Archive for May 8, 2008

Jeffs: Bye!

Posted: May 8, 2008 in Above the Fold, IJS

Question of the day: Will anyone miss this man?

One word FLDS underlord: G-E-N-P-O-P


Young BillyFor everything this gracious, amazing man has meant to Christendom, it’s about time a movie is made on his life!

According to this story from the Christian Post, “Billy: The Early Years” is currently being filmed and will hit the big screen in Fall 2008.

(Uh, that’s Billy Graham in case you didn’t quite recognize the hair).

Evidently, Armie Hammer will be playing the part of the young trailblazer and evangelist, due to his likeness. Regretfully, according to his IMDB page, Hammer is a bit actor found in one episode each of “Desperate Housewives”, “Arrested Development” and “Flicka”.

FLICKA?! Well, at least we can see Hammer’s fine work in the 2009 “Justice League: Mortal” as Batman. I smell an Oscar.

MEMO to all conservatives AND liberals that like to pinpoint the Church in times of religious awareness: Keep your nasty fingers to yourselves, because “evangelical” DOES NOT and NEVER HAS been defined “republican”.

And to that, we have proof, as noted here by the Associated Press. Enter the “Evangelical Manifesto“.

In a 19-page document called “An Evangelical Manifesto,” more than 70 theologians, pastors and others said faith and politics have been too closely mixed. They warned against Christians adopting any one political view. “That way faith loses its independence, Christians become ‘useful idiots’ for one political party or another, and the Christian faith becomes an ideology.”

Vote issues and conscience, not ya mamaPREACH! It’s high time Christians learn to vote on issues and not because all your friends vote this way or your pastor endorses that way. (Come on! You know most of the Church votes just that way). We need to become “red-letter” Christians and not a wayfaring CNN, FOX or MSNBC congregation. People (i.e. Obama, McCain, Clinton) have their own opinions. Some are spot-on and others completely blow. But, as a concentrated body of believers, we should get three things out of this crucial document:

  1. If you are a PASTOR directing the spiritual lives of others in a church, your job is just that… spiritual instruction and acculturation. You are NOT called to be a political hack or a routine pundit. Stick to your flippin’ day job.
  2. If you are a CHRISTIAN following the edicts of the Bible, you have a responsibility to research. Stop being lazy and allowing one feature in the news to sway your opinion. Lest your forget, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (1 Timothy 2:15).
  3. If you are a HUMAN enjoying the liberties that our brave men and women provided us, be creatures of growth, not habit. You have opportunities to make a difference daily, and that will not happen once you refuse to make your own wise, studied decisions. Stop generalizing people because of the actions of a few dimwits. Not all black people are angry and “bash whitey” and just because you see a white guy with a buzz haircut doesn’t mean he has a rebel flag and a gun rack in his pick’em truck.

Body, if you are AT ALL interested in the betterment of this county AND the church, the aforementioned 20-page document is well worth the scan. Check the Sacred Seven Elements – crucial reading for people that are willing to…er, you know… use his or her mind come November. Enjoy.

PR is not gamblingIn case you have been living under a rock, in a cave or possibly you’re just a classic hoarder and can’t find your TV, you’ve noticed the United Church of Christ (TUCC) has been under a little bit of scrutiny. This, in no LARGE part to its founder (and recent media pimp) Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

However, now that TUCC is under new management, they are going on a massive media blitz in hopes to buy what money can’t buy: P.R.

There is an adage in the communications industry that HiScrivener and Slate Communications lives by:

Advertising is what you PAY for while public relations is what you PRAY for

Nothing spells advertising like a full-page spread in New York Times and USA Today. The public relations they are praying for is when this nation stops believing the myth that this is a “Bash Whitey” church and a cult, and begin thinking of this hallowed place as a church and a different place to worship.

Here’s hoping for some nice ROI.