Should I start One of These?

Thanks to Kevin for posting this. Im seriously considering starting something like this in Spmo.

Heres to a good week....

Lust Vegas Week 2 Promo from Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Why Belive In God? Just Be Good For Goodness Sake'.

This picture came from a AOL news article. A spokesmen for the group said "We are trying to reach our audience, and sometimes in order to reach an audience, everybody has to hear you. . . . Our reason for doing it during the holidays is there are an awful lot of agnostics, atheists and other types of non-theists who feel a little alone during the holidays because of its association with traditional religion."

Do you think its because Christians have made them feel unwelcome? If any of you are atheists, agnostics, or a non-theist in general chime in I want to know what you think too.

Here is a link to the original article.

New Commenting Platform

I have decided to axe the blogger commenting platform and go to DISQUS. It allows you to comment with a name, email, and homepage. You can also set up a account with them that stores all that jazz for eternity so you dont have to re enter it.

Feel free to comment for test purposes.

Guest Writing: I Have A Dream

This is a note written by Steve Smallwood, one of my professors, whom I have the utmost respect for; often times he is a breath of fresh air.

This is a dream shared by me I am praying for it to become a reality.

I Have a Dream

It’s based not just on the American dream,
And it goes beyond justice related to skin color,
Though who could not be moved at the tears
Streaming down the cheeks of black men and women.

I have a dream that transcends ethnic differences,
One that moves beyond the divisive issues of yesterday’s battles,
And calls on citizens red and blue to beat their tired rhetoric
Into plans for action to address issues of significance.

My dream envisions Christians who would embrace the Kingdom,
Above and beyond any denominational or national loyalties.
It challenges the close-minded simplicity that requires large blocks of Truth
To be defined by and contained within small cranial cavities.

I have a dream that is based in the example of Jesus,
Who endured ridicule and refused to throw stones
At those who were beset with the legacies of sinful lifestyles
In order to deliver refreshing living water to their parched spirits.

My dream yearns for true believers to set aside,
Partisan politics and theologies of left versus right,
To not just oppose abortion but to truly cherish and nurture life
And to love God and others just as we ourselves want to be loved.

It’s a dream that refuses to divorce the gifts of the Spirit,
From the fruits of the Spirit—especially goodness and gentleness,
Toward those we disagree with—even our enemies,
Who we are called by Jesus to love—because they need it most.

There are days when I fear my dream is merely a vapor,
When I find myself at odds with the din of the crowd,
Then I remember that Jesus said we're not to travel the well-worn path,
But instead to listen with discernment to his small voice and follow his costly example.

By Steve Smallwood.

Levi can instant message now.

Thats right, here is a screen shot of a conversation Levi and I had. I thought maybe it was Amanda screwing with me, hence the "you are a good lady" Anyway, lo and behold it was my 1 year old on the iMac.

White, Black, Purple, Blue, Pink, or Rainbow...

It does not matter what color you are, political party you find yourself in, state you reside, or religion you profess. The United States made History last night. The election of Barack Obama is proof of progress. Something that could not have happened 50 years ago, happened. After years spent fighting for equality, it has been realized. Countless amounts of blood, sweat, and tears were shed for a night like last night. A night that proved anything is possible, for anyone...

Anonymous comments

I have posted this before, but for future reference any anonymous comments will not be published.

Go vote if you haven't... I dont care who you vote for, just vote with your head.

Five Reasons to Vote For Barack Obama, From A Christian's Perspective

With all the fuss associated with followers of Jesus voting for the democratic nominee I thought that I would post some reasons why I, as a Christ follower feel we should consider Obama.

1. War in Iraq- This is one of the many reasons Conservatives are shying away from a endorsement of Obama. I on the other hand, believe that it is time we pull out of Iraq and start to focus on other nations of threat.

Why Do I believe this? I believe this because during this war there have been hundreds of thousand lives lost. The lives lost in this war stretch far beyond troops to innocent civilians. As a person who values life I believe we cannot put anymore lives at risk.

2. Abortion- My view on abortion is much more moderate than most evangelicals, I see that simply holding a pro-life or pro-choice stance does absolutely nothing to help the situation. One thing many people neglect is that fact that neither pro- choice or pro-life advocates want abortion to happen on a large scale as it is.

As far as Obama's and McCain's plans go. I believe that Obama's plan will aid in the reduction of abortions more than McCain's will. His plan to make adoption more viable, educate women/ men on safe sex, and assist young mothers and families will reduce abortion rates.

On another note: Under Bush the teen pregnancy and abortion rate has gone up to record levels. This should be enough evidence that simply being Pro-life is not enough.

3. Homosexuality- As a Christian, while I believe homosexuality is a sin, I also understand that "we all fall short of God's glory" and are all sinners. Furthermore, I believe in equality. The Homosexual community should not be punished simply because of life choices.

It is ridiculous that Homosexual partners are denied the right to share health insurance, visit each other in the hospital, buy a home together, or even somehow recognize their commitment to each other.

Now, at the same time, I do not support changing the definition of marriage, neither does Obama, but it is only fair that their realationship is recognized and valid.

4. Energy- It is important that we begin to take steps to move away from fossil fuels that produce carbon emissions. It is also important that we begin to research cleaner alternative energy options to power not only our cars but also our buildings.

We are called to take care of the environment we were given. It is our responsibility to do so.

Not only does Obama's plan seek to cut our dependence on foreign oil that feeds the terrorists who are seeking to destroy us, but it also will create thousands of new jobs, stimulating our economy.

5. Health care- We live in the most prosperous nation in the world but nearly half of our citizens are uninsured. This, for the most part, is because insurance policies are to high for many to afford. Not only does this lead to undiagnosed medical conditions but also, in many cases, bankruptcy for those who have a serious medical condition and are uninsured.

With that said Obama's plan has been called a form of socialism. I do not believe it is. His plan allows you to keep whatever insurance you currently have, or buy into a more affordable national policy.

The most important issue here is that we look at the entirety of the situation, there are some things Obama believes that I simply do not, the same goes for McCain. I simply believe that Obama is more able to relate and react to the problems we are facing now and will face in the future. You may believe different, that is fine.

Lastly, I don't care who you are voting for, just vote. or don't... (video)


There seems to be some possible issues with some of my sources as far as the abortion rate and Bush. Here is a comment someone sent me

Which stats are correct Im not sure. One set says they are up 17% under Bush, the other says they are declining but no where near the rate they were while Clinton was in office. If you guys have anymore info on these stats please do email me.