus more on praying and talking to Him. I don’t have to go to church.”
To tell the truth, this isn’t a real surprise coming from someone his age, is it? Do 17 year olds see the value in church? And if they don’t, what can we do to fix it? Is the solution in trying to get them to conform to our Sunday morning 11:00 format?  Or is there a better solution for the church than the Sunday AM gathering that our parents and grandparents flocked to? What do YOU think? SOURCE

American Jesus has a great post about the top ten things you should consider giving up for lent. I’ll list them there, but you’ll need to go over to American Jesus for all the pictures and more witty banter on this topic: 10. Charlie Sheen 9. Book reviews for books that haven’t been released (i.e. Rob Bell’s new book) 8. The King James Version of the Bible 7. Bieber Fever 6. Pretending to see Jesus EVERYWHERE (like on a piece of toast) 5. The KFC Double Down 4. The Internet 3. Predicting the Second Coming of Jesus 2. Giving up Cliche things for Lent that in no way help you grow in your faith. 1B. Shouting 1. Hating Everyone that doesn’t agree with you. Read the post here. What are YOU giving up for Lent?

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Guy Kawasaki writes: This post may reduce my credibility, but trying to be a good dad, I took my daughter to see “Never Say Never,” the Justin Bieber movie—in 3D no less. I not only enjoyed the movie, but I gleaned a few marketing lessons. FYI, the average of the critic ratings on Fandango is 50 out of 100 for this movie. To put this in context, the movie about hairdresser Vidal Sassoon scored a 59, and Gnomeo & Juliet, a makeover of Shakespeare’s tale featuring garden gnomes, brought home a 56. According to Mike Hale of The New York Times, “…Justin Bieber is nothing if not an old-fashioned, carefully constructed sex symbol, somewhere between a more knowing Donny Osmond and a less insinuating Elvis Presley.” Read more via What We Can Learn from Justin Bieber : Marketing :: American Express OPEN Forum.

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First of all… let me get this out:  I surely hope that Justin Bieber’s glasses do not start hitting the worship leader circuit.  That said, in American culture, we value celebrity.  So, when Justin Bieber ‘comes out’ and says he is a Christian… it makes the press.  Should any of us care? Well… yes and no. From a purely personal standpoint, I will rejoice when anyone claims the name of Christ. Should it make a difference to me whether its someone famous or someone two doors down?  No.  But it does many times. Is Justin Bieber being “Christian” important to my 14 year old daughter?  Uh… yeah… probably so. I think so many times as Christians, we want to count people the world considers as important as being a part of our team.  Like it’s a scorecard or something. (Hey… we just got Justin Bieber!  YESSS!!!!) Why do we do this?  Is it healthy?  Is it just human nature? I don’t know… but it bothers me sometimes about myself. Justin… I’m glad to have you ‘on the team’… but just as glad to have everyone else who is not nearly as famous as you. At least, that’s what I’m telling myself. Todd What do YOU think?