01 April 2016

This 'n' That

In spite of Hobby Lobby's role in gifting land to seeker-sensitive-ideology-proliferating pastors like Rick Warren and James MacDonald, (thereby allowing these men to expand their empires), overall, I like Hobby Lobby. It's a fun store. The selection of flowers is fantastic, and sales there far exceed those of the competitors. I like that I usually hear hymns playing when I'm in Hobby Lobby, with the exception of the occasional elevator-musicized version of a mind-numbingly repetitive praise song or, at Christmastime, the exception of hearing "Santa Baby" (still waiting for Hobby Lobby to explain that one).

So I am not here to attack Hobby Lobby or the people who love the store. But I have to admit that I continue to be amazed at how skilled we are at ignoring the fact that 90% (or more) of the junk (let's be honest, most of it is junk) in Hobby Lobby is downright aesthetically awful. There, I said it. Like this entire wall of nonsense. What is going on here? Does anybody buy this stuff?

photo credit: French sectin via photopin (license)
Or how about this gem that I recently spotted:

Now, the irony with this one is that it fits perfectly with a little non-official segment we have at Equipping Eve titled, "Just Be Awesome." The name was borne out of a book/daily calendar called You're Already Amazing and the segment essentially mocks the rampant narcissism that has come to characterize western Christianity. So...maybe I shouldn't make fun of this plaque and instead should just buy it and hang it in my office. You know, for those days when I need to be reminded of just how truly awesome and amazing I not only look but also am.

If this were an audio blog, I'd sigh here. Thank you, Hobby Lobby, for feeding our narcissistic tendencies and lying to us just like so many sectors of evangelicalism do today. No wonder visible Christianity loves you. It's okay, though, I'll still visit your store for all of my fake flower needs, knowing that your specialty is crafts and tacky trinkets, not theology (obviously).

For those of you reading this blog today, however, I need you to understand this truth: You are not amazing. You are not awesome. You are wretched, wicked, and sinful. If you don't believe me, find a Bible and read Romans 3:10-18, and that's just for starters. But there is One who is truly amazing and awesome and perfect and holy and merciful and gracious and forgiving and just and righteous and...well, I could go on all day. That One is Jesus Christ, and serving Him is no hobby, it is an inward and outward way of life.
Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. (Romans 12:1)
Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen. (Jude 24-25)
Okay, rant over. I know we all have different tastes and styles, so don't be upset if we have different opinions on the matter. You should know this, though: if I ever visit your house and find, as pictured above, one of those horrible peace signs on your wall, or a pink Eiffel Tower on your end table, I will make fun of you. You have been warned. With that, before you go out to spend your weekly Hobby Lobby coupon, take a few minutes to first enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • I love this latest video from No Compromise Radio: Is substitution the greatest concept in the Bible? Seems more than reasonable.
  • "The American College of Pediatricians urges educators and legislators to reject all policies that condition children to accept as normal a life of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex."
  • I appreciated these thoughts from my friend, DebbieLynne, on discerning our discernment.
  • We should all appreciate these wise, measured, biblical thoughts on the #SaveLexi situation.
  • This article offends my sensibilities on multiple levels: as a Christian, as a writer, as a human being...
  • Five lies you've been told about Easter.
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Parents are worse than children, and I'd argue that parental behavior like this is the reason so many children today are...well, the way they are.
  • There is a lot going on in April on the Christian conference front, especially here in the Midwest! Why not start your month hearing Phil Johnson speak at the Ohio Fire conference? Then travel toward Cincinnati the following weekend for Trusting God in Trying Times, a helpful (and free!) conference offered at Truth Community Church. And ladies, it's not too late to register for Discern: Answers for Women, which is hosted by Answers in Genesis.
  • What makes this ironic is that I had just turned on a rerun of Mother Angelica's show prior to seeing this article. 
  • What is Andy Stanley's problem with the Bible?
  • Another warning for you. Remember, this can happen with any contemporary hymn or worship song, mostly because they all sound alike.  
  • You know, because we're so into mindless meditation around here. Sigh.
  • This does not mean that it's okay to send cats by mail.
  • This wins the prize for my favorite tweet of the month (you must read the whole string of tweets to fully appreciate it). Totally audacious!
  • It's time for strength:


  1. Were you being serious about the warning concerning the contemporary worship song? You do realize that that piece is written on a satirical website, correct?

  2. Thank you for your consistent outpouring of truth!!

    Kay Cude

  3. I didn't know that they had given land to Rick Warren and Mc Donald..that is interesting. Thanks for all you do.


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