What matters more?

July 10, 2009

Was singen wir da eigentlich?

June 20, 2009

Vor kurzem habe ich mal wieder Musik im Gottesdienst gemacht und der geneigte Lobpreismusiker kennt das Problem: der Prediger oder Pastor hat oftmals einen leicht anderen Musikgeschmack und sucht natürlich nicht die eigenen Lieblingslieder für den Gottesdienst aus. Das ist natürlich legitim und auch richtig so, denn der eigene Geschmack ist natürlich nicht der letzte Maßstab allen Handelns. Doch gelegentlich liegt dann auch mal ein Text auf, der einem Bauchschmerzen bereitet. So auch vor kurzem wieder. Irgendwie hat meine Gemeinde das Lied “Multiply your Love” lieb gewonnen und so erklingt dieses Lied in regelmässigen Abständen in den Gottesdiensten. Das Problem dabei? Das Lied gehört (meiner bescheidenen Meinung nach) zu der Sorte Lied die einen unglaublichen gut gemeinten Ansatz hat, aber aufgrund einiger Formulierungen ins theologische Abseits läuft. Es dreht sich in dem Lied darum, wie wir als “Multiplikatoren” für Gottes Liebe zu den Menschen unterwegs und wie Gott durch unsere Worten und Taten seine Liebe ausgiesst… Read the rest of this entry »

Jesus wants the rose!

April 10, 2009

I found this gem over at the CRN.info-Blog.

Somehow I wish he had stormed the pulpit and screamed it at the top of his lungs. Matt is right on spot. The good news is not that the rose will become broken when it gets passed around. The good news is not that if we are very careful with the rose and don’t let anyone touch we might be able to keep a beautiful rose. The good news is that Jesus wants the mangled and broken rose. There is no hope for us in trying to conform to the law of God when we do not have the forgiveness and love of God to cover our utter inability to live by his standard.

Today is Good Friday and we remember that Jesus took the sins of the world to the cross for us and that sin died right there with him. All our selfish and self-centered thoughts and actions that separate us from God have been taken away from us and we can look forward to the life Christ’s brings to us in his resurrection. Everything else is secondary at best.

If you feel like your life is like that mangled rose, Jesus wants you.

He will not break a bent twig.
He will not put out a dimly burning flame.
He will be faithful and make everything right.

Isaiah 42:3

It’s all karma… or is it?

April 7, 2009

Here’s what Bono told the Rolling Stone (i found this at the Boar’s Head Tavern):

Rolling Stone: Don’t you think appalling things happen when people become religious?

Bono: It’s a mind-blowing concept that the God who created the Universe might be looking for company, a real relationship with people, but the thing that keeps me on my knees is the difference between grace and karma.

RS: What’s that?

Bono: At the center of all religions is the idea of Karma. You know, you put out what comes back to you: an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, or in physics every action is met by an equal and opposite one. And yet, along comes this idea called Grace to upend all that. Love interrupts, if you like, the consequences of your actions, which in my case is very good news indeed, because I have done alot of stupid stuff. I would be in big trouble if Karma is going to finally be my judge. I am holding out that Jesus took my sins to the cross, because I know who I am, and I hope I don’t have to depend on my own religiosity.

RS: The Son of God who takes away the sins of the world. I wish I could believe that.

Bono: The point of death is that Christ took the sins of the world, so that what we put out did not come back to us, and that our sinful nature does not reap the obvious death. It’s not our own good works that get us through the gates of Heaven.

God’s word is powerful

March 31, 2009

Somebody took the time to make a bunch of short movies out of some of the infamous Jack Chick tracts. Here’s one of it, from the tract “Bewitched” (plot: teenage girl dabbles in drugs and the occult, but gets saved thanks to her relentlessly praying Grandmother). Seeing Chick’s stories in film doesn’t improve his crudely sketched turn-or-burn-theology and offrange exegesis.

Still, I couldn’t help but be deeply touched by the conversion experience that was so awkwardly shown in the movie. If the cheesy portrayal of this miracle of salvation has the power to move a Christian skeptic as me the way  it just did, I can only stand amazed and wonder what deep joy God must feel when he can call home what is his.

Isn’t it amazing that God might just be able to do incredible stuff through a person with a frightening theology and a lot of love for Jesus?

Peace out for today, here’s the link:


This dude makes me angry…

March 16, 2009

For clarification: I do believe that God created different genders for a reason. Men and women are biologically and emotionally different, no matter how many gender ethics classes are going to try to convince me otherwise. I believe it’s a good thing if men treat women with respect and treat them as women. I would consider myself to be moderately “gentleman-like” when it comes to cultural standards such as holding doors open, taking the side closer to the road when walking at the road, a tradition which historically does not stem from the danger of the woman being hit by a car (that would have actually been a carriage some centuries years ago) but from the simple fact, that the guy would be the one who gets dirty if aforementioned carriage would pass with high speed, spinning its wheels through the occasional puddle of shit & piss (I’m sorry for the graphic description and the choice of words, but that’s the way life is) that you would frequently have found in cities around 1753, a period of time where Mr. Driscoll might have felt very much at home if it weren’t for those stupid wigs. But even so, better me than her anyhow. Guys have strong body odor anyway. Fun little fact: when entering a restaurant, guys are actually supposed to enter first (to protect the lady from unseen dangers that might lurk behind the door) a tradition that has been long forgotten and abandoned by most gentleman… sad story that is. If however, the restaurant has a glass door, the lady walks in first. Anyway, this is about Driscoll, not the particulars of chivalry.

My thoughts on the videos:

  • Could people please stop trying to support their distorted gender views by forcing biblical passages to say something which they actually don’t do? I’ll let a real theologian (unlike me) speak to analyze Marks exegesis: “I’ll try to be careful here… but there really isn’t a way to balance this out. I think I need to just come right out and say: The exegesis displayed here is just plain awful. (source: bob.blog)”
  • There are many ways to “provide for ones own”. Staying home, taking care of the kids, cooking, cleaning, etc… there might be the time when circumstances demand that this is the way to do this for a man. Basically calling stay-home-dads lazy do-no-gooders who are being irresponsible towards their divinely ordained duty bears no scriptural support and borders on spiritual abuse. Administering church discipline to such men, is simply driving away men who take responsibility for their family. Mark Driscoll is preaching to thousands who suck in that stuff and believe it.
  • Someone please tell me he is kidding about the room mates… someone please tell me he is kidding about the phone call… driving 5 hours because she forgot to call seems creepy enough but is somewhat understandable, if you are young, concerned and in love. I had similar thoughts, too (not because she didn’t call, but because I missed her). Knocking on the door and leaving after “just checking” if everything is alright?? What is wrong, he just spent 5 hours behind the wheel, he might at least take a walk with the girl.
  • While I can easily dismiss the last point as highly exaggerated long distance relationship anecdotes, one thing really creeps me out: Mark Driscoll is filtering his wife’s email. This doesn’t mean that he just set up an email filter for her (which would be ok, apparently it’s mostly the guys who are tech-savvy enough for that kind of stuff). But he is also reading anything that is not on the whitelist filter he set up for her! Is he also opening her mail? Reading her short messages? Taping her phone calls?
  • This is not about Mark Driscoll in particular, even though his statements make me angry. I know there are a lot of guys out there who think and act the way Mark does and a lot of girls dig the way these men behave and confuse it with chivalry. It is a sad thing to see.

Stuff like this is just uncalled for… Freedom of Religion, anyone?

February 8, 2009


Could anyone please explain what’s going on in GB?