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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

My Little Town: Notorious Newsmaker

Little ol' Anna, Texas, makes the big city news again. Last time we were a ghost town (ha). Now we are fixated on sex. Or so it would seem from our local pastor's sermon series that's causing a stir in the media. (I don't attend this church, though several of my friends do and I have visited several times.)

What is all the fuss??

Monday, April 27, 2009

An Ode to My Softball Mom

Mother's Day is coming, and so is my mom's birthday. When I saw this on FB a few weeks ago, I posted it there...but Mom wasn't on FB yet. She is now but I doubt she has seen this. So, in honor of sunburned faces and hoarse voices, birthdays spent cheering from the bleachers, tournament weekends full of drinks, snacks, pre-teen drama queens, and the thrill of your girl winning (or not)... I love you, Mom. You rock!

I wanna be like you one day...

Friday, April 24, 2009

MOPS Anytime

My MOPS group had gathered for a craft day, a "mom's night out" sort of thing. There were a bunch of us, and Julie was leading us in an artistic endeavor. Lots of painting and creativity involved. We were having a great time. Susie was peppering me with theological questions while we worked. She had to leave early to keep a prior commitment--some kind of service. Maybe some girls she was mentoring? Can't remember. But as we wrapped up our craft, she made it back for dinner with our Mentor Moms, who were glad to join us as we wrapped up the project. As we all walked a couple of blocks over to the deli, Shanaci regaled one of the Mentors with her dramatic tale (I couldn't hear the details...too far back).

I woke up laughing. Sometimes my dreams are way too realistic! :)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Miss California Slammed for Giving Honest Answer

Of all the set-up questions designed to solicit the desired answer... this one is making headlines:

The Miss USA contest aired live on Sunday night, apparently. I didn't catch the show (didn't really know it was on), but I couldn't miss the news reports afterwards. Miss North Carolina was crowned Miss USA, but runner-up Miss California continues to attract attention.

During the Q&A portion of the contest, judge Perez Hilton (self-proclaimed "gossip queen"--and no, he's not female) asked her if all states should follow Vermont's example of legalizing same-sex marriage. After stumbling at first, Carrie Prejean affirmed Americans' right to choose but declared that, in the America and family in which she was raised, marriage should be between a man and a woman.

The audience booed her. After the contest, Hilton cursed her on his celebrity gossip blog (surprise?). He told on Monday, "I was floored. I haven't said this before, but to her credit, I applaud her for her honesty. However, she is not a politician, she's a hopeful Miss USA. Miss USA should represent everyone. Her answer alienated millions of gay and lesbian Americans, their families and their supporters."

WHAT??? She was supposed to give an answer that went against her beliefs because that's what he, the homosexual judge, expected her to say? Because she might offend a lot of people otherwise? What about the majority of Americans who do NOT favor same-sex marriage -- should she have risked offending them? Whatever happened to just giving your honest opinion?

Miss California responded to the situation in an interview. "I stated an opinion that was true to myself and that's all I can do. It is a very touchy subject and he [Perez] is a homosexual and I see where he was coming from and I see the audience would've wanted me to be more politically correct. But I was raised in a way that you can never compromise your beliefs and your opinions for anything."

You go, girl!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Does Your Church Teach the Creeds?

The Nicene Creed is the most widely accepted and used brief statements of the Christian Faith. In liturgical churches, it is said every Sunday as part of the Liturgy. It is common ground to Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholics, Anglicans, Lutherans, and many other Christian denominations. Many groups that do not have a tradition of using it in their services nevertheless are committed to the doctrines it teaches.

We believe in one God, the Father,
the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son
he is worshipped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. AMEN.

Because I grew up Catholic, I know this creed blindfolded. I haven't said it in years because my churches aren't liturgical, but I miss it. Anybody else? I'd love to hear if you've recited it with your church body recently.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

He is Risen!

Worship the Lord...

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Free Book Drawing: Jesus: Dead or Alive?

Got teens? Know any in your youth group, or down the street? Josh McDowell and his son Sean have written a book for them about the Resurrection of Jesus. Designed for teen readers, Jesus: Dead or Alive? presents evidence and evaluates the meaning of the Resurrection in teenagers' lives.

In my crosswalk article, Josh discussed the teem book with me, stressing that the dialogue format makes it easy and interesting for teens. He also pressed parents to be involved with their children's spiritual lives. More than just teaching them biblical truth, parents must establish a deep relationship with their kids first. "Truth without relationships leads to rejection," Josh told me. "If parents don't have close, loving, intimate relationships with their child, the child will often reject what the parent shares. Share with them. Don’t preach at them."

To qualify for my drawing for a free copy of Jesus: Dead or Alive?, just leave a comment here about what the Resurrection means to you. Is Easter your favorite holiday? Do you wish it meant more? How does your church celebrate it? Does it have any significance beyond family dinner? I'd love to hear from you.

I'll pick the winner on Easter Sunday.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Evidence for the Resurrection

My full book review and interview with Josh McDowell is up on today. Take a look here.

Friday, April 03, 2009

A Conversation with Josh McDowell

Just in time for Easter, author Josh McDowell (More Than a Carpenter, Evidence That Demands a Verdict) and his son Sean have released a new work called Evidence for the Resurrection. In addition to a list of facts and figures that argue for the veracity of the Resurrection, they delve into the need for it--the theological reasons it had to happen and the emotional and relational vacuums that it fills.

I'm still in the process of writing up my full book review/interview, but I used a snippet from my interview with Josh in my Tapestry blog for today. Take a look at how relationship is the key to passing on the gospel to your kids.