40 Days of Purpose Blog

A record of my thoughts and activities while participating in the 40 Days of Purpose program at my church, based on the book The Purpose Driven Life.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Why do creationists sound like nut-jobs?

I'm increasingly attracted to following the young-earth/creationist dogma that is on the web. I guess it's my fascination with witnessing train-wrecks, much like reading Fail Blog or Web Pages That Suck.

This one I found on the radio, however, and it was certainly a great chance to hear a creationist sound, well, like a nut-job...

At the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Bill Jack, a Christian creationist takes schoolchildren on 'Biblically Correct Tours'.
Listen here: BBC Heart and Soul

Arrogant nut-job:
What a pompous ass Bill Jack comes off as. Smug, smart, and will question the veracity of anything. He offers the kids ice cream if they can prove him wrong, which Bill never is, so they don't get any...how awful is that?

Even worse, when the kids get a chance to ask questions with the paleontologist who works at the museum (and serves as counter to Bill in the above episode), one kid gets to ask a question before it devolves into a debate where Bill proves he knows everything, because he has the Bible.

The biggest thing that stood out to me, is this: "God wrote the Bible." Really? That's a huge overstatement at best, and likely just his personal belief. As a third party listening, you tend to want to flip his question 'how do you know this to be true' back on his statements.

My thoughts:
And his opinion that the museum is an 'art museum' immediately made me think of the preposterous displays at the Creation Museum that have no basis in science or biblical teaching, such as dinosaurs living with man.

The problem for me in listening & reading things from people like Bill Jack, they only tempt me to walk away from my faith by making it connected with an absurd, illogical, and stubborn literal reading (and reading between the lines).

Like Huckleberry Finn, I'd rather go to hell than accept the preposterous ideas of fellow man ... and do the right thing...and be damned by whoever cannot accept my mish-mash of faith in God, and belief in science.

Guru break:
I'll throw in this comment from my fave (marketing) blogger, Seth Godin, posted just today about True Believers:

"When you lead a tribe, the volume and accessibility of the true believers is a good thing. They're easy to find and they maintain order and create a culture for the group you're leading.

The problem is that these loud voices may be loud, but they might not be right."

So I've drawn from Twain & Godin, realists who are willing in their own ways to keep America on track, by observing and calling out the Charlatans. I guess I should look to another one not afraid to say His peace:

“Hypocrites! ... ‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’”

Now there is a man I can get behind! Will Bill Jack and Ken Ham and all their ilk realize how much they are the hypocrites of today? They believe in Jesus, yes, but their heart is far from Him. Go read the rest of scriptural commentary linked above and see they are just like the pharisees.

Wrap it up:
I have not answered the title of this post, which is where I started. But I feel much better for having written it. This is a post not about facts, it's about feelings. My gut (and brain) tells me these guys are nut-jobs. It frustrates me that they are given the time of day, and worse, people believe them.

Blind leading the blind, Jesus says. It is a prescription for a train-wreck. Unfortunately, real train wrecks are dangerous, destructive, and painful things.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Do something scary

Creating Passionate Users is one of the best blogs out there. Its genre-defying content that purpose-driven folks need to be plugged in. Here is the start of a recent post that can rock your world:
"Eleanor Roosevelt said 'Do one thing every day that scares you.'
I don't know about the every day thing, but taking risks takes practice, and if we keep doing the same things we already know, in the same way, our willingness to dare to be different atrophies. Each day, week, month, year that goes by without doing at least one thing we weren't sure we could do, we lose more of our ability to Just Try S***."

Read more: Creating Passionate Users: Do something scary

Monday, October 17, 2005

Church Marketing Sucks: Gay-Friendly Churches

Maybe we've all been down this path before, but since there is no final answer, here we go again:

Shouldn't gay and lesbians feel most welcomed in the Church? In other words, shouldn't every church be gay-friendly, just like every church should be adulterer-friendly, liar-friendly—in short, sinner-friendly? Me-friendly?

Church Marketing Sucks: Gay-Friendly Churches

One of my fav replies: "my gut feeling is that every movement needs to demonise something, and for many christians the homosexual has become that. our unease with their lifestyle has forced us to legitimise our distance from poor hermeneutic."

Friday, October 14, 2005

The problem with technology

Comments I posted to this blog post: Fools Box: On the "Tech Bus" - Are you a rider or a driver?

It is a feedback loop. Technology changes, we use it, then technology is improved based on our use, and so on.

Even our use of technology is driven by feedback. Why do I sit and attempt to play a game on my PC instead of practicing my harmonica? Because the PC gives instant feedback to my performance. Same goes for blogging.

The fact the the technology has such a low barrier for use (cost or effort) is an additional reason for the continued consumption.

Part of the problem is the addiction to the feedback, without (or in spite of) a vision or goals of what you want to truly achieve.
In the context of this blog, the point is that the addictive and responsive nature of technology can drain our efforts to fulfill our purpose. Very frustrating to realize, isn't it.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

What's the purpose of a parade?

Here's a emotional post from Gerah: She hates a parade: Rednecks and Transvestites
I have had it with "GOD BLESS THE USA!" stuff. Look around, folks. We're all overweight, happy, driving SUV's, living in huge homes, and eating bags of candy at a parade while many, many other people on this planet are starving and don't have cars or homes.

If you ask me, God has already blessed us. Stop asking for him to bless us more. I WISH, oh, how I WISH somebody would raise a sign that says "GOD BLESS THE INNOCENT IRAQIS!"
She goes on to pondering creating her own 'condom' float. I see her point, but to me the 4th of July parade is acceptable as a bunch of patriotic fluff. Here's what my comments to her post said:
I feel similarly about all those 'yellow ribbon' magnets on cars. To me, its showy and shallow.

The parade I feel the most strongly about is our town's Memorial Day parade. Sparsely attended and less than 5 minutes long, but so important and emotional to honor those whose actions were so much more than mine.

And, Gerah, this parade isn't about grandstanding for America...its just about these men and women.

For my 4th this year, we visited Jockey Hollow (w/kids) and watched Bowling for Colombine (w/o kids). Both provide great lessons about America.

Thursday, May 20, 2004

Are You Happy?

Which do you select at the forks in the road, the happiness path or goal-fulfilling path? Two recent blog posts tugged at me from each direction:

Worthwhile: What makes you love what you do.

Seth's Blog: On thinking big.

Seth's post is like a kick in the gut, but one I can withstand. Perhaps the credit-card execs are pulling down the big bucks and having good eats. The CPAs down the hall (who are a lot like me) are missing out.

But the credit card execs treat their customers like numbers and their goals focus on making more money for themselves.

The CPAs know their customers and focus on helping them make money.

Sorry Seth, I'd rather be a CPA.

Wednesday, March 24, 2004

More for church webservants

If you dig around a little, you will find some support groups for church 'webservants'. The best one probably is at: churchsite-chat. I've never gotten involved in this group, probably because it never made it to my bookmarks.

I also enjoy the blog Heal your church website.

And if you want to see the best church website go here.

And here's an article to fire you up (written by the creator of the above site).

There's my little primer on church websites. Oh, and my church's website? www.redeemercovenant.org. I built a strong but simple template, but have yet to add in real, significant content.