Archive for September 6, 2008

Without fail, another visioner, delusion of a sacred figure has been documented, trotted out in front of the media and snatched up for the world to see – and stare in hilarity.

Today’s God sighting of the month hails from Arlington, Texas. Meet Becky Ginn, presumed soccer mom and failing herbivore, as she encountered a reverential raisin in the trash.

A makeup artist, Ms. Ginn said she’s seen in the media other images of the Holy Family portrayed in food, but she certainly never expected to discover one herself — especially as a devout Baptist. “I can Photoshop a zit off someone’s face,” she said. “I can’t Photoshop the Virgin Mary onto a grape.”

Nice. Well, let’s just hope this bit of juicy irony doesn’t appear on eBay as some sort of venerated fruit ready to make the greatest bottle of wine since Ernest & Julio Gallo hooked up.

Steve Harvey is known for his perspicacious and hilarious comedy. Yes, his mouth is full more vinegar than a Long John Silvers, but believe me, he is very saved and passionate about God. Without disclosure, trust me, I know from whence I speak.

After you watch this week’s video evangelism, you will not only agree but you will discover there are full-time pastors and evangelists that couldn’t ring in the rapture this good.

I was there live in Atlanta when this happened, and what you didn’t see was the Ch-uuch that broke out after Harvey left the stage. Thank God we serve someone that truly needs no introduction!

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We have spray painted this topic twice on the Wall already – secondhand witnessing.

I love Christian shirts and jewelry. I enjoy carrying my Bible around. But my car? That’s a world untouched by the marks of religion, CCM radio stickers or the friendly ichthus, because even I drive like a bat of hell at times and don’t want people to think, “Christians. Geesh” as I scream by running late to work. Hey, it happens.

Well, in the aforementioned post, we discuss a tool of a man, a pastor and driver’s safety class nightmare – Thomas Howell.

Ol’ Rev. here was a little terse at a young lady on the road, cuts her off, pulls out a GUN and threatens to make her meet Jesus personally by shooting her. Keep it classy, Pastor.

Today, we read in this AP report, his case went to court and the verdict is in…

A 71-year-old Cincinnati preacher convicted of waving a gun and threatening another driver won’t be going to jail. A Hamilton County judge on Thursday sentenced Thomas Howell to two years’ probation and 100 hours of community service on his conviction for aggravated menacing.

Well, I wasn’t looking for this guy to lose his life over the awful witnessing and horrendous act of kindness. His job on the other hand? Ah well. Live and learn. Hopefully he did.

“A merry heart does good like a medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones” (Proverbs 17:22)

See. Even this guy liked to laugh.

See. Even this guy liked to laugh.

This is one of HiScrivener’s favorite verses in the Bible. Why? Because I love to laugh, joke, have a good time and still doing it loving God. Pastors are much of the same, trying to inject antecdotes and other kinds of giggles in sermons, although they are usually not that successful filling the church with groans. All they are missing is a rim shot, which is entirely possible with the huge bands most megachurches are throwing down these days.

And then there are guys like Pastor Mark Fitter of Capistrano Valley Church in Orange County, Calif.

Apparently, this is a cat that could start a message with “Two jews and a Catholic walk into a bar…” and get away with it. How?

Fitter was recently hired to be the new lead pastor there. But he isn’t giving up his night job, doing stand-up a couple times a month at comedy clubs and coffee houses in Orange County and Los Angeles.

Fitter, a converted Messianic Jew, co-founded a ‘family-friendly’ comedian booking act called, “Clean Comedians” set out to prove funny doesn’t have to filthy. Good on ya’, Pastor!

Since then, this guy has performed in some big houses… of worship AND comedy. Dude has even played THE IMPROV, and crushed it! The refreshing thing is apparently he did it without compromise.

“Certainly there are jokes that go through my head that I don’t say,” he admits. “That’s the challenge in clean comedy. It’s easier to be crude and shocking than clever.” … “Since one rule of stand-up is joke about yourself and your world; he does a lot of church humor. “When people find out I’m a pastor, right away they want to start confessing their sins to me,” one joke goes. “And I say ‘Hold it. I’m a Baptist pastor, not a Catholic priest. I can’t take your confession. But finish that story.'”

This is a pastor that exemplifies the heart of Christianity. You really believe ever child of God should act like they just walked of the stage at TBN? Um, not so much. We are not the boy in the bubble who must remain impervious by sinners everywhere. We are to walk and live among the people in our world – you know, like this guy. He shared moments in time with common and not necessarily sanctified folk while letting them know what you stand for… and on (like the Bible). I like the way Fitter responds to that:

Fitter says. “Jesus was out there eatin’ and hangin’ out. He had dinner with tax collectors, for goodness sakes. If he were around today, who’s to say you wouldn’t find him telling parables at a comedy club. So did you hear the one about the camel that walked through the eye of a needle?”

Keep it real, Pastor. Keep it real.