I still have the sunburn as a trophy to remind me of the awesome Easter service we participated in this year. While my wife played a pivotal role in the sanctuary with the volunteers’ kids, I spent the entire morning and afternoon on the hill with 1,000 other volunteers. Easter on the Hill at Celebration Church was from start to finish a God-anointed event. From the moment Celebration Church got the call from Tim Tebow‘s representatives that he would be interested in speaking, the plans for Easter changed. No longer would they be deciding how to approach the upcoming celebration of Christ’s victory over death in their sanctuary, but reconsidered preparations by dropping to their knees in humble prayer. Perhaps this call was the response Celebration Church received after saturating their spirits in fasting and prayer at the beginning of the year. In January members of the church all had the same conviction–God was going to bring His power and transform the church in a new and mighty way–though the staff and pastors had yet to make specific plans.
Easter Sunday of 2012 has been the most unique and unorthodox service I have ever been a part of, or even attended. Various people dressed in costumes and had interacted with the people awaiting the service in a Woodstock-like fashion (of course, without the clouds of smoke). Recognizable characters such as Elmo (who “Tebowed” with some kids), Woody and Jesse (Toy Story), Football players, Snow White, Mr. Incredible (The Incredibles), and a few others all made the people feel comfortable and at home. Although they primarily served to bring a smile to everyone’s faces, what made them indirectly part of the ministry was the simple message that said, “Come as you are!” This was the entire thrust of Jesus’ ministry. He never established a building and “invited people to church”, but brought the Kingdom to them! Continue reading
You have no idea how much I KNOW that I haven’t posted a complete article in such a long time. Believe me, I literally have 80 drafts written on various convictions for necessary articles to be written. Yet, finding the time to sit down and write and those thoughts flow has not been happening.
Anyway, I decided to design a shirt. It’s simple and conveys the irony that I think we can all see in our Church community. Too often do we tend to proclaim the Gospel on a superficial level, rather than bear the cross on a daily basis. We find it easier to wear a gold chain with a polished cross or hip clothing with a Bible verse, modern apparel that is supposed to “evangelize” what is supposedly the conviction by which our lives are defined. I’m tired of it, and just want all this fake Christianity to go away. Well, this shirt is my stab at it…hope you like it!
They Will Know We Are Christians
If you want to order it, you’ll have to click the link to go to the actual website for it. I’m really not trying to make a profit (not much commission made anyhow), but rather thought anyone with the same attitude as myself may like to wear it.