Tuesday, June 14, 2005

A Thinking Man's Man - Jesus! (vlog09)

Northridge Church got just a few more skeptics to come in and check 'em out.

And I'm another one!

A Thinking Man's Jesus (vlog09)

One thing that impresses me most about these two thinkers' observations is that the reason for church itself - the holy, infinitely wise, scriptures (and, of course, Who they reveal!) - was replaced with "entertainment."

This is what many have come to call "seeker friendly" or "post-modern" churchianity, er, ah... oh yah... Christianity.


The first thinking seeker was given the "seeker-friendly" breakdown:

"Before setting out, I'd called the church and asked a few questions… According to the man I spoke with, the weekend service is essentially an intro to Christianity, built for the kinds of people that never thought they’d find themselves in, or, for that matter, be welcomed in, a church. (He kept saying that I could come, even if I’d always thought that I could never step foot inside a church without it crumbling down around me. He said that the church was full of people who had thought the exact same thing. (Which, by the way, caused me to think that the place must be crawling with pedophiles and murderers.)) He called the weekend sermons 'Christianity 101' presentations, and stressed that they were heavy on the entertainment and light on the scripture. He mentioned that there were things taking place at the church every day, however, and that if I wanted a deeper relationship with the Bible, that I might want to come back for one of their weeknight '202' classes." ( from markmaynard's blog )

and from the other fellow thinking being -

"I was hoping for a critical analysis of the Bible with some real-world applications of its more valuable teachings, and I didn’t get it." ( from Jan's blog )

...heavy on the entertainment and light on the scripture...

I, (a little bit) like Daniel, am more worried about what the Maker thinks than any confused product of the National Education Assoc!

"Lord, you are great and deserve respect as the only God. You keep your promise and show mercy to those who love you and obey your commandments. 5 We have sinned, done wrong, acted wickedly, rebelled, and turned away from your commandments and laws. 6 We haven't listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, leaders, ancestors, and all the common people. 7 You, Lord, are righteous. But we -- the men of Judah, the citizens of Jerusalem, and all the Israelites whom you scattered in countries near and far (Ed. and, now, the non-Jewish Church in America) -- are still ashamed because we have been unfaithful to you."

It's all about the words (commandments and laws) of the Most High (whether you think He's there or not). And the Church does a disservice to go "light on the scripture" as if it weren't "relevant" or might offend.

Along these lines, Yeshua said, "The earth and the heavens will disappear, but my words will never disappear." (Luke 21:33)

Important enough to cherish... even to share?

Macromedia (a subsidiary of Adobe?) has said recently, "The most recent trend in rich content is integrating video with the interactive experience."

In that spirit, I offer this latest vlog. Yeshua (the Guy in the Bible) has the words of life... nevermind the seekerfriendly mega-churches!