Planned Parenthood is “Excited” to Abort Black Babies

My wife and I have been scouting out neighborhoods in Cincinnati for church planting and we think we’ve found a neighborhood in the city that will work for us. Oh yeah, and Planned Parenthood will be one of our neighbors. Oh, and by the way, they’re “excited” to accept donations earmarked for the termination of African American women’s pregnancies. Black Pastors complain about it here. Further incriminating evidence can be viewed here. Planned Parenthood has a history of racist policies concerning African-American abortions. For Christians, abortion is about creation, the image of God, protecting the widows and orphans and not making more widows and orphans. It is about sanctity of life. But make no mistake: for the abortion industry, it is all about money. What started out as an ideology of personal privacy and women’s health choices is now a billion dollar industry with no small amount coming from the…

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Backward verse of the day (#13): Stop Surviving!

The human body and brain is instinctively wired for survival. God has even equipped us with powerful brain functions that tell our heart to pump blood and our lungs to breath air. You don’t even have to think about it. And we can’t do anything to stop it either. Have you tried telling your heart to stop pumping blood? Even if you tried to consciously hold your breath until you died, you would faint so that your brain’s subconscious survival instinct would take over to resume breathing. You can’t stop it. Our entire bodies are living machines that cannot stop trying to survive. As sinful human beings, we are also wired for what we think is survival: trust our own religious efforts to attain the good life. In Buddhism, you must follow the 8-fold path to achieve enlightenment. For Jews, the 10 Commandments. In Islam, you have the 4 Pillars.…

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Worship Leadership Series (part eleven): Concluding Thoughts

The advice of this series is intended to make leading worship a joy. Once you come to the Sunday morning (or whenever you meet) worship service, you should be confident and well prepared spiritually and musically. A worship leader needs to be able to think of a lot of things all at the same time: playing the right chords and rhythms, singing the right notes and words, upcoming changes and dynamics, transitions, reading the response of the congregation, and giving yourself the freedom and flexibility to make changes on the fly as the situation warrants. Oh yeah, and you need to attuned to the Spirit of God and the meaning of the songs you are leading! This is a lot to keep track of at the same time, but being organized and having a plan can make a big difference. There are a few other random notes I want to…

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Backward verse of the day (#12)

I just finished reading through the book of Luke and I’ve made a note of many backwards verses. The beatitudes in Luke are direct and hard hitting. These six verses are the mea culpa of the Bible’s backwards theology. Jesus announces that the kingdom is near, and then proceeds to describe it for us. All of the characteristics that are considered blessed are things that we do not value on earth: poverty, hunger, weeping, persecution. The things that we enjoy and prize on earth are disdained in Jesus’ values: wealth, being “full”, laughter, being honored by others. “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. 21 “Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied. “Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh. 22 “Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and…

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The State of Black America – According to Bill Cosby

Barack Obama’s candidacy and his speech on race in America have brought America’s original sin and subsequent racial issues back to the front of our collective conscience. This is good and healthy for America. Too many white Americans (myself included) have little idea of what is going on in the African American community, while assuming that since we in the Civil Rights Era there is no more work to do. In the very near future, my family will be moving to Cincinnati to plant a new church. Our desire is to begin a church that will specifically embody the gospel in its racial makeup. Is this possible? “No, it isn’t,” I have been told recently, because I’m white. A white person told me this. I also spoke with an African American pastor in Cincinnati, who told me “Yes, it is possible.” His reasoning? Because I’m white. How can my whiteness…

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Real Man Candidate #2: The Euro-Man

Man Candidate #2: The Euro-man Specimen: David Beckham His case: 1. He’s British, so he’s got a cooler accent than you. 2. He can “bend it.” 3. He sports the combo blow-hawk (bleached faux hawk). 4. He’s richer than you. 5. He plays football (in the USA, we refer to this as “soccer”). Euro-men prefer sports of sophistication and dignity. In other words, if its European, its cool. Summary: David Beckham is the quintessential Hollywood image of pure and undefiled masculinity. This brand of manhood exudes a powerful image: money, sex, athletic prowess, European sophistication, style, and trans-Atlantic condescension. He gets paid $250 million dollars to show America how Euro-men roll.

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Real Man Candidate #1: Confident, Bold, Assertive

No one seems to really know what a real man is anymore. How many times have you seen this template for a commercial: 1. Man is inept and goofy 2. Wife/girlfriend is intelligent and articulate. 3. Man does something childish and stupid, gets himself into trouble. 4. Woman calmly resolves the situation while rolling her eyes at her man. Men of passion, conviction, and integrity still grip us. Some of the most successful films of the past decade have been tales of men displaying uncompromising heroism. Young men are especially hungry for role models because the genuine article is so rare. So I’ve decided to spotlight some role models in the coming weeks, both good and bad. First at the plate: Jim Elliot. Jim Elliot wrote this in his personal journal on March 22, 1947: “I lack the fervency, vitality, life in prayer which I long for. I know that…

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Worship Leadership Series (part ten): How to Make Sure Your Band Doesn’t Suck

Let’s face it. The guys in your band are amateurs at best. What are you to do? How do you transform your ragtag group of musician wannabes to something inspiring and worshipful? Hopefully, you’ve picked up some tips along the way to avoid this, but the long term answer is having useful practices. Here’s a process that will help you to put together a band. 1. Establish your direction. For the first several months of my church’s existence, our worship time was little better than a guitar guy playing solo coffeehouse style music, because I was all we had. But I knew from the beginning the direction I wanted to go, so I started recruiting early in the congregation for people who had interest. If you want to lead a contemporary band, start looking for the personnel who can accomplish that. 2. Be Patient. It may take you a long…

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Other Cincinnati Church Plants/Planters…

Paul Peterson has compiled a list of new church plants in the Cincinnati area. To see these other churches is very exciting and I can’t wait to meet all of them. The days of territorialism and competitiveness are dead, and I’m glad for it. Churches on mission need to work together to reach their respective communities. Thanks, Paul.

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Backward verse of the day (#11)

In the book of Luke, Jesus says very little in the first few chapters. The first recorded words of Jesus is in chapter 2 where the boy Jesus found in the temple and his parents were looking for him. Jesus says nothing in chapter 3. He responds to Satan’s temptations with one sentence quotes from Deuteronomy. The first time Jesus speaks on his own accord and asserting something about his own ministry, he quotes Isaiah. Luke 4:18-19 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, 19to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. Jesus is saying here that he has come to make everything backwards; he is going to reverse again the effects…

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