25 March 2016

This 'n' That

Well, it feels as though I should have an Easter or Good Friday themed introduction, but most of my thoughts on that will likely be expressed in a separate post to be published later today or tomorrow.

Wait. Never mind, I take it back. Let me rant a bit here and save that next post for some slightly more edifying thoughts.

What has evangelicalism done to the commemoration of our Lord's death and resurrection? We are quick to chastise the world for its unsurprising worldliness, and yet, if we are honest, the visible church has undoubtedly perverted and adulterated the Easter season far more than has the world.

Worst Easter church sign ever. (Source)
Not only have we adopted the world's festivities (Easter bunny at church, anyone? Egg drop? Easter egg hunt after Sunday service?), but we have astonishingly had the nerve to twist this celebration into one of narcissistic self-celebration.

Megachurches with their weekend "experiences" now want you to become part of the Easter story. Christ dying and rising again isn't relevant enough, you see, no, we must also play a role lest our self-esteem be left wounded. Easter must be about me or it isn't worth my time.

It's disgusting. It's despicable. It's abhorrent. It's shameful. Yes, we should be ashamed of ourselves. Such behavior is not actually "reaching people far from God," no matter what the suave fella with the gel-shellacked hair says from the stage. No, it is further damning them by presenting to them a false gospel. Sing all the choruses you want. Evoke so many emotions that you have to mop the tears off the floor afterward, but if you have not proclaimed the true Gospel and called people to repentance and faith, then you have failed.

But what do I know? I am, after all, just a blogger.

So back to the business at hand. Before you scurry off to your church's Easter Extravaganza (yes, I am being facetious), take a few moments to enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • I don't care what they call them, I need some of these malted milk chocolate bunny ears!
  • Driscoll will be sharing a vision on Easter Sunday. Sigh.
  • More good stuff on extrabiblical nonsense from the folks at the Grace to You blog.
  • What? Israel Houghton is less-than-qualified for his leadership role? I'm utterly not shocked!
  • This is hilarious. It's like they knew that staged devotional photos are one of my biggest pet peeves.
  • Lyndon Unger wraps up his series on modesty.
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • So, from looking at these pictures I guess we can safely conclude that there was a lot of food at the Shepherd's Conference.
  • Sigh. The folks at the Alpha Course are "honored" to have a Roman Catholic talk about "the Church." Um...which church? Because it surely isn't the Bride of Christ.
  • Sorry, but here are more sighs.
  • "It is easier to appreciate the truth than apply the truth... Appreciation and application are two very different things."
  • Love this message on Christ's declaration of, "I Am the Door":

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