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eXpelled…a documentery by Ben Stein

Expelled Intelligent design…Theistic evolution…Gap Theory…Creationism…not only have I had to write many papers on these subjects, but the conversation about how we got here is still a major question I am asked about often. A few years back I taught a series called, “Is Christianity Believable?” In that talk we looked at science and faith and how they are actually protagonists, not antagonists.

If you are currently wondering about, or dealing with this issue, I would encourage you to watch a movie that was put out by Ben Stein called Expelled. It is definitely worth a viewing. He honestly asks good questions and allows everyone to speak in his quest for what is true. Below is an extended trailer for the movie and a link to snag a copy of your own to watch with your family.



Sixth Sense Technology

In His book "Imagination First" Eric Liu notes that, “Imagination is the capacity to conceive of what is not…We spend much of our lives noticing what is not, however, we rarely begin to image what might fill the void. Some men and women do begin to dream about what could be, or what is needed and our world is full of the fruition of those dreams, from art to technology.

The truth is that
our current reality was once a dream, or an idea inside of someone’s
mind…Our future reality is currently residing in someone’s  imagination,
what if that someone is you!”

In my talk this morning we looked at the things that keep us from seeing the impossible happen, as well as a six step process I use to work through dreaming and implementing new things. You can listen to the talk by going to Monty's PodCast. It should be up online by Tuesday.

I also gave out a "Dream Canvas" for you to begin writing down some of the creative, imaginative, and Divine dreams that have been put on hold in your soul for too long. You can download a PDF of that here: Download Dream Canvas

I believe that the church should be the most creative place on the planet…it's time to let God stretch our imaginations, and help us begin seeing "what isn't." Perhaps that something that is on your heart is a God-nudge that will impact all kinds of people!

Watch the following video from "TED" It is about the unveiling of the latest sixth sense technology. This video just blew me away! If we can create this kind of innovative technology to meet consumeristic needs, image what could be accomplished for God's kingdom vision for humanity.

It's time to unleash the God-dreams inside of us…they will change our lives, the lives of others, and this planet! I think Corrie ten Boom said it best:

sees the invisible, believes the incredible and

the impossible.” ~Corrie ten Boom


Jesus Loves You, Everyone Else Thinks You’re A Jerk…

There is a cosmic disconnect concerning who and what God has called His followers to be and how those followers are received or experienced in the world today. In interview after interview it seems most people are at least okay with Jesus, but when it comes to Christians the tone changes quickly.

Words like: judgmental, narrow, mean, ugly, weak, deceived, cultish, waring, angry, irrelevant are just some of the verbal bombs thrown around. Two bumper stickers say it well:



When people go out of their way to purchase a bumper sticker, and actually plaster that thing on their car, there is definitely a conversation waiting to happen. I have seen so many of the bumper stickers saying basically the same thing…I think we have been invited to engage in some dialog that is far overdue. The Chasm that exists between the perceptions of Christians and non Christians can definitely be narrowed if we would be willing to discuss the reasons for the angst that exists.

Check out this video that I was hoping to play for those of you who were at the Journey Experience @ Snoqualmie Valley Alliance on Sunday, but I didn't have enough time…and look closely at the end and you will see the way to turn the perceptions around…

Gandhi said a couple things that are powerful interludes to the conversation concerning how people feel about Christians:

“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”

"If all Christians acted like Christ, the whole world would be Christian."
 ~Mahatma Gandhi

Those are a couple "wow" statements. Somehow Gandhi realized that the followers of Jesus very often did not act like Jesus, and this resulted in many not wanting to be Christian. His assessment is dead on.  If we would begin to allow our Christianity to move beyond dogma, correct information, buildings and organizational charts and become a way of life we embrace and actually live…then we would become more like our Christ and the world would become Christian.

Jesus emphasized this over and over again in his teachings…His followers are called to be salt and light in this earth and to the peoples of this earth. At is most rudimentary meaning, Jesus is saying that we are to be people that add value, add flavor and God-zest everywhere we go. His people should not suck life from others via judgmentalism and anger, but rather through love, interact with people in such a way that their soul is enlarged, and they begin to taste, through your love and life, how good God is.

We are called to be light. Light is a guide. Light removes the fear of the dark or the unknown. As light we are to reveal the artistry and color schemes of God to people who have been thinking that the darkness was all that there was to life…guess what, then people will flood to God.

When Jesus said "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you…"He nailed what it takes to live a God-saturated life that would cause people to rip all of those negative bumper stickers off of their cars and pitch them in the closest garbage can.

Honestly, if followers of Jesus simply invested in practicing this principle, to be aware in each moment of the day that we are called to "do to others" those things we long to receive in this life…then people would experience something rather different, fresh, and tasting of God.

This means our motivation must always be love…not ego
This means that we understand our lives are portals God uses to reveal Himself to people.

Let's eliminate the need to produce bumper stickers like this because our love is so great, and God becomes so real through our pursuit of Justice, Compassion, and humility, that even the thought of a chasm between Jesus and His followers would become laughable.

Dei Gratia