Better yet, there was free popcorn. Sadder still, I had already seen many people walking back to their cars with little bags of said popcorn. So apparently the gimmick worked. But I have to wonder, what does one do at a funeral home open house? Do they display their selection of coffins and urns? Do they take you into the basement and show you where they embalm the bodies? I do not understand. Open houses are typically for less morbid events, so what was the purpose of this? There is something particularly macabre about munching on freshly popped popcorn while wandering the halls of a building designed to house the dead before laying them "to rest."
Further, I cannot help but wonder, were any of the visitors told this one essential piece of information: that it is appointed unto man once to die, and then comes judgment? I doubt it. Decorative coffins and elaborate floral arrangements do nothing for the person whose soul has already reached its destination. I almost wished I had had a competing banner: "Repent, and believe upon the Lord Jesus Christ so that your soul may be saved from the wrath of a just and holy God." But then, that would be a really big banner.
Well, this week's roundup is probably no comparison to free popcorn and coffin peeks, but it will have to suffice. So grab that bag of Orville Redenbacher out of the microwave, then sit back and enjoy your week in review (kind):
- This guy says he had a vision of Jesus where Jesus asked for his forgiveness. Yeah, I'm not joking. Can we call this what it is? It's blasphemy, and it is heresy. Bethel Church in Redding, CA is loaded with both.
- Is Jesus knocking on the door to your heart? Wait, is that what that verse really means?
- This week marked the anniversary of the martyrdom of William Tyndale.
- What does it mean to abide in Christ?
- I hadn't heard about Jonathan Edwards' blank Bible. Very interesting.
- This lesbian bishop (the world's first, apparently) wants to remove the cross and replace it with a prayer space for Muslims.
- Mike Abendroth recently preached a wonderful sermon on the Book of Life.
- Two huge motivations to spur you to pursue holiness.
- Don Green preaches on the true colors of sin from Ephesians 5: