Be Still…

March 13, 2009

Internet connection

An online presence…

mine isn’t THAT big but it takes up a lot of my time.

Twittering.

Blogging.

Facebooking.

All of it to update the world of the events of my life.

A few weeks ago I gave up Facebook for lent.

Tonight, I realized how much of my free time is dedicated to the internet. So, I’m done for a while. At least until Lent is over with.

If you need to contact me, email works fine (kdm83@aol.com)

It’s time to be still…

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Are You a Christian Hipster?

February 27, 2009

I think I fit into this category.
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As you know, I’m writing a book about Christian hipsters and “cool Christianity.” It’s coming along, but many people have asked me: what exactly is a Christian hipster? Am I one? Are you one?

Well, first of all: it’s just a funny label, and we all know that hipsters hate labels. So if you are still reading this post, eager to know what it all means, chances are you are not a Christian hipster. Or maybe you are, and you’re just intrigued by the whole thing (like I am!). In any case, the following is an excerpt from the last chapter I completed (Ch. 5: “Christian Hipsters Today”), and perhaps it will give you a bit of a better sense as to what Christian hipsters are all about…

Christian Hipster Likes and Dislikes (By No Means Exhaustive… Just a Sampling)

Things they don’t like:
Christian hipsters don’t like megachurches, altar calls, and door-to-door evangelism. They don’t really like John Eldredge’s Wild at Heart or youth pastors who talk too much about Braveheart. In general, they tend not to like Mel Gibson and have come to really dislike The Passion for being overly bloody and maybe a little sadistic. They don’t like people like Pat Robertson, who on The 700 Club famously said that America should “take Hugo Chavez out”; and they don’t particularly like The 700 Club either, except to make fun of it. They don’t like evangelical leaders who get too involved in politics, such as James Dobson or Jerry Falwell, who once said of terrorists that America should “blow them all away in the name of the Lord.” They don’t like TBN, PAX, or Joel Osteen. They do have a wry fondness for Benny Hinn, however.

Christian hipsters tend not to like contemporary Christian music (CCM), or Christian films (except ironically), or any non-book item sold at Family Christian Stores. They hate warehouse churches or churches with American flags on stage, or churches with any flag on stage, really. They prefer “Christ follower” to “Christian” and can’t stand the phrases “soul winning” or “non-denominational,” and they could do without weird and awkward evangelistic methods including (but not limited to): sock puppets, ventriloquism, mimes, sign language, “beach evangelism,” and modern dance. Surprisingly, they don’t really have that big of a problem with old school evangelists like Billy Graham and Billy Sunday and kind of love the really wild ones like Aimee Semple McPherson.

Things they like:
Christian hipsters like music, movies, and books that are well-respected by their respective artistic communities—Christian or not. They love books like Resident Aliens by Stanley Hauerwas and Will Willimon, Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger by Ron Sider, God’s Politics by Jim Wallis, and The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis. They tend to be fans of any number of the following authors: Flannery O’Connor, Walker Percy, Wendell Berry, Thomas Merton, John Howard Yoder, Walter Brueggemann, N.T. Wright, Brennan Manning, Eugene Peterson, Anne Lamott, C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, Henri Nouwen, Soren Kierkegaard, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Annie Dillard, Marilynne Robison, Chuck Klosterman, David Sedaris, or anything ancient and/or philosophically important.

Christian hipsters love thinking and acting Catholic, even if they are thoroughly Protestant/evangelical. They love the Pope, liturgy, incense, lectio divina, Lent, and timeless phrases like “Thanks be to God” or “Peace of Christ be with you.” They enjoy Eastern Orthodox churches and mysterious iconography, and they love the elaborate cathedrals of Europe (even if they are too museum-like for hipster tastes). Christian hipsters also love taking communion with real Port, and they don’t mind common cups. They love poetry readings, worshipping with candles, and smoking pipes while talking about God. Some of them like smoking a lot of different things.

Christian hipsters love breaking the taboos that used to be taboo for Christians. They love piercings, dressing a little goth, getting lots of tattoos (the Christian Tattoo Association now lists more than 100 member shops), carrying flasks and smoking cloves. A lot of them love skateboarding and surfing, and many of them play in bands. They tend to get jobs working for churches, parachurch organizations, non-profits, or the government. They are, on the whole, a little more sincere and idealistic than their secular hipster counterparts.

By Brett McCracken


Ash Wednesday [or] Lent 2009 part 2

February 25, 2009

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Today is Ash Wednesday, which is the first day of Lent and occurs forty-six days (forty days not counting Sundays) before Easter. The purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer—through prayer, penitence, almsgiving and self-denial—for the annual commemoration during Holy Week of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus, which recalls the events linked to the Passion of Christ and culminates in Easter, the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

This is one of those traditions of the church that has been either lost or set aside because it’s intitial intention was distorted in some way or another. However, there is massive potential for each of us in this Lent season, not to earn anything from God, but rather learn greater dependancy and find deeper intimacy with Him.

So, at our staff meeting today, we decided to begin this Lent season by challenging each other with this question:

“What, if removed from your life for a season, would give God more of your attention?”

What is it for you? Are you willing to trust God with it and let go?

[post taken from Buckhead Church Blog]


Lent 2009

February 24, 2009

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Well, tomorrow is Lent and though I don’t connect myself with the Catholic Faith, I really do like this part of the year.

Lent is basically a time where you give up something dear and draw yourself closer to God.

The purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer—through prayer, penitence, almsgiving and self-denial—for the annual commemoration during Holy Week of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus, which recalls the events linked to the Passion of Christ and culminates in Easter, the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

46 days of silence.

What am I giving up??

The first thing is Facebook.
I spent way too much time on there.
more to come…maybe.

As tomorrow quickly approaches, I wanted to see what others will give up? Or do you even participate during this time?

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Disconnected from Christian Culture

February 5, 2009

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Ever since I left my job at GenesisChurch.TV, I’ve felt really disconnected with the Christian Church. Not really my faith but my enjoyment of “christian things” has gone away. Maybe it is because of the sacrifice I made to take a job and then had the rug ripped from under me but I would like to think it is for another reason…

Sometimes I wonder, when Jesus comes back, would he approve of what the modern church has become?

I see more and more an emphasis on buildings and materials. The money spent on wasteful monuments should be focus towards the people who Jesus has called us to help… not on ourselves.

This cross is ridiculous

1 million dollars……wasted.

1 million dollars…could have been used through companies like charity:water. They can give someone in Africa 20 years of clean water for a donation of 20 dollars.

What’s more christ-like???

A 200 foot cross
or
Clean water for 50,000 people

The answer is obvious.

Matthew 6.24: No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money

Many Christian Churches are serving the Green god!

What are your thoughts? Is this the church God imagined from the beginning? How do these thing look to people outside the christian bubble?