Thursday, August 30, 2007

Rice Christians

This reminds me of a Good Friday church service a few years ago.  The Pastor's spoke of not rushing past what happened on Good Friday to see Resurrection Sunday.  He said to fully appreciate the joy of the Resurrection you must first 'linger at the cross'. 

Could this be the problem with Western Christianity?  In telling people that "Jesus loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life" or "Just accept Jesus and He will fix all your problems" is this what we are doing? 

We are rushing our un-saved friends past the cross and to the resurrection so to not scare them off.  We must allow them, sometimes even force them, to 'linger at the cross' so that they can see the cost of their sin and the price that Jesus paid for them to be 'right with God'.  Only then will we create Disciples of Christ, not Rice Christians.

August 30

Evangelism: Modern Salesmanship

They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us. --1 John 2:19

In our eagerness to make converts I am afraid we have lately been guilty of using the technique of modern salesmanship, which is of course to present only the desirable qualities in a product and ignore the rest. We go to men and offer them a cozy home on the sunny side of the brae. If they will but accept Christ He will give them peace of mind, solve their problems, prosper their business, protect their families and keep them happy all day long. They believe us and come, and the first cold wind sends them shivering to some counselor to find out what has gone wrong; and that is the last we hear of many of them....

By offering our hearers a sweetness-and-light gospel and promising every taker a place on the sunny side of the brae, we not only cruelly deceive them, we guarantee also a high casualty rate among the converts won on such terms. On certain foreign fields the expression "rice Christians" has been coined to describe those who adopt Christianity for profit. The experienced missionary knows that the convert that must pay a heavy price for his faith in Christ is the one that will persevere to the end. He begins with the wind in his face, and should the storm grow in strength he will not turn back for he has been conditioned to endure it.

By playing down the cost of discipleship we are producing rice Christians by the tens of thousands right here on the North American continent. That Incredible Christian, 116-117.

"Lord, I suspect this is getting much worse even since Tozer's day. In our emphasis on growth and success we may indeed be guilty of producing rice Christians. Deliver us from that error. Amen."


Friday, July 13, 2007

Eagles Classic "Take it Easy" Church Hymm Found!

You have to read this blog post The Gospel According To Church Hoppers to sing this Eagles classic hymm.

Well, I’m running down the road
Tryin’ to loosen my load
I’ve got seven churches on My mind,
Four that wanna own me,
Two that wanna stone me,
One says she’s a friend of mine

Take it easy, take it easy
Don’t let the sound of your own wheels Drive you crazy
Lighten up while you still can
Don’t even try to understand
Just find me a preacher I can stand
And take it easy

Well, I’m a standing on a corner
In Winslow, Arizona
And such a fine sight to see
It’s a church, my lord, with a neon billboard
saying slowin’ down and to take a look at me
Come on, baby, don’t say maybe
I gotta know if your sweet love is
Gonna save me

We may lose and we may win though
We will never be here again
So open up, I’m walkin’ in,
So take it easy

Well I’m running down the road trying to loosen
My load, got a world of trouble on my mind
Lookin’ for a church who won’t cramp my
Style, she’s so hard to find

Take it easy, take it easy
Don’t let the sound of your own Wheels make you crazy
Come on baby, don’t say maybe
I gotta know if your sweet love is
Gonna save me, oh oh oh
Oh we got it easy
We oughta take it easy

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Defense Attorneys

This is pretty good, see if your answers are the same as the attorney's.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

How He ruthlessly perfects...

When God wants to drill a man,
and thrill a man,
and skill a man;
When God wants to mold a man,
to play the noblest part,
When He yearns with all His heart
to create so great and bold a man,
…that all the world will be amazed;
WATCH His methods! - WATCH His ways!

How He ruthlessly perfects
whom He Royally Elects!
How He hammers him,
and hurts him,
…and with mighty blows,
converts him
…into trial shapes of clay
which only God understands.

While his tortured heart is crying,
and he lifts beseeching hands,
How he bends but never breaks,
when His good He undertakes.
How He uses whom He chooses,
and with every purpose fuses him,
…by every act induces him,
to try His splender out;
God knows what he’s about.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Welcome Rocky!

Here is the newest addition to the McKee household. His name is Rocky. He is mostly a lab. He is my wife's belated birthday gift but I think he likes me more.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Why men flock to Islam?

“Why do men flock to Islam, while avoiding Christianity?”

“Because Islam delivers what fathers and husbands want for their families, strong men gravitate toward it. Therefore, it becomes male heavy,”

“Here is a faith that’s going to hold me to a higher standard. Men are dying for this.”

So the question for Christianity is this: Can our faith “deliver” for men without oppressing women in the process?

We don’t need to put women in burquas to bring men back to church. But we do need to deliver what we promise.

full article:

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

So Long MySpace - Oh well, Goodbye, don't cry

So Long MySpace...

I have officially and regrettably deleted my MySpace site. How come? There are several inter-related reasons. Probably at the top of the list is the sexual content that is "spued" at me every time I am there. I know that it is everywhere on the web but for me MySpace is over the top. The part that bothers me is not people's personal pages that have it. If that was it I could just steer clear of that but it starts on the login page and continues even on my pages that I go to see blog updates and comments and such.

For all you MySpacer's out there don't take this the wrong way.

It's just not for me. I think MySpace is a good place for ministry but I guess I am just not up to the task. It would be hard for me to be a good witness in a strip bar and that's how I feel after I have been on MySpace. I feel like I just left a strip bar. "All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable..." (1Cor 6:12). Right now it is just not profitable for me to be on MySpace.

So long MySpace
Don't take this wrong but you are wrong for me farewell
Oh well, Goodbye, don't cry
So Long MySpace

Thursday, January 25, 2007

CAN - Team Hoyt

This has been around for a long time but I just stumble acrossed it on YouTube so I thought I would share it everyone. I don't think it would hurt us to watch it again...

Here is their web site:

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Happy Birthday to My Sweetheart!

Happy Birthday to my wife.

This past weekend we celebrated my wife's birthday. I would tell you all how old she is now but you know that women like to keep that a secret. (Whatever you do, do not look at the top balloon)

Anyway, happy birthday Honey!

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Political Correctness

You all will have to thank my wife for this one...

Subject: Political Correctness
Following is the winning entry from an annual contest calling for the most appropriate definition of a contemporary term. This year's term:

Political Correctness.

"Political Correctness is a doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical liberal minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end."

Monday, January 15, 2007

Martin Luther King Day - Revisited

Here is a link to my post last year on MLK Day:
A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

More Troops in Iraq

More Troops in Iraq, what's everyone think about that?

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Yikes! - Which Star Wars Character Are You?

Which Star Wars Character Are You?

Anakin Skywalker

You are very ambitious and looking for power. Watch out and listen to your mentors, it may save you from a horrible demise..Remember, you are the chosen one

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Thursday, January 04, 2007

I can not stop laughing

All I can say is just watch this.