6:00 pm

Well, it is well after 6:00 p.m. in most all time zones and Judgment Day has seemed to have come and gone with much less hoopla than the lead-up to the actual hour. It really is extremely sad to see people who will so quickly, blindly follow a false prophet such as Mr. Camper. It really does, however, make me desire to study and know better the Bible I read so as to “be ready to give an answer for the hope I have.” (1 Peter 3:15)

There is a really good post from Scot McKnight from Jesus Creed about the coming and going of 6 p.m. I really appreciate men like Dr. McKnight that have given their lives to the accurate study and teaching of God’s Word.

You also need to check out my friend, John Hill’s comments on this day…particularly the etymology of the word “Rapture.” Good stuff.

May we all live like tomorrow is “the Day”–without need for predictions…just as Jesus taught us.

Have a blessed Lord’s Day!

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It’s the End of the World as We Know It; and I feel fine!

Harold Camping’s prediction that Judgment Day is May 21, 2011 has caused Twitter to go crazy; Google searches of “Rapture” and “Judgment Day” explode; the Center for Disease Control to send out a bulletin concerning a Zombie Apocalypse spoof; and even people making a little extra cash off of people who will leave their pets behind! It is shear nonsense!

Here it is “straight from the horse’s mouth…”

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Ozzie Smith honored as Missouri Sports Legend

One of my childhood heroes was honored today as a Missouri Sports Legend by the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. Ozzie Smith, or “the Wizzard of Oz” as we knew him here in Cardinal Country. Here is his signature “flip” as he went out to field his position each home game.

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So tell me, who was your childhood hero growing up?? Sports or otherwise?

Ozzie Smith honored as Missouri Sports Legend | Springfield News-Leader | News-Leader.com.

Coca-Cola 125th Anniversary Celebration

Check out what Coca Cola Headquarters in Atlanta is looking like these days to celebrate their 125th Anniversary. They have made their entire building in essence a 3D canvas for video. Amazing

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Coca-Cola Pimps It’s HQ | ChurchCrunch.

The American Church’s Dirtiest Little Secret

Check out this amazing post by David Foster on “The American Church’s Dirtiest Little Secret”

The real dirty little secret in the American church is that we regularly, relentlessly, and without mercy beat-up, chew-up and spit-out our leaders.

I have to say that I have experienced every one of the five characteristics Foster lines out.

1. We starve them
2. We have outrageously unreasonable expectations of our leaders.
3. We strip them of power.
4. We let pretend leaders bully them.
5. We leave them in financial peril.

I really appreciate a ministry veteran who sticks out his neck to help change the system. That has been my prayer all these years when I have been in the middle of being “beat-up, chewed-up, and spit-out”– that I would be able to help the next generation of leaders behind me. Read more

Mark Beeson: Is Heresy Dead?

Seems that Mark Beeson, Senior Pastor at Granger Community Church has been taking more shots about the methods they use to reach lost people with the Orthodox Gospel of Jesus Christ. He says,

I had another guy poke me in the eye because of the creative methods we use to present the orthodox Good News of the Gospel story. Well, he didn’t actually poke me in the eye, but that’s just because I’m quick as a mongoose.

I wish such folks were as concerned about “presenting” the orthodox Gospel as they are about “how” presentations are done.

I think that this argument against using creative methods to reach people far from God is really silly…but it is also dangerous too. When the Church stops looking outward to reach outsiders, then we cease being the Church Jesus created in the first place.  There have been these kinds of arguments forever, I suppose. For example, the early church, in Acts 15, said that you needed to have a surgery to be a true follower of Jesus Christ! And it wasn’t a minor surgery at that, fellas! Just a very short time after Jesus walked the earth, the early followers began to teach unorthodox ideas and came under sharp debate with Paul and Barnabas.

I love where the conversation and debate leads to finally…James, the half-brother of Jesus speaks up to put the debate to rest. He says, “It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God.” (Acts 15:19) Awesome! Read more

President Obama’s Take on the Death of Osama bin Laden (Spoof)

In the spirit of the SNL parodies over the years, Iman Crosson has done a hilarious spoof on President Obama’s news conference announcing the death of Osama bin Laden. Check it out!

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Friday is for . . . Family, Food, and Film

For several years now, Jenny and I hang out together at Chick-fil-A for breakfast and then off to do other things the rest of the day. This event started with the “Free Food Fridays” at Chick-fil-A. I love Chick-fil-A, by the way!!

I am hoping to take a load of “stuff” to Springfield this afternoon to our storage unit. We are gearing up for our next move at the end of the month back to Springfield to live with Jenny’s parents to save on rent in Carthage.  We are hoping to not be in Springfield for very long, actually, because we are talking seriously about our next place of service. The exact place and time line is not available for public consumption on this blog, but I will let you kn

ow as soon as we know where we are heading after June 1.

Finally, we are all headed together to the 66 Drive-In to see a really cool double feature of Rio and then Soul Surfer! Can’t wait!

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So tell me. . . what are your plans for this Friday?