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Archive for December, 2007

The Advent Conspiracy

Imago Dei Community Church, a missional church in Portland, Oregan, has started a movement called the Advent Conspiracy that has swept over hundreds of churches in the United States and abroad. It is focused on “restoring the scandal of Christmas by worshipping Jesus through compassion, not consumption.” The movement started in reaction to the giant display of the consumeristic culture the world has become, especially during the Christmas season with thousands upon thousands of people going into debt in order to get that perfect gift. In order to help and to show the gospel to others, Imago Dei and other churches have decided to not give or recieve gifts during the Christmas season. They ask friends and family to give the money they would have spent on them to charities and the poor, while they themselves do the very same and spend time with the hungry and naked.

Anyways, check out the video below, and tell me what your thoughts are on this issue. Also, please do not write any comments to bring down these brothers and sisters if you disagree with them, they seem to be extremely Christ-Centered and I have found this very encouraging.

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Friday Photos

 These are the three strapping young men who will soon be my nephews.

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“I Saw the Sign”

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As many of you know, Mark Driscoll, Pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, created an “Ask Anything” website earlier this year. It was open for everyone to ask him any question they desired, and then the public was invited to vote on the questions that they believed to be most important and relevant. In a few days, the voting will be over, and Mark will begin preaching in January through the TOP 9 questions that were voted for. These sermons will eventually turn into a book and will be put out by Crossway. With that said, our brother Timmy Brister has posed this question to Mark,

“Do you believe that the Scripture not only regulates our theology but also our methodology? In other words, do you believe in the regulative principle? If so, to what degree? If not, why not?”

This question stood at #1 for about a month, but is currently standing at #10 in the polls with 16,207 votes. Timmy has asked us to join togethor with him, put our rally caps on, and get this question answered. We need to come togethor with him and get his question voted for and answered by Pastor Mark. We are allowed to vote 10 times a day, and we are asking everyone to vote 10 times a day every day until Friday to put his question in the Top 9. Please do not cheat by voting more than ten times daily, we want this question to get in fairly and they also remove all of your votes that are over 10. You can also mention this issue on your blog, Facebook, or through email.

You can vote here. Just click on the “vote” tab 10 times, this only takes a few seconds. Let us pull this question through so that this important matter can be answered by this very helpful, encouraging and influential pastor.

Related Links
1. Mars Hill Church
2. The Ask Anything Website
3. Timmy’s Blog
4. Timmy’s Question

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I decided that it was time for my first ever Friday Photo post. Here are a few B&W shots I have taken as of late. You can see some of my other shots on my Flickr page or Here.

Here are some links to other PhotoFriday blogs that were updated today.

1. Steve Mccoy – Check this guy out, great blog and great resources. Great shots too!
2. Timmy Brister – check this blog out! An encouraging brother. Great Photogropher.
3. Flickr – updated daily.
4. John Letoto – always a wealth of great pics.
5. Jason Coobs – another very talented brother.

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Thanks to our brother Steve Mccoy, I happened upon an article by Ben Rogers at the Burside Writers Collective entitled Choosing our Righteous Battles Wisely. He speaks on the fact that after we have on our sword of the spirit, the shield of faith, and the belt of truth, we forget that we often have another accessory that we are standing on, our beloved Soapbox of our own righteousness. He brings to light, and quite sarcastically I might add, that we must choose our battles wisely. When we choose to focus them on aspects of culture such as The Golden Compass or Rock and Roll music we are free from “distractions” such as the poor and afflicted that are not just in Darfur but in Alabama, Kentucky, and everywhere.

Rogers ends the article with this:

“So go! Find a crowded street corner! Clear the beggars out of the way! Deploy your soapbox! Have a couple friends bring a guitar and a djembe, stop by Chipotle after your work is done, get full, then go home and sleep well in your warm bed. Your self righteousness will make you proud. I know it does me. And next week we will have a new mission for you.”

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radicalrefformaision.jpgAfter speaking on the account of Jesus and the harlot at the well (found in John 4:1-42), and the significance of Jesus Christ venturing into territory that was off-limits and detestable, pastor Mark Driscoll ends his first chapter of The Radical Reformission with this.

“Reformission is ultimately about being like Jesus, through his empowering grace. One of the underlying keys to reformission is knowing that neither the freedom of Christ nor our freedom in Chist is intended to permit us to dance as close to sin as possible without crossing the line. But both are intended to permit us to dance as close to sinners as possible by crossing the lines that unnecessarily separate the people God has found from those he is still seeking. To be a Christian, literally, is to be a “little Christ.” It is imperative that Christians be like Jesus, by living freely within the culture as missionaries who are as faithful to the Father and his gospel as Jesus was in his own time and place.

I am advocating not sin but freedom. That freedom is denied by many traditions and theological systems because they fear that some people will use their freedom to sin against Christ. But rules, regulations, and the pursuit of outward morality are ultimately incapable of preventing sin. They can only, at best, rearrange the flesh and get people to stop drinking, smoking, and having sex, only to start being proud of their morality. Jesus’ love for us and our love for him are, frankly, the only tethers that will keep us from abusing our freedom, yet they will enable us to venture as far into culture and into relationships with lost people as Jesus did, because we go with him.

So reformission requires that God’s people understand their mission with razor-sharp clarity. The mission is to be close to Jesus. This transformas our hearts to love what he loves, hate what he hates, and to pursue relationships with lost people in hopes of connecting with them and, subsequently, connecting them with him. This actually protects us from sin, because the way to avoid sin is not to avoid sinners but to stick close to Jesus.”
-Mark Driscoll: The Radicall Reformisison (page 39-40)

Here are some links in relation to Pastor Mark Driscoll
1. Mars Hill Church : Where Mark is Pastor
2. The Resurgence : Where he blogs
3 The Acts 29 Network : Church Planting Network started by Mark

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