Friday, January 27, 2006

Openly Straight Christian Activist To Play Gay Part

The funniest thing I've run across this week...thanks to Thorn for the link, and to the Mind behind it.

Kirk Cameron, actor and Christian activist has been tagged to play the part of Chad Allen in the proposed made for TV biopic “The Start of the Rainbow at the End of the Spear”. This choice has spurred much discussion on GLBT blogs and websites wondering why a gay actor couldn’t be found to act in the role. Gary Winkle, president of GPGOT (Gays Playing Gays On Television) captures the prevailing sentiment well: “Its not so much that he’s straight, but that he is openly straight about his straightness and openly Christian about his Christianity. I definitely am boycotting this movie”.

Go Ahead...Just Curse God and Die...

I found an interesting story from Rueters, via tg2.

NAIROBI (Reuters) - A starving Kenyan woman placed a powerful tribal curse on God, accusing him of sending famine, and died in her sleep, local newspapers said Thursday.

The woman from eastern Kenya's drought-ravaged Kangundo district decided to invoke a dreaded oath from the Kamba community, famed for its potent witchcraft, media reports said.

"Whoever brought this famine, let him perish," the woman chanted, striking a cooking pot with a stick.

"She accomplished the feat at 10 a.m. and waited for the results, but God's wrath struck at night. She died peacefully in her sleep," the Kenya Times newspaper said.

...that's freakin' AWESOME.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

My Generation

As I sit here listening to Bono's Rolling Stone interview, I'm amazed at his depth and perception of the spiritual and cultural. If you've been living under a rock the past few months and don't know what I'm talking about, you definitely need to go to iTunes and download the podcasts. There are 7 parts in all, but are definitely worth the time invested.

One [of many] things Bono says that are truly enlightened is this:

"The greatest thing you can do for your generation is to betray it."

Excuse me while I chew on that a while...

In what ways would betraying my generation be good for it?


On Monday, I had a wonderfully cordial dialogue with Gary Ledbetter, Communications Director at SBTC. Having known Gary since 2002 and having some similar musical interests (Gary is a former drummer who's gigged with some interesting people---viva the Lizard King!), it was good to catch up and fill in some blanks from both perspectives.

According to Ledbetter, “our basic concern was that apparent support of Faith Harbour for a ministry that we perceived would affirm sinful behavior rather than just the sinners.” That issue alone seems to be the rub for many as I listen to AP reporters, et al. It looks like people all over the country are watching and scrutinizing this event....sheesh. Nonetheless, my conversation with Ledbetter was extremely fruitful and cordial.

Of course, I'm not sure the conversation over at the Harbor's blog has been as productive. You can keep tabs on it here.

Monday, January 23, 2006

The Fly Guy

Click here for Monday's Mindless Fun...


This banned XBOX ad reminds me of the way we, The Church, turn on each other. Especially the closing two words...

My Agenda, Mr. Manelikocu

I have an anonymous lurker who, on another blog, has accused me of having some kind of hidden agenda among Faith Harbour issue. On this blog, he identifies himself as Manelikocu, but gives no real identifying information, except that he knows a great deal about the Harbour/SBTC issue and claims to have information that would easily correct me on the issue.

Let me be perfectly clear.

As you erroneously on The Harbour's blog, I do not have some kind of agenda contrary to the SBTC, as a former employee. I am blessed to serve as Student Pastor at a loyal SBTC church. As an inerrantist with a 'high view of scripture', I am grateful for the theological, missiological, and methodological philosophies which founded our convention. If you're not sure what those are, google it. I have neither the time nor the inclination to play tag with an invisible man's cowardice.

You mistakenly assume my brother, worship pastor at another church in another city, is me. My brother NEVER worked for SBTC, and doesn't even serve at an SBC church, but a Vineyard church. Let's get the facts straight.

When you claim I have an agenda, you are making me into some kind of evangelical Jesse Jackson, directly attacking my character and integrity. You are treading on very thin ice, my brother. Have the nads to email me at I'll give you my cell phone and we'll talk face-to-face. Better yet, I'll drive to Baytown and buy the Starbucks. Either way, let's grow some and act like big boys, k?

I'll let you in on a litte secret, little bro. I DO have an agenda. You can read about it here.

At this point, I'll refrain from removing your comments and 'disassociating' this blog with anonymous bloggers in the hopes that others will feel uninhibited to take part in discussions here without having arrows flung at them.

Of course, Jesus had an agenda, too.