Best of the Blogosphere for the Week of April 14th

Louis ProfetaHere are the top 5 posts I read this week, plus one funny video.

1. Dr. Louis Profeta’s “Your Kid And My Kid Are Not Playing In The Pros” should be required reading for all parents before allowing their kids to participate in sports and other extra-curricular activities.

2. Amber Haines’ “On Joy and How We Love” is one of the most touching pieces of writing I’ve read in a while.

3. Scot Mcknight’s “Young Restless and No Longer Reformed” is a great piece for people who are bewildered by the resurgence of Calvinism, especially on the web.

4. Zack Hunt’s “The Constitution Came Right Out Of The Bible?” on historian David Barton’s continued quest to prove that American is a Christian nation (for those not familar with church world David Barton is to historians what Ken Ham is to scientists).

5. Dr. Nathaniel Hansen’s poem “YOUR TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY PRAYER LIFE” shared on Addie Zierman’s blog was both moving and profound.

Finally, here’s the funniest video I watched this week:

C.S. Lewis On The Resurrection

resurrection of JesusOne is very often asked at present whether we could not have a Christianity stripped, or, as people who asked it say, ‘freed’ from its miraculous elements, a Christianity with the miraculous elements suppressed. Now, it seems to me that precisely the one religion in the world, or, at least the only one I know, with which you could not do that is Christianity.

In a religion like Buddhism, if you took away the miracles attributed to Gautama Buddha in some very late sources, there would be no loss; in fact, the religion would get on very much better without them because in that case the miracles largely contradict the teaching. Or even in the case of a religion like Mohammedanism, nothing essential would be altered if you took away the miracles. You could have a great prophet preaching his dogmas without bringing in any miracles; they are only in the nature of a digression, or illuminated capitals. [Read more...]

Why You And Jesus Need Marriage Counseling (or a personal appeal for fresh analogies)

marriage counselingWhen my middle daughter was in 7th grade she called home from an overnight Christian youth conference to tell us that she and her friend Jackie were no longer going to date boys because they had decided to date Jesus.

I stopped her mid sentence, put the phone to my chest, and laughed out loud.

“I’m serious dad. Why are you laughing?”

“Well for starters you’re in 7th grade and haven’t had a boyfriend yet. But mainly because that’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard.”

“Well that’s what our conference speaker said we should do.”

“That’s because he’s an idiot.”

“He was being honest.”

“Well, dear, you’re going to find out that in life just because someone’s a Christian, and honest, that doesn’t mean they’re smart.” [Read more...]

An Open Letter To Amway Salesmen (and anyone else like me that tends to use people in the church)

AmwayIf I had a dollar for the number of times an Amway salesman approached me at the end of a church service and shared that they had a wonderful money making opportunity that would transform our church, I’d, well, you know.

“No offense,” I always reply, “but the last thing that transforms churches is money. That’s usually the very thing that spoils them.”

“Well, um, yeah, I get that, I think, but I work for a multi-national Christian company where Jesus Christ is at the center of all we do, and we empower Christians to have the financial resources to (a) have more time to serve in the church and (b) give money to important Christian causes.”

“Let me guess: Amway?”

“Don’t you want that for your church members Rev. Jones?”

“Please call me Brian. And we’re talking about Amway, right?”

“I mean, just imagine! If your people had the…” [quickly placing my hand on his shoulder and cutting him off mid-sentence…] [Read more...]

Why Did Jesus Have To Die?

To wrap up our series, “Questions I Want To Ask God,” I chose to answer the question, “Why Did Jesus Have To Die?”

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5 Reasons I Believe In Short-Term International Mission Trips

Haiti Mission TripsChampioning short-term international mission trips has unquestionably been one of the best things I have ever done in my life, both as a father and as a pastor.

Short-term international mission trips have sparked more spiritual growth in the hearts of people at the church I serve than everything we have ever tried to do combined.

When people ask why I think CCV has grown so rapidly and impacted our community so deeply, I always tell them I think it’s because God has blessed two things:

  1. We’ve committed ourselves to do whatever it takes to reach people far from God.
  2. We’ve thrown ourselves into international missions.

HaitiThere are missionaries who have deftly pointed out the pitfalls and perils of sending Americans abroad to do short-term mission work. Yet, even when you consider these valid critiques, I still believe the positives far outweigh the negatives. [Read more...]

Why Does It Seem Like God Is Never There When We Need Him Most?

Last Sunday I asked the 2700 people that were with us to answer the following question: “If you could ask Jesus any question, and you knew he’d have to give you an answer, what would you ask him?” I told everyone I would pick two questions and answer them over the next two weeks as a part of a series called, “Questions I Want to Ask God. ”

The question I picked to answer this Sunday was, “Why does it seem like you’re never there when I need you the most?”

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Pete Rose Interview #SecondChances

Here is Sunday’s interview with Pete Rose. I am so proud of our CCV volunteers for the awesome way they pulled off this special event.

This interview is available on my podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen.

Don’t Waste Your Life

Here is the second week of our series called “#SecondChances.”

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Pete Rose Appearance Attracts Widespread Media Attention

Pete RoseI’m really stoked that besides all the national media press (including Cincinnati), many major Philadelphia area TV and radio stations and newspapers will be at CCV this Sunday, March 30th, to cover my interview with Pete Rose.

But…

I’m WAY more excited to hear all the stories from CCV’ers about how so many of their non-church going friends are planning to join us that day.

Undoubtedly there are going to be many join us who have never heard about the amazing #SecondChances that are available to us all in Jesus Christ.

I’m praying Sunday changes that for a whole bunch of people. Will you join me? [Read more...]