Convicting Conviction

A Colorado man was charged with rape and murder and sentenced with the death penalty. Until the courts got involved. The death penalty has now been removed because it was discovered that jurors used the Bible in their decision!

The court decision explained that “at least one juror in this case could have been influenced by these authoritative passages … when he or she may otherwise have voted for a life sentence.”

So anyway, it’s nice to know the courts think we can use the Bible as long as we don’t act on what it says. Here’s one passage they wouldn’t like 1 Corinthians 2:7,8. Rulers of the world always end up going against what God says, so much so that God doesn’t tell us everything. Just don’t remember that if you’re serving on a jury.

Artful Dodge

An artist who was insulted when his sister threw away a bunch of his paintings explaining, “it’s not like they’re ever going to be in the Louvre” has recently infiltrated several prestigious art museums and hung up his pictures!

His latest attempt was in the New York Museum of Modern Art where one of his paintings hung for three days before anyone noticed! He has also struck the Louvre, in London’s Tate Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History.

See what a little determination can get you? You can tell a lot about the artist by the art and the presentation of the art!

Easter Reflection

As we consider our new life in Christ, being raised up with Him, I want to point your mind in the direction of Philippians 3:10, one of the coolest verses for the Christian life. I’ll just quote the first part to you.

That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection

Oh to know what that means!

Maddening March

The other night West Virginia beat Texas Tech, a game Wake Forest clearly should have won. Afterwards, rowdy drunken West Virginia “students” set more than 50 fires on their campus.

It was because of this event that I decided not to win the March Madness Bracket contest this year. I felt particularly celebratory this March and knew that if I won I’d have to burn my house down. So, my wife thanks Jed O’Brien and Todd Saunders for beating me so we can still have a house.

Insight into an Act of God

When the Christmas Tsunami impacted our world we heard from various religious types that God was behind the disaster. Well, more information is coming out about the tsunami’s impact that sheds interesting light on our vindictive God.

There were up to four times more women than men killed! Some villages lost 80% of their women. Although we and the Muslims know this is because God really doesn’t like women, the article explains that many men were working further inland or were out fishing or that men were better able to hold on to poles and buildings when the waves hit.

Just waiting for the Muslim leaders to chime in.

The Best Laid Plans

I would like to take this opportunity to level with you, as a pastor. I’m always conflicted about money. Taking money from the church especially. I have always had the dream, the ideal, the notion, of supporting myself so the church doesn’t have to. My problem is that I don’t know much! All my training was to do what I’m doing. However, I have always loved writing.

Over the last ten years or so I have been writing and getting some stuff published. Awana Signal magazine (now defunct), Awana Council Time Lesson books, Regular Baptist Press Sunday School papers, Pulpit Helps, USA Cycling Magazine (now defunct), Big Dogs Endurance Cycling and some other minor things. The lesson I’m learning is that it’s hard to get published in the Christian market because it is so saturated with opinion and unless you’ve been shot or are a millionaire, Christian publishers won’t give you the time of day. I’ve also learned that magazines that publish me soon go defunct.

My dream, the ideal, the notion, has always been there to start my own publishing company then I won’t have to get shot or be a millionaire and I can produce my own stuff. I just read an article about Rick Warren who wrote The Purpose Driven Church and the Purpose Driven Life. In the article it says that Warren has refused his $110,000 salary form his church and repaid the last 20 years of salary they gave him. He also practices reverse tithing, giving 90% of his outside income to his church. Warren may not be the greatest theologian but what he’s doing with the proceeds is kind of neat.

He took my idea.

So anyway, I’m starting small. I have produced three professional looking brochures on baptism for 50 cents a piece. I have plans for many more to come. By starting small I keep expenses down and the production at home. As it grows, who knows. My publishing “company” will be called Anti-Itch Meditation Publishing. Perhaps it will go nowhere, perhaps it will go somewhere, all I know is I have to start somewhere, it’s what I’m here for!

So, there it is. Hope you don’t mind my self-promotion but I wanted to share my ideal.

Steve Jones

Steve Jones is leading the TPC at Sawgrass, which is golfing by the way, something they do where they have grass. Anyway, Steve Jones is a Christian. We went to a camp out in Montana for many years where his wife was a counselor and he led golfing classes for the campers. I never met him but my parents have. He’s a good man and has a good testimony. Go Steve.