Monday, August 13, 2007

Church Marketing?

This is a quote from an article by Al Mohler. He is the president of Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY and a prominent voice for the Southern Baptist Convention. The subject of the article was not directly what I am posting but is a response to a book written by George Barna called "revolution". Here he is pictured to the right. The half face makes him look like Nelson from the show Home Improvement. Can't you just smell the irony!? Kidding - that has nothing to do with the article... here goes.

"In God in the Wasteland, David F. Wells points to the problem of approaching the church from the angle of marketing. "A business is in the market simply to sell its products; it doesn't ask consumers to surrender themselves to the product. The church, on the other hand, does call for such a surrender. It is not merely marketing a product; it is declaring Christ's sovereignty over all of life and declaring the necessity of obedient submission to him and to the truth of his Word. When the church is properly fulfilling the task it has been assigned, it is demanding far more than any business would ever think of asking prospective customers. Simply put, the church is in the business of truth, not profit. Its message--the message of God's Word--enters the innermost place in a person's life, the place of secrets and anguish, of hope and despair, of guilt and forgiveness, and it demands to be heard and obeyed in a way that not even the most brazen and unprincipled advertisers would think of emulating.""

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Pulling Teeth

Cameron had two teeth pulled today. We tried to pull them - well I say that but we weren't too aggressive with it because pulling teeth is a lot like ripping a nail off of someone else's finger. I just couldn't bring my self to pull really hard. And twisting the tooth... I just can't imagine twisting someone's tooth out of their head - AAGGHH!

A $300 dentist bill will change your mind real quick though. I will be pulling those teeth myself from now on. Heck I'll probably start tonight on the rest of them. What's the difference - they'll all come back by the tenth grade - right?

One tooth that was pulled today had been ridiculously loose for about 5 weeks and had finally lodged itself again sideways. It was a lesson to me that most bad habits have a small window to be corrected without help from a professional. God gives grace in that window to break a bad habit that holds you back. I heard John Maxwell say "You form habits, and then they form you." Don't wait to break a bad habit until it costs you dearly. Do it now and save yourself the trouble of needing professional help. God again gives grace to us in the pulling of our own teeth. Yank them out before it becomes more than you can handle.

Monday, August 6, 2007

That had to hurt!

My family and I went to the Columbus Zoo today and we saw this in the parking lot. This was shocking but what we saw when we drove around to the back of the car was just plain jaw dropping. It appears as if the car was just purchased due to the fact that it was still sporting a temporary tag. Oooh - Sorry 'bout your luck man.