If all of these newfangled and fancy toothbrushes and flossing devices are so fantastic, then why are dentists still around? And did you ever notice that when your dentist gives you that free toothbrush at the end of your visit, it's one of those "old-fashioned" tried and true, plain jane toothbrushes? No fancy ridges or rubber, just the normal, soft bristles with which we all grew up. If those old school toothbrushes are so awful, why is our dentist giving them to us? Are these new, ritzy toothbrushes really that much better?
Okay, it's time for the lame transition from an awkward toothbrush conversation into a church-related application...
Just as we're jazzing up toothbrushes to raise prices and gain customers, so we're spicing up our churches to increase tithes and fill seats. But when it comes down to it, we don't need those ridiculous rubber bristles—we don't need the flashing lights, smoke machine and loud music. All we need is the "old-fashioned," tried and true, plain jane Gospel. Pastor, if you are faithful to the Word of God, then don't worry whether you have entire sections of empty pews or standing room only. God will bring in His sheep. That is, after all, to whom you are preaching. The Gospel doesn't need to be fancied up. Trust me, God does not need your help in making His awesome message of salvation and forgiveness of sins more palatable or exciting. Just preach the Word.
Yeah, yeah, I know that analogy broke down in multiple places, but you get the idea. Now, go brush your teeth, come back and enjoy your week in review (kind of):
- Here's a brief summary of the events surrounding The Elephant's Debt. Make sure you continue to check the TED website for the latest updates.
- Ken Silva walks us back through some of the, ahem, highlights(?) of the James MacDonald, T.D. Jakes, ER2 controversy.
- Okay, this is a snake video, so it's a little disturbing. I loathe snakes. Still, in watching this I couldn't help but be amazed by yet another creature made by the hands of God.
- Bloggers, beware! Buy all of the Flamin' Hot Cheetos that you can now, before they're stripped from the shelves!
- If you've heard some of the hoopla surrounding "Christian" feminist Rachel Held Evans' new book, then you need to read Sarah Flashing's review of the work. Masterful.
- 'King of kings' and 'Lord of lords'—Mormonism Research Ministry shows us what Brigham Young taught about these phrases. (Hint: It's blasphemous and wrong).
- I guess if you live in public housing, you're not allowed to pray in public.
- Phil Johnson says 'evangelical' is the most abused term in the religious lexicon.
- Hey, Jimmy Carter—Israel doesn't have to move towards a two-state solution...it's their land!
- FDA says that no Planned Parenthood facility is licensed to perform mammograms. Hunh. So that would mean that someone either lied or is just plain ignorant.
- These wildlife photos are amazing (no snakes here!).
- Mitt Romney's jab about the president's "Apology Tour" during Monday's debate was classic. Yet, the president was quick to call it the "biggest whopper of the campaign." Was it?
- Poor Jesus doesn't even get a cameo at this "church's" 10th anniversary.
- Do you know what your kids are learning in that public school? School, yoga and your children.
- I've been weaning myself off of an afternoon cup (or three) of coffee and onto a more healthier option—tea. I found this article on the health benefits of tea really helpful. Oh, and if you're a tea drinker, feel free to leave any suggestions of favorite teas in the comments.
- Al Mohler comments on The Mourdock Moment.
- Brian McLaren will be touring the UK to promote his new book. His focus? Interfaith relations. Shocking.
- Hey, look, Kay Warren is usurping the role of pastor again!
- S. Lewis Johnson on being a slave of Christ: