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Seriously, this looks like fun. It reminds me of riding with Jenni.

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While at the beach, I was amazed to see almost every woman at the pool and at the beach reading books from the Fifty Shades trilogy that is topping the current bestsellers list. The books are labeled as erotic fiction and feature explicit descriptions of sex and bondage. It’s definitely not your typical Sunday School reading material. Here is my big concern. I have seen many Christian women sharing thoughts and comments about the books. This concerns me on many levels because from my counseling I have seen first hand the damage to marriage that pornography causes. And make no mistake, just because a book doesn’t have pictures doesn’t mean it’s not pornography.

I have talked about pornography often in church because it is such a problem. But the last time I shared I had a young woman approach me after the service to let me know that she thought I let the women off too easy. She shared with me how big of a problem romance novels are for many women. The problem with romance novels is that they present an unrealistic depiction of true masculinity and intimacy. They present an image that is not only un-Biblical, but is also dangerous. Real intimacy is not based on the physique and strength of your husband, it is based on trust. Love is more than an erotic feeling, it is a choice that you make each day to put the needs of someone else above your own. Romance novels simply create discontentment in marriage, and they break the trust between husband and wife.

I have heard women say that “I’m not hurting anyone,” and ” it’s just fiction,” and “I’m just reading and not committing adultery.” But these are the exact same reasons that many men use to justify pornography. Women, let me ask you a simple question. How would you feel if your husband viewed pornography in your home? Why is there a double standard with what you read?

I’m not trying to be legalistic, but I feel that we have lost the discipline of discernment in what we read and watch. Philippians 4:8 gives us a filter for what we consume. I want to challenge you to think Biblically and to make the best choice for your family and for your marriage.

And don’t even get me started on the movie Magic Mike. Seriously! Going to a movie about male strippers? Women, take a stand for what is right and what is Holy. You will be blessed if you do.

I love the Mountains

December 13, 2011 — Leave a comment

 
I took this picture from the car a couple of weeks ago. I’m thankful to live in a place where we can see God’s beauty everywhere.  

How can anyone deny the existence of God with a sunset like this?

 
 

Nerds and Geeks

October 1, 2011 — Leave a comment

I saw this over on ChurchMag, and I couldn’t resist. I just had to share it with you.

 

So, which one do you think I am?

I talked about Facebook and Twitter on Sunday during my message. Here is a creative video by Igniter Media telling the story of Jesus using Twitter. Enjoy!

An Unusual Prayer

July 27, 2011 — 5 Comments

Have you seen the prayer from the Nascar Race last Saturday night in Nashville? It’s created quite a buzz and I’ve had some good conversations about it. Check it out below and then I’ll share a few thoughts.

For what it is worth, here’s what I think

  • It cracked me up the first time I heard it. I actually had a pretty good laugh watching it.
  • This pastor obviously knows the crowd he is speaking to. He speaks their language and obviously has watched Talladega Nights.
  • The people who are most offended seem to be the people who are most religious.
  • I guarantee that his church will have a much bigger crowd this Sunday. I’m praying that he will take his responsibility seriously.
It does create a good conversation. Does the ends justify the means? Is it sinful to pray with humor? Is this appropriate? If you want to read more of his thoughts, you can check out this article. For me personally I would never do something like this. I think I’ll stick to the model that Jesus gives us, but I do think Christians need to loosen up a little bit. I don’t know this pastor personally, but I can tell he has a heart for the people he is trying to reach.
What are your thoughts?

I’m a Starbucks Idiot

October 11, 2010 — 4 Comments

I have another confession to make. When it comes to the Starbucks experience, I am a complete idiot. Jennifer loves Fivebucks Starbucks and one of the first things we usually do when visiting a new city is find one. I usually go in, take one look at the confusing menu and try to talk myself out of running out the door.

I still can’t remember the grande, tall, short, skinny, fat drink sizes and I never can find what I want to order on the menu board. It seems that everything I like is a special secret item that you have to ask the barista about. I am not a coffee drinker so I have to find stuff that doesn’t have coffee in it. Unfortunately, they never list any of it in terms the average person can understand. Why can’t a Vanilla Bean Crème Frappuccino Blended Beverage be called a vanilla milkshake?

I guess they like creating a culture for insiders. Kind of like a secret society for coffee snobs. But for me, I would just prefer to order without feeling like an idiot.

This video really cracked me up. I’ve seen several people share it over the last few days, so I thought  I would pass it along. Satire has a way of loosening our defenses so we can hear truth, and I think this video does a good job of that. We must be careful to check our motives and not fall into the “coolness” trap.  Let me know what you think.

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