Posted 11/23/15 at 1:58 PM | Brian Wallace
Posted 11/18/15 at 5:45 PM | Mark Ellis
By Mark Ellis
Recently, 21-year-old pop sensation Justin Bieber made a stunning turnaround in his relationship with Christ. In a soul-baring interview with COMPLEX magazine, he said he was leaving behind the tabloid headlines and had made dramatic turn in his walk with Jesus.
In connection with the release of the singer’s new album, “Purpose,” his sold-out concert at Staples Center November 13th had a distinctly spiritual flavor, surprising many observers.
“What the vaguely billed event at Staples Center felt most like was a church service,” reported Mikael Wood, a reviewer for The Los Angeles Times.
Friday’s show started when Bieber rode his skateboard to a smaller stage near the center of the arena. He did an acoustic performance of several new (and old) songs and premiered a film highlighting each track from “Purpose” with distinct dance numbers for each song. FULL POST
Posted 11/18/15 at 11:27 AM | Todd Friel
From Chapter 10, “Judge Not” by Todd Friel,available now at www.wretchedradio.com/store/judge-not
The music weeps, the preacher pleads, “You have a God-shaped hole that only Jesus can fill. Won’t you please ask Him into your heart?”
Then comes the predictable, “Who is going to break the ice? Who will be the first to come to this altar and make Jesus your Lord and Savior?”
As souls shuffle to the front of the church, we celebrate another successful harvest. But not for long.
Three months later, nobody has seen our new “converts.” The fol- low-up committee calls them and encourages them to attend a Bible study, but to no avail. They have no interest in the things of God. We label them backsliders and get ready for the next service.
Maybe it’s time to rethink the nineteenth-century invention we affectionately dubbed “the altar call.”
Ten Problems with Manipulative Altar Calls FULL POST
Posted 11/11/15 at 3:15 PM | Todd Friel
By Todd Friel Excerpted from “Judge Not,” available Nov. 16.
How low can evangelical youth ministries go?
• A mega-church youth pastor put peanut butter in his armpits and had the kids lick it out.
• Kids at youth groups were coerced into drinking Coke through their friends’ used socks.
• Kids at youth groups vomited as they ate brown blended food out of a baby’s diaper.
Tragically, these scenes are not anomalies. They are part of a long-established church trend called “Youth Group Gross-Out Games.” This is the modus operandi of countless juvenile youth groups led by juveniles.
If you think I am exaggerating, here are just a few of the gross-out games recommended at one youth ministry website. These are the actual descriptions.
Banana Barf: Have two or three volunteers put a whole banana in their mouth, instructing them not to eat it. Then put a pair of panty-hose over each volunteer's head. Have them squish the banana through the tiny holes in the hose into a trash bag. This game is hilarious, because when you take the pantyhose off the students' heads, the banana still stuck in the hose is smeared across their face! FULL POST
Posted 11/9/15 at 6:40 PM | Jack Wellman
Here are five great places to find or to watch good Christian movies.
Christian Film Database
If you’re interested watching good Christian movies on DVD then you might think about buying them instead of renting them or waiting till they show up on TV and there might be no better resource than Christian Film Database (christianfilmdatabase.com). You’ll find solid Christian movies like War Room, Woodlawn, A Matter of Faith, Son of God, The Color of Rain, God’s Not Dead, Saving Christmas, and probably just about any good Christian movie you remember having watched. Of course, just because it’s a Christian movie doesn’t mean that it’s always clean. In some of my viewing experiences, the movie was rated G but the language, although not vulgar, was full of euphemisms (swear word substitutes) and “oh my God’s” so reading reviews of your prospective purchase is a very good idea. And movies like Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ are very good for adults but they are not appropriate at all for children because of the intense physical violence. FULL POST
Posted 11/4/15 at 1:56 PM | Todd Friel
Don’t get me wrong, I love Kirk Cameron as much as the next guy, but the desperate evangelical embrace of Christian celebrities is, well, desperate.
Big celebrity or minor celebrity; it makes no difference to us. If an extra from a 1992 episode of “Golden Girls” hints she is now a Christian, we fire up the presses and spread the news, “She’s one of us!”
We get downright tingly when we hear about any celebrity making some sort of profession of faith. Consider this brief list of celebrities the evangelical community has welcomed with open and undiscerning arms:
Mel Gibson: We loved Roman Catholic Mel, but our affection cooled when he made Jewish slurs while being arrested for drunk driving.
Tyler Perry: Hailed as one of us, Tyler publicly gave one million dollars to modalist TD Jakes while speaking a prophecy over him.
Justin Timberlake: We gobbled up the rumors that JT was raised a Southern Baptist; and then he brought sexy back while smoking pot.
Ryan Gosling: This popular actor appears on the lists of several Christian celebrity websites. Apparently they forgot to Google him and discover he is actually a Mormon.
Justin Bieber: It wasn’t just teenaged girls who were breathless for the Biebster; evangelicals were absolutely giddy when we discovered he had a Jesus tattoo on his calf. I wonder if the police took a picture of it when they booked him for driving under the influence and resisting arrest. FULL POST
Posted 11/3/15 at 1:44 PM | Jordan Brothers
Lifestyle clothing brand Reborn Kings is doing more than just creating fashion for the modern youth. They are going a step further to actually reach those who haven't heard what it means to live the reborn lifestyle.
Despite the fact that there has been a move to push Christianity from the public square, especially in entertainment and fashion, Reborn Kings is defying the trend as they inspire their generation to go against the tide and live the life that God intended for them.
“The Reborn Experience” is a unique outreach created by this young company to engage high-school students and youth ministries alike. They want to teach about Christ in a way that is both relate-able and relevant.
With such a growing amount of doubt and apathy toward Christianity in our society, some might wonder how to impact a generation that has become dead to the One who can actually give life? The Reborn Kings’ answer to that question: "The Reborn Experience".
You can learn more about Reborn Kings and their outreach on their website at www.rebornkings.com
Posted 10/23/15 at 10:43 AM | Brian Wallace