10 May 2013

This 'n' That

I have to thank everyone for sticking with Do Not Be Surprised even as the frequency and regularity of posts has dwindled in recent weeks. This is usually a particularly busy time of year for me and this year is proving to be even more overwhelming. Combine that with a rather annoying case of writer's block and you have one frustrated blogger (me). I'm hopeful that things will pick up soon, though, so don't go away! You never know what the summer may bring!

Speaking of summer, I have the strangest desire to go to the zoo. Either I'm reverting to my childhood, or I've been called to one of those divine playdates like Beth Moore and I just haven't learned to properly discern the voice of God.

Well, the zoo is fun but no doubt it will be even more delightful to enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • Is it wrong that I don't think we should be wasting millions and millions of dollars developing an antibiotic for this?
  • Perry Noble, Rick Warren, Joel Osteen and others are warning about fake Facebook pages using their names and likenesses to run money scams. Please tell me that I don't need to point out the intense irony of this.
  • Leading spiritual formation proponent Dallas Willard died this week. His fellow contemplative (and perhaps even more doctrinally dangerous) friend, Richard Foster, wrote this about Willard.
  • Please bring back the hymnal!
  • Dan Phillips ponders James MacDonald's most recent blog outburst.
  • Look, if people would just stop shopping at Abercrombie & Fitch, they'd go out of business and then we could all stop complaining about them. Seriously, who wants to shop in a store that reeks of cologne and is blasting music louder than an Easter Sunday at Newspring Church?
  • Here's an update on the Wycliffe "Son of God" translation controversy.
  • The results of religious compromise.
  • Who limits the atonement: Calvinists or Arminians?
  • Occupy Portland worshiped a golden calf in the streets to illustrate their cause. I think it's safe to say that this little routine did not help their cause. At all.
  • When we hate what we love.
  • Why pray if God already knows everything?
  • Do you have $60 that you don't know what to do with? You could always sign up to be a 'Vertical Church Band Insider.' Because who wouldn't want to fork over perfectly good cash to help Harvest Bible Chapel's rock band create more unnecessary contemporary Christian music? If you ask me, it sounds like a really wise way to steward the resources God has given you.
  • Chosen:


  1. Well, if you get really stuck, how about an update on the happenings at Escalator Church? What is your mega pastor doing these days to ensure relevancy, cash streams, and obedience to his/her vision?

    - a loyal reader

  2. Now that tax season is over, I've some free time. Just hire me.

  3. Breaks are nice....but yes, as the Lord leads, come back :)

  4. In response to your writer's block, I would like to read more about how important, or not important, it is to stand on the shoulders of other regarding theology, church history, and maybe a "then and now" article of a current issue or event.

  5. :o)

    ~ Despeville

  6. James MacDonald says “Yes, for me it’s over. No more fixing people—I resign. No more setting people straight, helping others see the light. No more putting people on a program or convincing them to look in the mirror and see what they refuse to believe.”

    Translated: Everything is always wrong with other people, nothing is ever wrong with James MacDonald….except of course….that he keeps trying to “fix” everyone. LOL.

    I have only one thing to say to James – I can’t convince you to look in the mirror and see what you refuse to believe. You’re a phony, and you need to repent. Carol


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