Thursday, October 23, 2008

A brief rant about Christian book stores

I was at a local Christian bookstore today and was rather perplexed/put aback by a sign that was placed under the new book by Rob Bell - "Jesus Wants to Save Christians." The label reads:
"This book may contain thoughts, ideas, or concepts that could be considered inconsistent with historical evangelical theology..."
I am all about using discernment when I'm reading a book - even the bible. The thing that got me a bit worked up was the fact that this sign was only applied to 2 books that I could find in the store. Are we supposed to blindly believe all that is written in the other thousands of books there and only use our discernment on these books? What's the deal? While I'm please that Lifeway would carry a book that is controversial and that they might not fully agree with, this specific labeling as "dangerous" is not only bad marketing, but insulting to me as a customer.

What do you think? (your opinion of the author/book aside)

Thursday, October 16, 2008

New layout

Well, I warned you I was going to do it, now it's done.  I have a new layout.  Let me know what you think.  Can't take all the credit though, I got the layout off another site and tweaked it for myself :)

Reese Roper on the Christian Music Industry

Do you have an opinion on the Christian market today?
"Yeah, it would be to say that it is just as insular and backstabbing as it ever was, but somehow more appealing. There are a few bands out there that do a great job at spreading the love of Christ to the world (Switchfoot, you guys know I love you!), a few more who equip and encourage the church, and a great mass of musical hatchet-jobs that could never survive anywhere else but for the appeal of the forgiving and under-schooled ears of the Western Church. They only exist to add padding to our already comfortable church pews. Sadly, I have been each of these things, so if I am pointing fingers at anyone, it is myself. I know that “whether for good motives or bad, what matters is that Christ is preached”, and most of us have amazingly good motives; we just suffer from horrible nearsightedness and can never quite get past the safety of the Church. I wish it were different from 10 years ago, but it’s the same, only bigger and with more money to waste"

- Reese Roper, Five Years After Five Iron,

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