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The Church is overcommercialized!

Call me old fashioned, but sometimes the church just feels too overcommercialized. This morning I was looking at a resource book for church leaders (a.k.a. catalogue) and saw a new “package” of church materials that promotes something that I believe in. The problem with it is that it is a “package.” The idea that if you buy this audio-devotional for your teens, this video curriculum for your adults, these banners and postcards, and everyone goes and sees a certain movie and talks about it together afterwards you will start a movement. Perhaps I am just a bit jealous because it requires resources to do this. But at the same time, I am just weary of marketing fads. But then again if they work, why should I complain?

Why do we need all of this pizzazz in order to convince people of the message that is already contained in the Scriptures? The message of God’s Kingdom – which is very different from the message of the kingdoms of this world. Kind of ironic using “cultural tools” to sp…

Review: Three Cups of Tea

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Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace... One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson


My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Greg Mortenson is blessed with an incredible aptitude for culture. This is the story of his surprising mission to build schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan, starting in the mid-1990s, extending through September 11, 2001 to the present. A great read for anyone interested in sociology, culture, religion, or even gaining a new perspective on the United State's "influence" in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Expect to have your worldview altered!

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Friendship

I am cleaning my room and I came across a note I wrote after having a good friend visit me.

I wrote, "With your best friend you can talk without thinking and when you are thinking and not talking she knows exactly what you are not saying."