Bannerman!

Guess the college basketball scene isn't John 3:16 tolerant

Sports fans everywhere
Dying for a drink
But they’ve gotta find the well first
One man’s ready with a banner and a wink
A whole lotta souls are getting well-versed

Every time I see him
I smile a little more
I can’t help praying for another high score

He don’t worry ‘bout the critics
They’ll howl for days
He don’t worry ‘bout the cynics
They navel-gaze
He ain’t gonna change the world
But he knows who can

- lyrics by Steve Taylor

Another Korny Christian

Associated Press - Published: March 9, 2009

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (AP) - Another member of the heavy metal band Korn has overcome drug addiction by becoming a Christian.

Korn’s bassist, Reginald Arvizu—who calls himself Fieldy—will release his book, “Got the Life: My Journey of Addiction, Faith, Recovery and Korn.”

He says he was a mean addict and womanizer who quit drugs cold turkey when his father, a born-again Christian, told him his dying wish was for his son to find God.

Fieldy says Jesus Christ and the Bible were his only rehab, and the change in his life is “an amazing and powerful thing.“ Now he’s married with three children and working on a new album with Korn and his side project, Stillwell.

Fieldy’s former bandmate, Brian “Head” Welch, left Korn after becoming a Christian in 2005.
Kool

P.S. For more on the stories of Korn conversions check out this blog at Think Christian.

God's Not Done Destroying NYC

Pastor David Wilkerson, known for his story, The Cross and the Switchblade, where he courageously brought the Gospel to the gangs of New York City, has been making predictions of the imminent destruction of America for decades. He seems to have one ear tuned in to the wrath of God frequency. He recently updated his warnings in his online daily devotional, which was not a very uplifting way to start the day.
AN URGENT MESSAGE

I am compelled by the Holy Spirit to send out an urgent message to all on our mailing list, and to friends and to bishops we have met all over the world.

AN EARTH-SHATTERING CALAMITY IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN. IT IS GOING TO BE SO FRIGHTENING, WE ARE ALL GOING TO TREMBLE - EVEN THE GODLIEST AMONG US.

For ten years I have been warning about a thousand fires coming to New York City. It will engulf the whole megaplex, including areas of New Jersey and Connecticut. Major cities all across America will experience riots and blazing fires—such as we saw in Watts, Los Angeles, years ago.

There will be riots and fires in cities worldwide. There will be looting—including Times Square, New York City. What we are experiencing now is not a recession, not even a depression. We are under God’s wrath...
John Piper, of the Desiring God Ministries, comments on David's prophecies in an article here, where he challenges the extra-biblical veracity of the warning, including these words:
"So my take on this prophetic word is that the scare will probably do good for a lot of people. The Bible is a scary book. And the future that is coming on unbelievers is scary beyond anything any preacher could conjure up.

But my own effort to be discerning says: Stick with the Bible, David. It is scary enough. And it is absolutely true. And your credibility will never fall."

Fat, Friar Tuck, Angel Bartenders

Some of you will get excited about this and want to go see this guy first hand and become a part of his merry little band. Others will be annoyed, perturbed, maybe even downright angry. Some will just laugh out loud and forward this link to others. I leave it up to you.



Whatever your thoughts or feelings, I think it is a clear JoS vote for Oral Roberts and his friends. "Get whacked, stay whacked, never go back."

(Thanks to Matthew Paul Turner for the video)

Figure It Out

67% Americans who say religion is losing its influence on American life.

50% Americans who said this in April 2005.

24% Americans who said this in December 2001.

(Source: Gallup Poll)

Christian Sex > Pagan Sex

Chris Russo, from Long Island, New York, is a self-proclaimed virgin. Everything he knows about sex is what he has seen in movies (so it may be significant) or read in his Christian premarital counseling books while in college (which may be biased). Actually I have no idea what he knows about sex other than this quote that he mentions in a recent blog article.
"In more recent studies, Dr. Paul Wallin and Dr. Alexander Clark concluded that probably no more than 15 percent of women depend upon a fully satisfying sex life."... Years of counseling predominantly Christian couples have convinced me that Christian men and women experience a higher degree of orgasmic enjoyment than non-Christians. This was confirmed by Dr. Herbert J. Miles, a counselor for over twenty years who made a detailed survey of 151 Christian couples. ...Our own survey... was of a much wider age spread, covered various stages of Christian maturity, and concerned people who had undergone little or no premarital counseling."

--from The Act of Marriage: the Beauty of Sexual Love by Tim and Beverley LaHaye.
Here is Chris’ opinion:
Granted, I have reasons to doubt these figures, based first on the fact that these surveys were done in the sixties and seventies, and secondly on suspicions regarding the LaHaye survey methodology. And, being a virgin, I am unqualified to speak one way or another in this regard. But for argument's sake, let's assume that all this is accurate. If these figures are true... Why are Christians not advertising this more?! Can't you see the evangelistic possibilities?
I think he may be on to something here. Everyone knows sex sells. Isn’t this a better hook to get people saved than the fear of hell?

p.s. My wife and I were given this book as a wedding gift.

Wearing Jesus' Underware

My friend Brad is a starving Pastor in Texas with great Photoshop skills. He sent me this picture in response to the yesterday's article. I think it is supposed to be a postmodern illustration of the verse where Jesus explains what to do when someone asks for your cloak. Not sure though.

Under Where?


We will call this one a draw.

Jesus Needs New Salt?

Joe Godlewski, a Retired barber from Cresapton, MD wasn't happy that all of the television chefs who were always asking for kosher salt in recipes.

"I said, 'What the heck's the matter with Christian salt?'" Godlewski said, sipping a beer in his living room when being interviewed by the Associated Press.

By next week, his trademarked Blessed Christians Salt will be available at Ingredients Corporation of America.

The sea salt, complete with a blessing by an Episcopal priest will also sell the salt through Christian bookstores and as a fundraising tool for religious groups.

If is salt is profitable he also plans to market Christian versions of rye bread, bagels and pickles.