90s Christian Music

90s Christian Music

So Spotify suggested a playlist for me of “90s Rock” and that made me think. I wonder if there is a 90s Christian playlist already currated for me.

Well, my friends there is!

When I hit “Big Fish” by FFH I almost lost it. My kids looked at me like I was crazy while I sang along with the do do do parts.

I plan to be out of the house before “Dive” comes on because I don’t think they can handle seeing my reactions.

(I just hit “What if I Stumble” while looking for an image for this post. I am all the way back in the 90s now)

Next Complete Series?

Next Complete Series?

One of the things I like to do as a youth minister is to have one “nostalgia” type series a year. The idea is to go back and find something from when they were kids (which for some of them is just like last year) and bring it out and teach a lesson on it.

Some of these have been more successful than others, but with the success of Come Alive: A Greatest Showman Bible Study I thought I would work up some of those old series into something for Nailscars.com

Anyway, here are the possibilities. There have been a few more, but these are the ones that are closest to being produced. So leave a comment on which you would like to see first.

  • Finding Purpose: A Phineas and Ferb Bible Study
  • Kim Possible the Bible Study Adventure
  • Beauty: A Disney Princess Bible Study

A Different Level

A Different Level

I have played foosball a few times in my life. I’m not good at it, but I don’t always loose. I can hit the ball into the other teams goal and can block shots and normally know which little handle to turn.

I knew I wasn’t the best at the game, but I also thought I knew what someone who was good would look like. I assumed that just a little bit better than me would be someone who was good.

Then I met someone who was actually good at fooseball. He was passing from one set of linemen to another, putting spin on the ball to make it bounce where he wanted and pretty much demolishing everyone who came against him. It was a whole different level of play.

I am the same when it comes to playing guitar. I can play chords, and that means that I can play rhythm guitar along with most songs. What I can’t do is play lead guitar. I can’t improvise or do cool stuff with the guitar. For someone who doesn’t know how to play guitar I look like I know what I am doing. But as a person who knows a little I realize that I am a long way from being good.

I think that following God sometimes is like this. At each moment when we get to know God we think, “hmm…I know God pretty well” then something happens and a whole knew level of knowledge opens up. Sometimes the more we know about God the more we realize that we don’t know.

The more we know also reveals just how amazing it is to know even the small parts we know.

I Want the Hard Ones

I Want the Hard Ones

I have been praying lately for God to give our church our neighborhood as our inheritance.

It is a prayer that is changing things, but it seems like all of the things that have changed have been in my heart.

You see in church work there are people who come to your ministry and they make life easier for their presence. They add their gifts to the gifts of the others at church in a way that seems natural. There are also people who come into your ministry who make life harder. They are still rough around the edges. Some of them have attitudes that rub people the wrong way. Others are just down right rude, mean, or otherwise problems. In short they act like what they are non-Christians.

In my life I hate to admit I have sought after the first group much more than the later. I have given lip service to wanting everyone to come, but I have actively courted the people who were easy.

This prayer I have been praying for our neighborhood has been changing my heart. I have begun to realize that I was not only tolerating the hard ones, but that I wanted them, really wanted them. To come, warts, attitudes, and all. Why? Because I believe two things 1) That God has a heart for those who everyone else seems to want to push away and 2) Because I believe those people know others who are also hurting and if we could reach just a few of them we could reach scores of people who are lost and hurting.

So over the past couple of weeks I have been trying to figure out how to have a ministry that is full of people who seem to be trying the best to disrupt everything that we normally do at church. It hasn’t been easy. I had to humble myself and admit to folks that I didn’t have all of the answers and bring in a bunch of people to help, but last week things were better than the week before.

So in conclusion this has been a month of changes for me and I like what is happening. I am going to write over the next few days over what that means and how our ministry is changing.

But before we go I want to say that as I have prayed and ask God to bring people to our church He keeps bringing in people who are not at all what I would have looked for, but who I can tell are searching for God even if they don’t know they are searching yet.

I am excited to see where this is going.

His Cheeseburger Christians

His Cheeseburger Christians

There is an old VeggiTales song that starts out by saying, “And not it’s time for Love Songs with Mr. Lunt” and then proceeds to sing about the deep love that Mr. Lunt has for “His Cheeseburger.” It is silly fun and not really trying to make any deep philosophical points, but I have always had a problem with the song. The thing is it is a really terrible love song. It is a funny, fun song that makes you smile, but it is the exact opposite of a love song.  

Let me explain, and hopefully you will see why it matters. You see in the first verse we discover that the cheeseburger of his desire is out of reach to him because the restaurant is closed. At this point the hero of our song professes his undying love for said cheeseburger and promises to wait for it. The second verse opens with the burger lover sleeping in his car while waiting for the restaurant to open. It seems like such a lovely moment. But then everything falls apart. Hungry, sore and tired from sleeping in his car all night our hero spots a billboard for Deny’s which presents an offer he cannot refuse. He leaves to go eat breakfast still professing his love for his cheeseburger, still promising to come back and eat there later, but instead of waiting he goes off and chases after other loves.  

You see this is not a love song. It is a tragedy.  

So why am I writing about this on my blog?  

In Matthew 13:22 Jesus explains his parable of the sower and says that there are seeds that fall among thorns and while there is a plant that grows there “the worries of this age and the seduction of wealth” stunt the seeds growth.  

I wonder how many of us are living like the man that Mr. Lunt sings about. We say that we love God. We say that He is the most important thing to us. We say that we will always follow Him and always be true, but when some different shiny offer comes along, we choose to indulge. Sure, we promise that we will be back always for God. He is most important to us, we say, but with our actions we chase after lesser things. We let the worries of the world and the seductions of stuff around us keep us from being able to continue to seek after God.  

One of the things I try to teach my children and the youth at my church is the importance of an examined life. If you are just going through the motions you will end up like this burger lover, claiming that you love God while you are indulging yourself in other places. The problem is that while it is no big deal to eat a grand slam breakfast instead of a burger following after things that aren’t of God is live and death.  

So, if you are claiming that you love God. If you are singing worship songs and professing your love for him, examine your heart, look at your life and makes sure that your love is more than just words. God must be our priority not just in words, but in our deeds as well. He is worth waiting for.