A billionaire pastor’s replica of Solomon’s temple, and God’s unsettling tour of the original – Ezekiel 8, 9 and 10, Part 2

Brazilian billionaire pastor, Edir Macedo, built a church designed to look like Solomon’s temple. See the picture above. You can read more about it here. It has a sanctuary for worship, a museum, and a helipad for Macedo’s convenience. I wonder what it would be like tour that building? How similar or different is itContinue reading “A billionaire pastor’s replica of Solomon’s temple, and God’s unsettling tour of the original – Ezekiel 8, 9 and 10, Part 2”

Idolatry in the church? – Ezekiel 6, Preview

Earlier this year in one of the Current Events sermons, I talked about Ravi Zacharias and his moral failure, which came to light over the last few years. (You can read the sermon blog posts starting here.)  He was deeply abusive to many women, and there was a leadership culture in his organization that didContinue reading “Idolatry in the church? – Ezekiel 6, Preview”

Do You Worship These American Idols? – Ezekiel 4 & 5, Part 5

What do you think are some American idols?  Sex and money are probably the first that come to mind, and for good reason.  Next in line and perhaps more tempting for some people are two potential idols related to money, and that is materialism and consumerism.  Love of money, Paul writes, is the root ofContinue reading “Do You Worship These American Idols? – Ezekiel 4 & 5, Part 5”

What does idolatry look like in America? (or Why God is jealous and that is a good thing)

Here in America we have a popular television show called American Idol.  It went off the air, but it is coming back! Did you have any favorite American Idols? Yesterday I mentioned that we don’t have idols in America like some other countries where Buddhism or Hinduism is prominent.  But do we have other kindsContinue reading “What does idolatry look like in America? (or Why God is jealous and that is a good thing)”

Dealing with the harsh reality of God’s invisibility

Do you ever wish God would show himself?  Ever feel jealous of the disciples who got to walk and talk with Jesus for three whole years?  I do.  I’m not always certain that God’s idea to be invisible was a good one.  Why not just manifest yourself and prove to everyone you’re alive and well? Continue reading “Dealing with the harsh reality of God’s invisibility”

On taking a sabbatical to get ripped abs… – 1st Corinthians 10:14-22

I debated talking about American Idols in this post. Not the show American Idol, but the idols that we Americans worship, no matter if we are Christians or not. Money, consumerism, material things. I think it is important to mention those, but I’ve talked a lot about them already.  Might there be other forms ofContinue reading “On taking a sabbatical to get ripped abs… – 1st Corinthians 10:14-22”

American idols?

Do a Google image search for “idolatry in America” and the results are interesting.  What is idolatry in America? If we were in many countries around the world today, and I asked a group of Christians that same question, “What is idolatry?” then could walk you out the front doors of the place they wereContinue reading “American idols?”