When Church Smells Delicious
Yesterday was the first time we gathered as a church for a meal in our building. Previously, while we worshiped in the school, we used a gathering space at the library service center for our meals. It was so much nicer keeping it in house. Worshiping with the smells of home made soups, chili, sweet potato casserole (my wife made that and it was delicious so I want to throw her some props) and Mary Lou’s righteous home made cream puffs can really add some energy into the service. Mainly it was really nice to see our people enjoying time together, celebrating God’s goodness, and laughing together.
Turn down the lights, put on something silky and get out your prayer book
A new prayer book available in England has a prayer for husbands and wives to use before they have sex. I didn’t realize the prayer book was missing one to begin with, but I am glad they corrected the oversight. It really makes sense and is good theology, but our false dichotomy between our sexuality and our spirituality makes it feel strange. I don’t know any couple that regularly prays before sex (I will try and keep this a real reflection and avoid the all to obvious assortment of jokes that I could insert at this point of the conversation) but it makes tremendous sense for a Christian couple. If we are going to honor God in everything that we do that certainly must include our sex lives. Good for whoever came out with this prayer book, way to remind us that in all things we must honor God.
For the Love of Sandwiches
In my sermon yesterday I talked extensively about my intense love of sandwiches. I also began a firestorm of debate as to the best sandwich shops to visit. So here is a quick poll, what is your favorite chain of sandwich shops?
With a geographically diverse voter pool I only included chains. Merritts, Sandwich, and Elizabeths back home in Chapel Hill, and other fine local establishments are being excluded from this conversation for obvious reasons..
Growing Pains and Darwin
Kirk Cameron’s ministry called Living Waters is planning on handing out 100,000 copies of Darwin’s Origin of Species on college campuses. How they will find 100,000 college students to actually read it, I have no idea. But they have added an introduction and commentary on Darwin’s work to expose the false claims of Darwin and the dangerous path that Darwin has lead us down.
What is really interesting or sad about this is how uninformed Kirk Cameron sounds in promoting this work. The Washington Post makes him sound completely uneducated with the claims he makes and the action itself reeks of fighting the wrong battle. Cameron and his group are once again using fear as the motivating factor to get people to act where they live. When will we as Christians get it? Perfect love drives out all fear. If we are motivating people through fear, we are not acting as Christ’s ambassadors. Christ motivated people through love and the truth, not half truths warped to scare people. Anyways here is the promo video for Living Waters Darwin handouts.