Roger Rabbit & Daffy Duck are Designing Cars

There have been some ugly cars produced in the hundred plus years of auto manufacture.  I thought it would be hard to top what I thought was the ugliest car ever, the AMC Pacer.  But Honda was able to do that with the Prius and BMW with the Smart car.

I do not mind unappealing cars, but I do have standards and some are just simply too ugly.  Take the Scion whatever in the world it is.  At least it’s orange which is the best color there is.  When I was a teen my bedroom was orange.

Daffy Duck and Roger Rabbit are designing our cars for us now.

When did the auto industry hire cartoon characters to design automobiles?

Bring back the Chevy Malibu and the Pontiac Firebird and GTO.  Give us the Volkswagen Microbus and Ford Pinto and Chevy Vega.

I have always thought of myself as a cartoon character.  Way out there.  I’d be a Loony Toon or a WB with Bugs Bunny, but don’t let us design cars.

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What’s Biblio-Theology?

It seems the church has always been in a state of flux.  I’m not saying that it should be, I’m admitting this is true.  Changing to meet the times or to combat the pagan, secular, non-Christian world, or even to protect against heresy and false prophets and false teaching.

The problem with so many of these things is that when they are dealt with, the church will often move away from the clear teaching of scripture.  Then the traditions that may or may not be biblical, become equal to or even greater, in their minds and practice than the Scripture.

I will admit that Wikipedia is a dangerous dictionary because people can add to definitions and meanings.  There is, after some searching and finally getting the search terms correct, a form of theology called Biblical Theology.  Here is a one line definition from Wikipedia for Biblical Theology.   “Biblical theology seeks to understand a certain passage in the Bible in light of all of the biblical history leading up to it and later biblical references to that passage.”  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biblical_theology

That definition is the essence of Biblio-Theology.  Maybe the term will catch on, probably not.  The matter is what is true and what is right.

Many non-denominational, independent, and inter-dependent churches are doing what the Restoration Movement began doing.  Let the scripture speak for itself and letting God’s word be the only guide and final word on all things in life, including the church.

Instead of reform for Christianity and the church, restoration.  Go back to the Bible and follow the practices of the early church.  That’s why there are so many churches called New Testament churches.  It’s not that they ignore or don’t believe the Old Testament is scripture or doesn’t have value, it’s that since Jesus died and raised, when the church began, the teachings and practices of the church are found in the New Testament.

Over the 2000 year history of the church, man-made concepts and creeds, and scriptural maneuvering (accidental and purposeful) have put barriers between the church and God because they have taken a focus off of God’s Word and on Man’s thoughts.  Let the Bible be our guide, the one and the only guide for understanding and life.

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Exploring Religio-Spiritual Themes

Okay, so technically I am not a theologian.  I mean I do not have a theology degree from a seminary or university, but if we are working through, studying and figuring out theology, aren’t we then in realistic ways, theologians.

I got this definition from http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/theology

the·ol·o·gy

[thee-ol-uh-jee]

noun,plural-gies.

1. the field of study and analysis that treats of God and of God’s attributes and relations to the universe; study of divine things or religious truth; divinity.
2. a particular form, system, branch, or course of this study.

Even by definition #1, I qualify as a theologian, though I don’t get paid for it.

At the moment, I am exploring a handful of things that are related to theology:

  • Biblio-theology and all that means
  • Where the church and religion is headed
  • The need for and way of spreading the good news of Jesus Christ
  • Even how history still plays a part in the future of church and religion

I have a lot of questions.  Maybe they’re not your questions, and maybe you have the answers to the questions I am exploring.  Pass them on if you have them.

It’s a Biblio-Religio-Spiritual-Theology Safari.

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The Future of Faith

Go under water and you discover something a whole lot different from what you will on the surface of the ocean.  On the surface you can move along nicely.  The sun and wind will propel a boat along while you enjoy the day.  But go under the water and there is a current that will take you under and along and the current does not correspond to the movement of the water surface.

That’s kind of how it has been for me.  I will admit, I’m behind my time.  It takes me a while to get some things.  I may be slow in getting some things, but I’m more lazy and uninterested a lot of the time and so it goes on past me without my realizing.  You know, that undersea current.

That’s how it has been with faith and church with me.  I grew up in the 60’s and 70’s.  The communities I’ve lived in have been mostly conservative and slow to accept some change.  So life and faith and church have almost always been the same, very little change.  The music might be modernized, the presentation of sermons and lessons, more visual, and youth events, more eventful, but there has been a current running under the surface of what I have known that was passing me by, where I have not understood how to talk to and reach people with the values that are running in that current.  Postmodernism being one of those currents (methods of thinking).

I get a lot more than I did and I am still trying make sense of reality.  I know what the truth is, but the realities of life require the truth with a different approach.  So I am reading the book, The Future of Faith by Harvard professor Harvey Cox.

“What does the future hold for religion, and for Christianity in particular?  At the millennium (the year 2000) three qualities mark the world’s spiritual profile all reaching into the coming decades” is how the book begins.

http://www.harpercollins.com/book/index.aspx?isbn=9780061755521

We’ll let you know how it ends.  🙂

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It will be interesting to see what his evaluation of Church history coupled to wave of thought will be.

At LOOOONG Last!

Working with troubled teens is important to me.  It’s not that it is rewarding, it is and I’m not that selfish and vain, that’s not what I’m looking for.  What it is, is the help and encouragement that is made in their lives.

I have worked with teens in a particular residential facility for 2 1/2 years.  For most of that time, I have been responsible for what is called “spiritual time” on Sunday’s.  It’s not church, though a couple of the kids have called it that.  It’s not a conversion class or proselytization time, it is to help the kids learn and grow and build their self-worth with teachings from the Bible…lessons on trust, forgiveness, respect, and such.  At the same time, many of the students have told me what their spiritual struggles are, from wanting to believe in God to how to deal with life or the difficulties of life and many more.

About two years ago, some of the students asked for a weekly Bible study.  When we were certain they had a real interest and it wasn’t a means to gain attention or avoid programing, we set about trying to establish one.  The final couple of hurdles are being hurdled (you don’t jump hurdles, you hurdle them).  One was scheduling.  The other, cirriculum.  We have crossed those hurdles are getting the materials together, organizing the class and will begin in a couple of weeks.

An added bonus is that the students can also receive school credit for the Bible study.

Thank God that he is opening doors to teach a small portion of this young generation about his word.

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The Big Event

February 2010 is a big month.  The Super Bowl (and its unfortunate outcome), the 24 hours of Daytona, the Daytona 500, and the Olympic games.  The Olympics are huge.  They’re the most diverse and international thing there is.  Every country can compete, and every one that does, has a chance to win or simply medal, no matter now slim their chance may actually be.

I tend to be a purist.  I don’t believe that true competition involves votes by judges to determine a winner, like gymnastics, figure skating, mogul and stuff like that.  True competition is head-to-head competition against competitors, sometimes comparing times or distances to determine the victor.  Now that I rode my hobby-horse, let me get to the point.

There are lot of big events, in sports, championships, big-time challenges and competitions.  There are big events such as presidential elections, debates over critical and moral issues (such as abortion, universal health-care, global warming, etc.).  We can list a whole lot of things that qualify as big events, but there are four events that are the most important, the biggest of all.

1st – When God created the world. Genesis chapter 1 paints a picture of incredible power and beauty when God made the world and all that is in it as well as creating people.  Adam and Eve being the first ones.  Though they screwed up and sinned, we are heirs of their DNA and students of their example.  We didn’t inherit their sin, but learned how to sin and have followed their example (Cf. Romans 3).

2nd – When Jesus died on the cross. Turn to the end of every one of the four Gospels and you will see Jesus betrayed, arrested, tried, and put to death on a cross.  Cruel and inhuman, but real and true.  His death was to deal with the sin we have all committed.

3rd – When individuals are saved.This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24.  He is referring to the day of salvation.  A double meaning.  Both the moment that God offered salvation when Jesus died for our sins and when we died to sin through faith in Christ for our salvation.

4th – When Jesus comes back a second time. What a time of joy and rejoicing that will be.  It is in that moment that those of us who are in Christ will realize what we have hoped in for so long.  Eternal life where God dwells with us (Revelation 21:3).

The Olympics are a pretty big deal for just about everybody.  But the greatest events of all involve Jesus.  From creation to his second-coming to earth.

I for one am looking forward to that reward.

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The Justification of…You and Me

The red pouch is the viewer

When I was growing up in the 60’s and 70’s, there was a game show on TV called Password.  It was pretty popular.  I even enjoyed it,  we had the home edition and played it with family during holiday like Christmas and such.

There are cards with the words that your partner is supposed to guess based on the clues you give them.  In order to see the word, you passed a card with several words on it through the view-finder and a red screen would show the word.

The “Password” was blue and there were red characters printed over the word that concealed it until you passed it through the view-finder.

That has always been the picture of justification that I have.   The essence of justification is this, it is “just as if I’d never sinned.”  That phrase almost sounds like the word.

Justification is that by our faith in Jesus Christ, through Jesus death on the cross, we are cleansed and freed from sin.  It is just as if I had never sinned.  Here’s why; I am then judged by Jesus’ life, not my own.  He was without sin (2 Corinthians 5:21), he paid for my sin when he died on the cross and to receive that sin, I must place my faith and the activity that faith is in Jesus Christ and when God looks at me, it is as if he sees Jesus instead.

It’s like the Password view-finder.  You can’t see the word until you see it through the view-finder.  You cannot be justified, made righteous unless you place your faith in Jesus.

When a person has been justified by faith, God sees them through Jesus and does not see the sin that we have committed against him.  Thank you Jesus!

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