February 11, 2011
Url's Links of the Week
Is Michelle Obama anti-church potlucks? Is Chick-fil-A anti-gay? Is Justin Bieber an evangelist? Is Al Mohler sexy?
This is your leader. Here are the links and videos you may have missed this week. Consume them and be disturbed. Live well and evangelize.
Michelle Obama tells churches to eat better.
The First Lady marked the first anniversary of her “Let’s Move” children’s health initiative by visiting two Atlanta-area churches, including Andy Stanley’s North Point Church. She called upon churches to help kids eat healthier. Who’s going to tell the Baptists that pot lucks and pie socials are killing our kids?
Chick-fil-A is pro-Christian (and anti-gay?)
They didn’t invent the chicken, just the Christian chicken sandwich. As the unabashedly Christian fast food chain expands beyond the Bible belt, it’s conservative values and Biblical branding is stirring controversy. A major gay rights group has launched a campaign against Chick-fil-A for its support of an anti-gay marriage organization
[Related...at least in my dysfunctional mind...is this video. Warning, the song will stay in your head for days.]
Need to confess? There’s an app for that.
Last month Pope Benedict XVI blessed social networks. "I would like then to invite Christians, confidently and with an informed and responsible creativity, to join the network of relationships which the digital era has made possible.” Now the Vatican is even endorsing a smartphone app for making confession. Next up, using Paypal to buy indulgences.
Justin Bieber: Light of the World?
First it was The Passion of the Christ, and then Narnia. Now Justin Bieber’s new movie, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, is being touted as an outreach opportunity for churches. Allied Faith & Family has produced a 12-page Bible study discussion guide titled, “Never Say Never: For Nothing Is Impossible With God,” based on the film. They’re selling it as “an opportunity to teach our children about the power of hope, prayer, faith and family.” Hey, the kid’s got the hair of an evangelist.
Al Mohler gets sexy.
A recent Newsweek article entitled “What the Bible Really Says About Sex” had gotten Dr. Mohler’s undies in a bunch. He disagrees with the “liberal” theologians behind the article who say the Bible sends mixed messages about sexual ethics. In Mohler’s view “the Bible presents a consistent and clear sexual ethic.... The real problem here is not that the Bible is misunderstood and in need of revision. To the contrary, the real problem is that the ethic revealed in the Bible is both rejected and reviled.”