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YOU CAN'T WALK ON WATER -- BUT YOU CAN MAKE WAVES.

What, are we trying to drown Christ or make him trip on the water or something?

Edited by Peter T Chattaway

"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
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Well... I think this one is kind of funny.

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"If the Christian subculture exists primarily to condemn the world, you can be sure that Jesus is not having any part of it." - John Fischer

"Ignorance is excusable when it is borne like a cross, but when it is wielded like an axe, and with moral indignation, then it becomes something else indeed." - Flannery O'Connor

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That is the edgiest church sign I have ever seen. No fundie would go near that message!


"During the contest trial, the Coleman team presented evidence of a further 6500 absentees that it felt deserved to be included under the process that had produced the prior 933 [submitted by Franken, rk]. The three judges finally defined what constituted a 'legal' absentee ballot. Countable ballots, for instance, had to contain the signature of the voter, complete registration information, and proper witness credentials.

But the panel only applied the standards going forward, severely reducing the universe of additional basentees the Coleman team could hope to have included. In the end, the three judges allowed about 350 additional absentees to be counted. The panel also did nothing about the hundreds, possibly thousands, of absentees that have already been legally included, yet are now 'illegal' according to the panel's own ex-post definition."

The Wall Street Journal editorial, April 18, 2009 concerning the Franken Coleman decision in the Minnesota U.S. Senate race of 2008.

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A couple of odd signs... tongue.gif

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"If the Christian subculture exists primarily to condemn the world, you can be sure that Jesus is not having any part of it." - John Fischer

"Ignorance is excusable when it is borne like a cross, but when it is wielded like an axe, and with moral indignation, then it becomes something else indeed." - Flannery O'Connor

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A couple of odd signs... tongue.gif

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"If the Christian subculture exists primarily to condemn the world, you can be sure that Jesus is not having any part of it." - John Fischer

"Ignorance is excusable when it is borne like a cross, but when it is wielded like an axe, and with moral indignation, then it becomes something else indeed." - Flannery O'Connor

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A couple of odd signs... tongue.gif

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"If the Christian subculture exists primarily to condemn the world, you can be sure that Jesus is not having any part of it." - John Fischer

"Ignorance is excusable when it is borne like a cross, but when it is wielded like an axe, and with moral indignation, then it becomes something else indeed." - Flannery O'Connor

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A couple of odd signs... tongue.gif

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"If the Christian subculture exists primarily to condemn the world, you can be sure that Jesus is not having any part of it." - John Fischer

"Ignorance is excusable when it is borne like a cross, but when it is wielded like an axe, and with moral indignation, then it becomes something else indeed." - Flannery O'Connor

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A couple of odd signs... tongue.gif

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"If the Christian subculture exists primarily to condemn the world, you can be sure that Jesus is not having any part of it." - John Fischer

"Ignorance is excusable when it is borne like a cross, but when it is wielded like an axe, and with moral indignation, then it becomes something else indeed." - Flannery O'Connor

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A couple of odd signs... tongue.gif

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"If the Christian subculture exists primarily to condemn the world, you can be sure that Jesus is not having any part of it." - John Fischer

"Ignorance is excusable when it is borne like a cross, but when it is wielded like an axe, and with moral indignation, then it becomes something else indeed." - Flannery O'Connor

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I saw this on the way home from my own church. I don't know which is more odd, what the sign says or the fact that it is for an insurance agency:

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Then there's the message on the other side:

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edit: I think I know what that means, but... why?

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Edited by SZPT

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Why? Maybe because it is his/her sign. Otherwise, I have no idea. I'd say that flipside is preaching to the choir anyway. It took me a minute to figure it out.


"During the contest trial, the Coleman team presented evidence of a further 6500 absentees that it felt deserved to be included under the process that had produced the prior 933 [submitted by Franken, rk]. The three judges finally defined what constituted a 'legal' absentee ballot. Countable ballots, for instance, had to contain the signature of the voter, complete registration information, and proper witness credentials.

But the panel only applied the standards going forward, severely reducing the universe of additional basentees the Coleman team could hope to have included. In the end, the three judges allowed about 350 additional absentees to be counted. The panel also did nothing about the hundreds, possibly thousands, of absentees that have already been legally included, yet are now 'illegal' according to the panel's own ex-post definition."

The Wall Street Journal editorial, April 18, 2009 concerning the Franken Coleman decision in the Minnesota U.S. Senate race of 2008.

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I still don't get it.


"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
Now blogging at Patheos.com. I can also still be found at Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. See also my film journal.

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Might as well share this here as anywhere else. I;m thinking of getting a t-shirt that says "Jesus was a fool" (maybe with a picture) as a way both of provoking discussion and also, and perhaps primarily, as a way of getting my head round 1 Corinthinas 1, and also I guess just to challenge a generation that likes Jesus Christ as a pop-cultural icon, but doesn't really want to take the whole man seriously, particularly some of the things we (including the church) like to forget he said.

Would this be a serious error d'you think?

Matt

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Matt,

I think it's a great idea, but I don't know if someone would be connecting Jesus being a fool with the pop culture icon idea. How would calling Jesus a fool get people to think of him as more than that? There might be many that would frankly agree with you. But I'm all for "drive-by evangelism" though and that's why I don't think it is such a bad idea.

On SZPT's sign thingy. Like Peter, I don't get it. The first pic, yeah. But the second one?


Brandon

"God is so great and merciful that he does not require that we name him precisely. God is even willing to be anonymous for a time. Remember how God led the Three Wise Men from the East to Christ? The Wise Men did not know the God of Israel or Jesus. They worshipped the stars. So God used a star to lure them."--The Twelve Steps for Christians

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The sign right down the street from me currently reads:

"Worry is the dark room in which negativity develops."

Get it? Usually negatives develop in a dark room, not negativity. It's a play on words. Clever.

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To be fair on that last one it wouldn't be too bad a a preaching couplet. But on a poster it's just stupid.

As for the t-shirt. Some people probably would agree, but I suspect it's such a minority view point that their agreement in itself might develop conversation. On the other hand I'm thinking particularly people who either a - know me to be a Christian and would be generally puzzled by it, and/or b - Christians who believe that Jesus should never cause offence or shock to our culture. Stu and I have been kicking around ideas on the radical and scandalous nature of the gospel and how certain approaches to evangelislm seem to think you can avoid that and gradually assimilate people. (Actually that does happen, but I do believe that there is something scandalous at the heart of the gospel and Paul uses very strong language to express and that in itself seems to be part of the way he preached...kick....bounce...kick...bounce)

Matt

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On the "once a man twice a child"...

I'm assuming it is some attempt to be profound like Shakespeare's "Seven Ages Of Man." But it just comes across to me like a bitter wife put that up there: Yep. That's my man. What a child!

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On the "once a man twice a child"...

I'm assuming it is some attempt to be profound like Shakespeare's "Seven Ages Of Man."  But it just comes across to me like a bitter wife put that up there:  Yep.  That's my man.  What a child!

OK, there's that interpretation. I was thinking in terms of a variation on "twice born", as in previously a child and now, as a man, a child of God.


"During the contest trial, the Coleman team presented evidence of a further 6500 absentees that it felt deserved to be included under the process that had produced the prior 933 [submitted by Franken, rk]. The three judges finally defined what constituted a 'legal' absentee ballot. Countable ballots, for instance, had to contain the signature of the voter, complete registration information, and proper witness credentials.

But the panel only applied the standards going forward, severely reducing the universe of additional basentees the Coleman team could hope to have included. In the end, the three judges allowed about 350 additional absentees to be counted. The panel also did nothing about the hundreds, possibly thousands, of absentees that have already been legally included, yet are now 'illegal' according to the panel's own ex-post definition."

The Wall Street Journal editorial, April 18, 2009 concerning the Franken Coleman decision in the Minnesota U.S. Senate race of 2008.

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Uh, you mean the Battle Axe, uh, loving wife interpretation? What are you, a traitor to your gender?


"During the contest trial, the Coleman team presented evidence of a further 6500 absentees that it felt deserved to be included under the process that had produced the prior 933 [submitted by Franken, rk]. The three judges finally defined what constituted a 'legal' absentee ballot. Countable ballots, for instance, had to contain the signature of the voter, complete registration information, and proper witness credentials.

But the panel only applied the standards going forward, severely reducing the universe of additional basentees the Coleman team could hope to have included. In the end, the three judges allowed about 350 additional absentees to be counted. The panel also did nothing about the hundreds, possibly thousands, of absentees that have already been legally included, yet are now 'illegal' according to the panel's own ex-post definition."

The Wall Street Journal editorial, April 18, 2009 concerning the Franken Coleman decision in the Minnesota U.S. Senate race of 2008.

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