Oct 13 2011
The Totally Not Safe for the Family Christian Radio Podcast: Jesus Loves P*rn Stars

I did the asterisk thing up there because I think it will keep the site from getting blocked.  I'm not sure.  I can't ever figure that stuff out.

Craig Gross, pastor, travels the country talking about the destructiveness of the pornorgraphy industry.   Craig Gross, pastor, is also friends with a symbol of the industry itself, Ron Jeremy.  Go figure.

In this podcast, we ask him how, exactly, that works, and how, too, he and his group of fellow Jesus-worshippers can be welcomed at a gay pornography convention.  And we find out why it's so hard for people to leave an industry that exacts such a heavy, deadly toll.

Find out more about Craig here. And xxxchurch here.  It's a stunningly helpful site.

And here's the link to today's podcast right here.

 

Oct 11 2011
Blessed are the Spiritually Bankrupt

You know that feeling, when God is right there, thisclose, and you can just feel His loving arms around you, and you can literally hear His voice, whispering in your ear, telling you how much He loves you? 

I don't. 

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Jesus said, "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven."  I'm not sure what that means.  But I think Dallas Willard was the one writing about how "Blessed are the poor in spirit" really means, "Good news!  In MY Kingdom, even the spiritually bankrupt get invites!" 

Oh, man, I hope he's right.  That would be great news for me.  Because I'm not very spiritual.  Never have been.  I've tried.  And I'll keep trying.  But I'm just not.  I don't feel much of anything a lot of the time.  I'm sorry. 

I know;  I probably won't be writing old-school hymns:  "And He walks with me, I'm pretty sure, and He talks with me, in some ways, and He tells me I am His own, but generally not through an audible voice that I hear, at least in a non-metaphorical sense, and none other has ever known just how awkward it even is for me to talk about my faith, personally, and I know I should feel bad about that, too, but I keep trying."

Not a very good hymn.

Maybe I'm still doing something wrong.  I've never come by faith easily.  I don't get swept up in swirling "powerful worship".  Shoot, I'm not even comfy in it.  I don't take easily to praying out loud, even among friends.  I keep trying.

Could Jesus have been talking to people like me, the spiritually dry, when He was talking about how great the Kingdom is?  Maybe Jesus was saying, "Guess what?  When I'm in charge, it's good news even for the people who aren't all spiritual-y."

It means even I can participate!  I can get on this Gospel ride, even if I'm not as spiritually tall as this cut-out stand-up of Third Day.

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I'm thankful for my brothers and sisters who are so different from me, who've had profound, undeniable experiences.  A woman called yesterday, a woman whose husband committed suicide and left her with her kids.  And she was lonely, and helpless, and despairing... and God showed up.  And He put His arms around her, and she felt it, and knew she was not alone. 

I don't doubt God is like that.  In fact, it's why I love Him.  I know He's a father to the fatherless, and a champion of widows, and a lover for the scorned.  But...

...there is no "but".  He's just good.  So good that people like me, maybe like you, are invited to the party, too.  Oh, we might limp in, but we're totally there.

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The truth of Jesus is a two-edged sword, of course.  "Happy are the spiritually bankrupt" -- if that's the correct interpretation -- would sure bug some religious people, some people who really think they're spiritually rich.   But, hey, everything Jesus said bothers them.

And that, alone, makes me suspect Willard is on to something.

Oct 06 2011
The Totally Not Safe for the Family Christian Radio Podcast

Jesus isn't safe.

Yeah, I know: Duh.

Oh, we've tried to make him safe, but he remains the most dangerous man who ever lived.  People who reject Christianity still say they approve of Jesus... but he's a tamer Jesus, who doesn't go around saying remarkable things that would rock their world, if they believed it.  And people, like me, who embrace Christianity say they approve of Jesus... but he's a tamer Jesus, who doesn't go around saying remarkable things that would rock their world, if they believed it.

Hence the title of what will likely be a weekly podcast.  I understand the "safe for the family" positioning statement of many Christian radio stations.  They're saying, "You can listen to this station with your kids in the car, and we'll show respect for how you're trying to raise your kids."  That's something few radio stations deliver, and it's admirable, and it's smart programming.  As a dad, I even appreciate it.

...but here's another means to talk about stuff, if you're interested.  As always, just like on the blog, the views expressed aren't everyone's at Air1, and may not even be mine by next week.  I'm learning.  These conversations aren't meant to be sermons, they are just that -- conversations, which, by way of comment on this blog, you are invited to join!

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Podcast 1

Click Here to listen to the podcast

Guest:  Recording artist "Plumb"

Subject: A mom, from a conservative background, grapples with what it means to love people who are homosexual

Some other stuff on the blog you might want to read, about this sort of thing:  "Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin?", and "Breakfast and Honesty"