New idea: Star Wars Church

Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn (right) and Padawan O...

Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn (right) and Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi, as portrayed by Liam Neeson and Ewan McGregor in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When I was a Children’s minister, seeing all the different kinds of worship services, it made me to joke about having a “Star Wars” church service complete with cosplay and everything for the kids. And then I read this quote by fellow Nicene Creed geek Father Dwight Longnecker:

“Disenchanted clergymen looking for a new idea might install wide screens in their churches and beckon more of the Star Wars faithful to participate in the clash between good versus evil each Sunday morning. With a bit of musical ingenuity, the Star Wars theme music could be developed into a very stirring processional hymn.  Acolytes could be dressed in Obi Wan Kenobi monastic robes and carry light sabers instead of candles.  The liturgy could begin with “May the Force be with you.” To which all reply, “And with your spirit.”  For the communion hymn, each Han could sing a solo.”

Sounds like a plan to me! What do you think?

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It Was a Dave Chappelle Skit First. Again.

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I own the two seasons of Chappelle’s Show, and they never cease to make me laugh. Dave’s genius has gone under appreciated, and in a way, many of his skits were prophetic. One case in point is his really really brief skit on the Gay KKK Klansman .

Chappelle’s skit was the first thing that came to mind when I read an interview shared original on a Facebook page, with a Russian Gay Aryan Skin Head (an organization that’s in its 20th year).

“We fight for everyone, not just for ourselves. We’re trying to clear this world of unnecessary people who aren’t worthy of this earth.”

Oh how lovely.

Meet Russia’s Gay Aryan Skinhead: “Finally” Bringing Homosexuality to the Neo-Nazis, by Nick Chester NOT SAFE FOR WORK & TRIGGER WARNINGS FOR RACISM, TRANSPHOBIA, AND MISOGYNY

As if Neo-Nazi/paleoConfederate ideology was not phallic enough already.

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Biblical Manhood 101: Lessons From The Sith #StarWars

A Man’s place is in the kitchen.

 

From: The Lighter Side Of The Force

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How To Win At Derailing Bingo

I have heard and read a lot of these in conversations about race, identity, and culture. Thanks to commenter David for the heads up.

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From the Son Of Baldwin facebook page

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Need Sermon Help? How About Inspiration from Superman? #MOS

The League of Supermen (Part Seven)

The League of Supermen (Part Seven) (Photo credit: fengschwing)

What’s worse than pastors who rely on online sermons pre-made for them? What’s worse than Christians Jesus-juking superheroes, especially Superman? Oh why not try pre-made sermons that totally get Superman wrong!

Worship Media House, um, just no no no no no! FAIL!

Thanks to Scott Bailey for the heads up.

I would much rather be at this: The Superman Celebration that was held in “Metropolis” just this past weekend.

Oh, btw Scotty, I have a better song about CCM and Superman, try Pillar’s Original Superman:

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Stuff Pentecostals Like: Spiritual Boot Camps

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What better way to separate yourself from culture than to depend on military metaphors and cultural appropriation? Everyone is familiar with Becky Fischer from Jesus Camp, but that’s not the only instance of brainwashing in the name of being against “compromise” (as if using military metaphors isn’t compromising, or you know using electricity or watching television or being involved in politics, but I digress). I guess in the end other people’s opinions do matter.

One example of spiritual boot camps is the cult, the International House Of Scare, I mean Prayer. A lot has been documented about IHOP’s corruption and spiritual abuse; Joel has documented it for example.

Charismatics (and well just about a lot of evangelical leaders) like to talk about the younger generation as “the” generation to bring revival. Whether at youth or worship conferences,Elijah is a popular person to namedrop, like with the Elijah Generation. In addition to Elijah, everyone also wants to be a good ole Nazirite like Samson!

“Isn’t it an Old Testament thing?
No. It’s a Jewish thing. Paul took a Nazirite vow (Acts 18:18), and Paul also paid for the sacrifices so that three Jewish believers in Jesus could complete their Nazirite vows in Jerusalem (Acts 21:23-24). (Sidenote: if you think that Paul was compromising his belief in justification by faith by doing this, go back and read Acts 15. For Jewish believers in Jesus, keeping the law is about voluntary obedience and love for God. According to Hebrews 7:11-19, no one was ever saved by keeping the Law.)
But you’re not Jewish…
No. That’s true. However, I do love Jesus and I have a desire to be consecrated to Him. In a sense, I borrowed a Jewish act of consecration because contemporary American evangelical culture does not have any comparable means of sacrificially expressing devotion to Jesus. And it is in the Bible after all…”

Um, first of all, Paul was Jewish, and you see, we are, um Gentiles, so there’s BIG difference. Just because something is in the Bible, that does not give us license to do something. I don’t see you planning to sell your daughter anytime soon. If you really want to be Elijah, you would cut down all of the false prophets after besting them in a contest of altars. I could point you in the right direction where to find them! True Light Pentecostals have adopted the “Nazirite” lifestyle, only so they can seclude themselves from “the world” and other Christians so they can continue to teach heresies, such as the idea that angels create with YHWH (um yeah, totally not in Scripture). Book are being written about the Nazarites, and how we can make “miracles” happen. Just because “Lou Engle apparently had a dream in the late ’90s about calling out contemporary Nazirites as a challenge for 21st century America,” does that mean we have to have the same interpretation of those passages as him, do we? Once more, we see that the idea of “spiritual boot camps” is just a tool to brainwash people into heretical teachings such as dominionism (Christianity as a national, domination system) and understanding of revelation outside of Christ.

Wrong ideas about denial and false forms of asceticism are portrayed in the complete negative, what we don’t have or what we don’t do; I have to agree with Rob Bell here on the topic of the Nazarite vow, our desire should be towards someone bigger than us, God. In the case of these “spiritual boot camps,” the emphasis on dominionism and politics means a self-denial on a private, individual level in order to compensate for the insatiable quest for political power over others.

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Congrats, Justin Bieber, You Just Won Classiest Person Of The Year!

NEVER SAY NEVER: JUSTIN BIEBER HOPED ANNE FRANK WANTED HIM AS A BOYFRIEND!

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Anne Frank (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In what has to be the strongest display of taste and class ever, Justin Bieber signed the guestbook for Anne Frank’s house, you know, victim of the Holocaust/Shoah during the Third Reich, “Hopefully she would have been a Belieber.” No really? Are you serious? Hey, how about hoping we learn from this awful tragic history that Frank and the Jewish people were subjected too?? Oh no? Okay, it’s all about me and my ego and my fans. This is just awful, and so revealing. Pop culture icons think they can do whatever they want, like trivialize racism and the death of millions, make some sort of lame apology, and then move on next week. Thanks for showing your true colors, Justin. I will surely miss you and the obsession our culture has with you. No, wait, I won’t.

She would have been a Belieber: Justin Bieber causes outrage with comment on guest book at Ann Frank museum: Daily Mail UK

Justin Bieber at the 2010 White House Easter E...

Justin Bieber at the 2010 White House Easter Egg roll. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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