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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Porn and Peeved.

Ghandi once said that he admired Christ, just not his "followers." I'm fairly certain that today I feel like Ghandi.

In a couple of weeks we are dealing with the topic of pornography through a mens event called "Porn and Pancakes." It's a mens breakfast designed to help men talk about a struggle, that, frankly, Christians often refuse to address as a legitimate struggle -it's one that often gets swept under the rug, despite the fact that Porn is a HUGE industry, grossing more $ than all of our major sports leagues COMBINED! It is our attempt to raise up generations that will stop destroying their marraiges, their families, and themselves with porn addiction. Someone apparently doesn't like that message, or, at the very least, the nature of it. Our sign has been take down twice now - once thrown away in our dumpster - this time taken off our property. Rather than express a concern, or even tell us why they disagree, this person or persons is content to get us more media attention by vandalizing and stealing. To that, I suppose we should say, "thanks for the attention you're getting us."

I have no idea who is doing this - but my guess is that this is the attempt of a person either connected to NCC or who claims Christ, that doesn't think this message is appropriate for churches to speak on. Perhaps its' because we've got a daycare - to that, I saw, I would love to have a group of people who will stand up for my child - my daughter - and protect her from future objectification by the way that porn rapes the minds of those who watch it. It is our responsibility as a church to protect those who cannot protect themselves - even if it means getting flack. And I will gladly put my reputation at stake for this cause. For further reading on the effectivenesss of "protest evangelism," please read Bob Briner's Roaring Lambs.

....the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, vandalism, theft, peace, kindness....oh, wait...maybe not.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Victories and blessings...

A Colts miracle win
The opening of Dunkin Donuts
Some Mongolian with a great student and their family/friends
A Great Sunday night - on and off the stage
A new Brave Saint Saturn CD - which is great
A new Anberlin CD -which is also great
A 10 win soccer season
A friend moving back to the area with her uber-cool husband
A little mini-trip to Joplin - featuring some bob evans with Molesky
and some quality time with my girls.

Yes friends, life is pretty stellar in the land of Ancarrow right now, and it's good to step back and be thankful for mundane little things. May you do the same.

At the same time, I'm reminded that there are hurting people all around me. Ive really been challenged to go to the Father on behalf of these people. The ability to do so reminds me of the greatest blessing of all - the ability to go to Father on behalf of the hurting people around me - knowing that he will hear my cries, requests, thank-yous, and pleas.

May we not take the torn curtain for granted...
Hebrews 4:16Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.