Does Jay-Z hate Jesus?

November 24, 2009 20 comments

I must be honest, I heard this song and knew the lyrics months ago, but I kind of dismissed them.  I must give props to my brother in the Lord, he didn’t just let the issue linger.  He got right to it and made a passionate defense as to why Jay-Z was wrong.  I had an argument in my mind as to why it really wasn’t that big of a deal until he said something about “taking the glory from Jesus about what he chiefly came to do — which was save.”  He is right — to dismiss the fact that Jesus saves is to take the glory away from Jesus.  In fact, in the book of John, the crucifixion is referred to as his glorification.  (e.g. John 7:39, John 17:1). Jesus goes to the cross in order to atone for the sins of the world, so that anybody who would believe in his work on the cross would be saved.  He is the one and only Savior.  To say or imply otherwise would be to take the credit and glory that is due Him. What do you think?

The Makeover

November 19, 2009 Leave a comment

Kinfolk, some friends of mine from Men After God’s Own Heart and Women of the Word, organizations on the campus of the University of Houston, are having an event tomorrow, November 20, 2009, called the MAKEOVER.  If you have a moment, you need to be in the place.  There will be numerous performances from great acts and a message from Yolanda Burroughs directly afterwards.  Watch the beautiful video above!

Books in Heavy Rotation

November 18, 2009 Leave a comment

Here are some of the books, that I am reading or have been influential in my development.  Maybe you can add some of these to your own library.  Maybe you have an opinion on one of them. Let me know!

ESV Study Bible (English Standard Version)

This is simply the best study bible out there for people who want to not only read verses out of the bible, but to understand the message of the bible and articulate that message to other people.  Lots of great tools have been included to help one’s study of the Bible. (When you get the Bible, read St. Mark’s Gospel, Paul’s Letter to the Romans, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes,  and Ephesians )

Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley

This biography was such an amazing tale of a man who through the force of his convictions educates himself and becomes one of the strongest orators and thought leaders of the 60s.  Even if you disagree with his politics, his story is fascinating.

Martin Luther King Trilogy by Taylor Branch (Parting the Waters, Pillar of Fire, and On Canaan’s Edge”

This trilogy I still haven’t finished.  But if you are looking for something on the life and times SURROUNDING Dr. King and the players in that era (e.g. Kennedy, Malcolm X) this is series for you.  The author spent almost 20 years of his life putting the information together and its well worth the read.

Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper

Piper calls for those of us who are Christian to run after God and get out of boring, safe Christianity, and actually run after Jesus.

7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

If you are trying to pick up some tools to order your life, there are some here.

Desiring God by John Piper

Piper drops this gem. “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.”  Please read!

Destruction of Black Civilization by Chancellor Williams

Mr. Williams spent an inordinate amount of his life tracing the history of the decline of ancient African empires to the modern day neo-colonialism that is Africa’s calling card.

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Achebe speaks about a civilization — a way of life — that is killed ironically by “civilization.”  Good book: it gave me perspective.

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

I just love anything that Mr. Gladwell writes.  The Tipping Point started the love affair.

21 Indisputable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell

John Maxwell writes this great one on leadership.

Slide-ology – The Art of Creating Great Presentations by Nancy Duarte

If you are into making presentations and want to understand the art behind great Powerpoint or Keynote slides, pick this one up for your library.

Vintage Jesus by Marc Driscoll

I haven’t read this one yet, I must confess.  However, I hear it is good for those who want to know about the life of Jesus in highly reader-friendly language.

Why We Can’t Wait by Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin speaks to the discontent of the Black America in the sixties.  Some of what he writes is still prescient for today and he is at his poetic best in this book.  The Letter of a Birmingham Jail is included.

Get Back in the Closet and Change?

November 17, 2009 4 comments

My friend over at GCM watch posted some excerpts from Pastor Terrance Johnson’s sermon  “Get Back in the Closet and Change.”  Let me know what you think.  Right or wrong?

http://www.gcmwatch.com/3779/houston-pastor-go-back-into-the-closet-and-change

Finding Mr. or Mrs. Right

November 16, 2009 Leave a comment

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This was a message given by Pastor Christopher Clemons on finding the mate God has for you.  Many people in the audience were blessed and encouraged by the message.  Hopefully you will be blessed as well.  Have a good day!!!

The Good News Explained

November 16, 2009 Leave a comment

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God who is all-powerful, all-knowing, and completely self-sufficient, for his own glory, created the universe, as we know it.  He created space, the stars, the planets, our solar system, the moon, and planet earth.  On planet earth he created animals, plants, landforms, continents, mountains, and every living thing.  His most glorious creation was Man and Woman.  He created everything and then called it good!  (Gen 1).

But our first father Adam, chose to disobey God or “sin”, by not following God’s express command. (Gen 3:6) God’s promise to Adam was that in the day that they disobeyed him that they would be eternally separated from him.  Adam’s sin brought misery and pain into the world.  Much of what you see in the world is a result of Adam’s sin.  Not only did Adam’s sin cause the chaos in which we see, we as his children have inherited his sinful nature.  Although because of Adam’s sin, we have all been condemned, we too have committed sin against God and must pay an eternal price for that sin. Romans (3:23, 5:12, 6:23).  Moreover, the world is suffering from the sinful mistakes of man. (Gen 3:17, Romans 8:23)  Where there was order, there is now chaos.  Where there was harmony, there is now dissonance.  Where there was peace, there is now war.  Where there was life, there is now death.

The big issue revolves around God himself.  God is supremely righteous, holy, and just! (Psalm 145:17)  A just God must reward good and punish evil.  (Romans 1:18) Since the standard is 100% righteousness and we have sinned, even if ever so slightly, without an intervention we are destined punished eternally in hell.  (James 2:10)  Our disobedience towards God has caused Him extreme displeasure. Out of God’s justice he must punish our evil.

Here is the Good News.  Although God is holy and just, out of his mercy and love for us, He sent Jesus the divine Son of God who took on his shoulders the sins of the world and the punishment that went with it. (Romans 5:6, 2 Cor. 5:21)  God punished Jesus, ultimately killing him on the cross for the sins of the world.  This had to happen so that God’s supreme justice could be vindicated and shown to the world. (Romans 3:21-26)  Christianity revolves around this killing of Jesus Christ on the cross at Calvary right outside of Jerusalem.  Miraculously, Jesus was resurrected from the dead showing the world that he had won victory over his enemies, beat death, and died for the sins of the world.

Those men and women who choose to accept Jesus as their substitutionary sacrifice for their sins and follow Him as Lord will be guaranteed eternal life.  This is the very heart of what it means to be a Christian – confessing our sins and believing in Jesus death, burial, and resurrection for those sins.  (Romans 10:9)

Jesus in redeeming humanity also will ultimately redeem the rest of creation.  Jesus is coming back and will rule on this earth with his followers as part of the glorious kingdom of God.  Things will be different, there will not be suffering, war, or poverty, but everything will be set a right. (Isaiah 11)  Those who place their faith will rule and reign with him forever. (Rev. 5:9-10)

Long but Good Week…

November 13, 2009 3 comments

Long Week, Leopard, Tanzania

It has been a great week, I saw people come to Jesus for the first time and people come to know him in a new and more glorious way.  For the past 6 months I have seen dozens of young adults come to Jesus.  Scores of people are engaging their friends and their family about the once-dead, now-risen King who is coming back to rule and reign with His people.  People of many ethnicities, including African-Americans, Nigerians, Laotians, Ethiopians, Muslims, Chinese, Caucasians, and the like have been exposed to the good news concerning this man, Jesus.  Rich communities of mutual understanding and love have formed around the leadership of Jesus.  I would venture to say I’ve seen following Christ at its purest — loving God and loving people.  God is definitely afoot and I can’t wait to see His next move!

Congratulations to my friend David Dawkins who preached his first “official” sermon.  (He’s been preaching forever though!)