Here's a link back to my very first posting (which is actually one of my personal favorites) called The Smell of Devotion.
- 4 tshirts
- 4 baseball caps
- 20 buttons
- 200 bulletin inserts
- 200 impact mailers
- 1 instructional DVD
- 1 four-week curriculum by YS - "Change the World...Every Chance We Get"
- 1 book - Conspiracy of Kindness by Steve Sjogren
- 1 3'x8' banner
All this was FREE! You're limited to one per church, but if you're a pastor or youth pastor, you should go register to get one of these kits. I've decided to take my teens through the curriculum this summer and include a weekly Random Act of Kindness Day where we'll serve the community in some way.
I thought this was a fantastic idea because I know in my own life that nothing shapes my thoughts like books. So I've been thinking of books that I want my kids to read. Most of them are currently over their heads, but I thought of a really great one that I was sure Mollie could handle. It's a short parable called The Boy Who Cried Abba by Brennan Manning. Since it's so brief and Mollie is such a good reader, I told her I'd give her $3 if she read the book. She loves to read so she didn't even have to think twice about it.
The best part was sitting and discussing this powerful story with my daughter. She totally got it! It's a beautiful story of a young Mexican boy who is rejected in every area of his life. He encounters a Medicine Man (Jesus) who helps him learn to love, forgive, and be loved. Mollie told me how sad she felt for Willie Juan and loved how the Medicine Man helped him not to hurt so much anymore. She completely got all the symbolism. It was awesome to sit and discuss things like human hurt, grace, and the love of God with my daughter.
I am definitely going to keep doing this as often as possible! Although I doubt I'll ever get off so cheap again.
If it makes you feel any better, Jamie and I were paying about $8/gallon in Scotland. God bless America!
The conversation then moved to Levitical law. Now if you've ever read Leviticus you know that there are some pretty crazy things in there. For instance, when a woman was on her period she was declared unclean and had to live outside the camp for a certain period of time. There were also rules that declared a man unclean if he encountered, how shall I say it, "night emissions". Anyway, according to Leviticus these laws were passed from God to Moses. Now these hygiene-type laws are understandable when you consider that this more primitive culture didn't have the same knowledge of health and hygiene that we currently have. But God did. So if these laws came from God and he is all-knowing why would he make these people take seemingly unnecessary precautions? If these laws really came from God as Leviticus states, why aren't we still following them. God is unchanging, even though we're living under the new revelation of Christ now. It seems to me that a law from God himself would be pretty binding.
All this to ask, is it possible that some of the Levitical laws weren't actually from God, but just laws that the Israelites came up with on their own and lumped in with the ones that came directly from God?
I'm not saying I believe that. It's just one of those questions that keep me up at night if I think too hard about it. Let me know your thoughts on this (just for the sake of conversation).
- The church is an organized religion with a political agenda.
- The church is judgmental and negative.
- The church is dominated by males and oppresses females.
- The church is homophobic.
- The church arrogantly claims all other religions are wrong.
- The church is full of fundamentalists who take the whole Bible literally.
As Dan addresses how churches should respond to these criticism, he does so with gentleness and compassion without watering down the message or compromising the truth. I especially enjoyed reading the direct quotes from Dan's unchurched friends. They gave the book a great sense of balance. Read this book - it's great!
This is a video he put together for a recent church planting conference. It was well-received by the attendees, but Bill Hybels voiced concern because it didn't discuss women church planters. The conference leaders were going to give a DVD copy to all of the attendees, but decided not to in order to keep the contraversy from going. It's good stuff, though. Here it is.
You put the
mouthpiece in your mouth, press the open end of the snot-collection chamber
against your kid's nostril (it doesn't go very far inside the nose), and SUCK.
It sounds disgusting and bizarre, but it works like a charm. If you've got a
snotty kid, it's the best $15 you'll ever spend.