Posted 4/16/14 at 3:05 PM | CP Blogs
Perhaps you've seen the videos of dogs mimicking their owners in prayer or dogs being blessed in church. Our feline friends also go to church. They just don't get as much attention.
According to Elizabeth Davenport, the dean of Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, "Every great cathedral has always had its cat if you look back through history."
The Church of the Advent has a web page featuring its cats and reminds us, "Easter Lilies and chocolates are lovely treats for humans, but they are lethal to cats (and chocolate can be lethal to dogs as well). Please keep your Easter treats away from your pets!" FULL POST
Posted 3/24/14 at 12:50 PM | CP Blogs
When was the last time you heard a politician share the Gospel, the good news that Jesus Christ came to earth to rescue us from our sin?
Yesterday Kentucky Senator Rand Paul posted on Facebook:
During church today they played this clip from Amena Brown performing the Gospel of John as you've likely never heard it before. Wanted to share it with you. http://youtu.be/8AY7lWG_8H0
Amena Brown is a spoken word artist and writer. This poem titled "In the Beginning" is based on John chapter one. The video was produced by BluefishTV, a video production company that specializes in making short videos for use as sermon illustrations. FULL POST
Posted 3/20/14 at 5:07 PM | CP Blogs |
Following the death of former pastor Fred Phelps, Westboro Baptist Church tweeted:
Westboro Baptist Church's commission: "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." Here, here pic.twitter.com/BrO7fNnTwe
Then Westboro shared a photo of a church member holding posters with the messages "GOD H8S FAGS" and "KEEP GOD'S LAW."
Ironically the word "gospel" means good news and salvation cannot be earned by keeping the law.
Meanwhile spoken word artist John Wesley Reid gives a sincere apology to gays and lesbians for the hatred espoused by Westboro Baptist Church. This is the message that Phelps could have preached if he had understood the love of Jesus Christ.
But I also know that I have sinned too.
And whether you are gay or straight, the Gospel's still true.
And He can restore a hurting broken view into a new and beautiful design like you. FULL POST
Posted 2/27/14 at 4:21 PM | CP Blogs
Igniter Media produced this video titled Strangers which shows how one faithful Christian can impact numerous people by sharing her faith.
"Nate became a believer partly because of Kim, and oddly enough Kim and Nate have never met. How is this possible? Well, lets take a look ..."
This video shows what can happen when Christians take the Great Commission seriously.
Igniter Media makes videos that are often used as sermon illustrations. Jesus also used illustrations that are called parables. Last year we shared another Igniter Media video, A Social Network Christmas.
Perhaps you have heard the story of how shoe salesman Dwight Moody was led to Christ and the string of events that followed leading to both Billy Sunday and Billy Graham becoming evangelists. Who knows what the future could hold when you or I share the gospel?
Hat Tip: Internet Evangelism Day
Posted 2/21/14 at 10:13 PM | CP Blogs
When I was a child, I thought kissing was gross. I did not want my mom to kiss me on the cheek. So the following video reminded me of my myself. Then I thought of two questions:
Why do some animals hate kisses? Is this a learned response or were they made that way? Just like humans, our pets can display unique personalities.
Interestingly the Bible doesn't even use the word "personality." I wonder why that is. Could it be that when we focus on personalities, we lose focus on Jesus?
Posted 1/10/14 at 7:39 PM | CP Blogs
In December Christian college students gathered for the Cross Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, and learned about global missions.
This documentary video A Short History of Student Missions was shown at the conference. In less than 6 minutes we learn about how college students became pioneers in world missions, prayed in a haystack during a thunderstorm and recruited fellow students to take the Gospel to the world.
This video was produced by Citygate Films and features John Piper as the narrator.
According to an Arkansas Baptist State Convention article, the students at the Haystack Prayer Meeting "took personal responsibility for the lost souls of their generation" and the article concludes: FULL POST
Posted 1/6/14 at 2:37 PM | CP Blogs
Charlene deGuzman and Miles Crawford made this short video about how people can be distracted from what is around them by spending too much time on their cell phones. The video is very popular on YouTube. It has been viewed more 36 million times.
Cell phone addiction is real. WebMD reported that a Harvard University study determined "51% check continuously during vacation."
Some people are embracing the idea of a "digital sabbath" and setting aside time not to use computing and communication devices.
The National Day of Unplugging is scheduled for March 7-8, 2014.
Posted 1/3/14 at 6:25 PM | CP Blogs
Is TV news fake? Is it scripted?
Conan O'Brien aired the following segment on his late night program Conan on TBS. It shows numerous TV news anchors using the same words.
This phenomenon has been examined by critics of mainstream media. Sometimes the critics accuse media of brainwashing. The following video by Alex Jones' Infowars shows the same news stories featuring the same words being being broadcast by various news anchors.
If I were to guess, these TV stations subscribe to a news service such as the Associated Press and each of the reporters are reading the same story.
Posted 1/1/14 at 5:28 PM | CP Blogs |
Psychologist Angela Lee Duckworth is fascinated by why some people are more successful than others. As a 7th grade teacher she noticed that the smartest students weren't always the most successful.
Her TED Talk reminded me of a Bible verse. Ecclesiastes 9:11 says, "I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all."
Duckworth's research shows that grit, not intelligence or talent, is the key indicator of success. Duckworth defines grit as "passion and perseverence for very long-term goals." She says, "Grit is living life like its a marathon, not a sprint." Do you have grit?
Postscript: The word "success" only appears once in the King James Version of the Bible and 11 times in the English Standard Translation.
Posted 12/27/13 at 3:41 PM | CP Blogs
"What is empathy and why is it different from sympathy?"
Dr Brené Brown answers this question in the following video. Dr. Brown also says, "Empathy is a vulnerable choice."
Jesus is the ultimate example of empathy. God had so much empathy for us that He became human to show us how much that He loves us.