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  1. Steven says:

    Ever since we left Calvary Chapel a few months ago (man, was that a fiasco), I’ve had an opportunity to do some weekly teaching at some of those small/countryside churches that don’t have pastors. I was even asked by one to lead it for 2 months before the deacon (who has led it for 30 years) decided that he didn’t like me anymore. 😛

    It’s been a very interesting experience to say the least. Most of these seem to just have 1 or two main families attending, many are KJV only, and family politics/business interests play a big role in their church “membership.”

    Not to mention how unbiblically they are led.

  2. Michael says:

    Steven,

    Unfortunately, this is common in American evangelicalism…

  3. Dan from Georgia says:

    Off. Topic….MICHAEL….I can’t believe I didn’t realize the Vikes game was today…DOWN 33-0 and they WON?!?!?!

  4. Michael says:

    Dan,

    I’ve seen it all now.
    Had to take extra blood pressure meds and remember to breathe .
    Somehow, I have to teach tonight…think I’ll speak on miracles… 🙂

  5. Dan from Georgia says:

    LOL! I just watched the Paul Allen-voiced highlights on ESPN.com…WOW!

  6. Michael says:

    I’ll have to go listen to those…it will be amazing to hear…

  7. Dan from Georgia says:

    Paul Allen is always good for Vikings call positivity….check out his calls from the Vikes-Bills game a few weeks back.

  8. Michael says:

    The key to the game was this…my friends gave me a brand new Tarkenton jersey and today was the first day I ever wore it.

    Thus, God smiled on my Vikings and my friends and turned it from death to resurrection…

    That’s my story and I’m sticking to it…

  9. Dan from Georgia says:

    I won’t argue with ya there!

  10. Dan from Georgia says:

    Here is a stunning stat (from CNN):

    “Entering Sunday, teams with a 30+ point lead had an 1548-1-1 record since 1930.”

    By my rough math…teams have a 0.06 percent chance of winning a game in which they trail by 30+ pts at halftime….

    In other words…it’s highly unlikely a team behind by 30+ pts at half will win. HIGHLY unlikely.

  11. Michael says:

    Thus, the power of my jersey… 🙂

  12. Dan from Georgia says:

    Amen!

  13. filistine says:

    got any Lions gear you can wear today? 🙂

  14. Michael says:

    fil,

    I took care of it for you… 🙂

  15. Officerhoppy says:

    Did anyone watch France vs Venezuela at World Cup this am? Amazing—edge of your seat 2nd half.

  16. Dan from Georgia says:

    Didn’t think I would live to see the day when the Motor City Kitties would show up on the “In The Hunt” graphic on TV this afternoon…AND listed ahead of the Packers.

  17. Officerhoppy says:

    Argentina not Venezuela

  18. JD says:

    Chargers win in spectacular fashion.

  19. London says:

    Hoppy,
    It was a great match for the last half!
    Exciting.

  20. Reuben says:

    Freely blowing blogging…

    This whole Twitter/Elon situation has had me challenged. We remember that his original platform when talks started on buying Twitter was emphatically 1st Amendment, a concept I believe can not exist as much as I might like it. We all know he turned sharply on this when his whereabouts were being reported on, an openly available information to anyone who knows where to look. I joked this morning on a radio show that this makes him a perfect politician, but had to pause as soon as I said it. He could actually dip his toes in public office and garner a massive following in mere minutes. He has the look, checks all the conservative free market boxes, and with a good PR firm, despite his social ineptitude, could make him look like Jesus quite easily. The radio show host paused at that point too, and agreed with me, but made the qualifier that this should never be proposed to him, because he was “sick of characters” running for office.

    Fear struck me. This could actually happen in America, and happen with profound success. He is an actual end stage Capitalist, he believes in dominance, he can arguably agree with the constitution, he can bridge the gap between “true conservatives” and MAGA hats, he can show more humility than Trump as shown in his latest poll to actual people, and he has an unlimited campaign budget.

    He can’t run for President, but he can establish a track record now for the end goal of presidency right now. His handlers have a job before them, but Trump has handlers than can justify murder right now, so what is that to Elon Musk?

    Feel free to contradict me, but I am leaning towards actual plausibility on this. Elon Musk could run the country eventually.

  21. Michael says:

    I think Elon’s day has come and gone.

    He’s probably going to file a bk with Twitter and Tesla stock is tanking.

    The patina of success may soon fade away and with it, so will Musk.

  22. Em Wegemer says:

    Saw that Musk has invested in a company manufacturing brain implants! SAY WHAT?

  23. Reuben says:

    Michael, hope that’s the case, but I am leaning towards him going full lunacy, and being richly rewarded for it.

  24. Reuben says:

    Em,

    I don’t believe that technology to be as far fetched as it sounds.

  25. filistine says:

    Michael–thankfully no Jets fans put you in a bind. 😉 Cautiously hopeful for the Lions to make the post season. We lions fans are the Cubs fans of the NFL.

  26. Em Wegemer says:

    Reuben, that may be true, but don’t drill any holes in my skull! 😚

  27. Officerhoppy says:

    Question
    Do you guys think the inn keeper willfully and knowingly rejected Christ when he directed Mary and Joseph to a cave instead of inviting them into the Inn?

    I heard a typical Christmas message admonishing people not to reject Jesus like the inn keeper.

    I don’t know that I believe that

    We preachers tend to misrepresent people and events to meet our agenda.

  28. Officerhoppy says:

    Question
    Do you guys think the inn keeper willfully and knowingly rejected Christ when he directed Mary and Joseph to a cave instead of inviting them into the Inn?

    I heard a typical Christmas message admonishing people not to reject Jesus like the inn keeper.

    I don’t know that I believe he willfully rejected the Lord

    Make a great “come to Jesus” moment but we preachers tend to misrepresent people and events to meet our agenda.

    Thoughts?

  29. Officerhoppy says:

    Oops! Double post

  30. Michael says:

    It’s a complete fabrication as far as I can tell…

  31. Muff Potter says:

    Thoughts? (@ Officerhoppy)

    The Bible is a great and wonderful thing.
    But I think it suffers from two great ills.
    Not giving it the credence it deserves at one extreme, and making way too much of it at the other extreme.
    And no, I don’t believe the innkeeper had any inkling of what was happening.
    So how could he reject anything?
    The Nativity of Jesus is one of the most beautiful stories I’ve ever heard.
    The King and Creator of all worlds and of all dimensions humbling himself to be one of us.

  32. filistine says:

    OhoppyDay–I agree with the others here–that implication or application is an over-reach from the scriptural standpoint, and manipulative/guilt-enducing from the pulpit standpoint.

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