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A Secret? No Way!

I begin this post by saying something shocking. I am almost excited that the DaVinci Code starring Tom Hanks and directed by Ron Howard did as well as it did at the box office. I mean, what are we going to debate now that the movie has done so well? Which heresy is going to pop up next to test the tenets of Christianity and especially to test the person of Jesus Christ? I thought we would have to wait a little longer, but I guess I was wrong. Today I read in the KC Star that the same studio that bankrolled the DaVinci Code as a movie has now signed on to make Dan Brown’s book Angels and Demons into a feature film as well. The anticipation overwhelms me. Who will direct? Oliver Stone? Who will play the lead role? Tom Hanks or maybe Tom Cruise? Hey, if Tom Cruise signed on we could get double the heresy for our money. Nothing like a good dose of Jesus bashing mixed with a little Scientology to make your bottom lip quiver with anticipation of the media hype. Maybe we won’t even have to wait another year. As I am typing this a preview of the movie the Omen just ran. Obviously Hollywood couldn’t pass up remaking this film and releasing it on June 6, 2006. Think about it (666), that’s just too tempting to let go. I guess the point of all the sarcasm is to ask this; why are we getting our hackles up as Christians about things that are obviously ridiculous and can clearly be seen for what they are, namely an anathema that stands directly opposed to the gospel? I guess the right answer is that there really are people out there who are buying the garbage and misconceptions that Dan Brown and others are selling, the key word being “selling.” Ultimately, it all comes down to money. If it is sensational and it will sell, then the world will say “go for it.” People are obviously looking for something radical to believe in when the radical life they are seeking is right in front of their face. Think I am wrong? Just try reading the Bible sometime and really listen to the words of Jesus. This may be the best kept secret of all, something Dan Brown will never be able to measure up to no matter how many books he sells.

If you would like some “free” information on the DaVinci Code please visit http://www.mbts.edu and you will find some great resources to read and use.

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Late, Semi-Irrational, Single Alignment Blogging

I must confess that I am new to this whole concept of blogging, and being that it is late by my standards I will try to keep this initial entry short and to the point. Tonight my children were involved in their elementary school music program. They were wonderful, of course, and I must share that as my son sang ‘supercalifragilisticexpialadocious’ I began to feel my heart swell with pride. It is the longest word he has ever said, let alone the longest word his dad has ever spelled! Aside from the normalcies of fatherhood and the daily pressures of finishing a 25 page exegesis paper for a seminary class my mind has been wandering to the issues facing our convention with respect to single alignment. On the one hand, I understand the necessity for common confession of doctrine and let me be the first to say that my conservatism does run deep; but the issue of single alignment has never been effectively explained to me?? If anyone can offer a solution to this obvious concern I have, please don’t hesitate to respond. With the push towards a more conservative convention, have we and are we pushing out those churches who remain conservative doctrinally simply because they don’t ‘do church’ the same way as us or because they refuse to ‘officially’ confess church the same way we do? By all means, if the heresies are flowing, I am the first to say ‘thank you for playing, game over,’ but there seems to be much disagreements over ancillary issues that do not affect soteriology one iota. I am afraid we are going to lose good churches and good pastors because of this. Am I wrong?? Please tell me I am?Let me say this to close: why isn’t there more talk within Baptist circles about evangelism and missions? Where has the passion gone for the core concerns we are to have with respect to the ‘most important things’ in Scripture? These are the questions that keep me up late at night blogging. Someone please help, I have four kids and I need to sleep!