Nun Fight!

A convent in southern Italy is being shut down after a quarrel among its last three remaining nuns ended in blows, press reports said Sunday.

Sisters Annamaria and Gianbattista, reportedly upset about their mother superior’s authoritarian ways, scratched her in the face and threw her to the ground at Santa Clara convent near Bari in an incident in July that was kept quiet until now.

Ah yes, and these are those who have been set apart for spiritual service. Mother Theresa admits she has no faith and now this. Warms the heart, no?

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Jedi Knights And Jesus

I was reading an article about guys who meet to be Jedi knights and practice sword fighting with custom made light sabers.

On Tuesdays, Master Flynn and his Jedi posse squeeze into a few corner tables in this busy café before heading to lightsaber training at a dance studio down the street. Sessions can be grueling, starting with meditation and yoga poses before moving on to choreographed swordplay.

They spend their lives being Jedi Knights, which results in the following statement,

“The nerd element of being a Jedi is pretty obvious,” Cyran Oghma says. “We’re all huge nerds. But it’s more than that, more than Star Wars. If you base yourself on a character who has high personal ethics and a high level of skill and confidence, there is no way that’s not going to influence who you really are.”

What amazes me is that a bunch of nerds can endeavor to be a fictional character and mold their lives after it and actually become their ideal and yet Christians have the hardest time believing they’re supposed to be like Christ. We even have a real Force within us to pull it off.

Are we really serious about being followers of Christ? If fake Jedis can do it, what are we waiting for?

Rudy Giuliani And Jesus

Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani was questioned over the scrutiny he has undergone over his three marriages and having a mistress in his previous marriage, etc. His defense was more or less–Jesus wouldn’t judge him so shut up.

“I’m guided very, very often about, ‘Don’t judge others, lest you be judged,'” Giuliani told CBN interviewer David Brody. “I’m guided a lot by the story of the woman that was going to be stoned, and Jesus put the stones down and said, ‘He that hasn’t sinned, cast the first stone,’ and everybody disappeared.

“It seems like nowadays in America, we have people that think they could’ve passed that test,” he said. “And I don’t think anybody could’ve passed that test but Jesus.”

Here’s the deal though Rudy, after the stones were put down Jesus said to the woman “Go and sin no more.” You may have missed that part of the non-judging sermonette. Non-judgmentalism does not mean sin is no longer sin.

Nice try though, it’ll convince most Americans that you’re a good Christian.

McCain Likes Christians Best, Sort Of

Republican presidential candidate John McCain says America is better off with a Christian president, and he doesn’t want a Muslim in the Oval Office.

“I admire the Islam. There’s a lot of good principles in it,” he said. “But I just have to say in all candor that since this nation was founded primarily on Christian principles, personally, I prefer someone who I know who has a solid grounding in my faith.”

McCain later came under attack for his remarks, “That kind of attitude goes against the American tradition of religious pluralism and inclusion,” said Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

So, being John McCain, he immediately changed his mind and said he would vote for a Muslim if they were the best candidate for the job. Way to stick it out John.

Holy Land Tour Fraud

A tour of the Holy Land has gotten into some hot water for leaving behind a mess. They may now be in hot water for leading a fraudulent tour of the Holy Land.

Hundreds of passport photos, human hairs laid out in circle, an endless amount of requests to God, a prayer shawl, and an Israeli flag were found scattered at Solomon’s Pillars in Timna National Park near Eilat Thursday night.

After finding numerous prayer notes and letters, park officials estimated that the worshippers were Christians who were told by their priest that the site was actually the Western Wall.

Nice one. Anything for a buck and a rush though, I’m sure both parties are still happy.

Miracle Theater Needs A Miracle

Christians have not taken comedian Kathy Griffin’s remark at the Emmy award show earlier this month lightly. Thousands of believers are signing a national petition to take a stand against the anti-Christian by-products of Hollywood.

The Miracle Theater began the petition with hopes of getting 1 million “Christians” to sign their name to demand respect. So far 65,000 souls have signed a week and a half after the hubbub is over.

“The message of this petition is simple respect. Our primary objective is to give any person who wants to speak out in support of Christ, an outlet to do so,” said Russ Hollingsworth, general manager of The Miracle Theater. “There is strength in numbers. One million people speaking up just can’t be ignored.”

Just last night I was speaking on the power of God and how Paul says it is God’s power that allows him to handle disrespect and prosecution with joy and glory. Today believers demand respect showing once again that “Christians” have no faith in the power of God.

The more the church is persecuted the more people come to Christ, that’s what Scripture and history clearly show. When Christianity is respected it’s because we’ve sold out to be loved by the world. I don’t want the world to respect me. I have faith in God, this world is not my home and the world is largely irrelevant to the follower of Christ.

Vintage Jesus Car Show

Epicenter Community Church officials think they’ve found a way to tie-in the church’s grand opening and its first message series, called “Vintage Jesus.” The church plans to hold a classic car show, featuring vintage vehicles, in the parking lot in front of Williams Elementary School in Parrish, where the church will also hold its services.

Just last night I was speaking on the power of God. Paul talks about power quite a bit in 1& 2 Corinthians. One of his points is that he doesn’t dress up the Gospel, he doesn’t use man’s wisdom or words to impress them.

If he did, he knows that the next impressive guy would sway them his way. Paul relied on the power of God, the preaching of the message of the cross and the power of the Holy Spirit to convict and bring men to Christ.

Today it does not appear as though believers have any confidence in God’s power. We need classic cars to get people to Christ. That seems like good marketing and many would disagree with me. But the Bible is not about borrowing man’s wisdom to get across its message.

The power of God is displayed when what is foolish (according to man) works. The whole thing is sick. Classic cars will aid many people on the broad road. Hope the refreshments are worth it.