Dr. Moreau Comes Home

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It was once the stuff of science fiction and horror.

In 1896, H.G. Wells released The Island of Doctor Moreau, about a mad scientist who worked to transform beasts into monsterous humaniod creatures.  The 1996 film with Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer updated the story to reflect DNA experimentation.

Wells’ prophetic fictionalized insight seems to be ringing true with today’s "advancements" in science.  Apparently, British scientists have made application to create human/animal hybrid embryos for the purpose of harvesting stem cells for study and research.

Clearly, the crazed Dr. Moreau was simply a man misunderstand by his contemporaries who lacked the forsight of a more sophisticated culture.  If only Wells’ other account of an unnamed travelor had been just as prophetic, Moreau could have relocated to 2007 where he would have been applauded.

Read the official article HERE.

A Church That’s Giving Back

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Earlier, I wrote a post that mentioned a church that’s spending in excess of half a million bucks to erect a giant cross.  I mentioned that it would be nice to see a church work to spread the love of Jesus in more than a symbolic way.

Cornerstone Community Church in Simi Valley, California, seems to be such a church.

They were on track to build a new building for their congregation and ministry, to the tune of 21 million dollars.  But Paster Chan decided that such an expenditure was "morally repugnant."  There had to be a beter way to steward such finances and still meet their needs as a church.

 

Spending money…

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Some time ago, my wife and I heard of a church in a major metropolitan area that has decied to spend just over $500.000.00 to build a giant cross.

 

An Eventful Night…And I Can’t Sleep

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Thursday was a fun day.

 

Tonight, my friends (and parishoners), Troy and Andrea, organized an event downtown called "Back Alley Xtreme."  It featured three bands (local groups:  Marbles For Eyes, Exit 41, and Thegunshow) in addition to two speakers, Nathan Rinear and Lionheart (of "Triple B" Biker Ministry).  The event was set up in the alley behind a local coffee bar, but ended up moving inside because of adverse weather.  I served as the "sound guy" for the event.

 

The music was a lot of fun.  Marbles for Eyes did a fine job, and it seems like they are really starting to come into their own musically.  If they stay at it, I think that they could really develop.  Exit 41 was top notch, in my humble opinion, with powerful music, tight arrangements, and heartfelt lyrics.  I need to find a way to work with them again.  Gunshow was like a crazed caffine overdose, but then hardcore metal was never my thing.   However, a large part of the crowd seemed to be into them, and from the band’s brief testimony, their hearts seemed to be in the right place.  Don’t ask me what they sang about, though, ’cause I haven’t a clue.

 

Nathan is a young man from our church, in his early ’20’s, who has ministered for extended periods of time in Mozambique and Uganda.  He spent most of last year at a ministry training school in Redding, CA.  He just returned (along with his three younger brothers) from a month in Brazil ministering with Randy Clark’s ministry and is now preparing for an extended time in Sudan.  He did a great job sharing scripture, testimonies, and the goodness of God in addition to praying for various needs.

 

Today was the first time I’ve met Lionheart and the "Triple B Bikers."    He has a way of simply sharing it like it is, calling people out of sin, out of brokenness and to Christ.  The talk resulted in praying with several people regarding various issues.  Others in the gang shared as well, telling of how Jesus has made all the difference.

 

So…it was an eventful night.  It’s been a long day, and I went to bed physically exhausted, though my mind was still pretty wired.  The last I looked at the clock, it was 12:15 a.m.  At 3:45 a.m., I woke up…wide awake.  After laying in bed for over an hour, I decided to get up and write this summary. 

 

God bless you, Troy, for stepping out and trying something new.  May God continue to creatively lead you, and all of us, to help reach our community for Christ.

Teen Mania on NBC Nighty News

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Teen Mania, led by Ron Luce, often gets negative press from the media because of misunderstandings about their Acquire The Fire conferences which take place all over the nation.  These conferences work to help teens get serious about faith in Christ and to allow their faith to work through them to impact their world.  National gatherings in particular, like their Battlecry events, have been the subject of previous news reports which have cast them in a combative light, especially concerning the homosexual community. 

Having been acquainted with the ministry of Teen Mania since its inception, these characterizations have always struck me as unfortunate and less than fair.

Which is why I was rather pleased to discover a story on NBC’s Nightly News from Monday, July 23, 2007, that showcased them much more positively. 

From it’s very beginning, Teen Mania has been about taking teens to the mission field.  Some trips last two weeks, most last a month, and many teens will take back to back trips spending two months of their summer ministering the Kingdom of God.  In 1998, I led one of their Mexico mission teams.  I know what their ministry is like first hand, and NBC captured it well. 

Here’s the video from the broadcast, demonstrating the heart of Teen Mania:

Human Trafficking and Northern Ireland

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People shouldn’t be bought and sold.

It’s a terrible crime, and one that is amazingly pervasive in the world today.

However, in Northern Ireland, it seems that they are beginning to make some advances against it.  In addition, it looks they they are cracking down on "crack" and making inroads against the drug trade. For the full BBC article, click here.

Please keep NI in your prayers, asking the Lord to help put a stop to such atrocities.  Let’s also ask Jesus to help expose and stop similar crimes closer to home.

For more information about human trafficking, and what you may be able to do about it, click the banner at the bottom of this page.

Sharing the Wealth

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Two weeks ago, Time magazine had a fascinating editorial that talked about what could happen if the 950 or so billionaires in the world would combine resources and turn their attentions to the needs of the poor, worldwide.   Consider the following amazing excerpt: 

"According to Forbes magazine, there are some 950 billionaires in the world, with an estimated combined wealth of $3.5 trillion. Even after all the yachts, mansions and luxury living that money can buy have been funded many times over, these billionaires will still have nearly $3.5 trillion to change the world. Suppose they pooled their wealth, as Buffett has done with Bill and Melinda Gates. By standard principles of foundation management, a $3.5 trillion endowment would have a 5% payout of about $175 billion a year, an amount sufficient to extend basic health care to all in the poorest world; end massive pandemics of AIDS, TB and malaria; jump-start an African Green Revolution; end the digital divide; and address the crying need for safe drinking water for 1 billion people. In short, this billionaires’ foundation would be enough to end extreme poverty itself."

For the full article, Click Here.

 

As I take a moment and ponder the ramifications of that quote, this scripture comes to mind:

"Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do
and doesn’t do it, sins." 
James 4:17

Of course, we don’t have to be billionaires to get involved.  At a bare minimum, consider clicking on the "one.org" banner at the upper right of this blog and see where you can begin to make a difference.