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Shadows of Divine Things

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This site is devoted to theological and philosophical investigations of the spiritual meanings of life, current events, music, spiritual growth, nature, and learning to be attuned to listening to the 'language of God.' The name of this blog comes from one of Jonathan Edwards's journals which he called 'Shadows of Divine Things,' and later renamed 'Images of Divine Things.' As a Christian I am continously on a spiritual journey to grow more into the image of Christ, to understand what it means to be crucified with Christ. To seek the truths of the Christian Faith is of upmost importance, and to know that any truths that are found outside of Christianity are present there because they ultimately point to God. I have an M.A. in theology and apologetics and I completed one year of graduate studies in Philosophy at Marquette University.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Oh . . . the Irony!!

Just when I did not think it could get worse (of course I'm speaking in hyperbole). In the mail today, we received an "advertisement card" from a Church close to our home. The name of this "Church" is called MetroQuest (OOOUUUUU!! Catchy!) These are the "strong points" of their church (as advertised on the card):

  • Casual atmosphere
  • Relevant Message
  • Contemporary music
  • Exciting kid activities
  • Awesome refreshments
  • Safe, loving nursery

And to top off all those amenities above, the message (well, what they call a Life Lesson) for this Sunday is titled Growing to Greatness!

The ad for this message tells me, the reader of the cute little card, that everyone in life has areas where they would like to grow - these areas include financial, in our relationships, and even in our sense of purpose, everyone has room to develop, and this message is relevant to my personal development!

WOW!!! Very tempting but . . . . . .

NAW!! I'll Pass!

[Ok, I really need to stop lamenting over this issue. But, DAG!!! Whenever they send me an invitation in the mail to participate in their silliness, its sort of difficult to not get worked up!]


Blogger nelmezzo said...

Here's the same list with a key addition:

Casual atmosphere
Relevant Message
Contemporary Music
Exciting Kids activities
Awesome refreshments
Safe, loving nursery
100% tame Lion

6:37 PM, February 07, 2006  
Blogger Puritan Belief said...

hehe funny addition nelmezzo

They have done their market analysis of the goats and have come up with these points to entice them.

Perhaps they should do some market analysis in the bible and they could get some sheep in their flock.

7:45 PM, February 07, 2006  
Blogger Puritan Belief said...

of course assuming that they are not already wolves.

7:46 PM, February 07, 2006  
Blogger Doug E. said...

You need to "find the Champion in you" or "Learn how to never be hurt again" (Joel Osteen sermon titles) then you would be a believer.

The funny thing is the liberal churches have been doing this stuff for years, and my opinion is that they even do a better job of it than we do.


8:54 PM, February 07, 2006  
Blogger T.B. Vick said...

You know, Doug, it is interesting that you say this, becasue the mainline Protestant Churches, about 50 years ago or so, took a "lighter" (or what conservatives would call a more liberal) approach similar to this.

However, now the mainline churches have made a full circle in this country and gone back to the essentail tenets of Christianity (back to more weighty theology). Albiet there are still issues amongst them (the mainliners) that are still kicking up dirt and contraversy today.

9:18 PM, February 07, 2006  

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