My favorite Michael Jackson Story and Worship

I have shared this story several times as a Bible Study illustration, because I think it makes a great point.  On February 3rd 2005 the Kansas City Star ran an article entitled Devoted fans vow to stay put through trial.  In the story, which I still have, it shares how two women quit their jobs, moved into a motel together, and worked the night shift at a drugstore  all for one reason.  So that they could get up at 4:00am, get ready, and stand “vigil” at the courthouse during the Michael Jackson trial.  These women made extreme sacrifices all for worship, what else can you call it. 

What if we worshiped like that?  What if we worshiped Jesus Christ, with the same heart and zeal, that they worshiped Michael Jackson?  Romans 12:1 tells us that we are to be, “living sacrifices” and that it is our, “reasonable act of worship.”

Why my little girl WILL be different.

I just read this article on Newsweek’s website, Are We Turning Our Tweens into Generation Diva and it made me sick.  Here are some quotes from the article.

“Marleigh loves to get tan.”  Marleigh is a 2 year old little girl

“Forget having mom trim your bangs, fourth graders are in the market for lush $50 haircuts; by the time they hit high school, $150 highlights are standard.”

“Why are this generation’s standards different? To start, this is a group that’s grown up on pop culture that screams, again and again, that everything, everything, is a candidate for upgrading.”

Now I understand that I will not be able to control Jenna.  I will not be able to make choices for her, and force her to do as I please, but unless I am mistaken I am still the parent.  I also believe that Jenna will gravitate towards things that she sees her mom and dad doing and enjoying.  For instance Jenna can spend large portions of her day sitting and looking at her books, and acting like she is reading them.  Where did this come from?  In part I believe it came from the face that she sees her mom and day enjoy reading, and enjoy reading to her. 

So what if these girls had never been introduced to spa days, fake tanning, and make up, at an age when they should be playing and worrying nothing about their appearance.  What if during these formation years they were taught things like character, inner beauty, the  pitfalls of materialism, and giving is better than receiving. 

Maybe I am completely wrong and Jenna will grow up to be a materialistic diva, but it will not be because that is what she saw at home.

Sports: It’s not just a game anymore.

This morning I was visiting ESPN checking to see how Duke was fairing in the polls, when I found this article, NCAA deems 7th Graders as Prospects.  About two weeks ago, I found this article, Barely Teenagers Already Groomed for Football Stardom, thanks to CPYU.org.  Here is a quote from the second article.   “In major sports they start identifying their best players in seventh and eighth grade.” Continue reading

What’s the %&;;^*# problem?

Disclaimer: I firmly believe that all profanity is wrong.  I do not use profanity, nor do I allow students involved in our ministry to use profanity while at our ministry.  This is not a piece about profanity as much as it is a piece about hypocrisy.

This morning I watched this video on the Today Show, that showed several news anchors who without knowing they were on camera said some profanity.  The most recent incident being an anchor in New York that made a mistake, and then apologized on air for it.  As I was getting ready for work I asked my wife, why this was a big deal.  Continue reading