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America’s Obesity Problem

…Is it a Problem for the Church? (Part 1)

I have to say that I was absolutely intrigued with the reality show, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.     

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The show came about because of one concerned pastor in Huntington, West Virginia. He was traveling and noticed that in the malls of California and in the beach area…everyone seemed thinner than people back home. As the thought weighed on him, he decided he was going to address the subject of obesity and what a serious problem it is with his congregation.     

A few days before this West Virginia pastor was planning to convey his message on obesity, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a study naming Huntington the fattest city in America. It declared nearly half of the residents in the area to be obese…Yes, nearly half. This city of 50,000 lead the nation in heart disease and diabetes. I’m not making this stuff up.     

The concerned pastor gave an invitation to be a part of their own Biggest Loser and asked people to join in. They started working out, started having healthier Wednesday evening fellowship meals, and the local radio station started running the story…ABC, CNN and the national wire picked up on what was going on…and Jamie Oliver heard about it over in England. (Oliver is known as The Naked Chef for his clean way of preparing food that is “naked” without additives and preservatives, but fresh food.)     

Jamie teamed up with ABC and traveled with a film crew to start a food revolution in the community of Huntington.     

When I watched the first episode of The Food Revolution I have to say I sat in disbelief of how families actually eat…and every day…and the school lunches were totally scary!     

I sat and listened to this concerned pastor and wondered why I have never, no not one time, heard a pastor address any food sins. American’s are abusing their bodies with food more than ever before…and we don’t address it in the Church. (All cases of obesity are not caused by gluttony – there are sometimes health-related issues involved.)    

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Should we address the sin of gluttony in our churches? I mean, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity is the number one health threat facing Americans today.     

“Don’t drink too much wine and get drunk; don’t eat too much food and get fat. Drunks and gluttons will end up on skid row, in a stupor and dressed in rags.” Proverbs 23: 20-21 The MSG
 
As the show goes on I am going to dig deeper into this crazy food obsession that we have…and especially as Christians! I mean, we do know how to eat…that’s for sure! Potlucks after Sunday service, donuts and coffee during Sunday School. We love our weekly dinners as a church family…but is all that a sin?

…hang with me…and we’ll look closer at this American epidemic.     

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This Week’s Top 5 Blog Post Fav’s

Is There Room for Me in Your Church ~ Tony Morgan

I shared this with Brian yesterday, and it has absolutely nothing to do with my connection at West Ridge. It’s just a general observation from the conversation that I’ve witnessed online in recent years. Here’s the gist of it…

People with spiritual gifts like mine aren’t welcomed in your church. My spiritual gifts include leadership and administration and discernment. That’s how God has wired me. (Read More)

Starbucks Christianity – Jonathan Pearson

Church has adopted a culture of talk, dress, likes, and dislikes.
The Church has developed it’s own culture.

It’s not that hard to spot a pastor in your local Starbucks.
You can tell by the clothes he’s wearing, the coffee he’s drinking, or even the computer on his table.

The Church has become another culture. (Read More)

Thoughts on Mark Driscoll and Stay at Home Dads ~ Nicole Wick

I ran across this YouTube clip of Mark Driscoll and the Mrs. answering questions from the platform at Mars Hill Church. This clip is Mark’s response to a question about stay-at-home-dads.

When I first saw this, it absolutely infuriated me. My husband is a stay-at-home dad. By choice (his and mine), so needless to say I disagree. And I don’t think it means he’s less of a Christian. And I know it doesn’t mean that he is less of a man. Nor does it mean that I am less of a woman. (Read More)

The Sex Cafe ~ Anne Jackson

Thursday morning, our first meeting was with a young woman about my age who, for safety reasons, I’ll identify as L. We met her outside in the middle of the city, where she hopped in our van. I immediately liked her. She was intelligent and witty, and when we asked her where we should go for our meeting, she directed us toward a cafe in a nice part of town and said she had a surprise for us. (Read More)

Can We Serve Too Much ~ Caryn Rivandeneira

Every few weeks, my husband and I get together with a group of friends. Since we all met at church—and since we were the brainchild of our teaching pastor and his wife—we might look like a “small group,” but that’s not quite right. We get together and eat and drink and talk. And talk and talk. Whoever hosts gets to choose the topic of discussion—or to throw out some questions. We offer each other openness and confidentiality and support. And I love it. (Read More)

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What…is the newest trend in church-going?

…going naked?

I am hoping not!   

This is about the wackiest trend to hit “Christianity(if you can call it that? – Yikes!) I’ve seen in awhile…just sayin!    

A Baptist Church in Texas has an advertisement that states: We are lambs before the Lord, and every Sunday we give thanks to Him with all of our body and soul. And it includes the sacrifice of our garments, for it was when Eve ate from the Tree of Life and gathered fig leaves that mankind fell into sin.    

Seriously?!    

I found the First Nudist Church of the Internet in a Google search…but I was afraid to open the link for fear of what I might find!    

A church in Virginia located at a nudist resort made big news earlier this year as their story made the rounds on various television stations…and everyone is nude, including the pastor.    

Hey Folks…I’m not making this stuff up!    

Is this a new fad in the church world? Is this Looney Tunes Christianity at its best? Is this a “God” thing or a “god” thing? I have an idea of what I think ~ totally Craziness! What will we come up with next?    

Oh my!    

 

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It’s April Fool’s Day and to celebrate I just had to show the best church prank ever, ever, ever pulled since the beginning of time…I mean it just has to be!

So, so, so funny…you gotta watch:

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Are you needing help finding someone for graphic design or maybe to design for your church website?…maybe you need help with research studies or where to find out about new technology that would help your church be more relevant in today’s culture? 

The Center for Church Communications has put together a free tool to help provide info on subjects from administration to multi-media, from helping find church management software or help answer the question about church photography…a one-stop shop, if you will. 

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The Church Marketing Directory is a lightly edited list of tools, resources and companies that will help a church communicate better. It is not an exhaustive list by any stretch. In fact, they invite us to suggest resources to be added to the list. 

The Center for Church Communication believes like me ~ that the Church has the greatest story ever told, but we don’t always know how to tell it. This may be due to a communication problem. The story is sometimes lost due to poor research, little planning, bad clip art, cheesy photos and unremarkable ads. 

Through this free tool that the CCC offers I just might be able to conquer some of those communication problems and reach more people in my community. It’s all about helping the Church matter. 

I love free stuff ~ finding free materials that I can really use…now that is always a BIG win for me…and you. 

…and helping me with my communications problems – bonus! 

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