Monthly Archives: December 2007

The Call – KC

It’s 4pm on the east coast, 9 more hours left to login to http://www.god.tv and watch The Call. It is really intense – I went to Nashville for that event, this is very intense.

Everyone is crying out “LIFE” for the past 30 minutes. I’m thinking we need to start crying out for people’s hearts to be convicted as this legislation is passed. That will be a greater battle than just getting a law passed. I can’t imagine how people will respond if God doesn’t convict them once righteous laws are passed.

Now they’ve got the little kids praying… it’s just like Jesus Camp, minus the skewed filmmaker bias. What group is better to pray for LIFE than the generation that could have been terminated 4, 5, 6 years ago? Perhaps these kids understand the dynamic better than us adults.

Way to Say It, Rick!

From Rick Joyner’s “Word of the Week”:

…Many claim that Christianity is the most arrogant of all the religions because we claim [Jesus] to be the only way to be reconciled to God. The truth is that if God sent His own Son to provide the way for us to be reconciled, and we reject Him, believing that we can get there on our own merit, wisdom, or strength, and do not need His provision, then we are the most arrogant of all creatures. The greatest arrogance of all is to not bow the knee to Him. Christianity is in truth the most humble of all of the religions, accepting and acknowledging our need for Him as our Savior and Lord…

I think this is a good follow up to yesterday’s review of Jesus Camp. 

Jesus Camp on A&E

Watching the OneThing conference on the web, and Jesus Camp on A&E.

I wrote about the buzz concerning this PG-13 documentary before, but hadn’t seen it until now. So far I’m not exactly sure what the hype is all about, unless the thought of children speaking in tongues scares the pants off you. Then again, it probably does.

Perhaps I’m too far in the prayer subculture, and perhaps I take the current plight of America (terror, precarious economics, spiritual apathy) too seriously, but I’m not sure what the big deal is here. I’m thankful for these concerned filmmakers who will probably end up popularizing a more passionate brand of active spirituality in the younger generation.

In short, this documentary seems to be created due to the filmmakers’ alarm about three main things –

  1. Extreme Charismatic worship / social action
  2. “Indoctrinating” Children in Evangelism
  3. Religious Right overtones

I do object to the one kid’s mullet – now that IS scary.

Observations & Point-by-Point subjective summary

  1. Global Warming dismissed at the homeschooler class lesson
    • evangelicals portrayed with head in the sand (this can be somewhat true in my experience)
    • why knock the homeschool movement? Should loving parents be forced to relegate their kids to be indoctrinated by strangers???
  2. Why is the moderate DJ objecting to creationism taught along evolutionism? I don’t get that. Why not portray the moderate DJ as more open minded than that?
  3. Is there a law that says that 9 year olds shouldn’t tell people God loves them in a bowling alley? And of course it’s awkward – it’s evangelism in post-modern USA.
  4. Judgmental young girl bashes Britney and other pop tarts. Smart girl, although perhaps not very tactful. Still, she is capable of discerning between using your talents to worship God instead of performing for people!
  5. Pledge to the Christian flag – it’s different than the one I had to say. This altered version had something about a “brotherhood”, which I admit is potentially disturbing! I just need to listen to that again.
  6. Critical portrayal of Carmen rap: “Who’s in Da House?… J.C!” Can’t fault them too much for this one. Tacky.
  7. Talking to kids about how sin grows in our lives – starts with a cute lion cub stuffed animal, and grows into a big stuffed lion. Thought it was a pretty good analogy. Then some strong words about Harry Potter.
  8. Group repentance by the kids. It looks coerced, because this is a revival type meeting, and there is certainly potential for this – it is a revival meeting. That’s what you do at these things, you repent! Our culture is far enough away from this that it looks aberrant to them, but it is “old time religion” in a sense.
  9. Some sort of “Lord of the Flies” type montage with prepubescent boys playing with flashlights and ghost stories. They are summarily rebuked in a surprisingly loving manner by their counselor. Yeah, wrong camp to be doing creepy stories!
  10. They said the “Life” prayer to end abortion. Somebody tell me why a little kid wouldn’t want to pray this prayer?
  11. Some poor kid in the lunchroom looks like Harry Potter and is called on it.
  12. Sharp, yet tactless kid talks about “dead churches” where the people don’t jump up and down screaming, etc. Probably not the right kid to lead your inter-faith prayer meeting… (and apologies to all the people who love Jesus just as sincerely in your churches without being quite as demonstrative)
  13. Showing the mullet kid practicing his preaching. He preaches a whole lot better than I could.
  14. Kids praying for righteous government. There’s some sort of symbolism with breaking dinnerware that is never explained to the viewer. Coffee mugs getting the living crud smashed out of them. It certainly looks strange. And it gets a bit intense here too, these sorts of meetings offend me whenever I sit in them, and frankly I have found that God usually exposes something in me that needs to be adjusted through my offendedness. This sequence is spliced together in a way that makes the meeting look even more offensive/scary than it may have been. All of the sudden the kids have warpaint on doing another dance skit. I surmise the reality is that the meeting would probably offend most of us, just due to the intensity of it.
  15. Mullet kid (who is becoming the protagonist) shares his view that US is God’s nation but something has gone wrong. This is a bit oversimplified and I wouldn’t agree with the implication, but then again it’s not too far off either
  16. Ah, the famous George W Bush worship scene – they took a life size cutout of GWB and prayed for him with their hands stretched out. A lot of other believers see this and might think that the kids were worshipping him. This is a typical way a lot of charismatics pray, (stretching out your hand when you pray) as opposed to praying with one’s hands in their pockets. Just a tad more active than that, keeps your mind from wandering off – like folding your hands at the dinner table. However, I have never heard of a cutout cardboard being used as a prop (they would probably call this a “point of contact” 🙂 )
  17. Lou Engle cameo. He’s wearing a LIFE shirt and I can’t see any grey hair on him. He quotes Dr. Seuss and shows them life sized fetus models. I’ve stood with this guy in Philly and in DC, and he is the real deal. He leads the kids in the LiFE prayer, loudly. He is also shockeling (rocking back and forth), which he always does, a bit odd if you’ve never seen it before. But it is really how he prays – like he is standing before the Wailing Wall. A girl blinks and like 7 tears gush out of her eyes.
  18. This DJ articulates the “threat” of christian voters. Uh – last I checked, the US was still a democracy. What is his problem? It is the same thing as right-wing christians like us belly aching about some other group that organized in greater unity and passed their opposing agenda in the government.
  19. New Life Church / Ted Haggard cameo – the mullet protaganist apparently goes here. Question – are you praying for Ted, or did you condemn him when he was disgraced like everyone else in the media? Taken in the context of this film, the clips I saw on youtube from Jesus Camp are not quite as awful as out of the context on youtube. They’re certainly not pleasant though.
  20. Someone needs to show the documentary creators the verse about how we are commanded to pray for our political leaders, since Haggard was also praying for Bush. Apparently this really scares them. For us, it’s obeying God, and it’s also plain smart to support your leaders.
  21. The DJ grills the camp director on his show, accusing her of “indoctrination“. She responds by saying that everyone else is indoctrinating kids for their purposes, which I thought was a pretty valid retort. The DJ accuses her of brainwashing kids for the Republicans, and says God will judge her for “messing with kids”. I love this one – he says “I respect your right as a fundamentalist” and in the same breath forbids her from spilling it into the public sector. The DJ is aghast.

So that’s my summary of Jesus Camp. Much ado about something, these kids are radical enough to rightfully scare the pants off of relativists, Sunday morning churchgoers, and political pundits.

Pakistan

pakistan.jpgI haven’t read up enough about the situation other than to advise the CBB readership to pray for the people of Pakistan – they need strong leadership right now. I also hope that the US government will do whatever is truly right for Pakistan and the global community.

Worst Product of 2007

And the winner is…

Windows Vista

Windows Vista – of course!

I bought my TaxCut software – and to be fair to Mr Gates, it DID run on Vista – after a couple update downloads, no fewer than 3 blue screens of death, and about 2 hours of effort.

Must’ve Been a Slow News Day

So I turned on CNN last night, to see them giving prime time coverage of the Interstate 35 prayer strategy. They had some rather prominent prayer people featured such as Steve Hill (Brownsville revival) and Cindy Jacobs. It was very out of the box and weird to see on the TV. Must’ve been a slow news day.

The strategy is actually pretty cool, since it’s apparently based on Isaiah 35 – the “Highway of Holiness”, so somebody got a prophetic word this past spring about praying up and down the I-35 corridor – which passes through Dallas, Kansas City, all the way to Minneapolis apparently. It’s a great idea. And worth it just to have CNN quoting scripture.

If I had any influence from this CBB blog, I would propose a joy and shout-fest up the I-95 corridor, we need some joy and thanksgiving and shouting around here, aka Psalm 95.

Praying for Stem Cell Breakthrough

Just want to share some really cool stuff.

Drumthwacket mansionMy commute takes me through Princeton, the intellectual capital of New Jersey. The governor even lives in a mansion here, rather than in Trenton. I think it is really cool that I get to drive by his house and pray for this unsuspecting guy.

Jon Corzine is known best perhaps for his horrible accident in his governor’s vehicle about a year ago when he crashed at high speed without his seatbelt on, which seriously injured him. So I just pray for his continued recovery.

I also have been taking the liberty to confess over him that he is a defender of life and to build him up prophetically. Currently he has been a big time advocate of embryonic stem cell research, apparently even supporting it out of his own pocket. Doesn’t matter, since I am calling him forth as a defender of life and human dignity, and praying to God to help shape him in this way.

So a couple really cool things of late – in early November NJ voters apparently rejected funding for embryonic stem cell research. This amazed me because it is a state with enormous pharmaceutical and scientific research in its economy and a lot of people (myself included) work in that industry, and as such would tend not to possibly jeopardize our job standing by being outspoken against questionable forms of research that would destroy life. So that was really cool that the voters still rejected it.

Other amazing thing is that there has been a breakthrough such that adult stem cells can do even more amazing versatile stuff than they previously thought.

Just a day in the life. A cool commute, and sometimes I take a detour by that cemetery which is a lot of fun too.

Effectual Fervent Prayer… Availeth Much in Philly

Well the city hasn’t exactly erupted in revival yet… (and I’m glad about that… frankly could we handle more than 100 disciples here per week or month for that matter?) but ONE prayer has been answered. And I believe that it is a sort of firstfruits (or first-burrito, if you will) that many more of my prayers will be answered.

Chipotle

Chipotle is opening its THIRD store in the Philadelphia region soon. Bucks County. (unfortunately Upper Bucks rather than Lower Bucks where I live) This is a blessed day for the City of Love – and I’m lovin’ those burritos.

What better way to minister God’s love, and the heart of the Father than to abduct a recent father, trapped and overwhelmed by domestic responsibility, and drag the poor soul to the local Chipolte. This is exactly what I did to my brother-in-law, the man responsible for making me an uncle.

I sat him down and bought this man a burrito. He deserved it. I even got him some Guac for him and my sister. They are a bit on the high maintenance side where culinary stuff is concerned, so I did have my doubts that Chipolte would breeze through – but they both proclaimed it of the highest caliber available in the Philadelphia region. They proclaimed that they have never tasted Guac of such caliber.

Why I Haven’t Blogged

I’m tired… really tired. However I am on my way to paying off some student loans and other stuff, so I continue. Working through a headache and mild fever while rebuking the sickness all day isn’t fun either, but it beats learning a Beethoven sonata on a deadline. Gotta look on the bright side, and I do have a lot to be thankful for.