I know I promised more posts, but so far, I have been unable to deliver. Thankfully, the Friday Funnies are still in gear, and here is yet another edition. Inspired by the recent grandstanding of former President Jimmy Carter, who once again resigned from the Southern Baptist Convention (hadn't he already done that? And hasn't he figured it out by now that you can't "resign" from the denomination, especially when you remain a member of an SBC Church?) over the issue of the SBC's stance on female roles in the Church and home, I thought some Jerry Clower would cheer all of us up, particularly his meeting with "The She-Coon of Women's Lib". **See my comments below for clarification on the term "she-coon".**
**Though I published this post over a year ago with no controversy whatsoever, in recent days I have come under attack from some bloggers who claim that the term "she-coon" is an obvious racial slur. However, this viewpoint is far from legitimate reality. First, the term "she-coon" is itself a Southern colloquialism which refers to a woman who is in charge and at times dominate. Like a mother raccoon, she is willing to attack when necessary. While this term is as common today as it was in the past, it is nonetheless, still used. You can find it used by a female journalist in this article and a male journalist here (both of which are in reference to Janet Reno). If the term was such an obvious racial slur, then neither article would have made it past the copy editor and certainly someone would have made a stink about it by now. Finally, there is the issue of who exactly Clower was speaking of when he used the term. Here is an article by Darrell Huckaby where he claims that the person in question is no other than Gloria Steinem, certainly the dominate woman in charge of the women's liberation movement. Thus, there is no sensible reason to conclude that Jerry Clower's use of this term was in any way meant to be a racist slur.**
I got a bit distracted Friday and didn't have a chance to post this, but I wanted to pick back up on a tradition that I started way back when - the Friday Funnies. Everybody back then seemed to be a photographer, and I wasn't. They had cool Friday pictures that had awesome names like "The Friday Foto" or "Phriday Photos". I was jealous, so I started the Friday Funnnies - after all I needed some more humor in my life. I still do, especially after some of the recent conversations I have had on other blogs. But enough of that. Without further ado, I give you another installment of the Friday Funnies:
A New Church Website Means I Have to Get Back to Blogging
You've heard it before. I'm going to start blogging again. Did you see the last time I posted? It was over a year ago! But, recent developments in the Southern Baptist Convention, controversies over theological positions that long ago should have been settled, and the fact that our Church is now fully exposed on the internet, have led me to want to come back to the keyboard and punch out some more of my thoughts - even if no one is listening anymore.
One reason I want to do this is in hopes that some of the members of my congregation will begin to catch a vision for a greater Evangelical purpose and see themselves as part of a national and, more importantly, global network of Christians seeking to glorify and exalt the name of Christ.
Internet hot-spots like Facebook and Twitter present opportunities for Christians to put their best feet forward in regards to the Gospel and Orthodox Theology. More than ever we need each other to counteract the vast influences of both the secular culture and the insulated Christian community (read "Suburban, middle-class, Republican, disengaged, self-focused, and man-centered"). Pointing my people, as well as those I encounter from my past and present on Facebook, toward Gospel-centered, Christ-exalting, globally-focused ministries and tools helps us as a universal Christian community grow together in unity and move ever more swiftly in the direction of glorifying God to the ends of the Earth.
I have never been more optimistic about the present effectiveness of the Gospel's influence and the Holy Spirit's power than I am right now. Revival is coming and I want to be a part of that, even if it means the Church down the street grows, but ours doesn't. If we just become a more generous, Christ-centered, and spiritually mature congregation, then I will count my ministry a success. Far too often, we get wrapped up in what God is doing (or not doing) visibly in our own Church and forget that it's not about us, it's about His glory. So if my blog can be used to point those who may read it toward the encouragement and optimism that I have experienced over these past few months, then it is effective. And that's really all I can ask - to be effective in actively glorifying Christ and bringing His Kingdom to bear on the Earth.
So check out our new Church website and listen to some of these guys' sermons:
Paul was not interested merely in the ethical principles of religion or of ethics. On the contrary, he was interested in the redeeming work of Christ and its effect upon us. His primary interest was in Christian doctrine, and Christian doctrine not merely in its presuppositions but at its centre.
-- J. Greshem Machen.