Some articles/blogs to check out!

•October 17, 2008 • 1 Comment

http://theevolutionofgod.wordpress.com/2008/10/15/if-jesus-walked-today-ch-1truth-is-beautiful/

http://theevolutionofgod.wordpress.com/2008/10/16/if-jesus-walked-today-chapter-2-the-first-disciple/

http://theevolutionofgod.wordpress.com/2008/10/17/jesus-loves-marilyn-manson/

http://www.wreckedfortheordinary.com/category.asp?category=community&filename=soprano-christianity-getting-better-title-tonight

In the past two days, The Evolution of God has gotten over 1,500 hits and 50 comments, but has also dropped over 3 million spots on Technorati, and out of several million blogs posted on October 16th, was rated number 81! The above links are why…

 

 

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The Evolution of God…

•October 14, 2008 • 2 Comments

          “No, God does not change, but He evolves in the hearts of his followers. With every day that passes we change, and our faith brilliantly adapts. Faith is fluid, a shape-shifter, a dialogue and not a debate, a series of questions that lead to a single answer. A truth impervious to the arrows of a lie. I am a shape shifter, and so are you. How will our shapes change in the future? This is the story of my evolution and the evolution of my God.”

-Excerpt from The Evolution of God

http://TheEvolutionOfGod.Wordpress.com

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20k…

•October 13, 2008 • Leave a Comment

This will be the blog that is current when I hit 20 thousand hits, in the next day or so!

I just wanted to thank everyone for checking out the site so much lately and I hope that we will soon get to the next major goal, 100k!

Thanks guys and God bless!

Bad Debating Techniques In Action!

•October 9, 2008 • 1 Comment

          It’s not often that I like to use Uriah to speak about politics, the media, etc, but after watching a few videos on-line I had to make an observation.

          The political commentator from Fox News, Bill O’Reilly has to be one of the most evil men I have ever watched on TV. His interview style is identical to Steve Wilkos- yes Jerry Springer’s old chief of security, “the bald guy”, got his own tv show- on the Steve Wilkos show. I actually think I respect Steve more…

          Here’s why!

          In this first clip you see Bill talking to Barney Frank. The topic is the $700 billion dollar financial collapse of several companies the government is now having to bail out. Do I disagree with Bill? No. But his tone and speaking style make me lose all respect for him and his message.

          The second clip is even more terrifying to me because he is not just representing conservatives, he is also representing Christians. Watching this makes me shake… Is it not possible to let people talk on your show Bill? YUK! Once again this is an example of me agreeing with most of what he says but upset by how it’s said.

 

          What do you think? Did Bill overstep his bounds or did he just vocalize what you are thinking? Let me know…

Wrecked For the Ordinary!

•October 7, 2008 • 3 Comments

          I just wanted to let everyone know that I will be writing for the online Christian Magazine, Wrecked For the Ordinary! My first article should be on there sometime soon, so check it out! It’s a great site and has some terrific articles! For any more info, check out the link! www.WreckedForTheOrdinary.com!

Jesus, The Sopranos, and the Pharisees…

•October 6, 2008 • 4 Comments

          I often picture Christianity like I picture the Sopranos, separate families working exclusively for the betterment of themselves and no one else. These “families” attempt to have their hands in every pocket, and even train soldiers, enforcers and capos for the purpose of more efficiently accomplishing these objectives, advancing the cause with the precision of a bullet. Sometimes I wonder which prominent evangelist I would liken to Tony Soprano, Pauly Walnuts, Chris, Adriana, and even Johnny Sack. The thing that scares me though is, in earnest, I would rather be a part of Tony’s family than most of the families within the church. Isn’t there something wrong with that?

          Tonight I found myself rather ganged up on by a group of ultra fundamentalist Christians, who decided that because I read Bell, Miller and generally believe in love and social justice, that my God is not the real God and that I am “going to hell”. They actually told me that if I didn’t repent of liking the heretics that I read, that I, Timothy Kurek, would burn in hell for an eternity. When This was said, it made me very angry. They were calling everything that God has taught me, that I have learned about Him, everything that the Spirit has taught me, a lie. In essence, everything that I am choosing to give my life to is a lie from Satan and I’m doomed.

          When I heard these words I felt like I had been marked, and the fundies were trying to make the hit. Why they would honestly believe these things is beyond me, but I just wanted to write this blog and say to everyone, GOD IS LOVE! I would die for those three words because they are a universal truth that no one can discredit. GOD IS LOVE! We make mistakes as human beings every day, but God still desires us. We sin regularly, but God still longs for us. We are His children, and He is patiently waiting for us. GOD IS LOVE!
          So back to the Sopranos comparison. I encourage everyone to cease these divisions within the church, and with people outside the church. We are all created in God’s image, whether we believe it or not, and we can all learn from each other. Use your God-given discernment and the lessons will come. Unite with mankind, for the betterment of mankind, and see how the world changes… GOD IS LOVE!

          And please, everyone, be weary of the wolves wrapped in sheep’s clothing, for they are the true heretics and blasphemers, the children of dissention, and the Pharisees of our day! Don’t let them discourage you. Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, and learn how to make your relationship with the Lord, unique, passionate, and full based off of the individual traits He has created in you! And remember this, no matter what they label you, there is no label that can encompass the God you worship. You don’t have to fight back. Speak truth, walk humbly, and when all else fails, go to the mattresses!

“Jesus Wants To Save Christians”- Rob Bell’s New Book Reviewed

•October 5, 2008 • 1 Comment

          Okay so you know I’ve talked about Rob Bell’s new book before in recent blogs. Well it’s finally out and as soon as it was on the shelves I rushed out and picked it up. I found “Velvet Elvis” to be more dynamic and meaningful than “Sex God”. I don’t know why but it just resonated with me so much more. And, it was with the thought that this was another book that would leave me wanting another “Velvet Elvis” that I began reading.

          I can actually say that this book in my opinion was better than “Velvet Elvis”. For some reason it spoke to me more, left me wanting less, and brought full circle the thoughts from Bell’s first two books. And I like the color. Instead of being white, or pink… It was green. Not exactly a reason to buy the book, but it is true that we all do judge a book by its cover, according to our own preferences, etc…

          I highly encourage anyone to pick this book up and read it. No, you will not agree with everything he says, and yes you will question the “New Exodus” interpretation that he prominently displays in the first few chapters, but as things progress there are punchlines that will hit your soul square in the jaw, making you have to put down the book to contemplate what was just said.

         I am not someone that could be considered “emergent liberal” like Bell, but I am definitely on the emerging side of faith and believe that there is a way to do things better, a way to do faith better, a way to love more and honor God better, and a way to realize the universal truths of freedom, oneness with Christ, and truth that isn’t hindered by a tradition that is as outdated as the original DOS program would be for modern day computers. I pray that you will join me in this balanced paradigm, and that in that you will learn to access God in a way you may never have thought is possible.

          Also, it is not necessary, but I think it would add to your enjoyment of this book, if you have read Bell’s first two books. His style is simple, and the books are easy to read. Check them all out and read them with the eyes of Biblical truth and discernment. Like I said Bell has a lot of good thoughts, but some are out there. The first two are out in paperback, so it won’t hurt your wallet, and the new one is selling for $20 retail in most major bookstores.

          “There is a church not too far from us that recently added a $25 million addition to their building.
Our local newspaper ran a front-page story not too long ago about a study revealing that one in five people in our city lives in poverty. This is a book about those two numbers.”  –Back of book…

You can purchase the book here! http://www.amazon.com/Jesus-Wants-Save-Christians-Manifesto/dp/0310275024/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1223176150&sr=8-1

(P.S. I did not reveal much about the book’s contents here… I don’t want to give it away. Just check it out!)