Christian Football Picks: Week 17

Each week I pick football games based on the current state of God’s opinions on things as given by modern Christianity. We are 29-15 going into the last weekend. I will attempt to pick games with “playoff implications.”

Detroit at Pittsburgh
God has favored Pittsburgh this year in interesting match-ups demonstrating God’s approval of industrialization. Lions killed Christians and Detroit is just a pit. This one is easy.
Pittsburgh 31
Detroit 17

New York at Oakland
New York is home to the guy who got his name changed to Jesus Christ. Is this endearing to God or does it make Him upset, so upset that He would make the Giants playoff run harder?
Oakland 24
New York 21

Washington at Philadelphia
As the year draws to a close we get news shows recapping the major events of the year. Most people think our country is either the reign of antichrist or Christ Himself. Is there no middle ground? We’ll see what God’s opinion of our government is by whether He allows Washington into the playoffs.
Washington 27
Philadelphia 10

My Guy

One of my favorite preachers is Ken Hutcherson of Antioch Bible Church. There is a link to his site on this page. Listen to some of his sermons and tell me he isn’t awesome.

It appears as if Mr. Hutcherson has gotten himself caught in a hubbub about gay-rights in Washington state law. There is a proposed law to ban discrimination based on sexual-preference for jobs. Hutcherson thinks we should have the right to choose who works for us, even if it means not hiring for sexual-preference. I would agree.

But about 30 people picketed outside the high school where Hutcherson’s church meets. I know, 30 people, who cares, but it makes the news.

“It’s hard to get around what the Bible says about the sin of homosexuality,” Hutcherson said. “We believe in an inerrant word of God. That means there’s no mistake. Biblical truth overrides culture and time.”

“We can’t be literalists when it comes to interpreting scripture,” said Corsaro, who also is co-chairwoman of the Religious Coalition for Equality. “It’s not the perfect word of God. It’s heretical to superimpose 21st-century context and values on first-century context and values.”

So, there it is, to believe the word of God or not. Too bad believing it is so inconvenient. I was disturbed to see that Mr. Hutcherson threatened a boycott of Microsoft as a solution, however. Oh well, no one is perfect.

Jeanetic Satanism

Swedish youth are buying lots of Cheap Monday jeans. The jeans are tight-fitting and cheap. Perhaps you think that’s bad enough. But it gets worser.

They also have a logo that features a skull with a cross turned upside down on its forehead. The logo’s designer admits he has a “great dislike” for organized religion and said the logo is an “active statement against Christianity.”

Some youth are ripping the logo off and some even take the jeans back when they realize what the logo implies. Others wear them and enjoy greatly disliking religion.

Change Of Heart?

Well, I’m back from my week of three Christmas’s. I must say, it is somewhat of a pain to lug around the three kids and pack the car and unpack the car and pack the car and unpack the car and pack the car and unpack the car. It’s also a pain to have children who develop strange eating patterns that take weeks to restore. Driving home in sleet and snow wasn’t real fun either. And whenever we are gone for a few days our house always smells funny when we get back. Then we got snow and it took us four tries before we could get our car up the driveway.

But, I got a new digital camera for Christmas! Maybe I do like Christmas. Nah, I just like new digital cameras. Here’s my first ever picture on my new camera. My life has just taken a swing in the upward direction.

Bad Theology Continues To Kill

A nun was crucified by a priest and four other nuns during an exorcism ritual. She was rescued but later died from an adrenaline overdose. The five killers thought the nun was possessed of the devil so they chained her to a cross, gagged and deprived her of food and water for several days at the remote monastery in June. Authorities had maintained the treatment proved fatal and she was already dead when other nuns called for an ambulance.

I don’t recall where crucifixion is suggested as an effective treatment for demon possession. Know your bibles. Your life depends on it, in many ways.

The House That God Built

New Year’s Eve is a great excuse for people to go out and get drunk, as if they needed another excuse. Instead of getting drunk, why not go to church?

Well, if church isn’t open on Christmas, why would it be on New Year’s Eve? A church in Texas thought the same thing, why go to church? So to give people a reason to, they are giving away a free house during their New Year’s Eve service.

“It encourages people to come to the service, and it helps keep people off the street with all that revelry going on,” Pastor Walter Hallam said. Once people attend the New Year’s Eve service, the hope is they’ll keep coming once they realize “church is perhaps not as bad as they remember when they were young.”

What if we thought church was better when we were young? The church has given away a car, a motorcycle and furniture in the past.

Backwards Bible

A Hindu youth from northeastern India has written a Bible in inverse, or “mirror language”, which is to be presented to Pope Benedict XVI as a Christmas gift, a cleric said.

Boy, won’t he be disappointed, after all that work, to only be told that the Pope has already gotten the Bible all backwards for the last two thousand years.

Thank you, thank you very much.