Ladies, it's well known that an Easter service often causes you to break out the pastels and whites in your wardrobe. While we do not wish to spoil any surprises, we would like to warn you that there is a potential that Silly String and/or "Flying Peeps" will be involved in the service. Escalator Church assumes no liability for any damaged clothing, and will not reimburse any dry cleaning costs that may be incurred. We will, however, offer plastic rain ponchos, and we encourage you to take one and wear it should you be fearful of your Easter best being ruined by any of our activities or illustrations.
Bring your friends, this promises to be the best Easter Extravaganza ever! For now, though, focus on today and peruse your week in review (kind of):
- The Common English Bible is accelerating in best seller status. You remember the CEB, the new translation that decided to change Jesus' title of "Son of Man" to "the human One?" The growing popularity of this translation is just one more sad commentary on the state of "Christianity" in America.
- Phil Johnson discusses the importance of boundaries.
- Russell Crowe is going to portray Noah in an upcoming film. Good to know that I can save myself the $12 and skip that movie.
- A former elder of Mars Hill Church and his wife have decided to come forward and share their experience of spiritual abuse at the hands of Mark Driscoll and the leadership of this church. Paul Petry's website shares extensive documentation of his experience, and his wife has written a comprehensive account as well. Sadly, I fear that his story could be echoed by many within similar mega church empires.
- The Cripplegate discusses the grace-gift of repentance.
- A California pastor will hold his Easter service at a local mosque. (No, it isn't Rick Warren, so don't even bother with that in the comment thread). Ironically, the pastor doesn't even believe in Jesus' resurrection, so I'm not sure I see the point of even holding an Easter service...
- Some of you may have noticed in the comment thread of this post that a special "men only" prayer service was held a couple weeks ago at Harvest Bible Chapel. This post offers some insight into what was said that evening, however it is important to note that the author of that post was not actually present.
- If you were unable to watch the live stream of the Shepherd's Conference, video of the general sessions are now online and available here.