Archive for April 6th, 2009

Misunderstood

Every once in a while in our efforts as a church to use something culturally relevant in communicating the message of  Jesus we are misunderstood.  It’s usually another believer that is the one that is offended rather than our intended audience – those who have not yet connected with Jesus.  It happened again today.  In my inbox was an email from someone who was very upset about our latest attempt at promotion.  Here it is:

How dare you try to combine obama with Jesus for your Easter services.  obama in NOT the savior.  Only our Lord of Lords, Jesus Christ is our savior.

Again, how dare you disrespect Jesus in the manner you are doing.

Shame on you!

Where it gets a bit sketchy is that we have not implied that President Obama is Jesus.  What we have done is use a piece of pop culture in the artwork that was done by Shepard Fairey and tweaked it in a way that shows that Jesus is the only true source of hope.  Here is my reply:

I must apologize for your confusion with the signs that we have created and are using for the promotion of our Easter services at GCC.  On the contrary, we are not in any way linking President Obama to Jesus.  We are actually trying to communicate where the TRUE source of HOPE comes from – Jesus Christ.  Some may trust in government to carry us through tough times but they will be found lacking in the end.

It is only through a relationship with Jesus Christ that we each can find HOPE.  That is the message that we are trying to communicate to people and I am sure if you join us for our Easter services that is the message that you will hear.  With that being said, if you are a member of another church in the area please continue going there.  While we want all to hear the Gospel we really are trying to reach out to those who do do not yet have a church home.

Again, please know that we are sorry for the way that you have interpreted our signs.  We acknowledge fully that Jesus Christ is the only WAY, TRUTH & LIFE.

Here is the promotional piece.  You decide…

truehope

April 7th update on this post.  We keep kicking up dust here.  Check the link here:  http://www.nowhampshire.com/2009/04/02/concord-church-promotes-“hope”-at-easter-time/

Monday Morning Quarterback

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Here’s how the goals are going:

  • Time with family: With us being down to a one car family currently we ended up spending all kinds of time together.  Overall it was a great week.  The girls are fun to play with and story time at night is priceless with them.  
  • Exercising: I was able to hit the road for some outdoor runs 3 times this week.  I’ve been feeling a bit discouraged because of some pain in my lower legs.  Shin Splints is what I have and I am none too happy about it.  I’ve been icing my legs and stretching frequently to try and ease the soreness.  Overall for the week I got in 12 miles which is completely out of line with where I want to be for the 1/2 marathon training.  May 9th is coming quickly and I’m getting less comfortable with being ready for it.
  • Weight: last week – 210  this week – 198. I feel really good about this overall.  Especially when you factor in our Saturday night dinner at Gaucho’s in Manchester.  That place was a non-stop meat fest!  If you are ever in NH and need to load up on meat you HAVE to eat at Gaucho’s.  (Just remember to wear your stretchy pants!)
  • Read Two Books Per Week:  This was a great week for reading.  I received a couple books for free from various publishing houses that I will be reviewing in the next couple of days.  The books were Not Everyone Gets a Trophy by Bruce Tulgan and Put Your Dream To The Test by John Maxwell.  Each book was worth the read.  I’ll save commentary for the reviews that will be posted later this week.
  • Monthly Date Night With Kim: As I stated above, we went to Gaucho’s for dinner on Saturday night.  We were joined by 3 other couples and we had an absolute blast!  I’ve never sat in a restaurant for almost 3 hours eating food and laughing and not felt guilty for taking the table for that amount of time.  The time flew by and we all greatly enjoyed the night.  One of the best “dates” that Kim and I have gone on in a while.
  • Vacation at the beach:  As we had a change of plans for April vacation with me heading to Jamaica with or youth mission team now we have begun looking at some affordable houses to rent at the beach.  It’s looking like our vacation the week after leading the NNE4 Youth Camp will be spent relaxing on the beach.  I’ll be looking forward to reading books in the sand and searching for shells and crabs in the rocky areas along the shore.  It’s going to be a great time!

That’s all for this weekly update.  More next week!