Too Many Christian Idols

On the first round of the latest elimination level on American Idol, where 24 of the 36 hopeful singers are voted back into obscurity, two of the three survivors from the first group of 12 are Christian worship leaders at their home churches. This might be a good sign for the next group as well but there is a problem, there are only three spots up for grabs and at least four professing Christians. The same predicament will happen the next week as four more Christians will rely on Americans to vote them into the final twelve.

Will we end up with a new set of Disciples? Will we have a hymn night or a visit from Michael W. Smith? It's highly doubtful. Sources tell me that though Jesus does not shun all television he certainly does not watch any program with Idol in the title.

Here is the rundown for you Christian Idol fans, thanks to the research and reporting of Joanne Brokaw:

Mishovanna Henson - attends South Coast Christian Assembly in San Juan Capistrano, California. In 2008, she took First Place in the Female Vocal Solo Category at the 2008 Assemblies of God Fine Arts Festival.

Kai Kalama - the bio for the band OffWhite, in which Kai performed with his brother Ryan, says, "Mom taught them to sing via the church choir."

Kris Allen - has been working with the worship ministry at New Life Church in Conway and Little Rock campuses since 2007. He is also involved with Chi Alpha Campus Ministries at the University of Central Arkansas.

Matt Giraud - played drums at his church; has released two indie Christian music CDs

Felicia Barton - leads worship at Freedom Fellowship in Virginia Beach, VA

Lil Rounds - I've heard she sings at the Christ Community Church in Memphis, but I haven't gotten that confirmed yet.

Kristen McNamara - she's a professing Christian

Scott MacIntyre - attends Scottsdale Bible Church, where he regularly performs; has appeared on the Crystal Cathedral Hour of Power; performs with the Gospel quarter, The MacIntyre Family Singers

Danny Gokey - music teacher at Faithbuilders International at Milwaukee

Michael Sarver - leads a worship and praise team at Harvest Church in Jasper, TX and was once a lead singer at Victory Christian Center in Houston

I hadn't initially assigned a JoS vote to anyone for this post. However, after receiving an email from an authority closely monitoring this situation I have changed my mind. She described the Christians on Idol as "hyped up squirrels. Good enough for me!

End Time Tunnel Vision

According the to Billy Graham Association this year they will focus on the return of Jesus Christ and help prepare believers for life in the last days.

On they reported the following:
"People ask me, 'Do you really believe that Jesus Christ is going to come back to this earth again?'" writes the Rev. Billy Graham in one of the several resources that the ministry is providing on the End Times.

"Yes, I do,” he continues. “The Bible teaches that Jesus is coming again. And I don’t see any other hope, because we’re heading toward a catastrophe in our world."

As part of its effort, the ministry has compiled a number of End Times resources including a message delivered by Graham in 1998, a 2008 message from BGEA president and CEO Franklin Graham, an article adapted from a message delivered by Anne Graham Lotz in 1996, an End Times article on the basics of the Second Coming, and a couple of Q&As with Billy Graham that includes a question on whether the world will end in 2009.

“The most important question, however, is this: Are you ready for Christ's return?” Graham writes after offering his response.
Seriously? This is the most important question for the Body of Christ today? I look at the results of this kind of fear-based evangelism and hold it up against what I see in Jesus’ pursuit of others. They don’t match. In fact I think the styles clash pretty bad.

Peter Rollins Denies the Ressurection

Peter Rollins is an author, speaker, emergent church thinker... His most recent blog article was titled, "My Confession: I deny the Resurrection" It is worth the read. He may surprise you.
I am four days into my ‘Lessons’ tour and so far loving it. My time to date has been spent in Calvin College engaging in fascinating debates with Kevin Corcoran, Jason Clark, Jamie Smith, Lori Wilson and Michael Wittmer. Many subjects have been covered, but perhaps the most pertinent one revolved around the place and nature of belief in faith.

At one point in the proceedings someone asked if my theoretical position led me to denying the Resurrection of Christ. This question allowed me the opportunity to communicate clearly and concisely my thoughts on the subject, which I repeat here.

Without equivocation or hesitation I fully and completely admit that I deny the resurrection of Christ. This is something that anyone who knows me could tell you, and I am not afraid to say it publicly, no matter what some people may think…

I deny the resurrection of Christ every time I do not serve at the feet of the oppressed, each day that I turn my back on the poor; I deny the resurrection of Christ when I close my ears to the cries of the downtrodden and lend my support to an unjust and corrupt system.

However there are moments when I affirm that resurrection, few and far between as they are. I affirm it when I stand up for those who are forced to live on their knees, when I speak for those who have had their tongues torn out, when I cry for those who have no more tears left to shed.
I see Jesus here. How about you?

I Love Jesus, but I Drink...

Hilarious conversation between Ellen DeGeneres and a caller named Gladys Hardy.

Squirrels are in Potato Chips too!

Not to be outdone by Jesus showing up in a Potato Chip in Pennsylvania, The Squirrel launched his own brand of Cajun-flavored squirrel chips in Great Britain. This reminds me why I don't live in the Bayou or in London.

Jesus Shows up in Potato Chip to Stop Couple from Smoking

Brian Hershey was eating at C.R. Buck restaurant in Pennsylvania when his wife Lyn interrupted his next bite with a scream. She saw something wrong, or maybe something right, about the potato chip in his fingers- it looks as though it is a replica of one the popular portraits of Jesus by Werner Sallman hung in Sunday school classes across our country.

Though they don't normally look for Jesus in their meals it was hard for them to ignore this deep fried slice of potato. They think this crisp may have some spiritual meaning.

“We both just accepted Jesus in the last six months, so I think it’s a sign that we’re doing the right thing,” Lyn said in an interview with her local paper.

“We were talking about quitting smoking when we found the chip, so the kids think that’s what it means,” Lyn says.

The family keeps the Jesus chip in a foam dish with a clear plastic lid for viewing next to a photo of Lyn's mother, who died 17 years ago. They have no intention of eating it the morsel although it would be an interesting way to celebrate communion.

Stimulate This: 1 Million Dollars a day since Jesus' birth falls short

Senator Mitch McConnell explains that spending of $1 million per day since Christ's birth would fall short of the economic stimulus package proposal.


A man was being tailgated by a stressed-out woman on a busy boulevard. Suddenly, the light turned yellow just in front of him. He did the right thing, stopping at the crosswalk, even though he could have beaten the red light by accelerating through the intersection.

The tailgating woman was furious and honked her horn, screaming in frustration, as she missed her chance to get through the intersection, dropping her cell phone and makeup. As she was still in mid-rant, she heard a tap on her window and looked up into the face of a very serious police officer.

The officer ordered her to exit her car with her hands up. He took her to the police station where she was searched, fingerprinted, photographed, and placed in a holding cell. After a couple of hours, a policeman approached the cell and opened the door. She was escorted back to the booking desk where the arresting officer was waiting with her personal effects.

“I'm very sorry for this mistake,” he said. “You see, I pulled up behind your car while you were blowing your horn, flipping off the guy in front of you, and cussing a blue streak at him. I noticed the 'What Would Jesus Do' bumper sticker, the 'Choose Life' license plate holder, the 'Follow Me to Church' bumper sticker, and the chrome-plated Christian fish emblem on the trunk.
Naturally...I assumed you had stolen the car.”