Category Archives: Stupid Stuff

More Signage Evangelism, and Just Stupid Signage

More Signage Evangelism in our small town.  These handmade signs pop up on a regular basis and they always have a “compelling” message.  I love this sign.  It is soooo appropriate.  We should be afraid of the verichip in the same way we were afraid of bar codes in the 70’s and 80’s.  Look at the power the anti-Christ has with bar codes.  Sheesh.

Now that the bar code has been with us for some time, the shift is on.  It is not bar codes per se, but now it is bar codes in conjunction with implantable chips  (read about this pablum here).  This is the equivalent of Christian grafitti, it is a blight on the environment and most municipalities don’t allow this sort of signage.  Since I live in the “county” there are less controls.  nonetheless, the foil border is a nice touch of class.

The VeriChip is the new “projected” tool of the anti-Christ, his means of controlling what we buy and sell.  In essence, what left-behinders have done in the last few decades has been to brand any sort of technological achievement as a sign of the end times.  As things become better, they call them worse.

News flash to all who oppose technology: Evil people in positions of power have used whatever means available to them to control and abuse their subjects.  We have nothing to fear from technology, only the people who may misuse it.  Hence, the VeriChip is a  potentially helpful and therefore beneficial or potentially misusable and therefore harmful piece of technology.  So was fire.  Fire is used to warm us, cook, heat our water, and fire was used to burn Christians.  I oppose fire.

Staying with the same theme of stupid signs;  who is it that needs this sign?  Notice the step by step instructions!  The sign also implies that washing is optional for non-employees.  Some of you probably take it that way.  What particular educational system failed to tell us how to properly wash our hands?  This photo was taken at the Starbucks in Granada Hills, but I think it is in all Starbucks.  Is there not a hand washing section for Starbucks employees in their employee handbook?  Do they not cover it in orientation?  Are they hiring kindergartners???  And for all you slobs out there who forgot the basics of personal hygene, the foundation of a civilized people is:  WASH YOUR HANDS!!!!

If you are easily offended, stop reading here.

For all you Boston Legal fans, do you remember when Alan Shore first meets Shirley Schmidt?  It is in the men’s restroom at the firm, and Alan extends his hand without washing his hand- a response to her inappropriate intrusion into the men’s room – and says “don’t worry, I have a very clean p$@#s”.  Trust me, you are not that clean.

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Virgin Mary in Tree Bark

Virgin Mary in Tree Bark
The Virgin Mary appears in tree bark. No kidding. It really is her! Read all about it in the Toronto Sun. It must be true.

The guy interviewed in the story is the neighbor of the tree (Mary’s neighbor!) and he doesn’t want a lot of people traipsing through to see it (although it apparently healed his mother in law of cancer!) unless they are ill or in need of a miracle, how generous! He first noticed it when cracking open a beer in his backyard, but he insists he wasn’t drunk, nor is he a whacko. No, he just sees Mary in tree bark.

This doesn’t quite compare to Jesus on the doggy door, but it is pretty good.

Mock all you want, but that is unmistakably her!  I feel better already.

I love the Catholic Church response through representative Neil MacCarthy:

Neil MacCarthy, of the Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto, said the church generally doesn’t play a role in investigating or “authenticating” such claims to determine if they are in fact a sign from God.

“If it causes the individual or people seeing it to reflect on their faith then that’s not a bad thing, that’s something positive,” MacCarthy said. “In terms of authenticating it, that’s not something we would generally do.”

It’s better to keep an open mind about such things, MacCarthy said.

“We have to careful about saying too specifically what they are,” MacCarthy said. “People interpret these things in different ways.”

“It is better to keep an open mind about such things”????? He has to be kidding.  It truly is not better to keep an open mind about the Virgin Mary appearing in tree bark.  It is nonsense.  This response sounds like:

“Let’s encourage Catholics to be ignorant, and appear more superstitious than many already do.”

Just come out and say:  “It is just a tree.  It is not Mary.  Nor is it a sign.  Just a tree, growing funny.  Worship God”

To cap it off, the neighbor of Virgin Mary, Mr. Moreau, a Catholic who has problems with the wealth of the Vatican which keeps him from church attendance said this:

“Why do I need to go to church?” Moreau added. “I feel that God has come to me.”

If only all of us had such a tree.

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John Crowder: Extremely Emerging Post-modern Post-Pentecostal

Every pastor has a bad sermon. I have had a few. Now I have something new to watch to help me get over my bad sermon blah’s…John Crowder. One look at this guys sermons and I can always say…”not as bad as that guy”, or I can just send a copy to the elders every week so they say, “At least Steve is better than that!”

Unbelievable. The following are some of John’s followers…

Drinking the Word. I really don’t know if this is just a huge spoof…The guy’s name is John Crowder, but he looks a lot like David Crowder…

Well, you can check out their explanation if you want below (John Crowder and Ben Dunn, Ben is John’s “Robin”), and check out their response to another blogger at zoecarnate.

They seem to be a cross between post Pentecostals and Emerging extremists. If you read the blog at zoecarnate you will see a guy who thinks he is smarter than you are, condescending to broadly criticize the whole of the church based on his straw man construction of the church. He consistently makes the mistake of bifurcation: The Holy Spirit is either mystical (in his opinion “right” and undefined) or intellectual (wrong and reflective of the traditional church). He also thinks that the culture determines the conduit of the message: In a post-modern context the only way to communicate is to be post-modern. I think the videos speak for themselves.

John Crowder & Ben Dunn on Drugs

ht: Scotteriology

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Prayer Meetings for Gas???

Prayer services to be held at St. Louis gas stations to thank God for lower prices

July 28, 2008

ST. LOUIS – Two prayer services will be held at St. Louis gas stations to thank God for lower fuel prices and to ask that they continue to drop. Darrell Alexander, Midwest co-chair of the Pray at the Pump movement, says prayer gatherings will be held Monday afternoon and evening at a Mobil station west of downtown St. Louis.

Participants say they plan to buy gas, pray and then sing “We Shall Overcome” with a new verse, “We’ll have lower gas prices.”

An activist from the Washington D.C. area, Rocky Twyman, started the effort, saying if politicians couldn’t lower gas prices, it was time to ask God to intervene.

The group thinks the prayer is helping, saying prices are starting to fall below $4 a gallon.

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Todd Bentley Heals by Kicking??

Painful to watch, I am sure not as painful for the poor guy who made the mistake of thinking Todd Bentley cared an iota for his well being…

When will we learn about these kinds of hoaxsters? I don’t even know how to categorize this, it is so far from a normative Christian experience and even further from a Biblical context yet it is seen by many as what “evangelicals” do at church. This is frightening, infuriating, disturbing, ignorant and humorous at the same time. Amazing.

ht=Local Pastor

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More Stupid Stuff Heard on the Radio

Here is a winner!

Prophets in the Christian era are not held to the same standard as those in the Old Testament. I was driving while I heard this and am not up to transcribing this one, but the gist of the “teaching” was that since the Bible says the spirit of the prophet is subject to the prophet” it means that the prophet should be given time to grow into his gift. In that period of growth he will be subject to mistakes. He is only human. As long as he is responsive to correction, he should be given the leeway to prophesy, his prophetic utterances should be scrutinized for truth content.

It seems that if this is how you are going to define prophecy, there is no difference between this and the expression of personal opinion. If we are going to allow ongoing prophetic utterance, it can’t be a hit and miss proposition. That is why in the OT the standard was 100% accuracy – that is what makes it “of God.”

Maybe that is the problem these days, we don’t really hold people accountable for what they say. Take for instance Pat Robertson’s predictions about extreme weather in 2006.

Pat Robertson also said that God has told him that a terrorist attack on the United States would cause a “mass killing” late in 2007.

“I’m not necessarily saying it’s going to be nuclear,” he said during his news-and-talk television show “The 700 Club” on the Christian Broadcasting Network.
“The Lord didn’t say nuclear. But I do believe it will be something like that.”God also said, he claims, that major cities and possibly millions of people will be affected by the attack, which should take place sometime after September.

Robertson said God told him about the impending tragedy during a recent prayer retreat.

“I have a relatively good track record,” he said. “Sometimes I miss.”

So, what do we make of this sort of tripe – is he still growing into his “gift”? Or is it manipulation and sensationalism? I lean toward the latter.

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