Is body art really constructive (i.e.: edifying)?

January 31, 2009

Back in October I found myself engaged in a friendly blog-comment-debate at another site on the subject of body art.  The discussion thread dealt with the evangelical usefulness of tattoos. 

For regular readers of my blog, it probably is not surprising to you to know that I can find nothing redemptive about body art.  Redeemable yes, redemptive, no.  I don’t understand the motivation for body art, and I don’t see how the permanant marking of the body, could be regarded as edifying for either the wearer, or for the church.  It is a stretch for me to see how one’s faith is developed or grown, or how the church is built up by applying a permanant mark on a human body.  And I hold that view irrespective of the subject matter, meaning that while I acknowledge the difference between a cross tattoo and a skull tattoo, I don’t see how either is really helpful.

To either wearers or supporters of tattoos, I wonder how strongly you defend other forms of body art.  How about the examples below.  Too much?  Taken too far?  The difference between these examples and a small tattoo of a cross, or an ichthus is only a matter of degrees.  All of them are permanent, and presumably have been sought to serve some form of self-expression.  So, where is the line to be drawn?  How far, is too far?





Photos…HT: Don Weeks


Driscoll in the news again…this time on Nightline.

January 28, 2009

No seven minute video can do justice to Mark Driscoll and his ministry.  As a man and as a pastor, he is far too complex.  And the style and manner he employs to reach a very specific demographic with the message of Jesus Christ, is too easily misunderstood to be fully explained in what amounts to being a hit and run segment on a television news magazine produced by the mainstream media.  While you might be able to discern some of the agendas that ABC may have had in their piece on Driscoll, their report on Nightline is not a totally unfair representation of the man, his church and his theology.

P.S.:  The line at the end of the video about bringing a church like Mars Hill to your neighborhood is probably a veiled reference to the Acts 29 Network of church planters that does NOT intend to drop a Mars Hill look-alike in every neighborhood, but rather to facilitate new church growth that meets the individual needs of a community through resourses, education and support.

It’s just a simple test.

January 26, 2009

Setting up a national service-dispatch call center, was one of the tasks that a group of people working for me, had on their plate.  A part of that effort was to recruit people who would receive telephone calls from customers who were in need of a trained service technician to come to their place of business to effect a repair. 

One of the “tests” we would conduct during interviews of prospective call center employees was a fairly simple test of U.S. geography.  I was always stunned at how ill-informed people were about the location of the states in the United States…and in some cases, even the ones that were big and had distinctive shapes.

How would you do?  You can find out by using the “test” at this website.  See if you would have been qualified to be hired.

HT:  My Dad

Abortion, it’s the logical extension of dignity and kindness.

January 22, 2009

Or at least that seems to be the case for Dana Delaney!

Delaney is a television actress.  She moves in the upper echelons of Hollywood.  She currently appears on ABC’s Desperate Housewives.  Not surprisingly, she was a supporter of Barry Obama’s presidential campaign and was in Washington on Tuesday to attend the post-inaugural festivities, including the Creative Coalition Ball, which was the D.C. mecca for entertainment types.

“Looking beautiful in a Kevin Hall dress,” here are her reflections on Inauguration Day and her hopes for the Obama presidency.

Note the change in her tone of voice and facial expression, and lack of eye contact when she reveals the “cause” in which she invests her hope in BHO.  She is almost monotone in comparison to her comments about what she had experienced earlier in the day, and now no smile or pleasant look, and she looks down.  It makes me suspicious that at some level, even she knows of the contradictory nature of her collective comments, their absolute betrayal of logic, the darkness of her heart, and the wickedness of her desire.  

A study in contrasts, in prayer.

January 20, 2009

As my pastor has correctly noted…WHAT A CONTRAST between the prayer offered today for our newly inaugurated president and our country, and the one offered at the HBO entertainment event for Obama on Sunday.

HT:  Bill Stegemueller

Oh god of our WHAT?

January 19, 2009

 …”of our many understandings.”  Our many understandings?

This video is the invocation that Eugene Robinson, the openly gay Episcopal Bishop, offered at the first inaugural event held yesterday in Washington D.C.  He addresses his prayer to the “god of our many understandings,” whatever that is intended to mean.  

This might just take the cake for the most indecisive opening of a prayer that I have ever heard.  This sets a new high water mark for political correctness and inclusiveness.  No one can say they were excluded, except of course the atheists who are convinced that there probably is no god. 

Notice how reverently the people in the foreground of the video regard this invocation.

If the New York Times is critical, he must be doing something right.

January 10, 2009


The New York Times Magazine will run an article on Mark Driscoll in its January 11, 2009 issue.  The on-line version can be read at this link.

Not surprisingly, the NYT writer gets her story a little mangled, particularly in her descriptions of Calvinism and in the hyperbole about the man Calvin, himself.

And there is clearly a hint of cynicism or perhaps even disdain for Reformed Theology and Mark Driscoll in particular and very likely, evangelical Christianity in general.  And the writer’s predictions at the conclusion of the article cannot be based on anything other than personal opinion, mere speculation, or maybe wishful thinking, reflecting her preference for the future of Mark Driscoll’s ministry. 

Still, she does get some things right.  And for those who are unfamiliar with Mark Driscoll, they will get at least a peak at his highly effective ministry in a part of our country that would be most generously described as “counter-cultural” and is perhaps more accurately characterized as anarchist.

For those seeking to reach the unchurched and post-modern, there are lessons to be learned from this man.

HT: JT and MR