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“Excellent” Propaganda – a review of excellence

Marriage, divorce, creation, evolution, slavery, dogma, Islam, Egyptians and science; these are just some of the hot topics that the most recent effort from Propaganda touches on in his newest album Excellent, no  forgiveness required for asking

You would be hard pressed to find a better word to title this album as it is in a nut-shell, Excellent. In a world full of overproduction, auto-tune and sampling this stands above the rest in my recent memory. The beats — simple, the lyrics — thought inducing and the questions posed and left debated hit hard while focusing our thoughts both toward God and toward the world that we live in currently.

Throughout the duration Propaganda switches seamlessly from Spoken Word to rap and back with no noticeable change of pace. It’s the first time I’ve heard it done so well and it honestly leaves you feeling a bit taken aback by the simplicity of the delivery combined with the simplicity of the beat. From the beginning track to the last there is a story told (one worth listening to) that points to the struggles that we all have in life and in being a Christian. He takes us to a place where we are often afraid to go and leaves you feeling welcomed to the discussion without feeling embarrassed for having similar thoughts.

To be succinct I’ll just say this: in a world full of albums that speak of nothing but self it would be a disservice to not grab this album. Not to mention the album can be gotten for free here or through iTunes. Set aside an hour of your life and really just listen to it…I know I don’t regret it.


Jesus Never Said He Was God

Did Jesus ever say I AM GOD? This question was literally thrown at me recently and it’s a huge question with just as huge implications weighing in the balance based on its answer; Let’s dive in.

There are many ways to proclaim any given fact, multiple proofs if you will (think mathematics here) by simple context. To prove that I am a father I could simply just say: “Hey! Meet my son and daughter, she was just born isn’t she cute?”, or I could also just flat-out say that I am a father in one grand declaration. Either ways work and both are equally relevant. So while it’s important to understand what Jesus, himself, said it’s just as equally important to understand the context as well as what the people who He was speaking to believed He meant depending on what He said. Let me show you just a few examples.

There are many references where Jesus calls himself the Son of Man here is one.

Mark 14:60-64

Then the high priest asked him, “Are you the Christ (Messiah), the Son of the Blessed One?” “I am,” said Jesus. “And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.” The high priest tore his clothes. “Why do we need any more witnesses?” he asked. “You have heard the blasphemy. What do you think?”

Notice that they accuse him of blasphemy for saying he is the Son if Man, but why…I am the son if a man? It’s in reference to Daniel 7:13-14.

I’ll let you look that up on your own but he is basically saying that he is the divine authority.

His claims of deity are just as numerous, here is an example.

John 10:24-33

So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name bear witness about me, but you do not believe because you are not part of my flock. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”

The Jews picked up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you going to stone me? The Jews answered him, “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God.”

The last sentence there is think hits it home. His enemies are the ones that claim he is God, Jesus never implicitly says it much like it’s not necessary for me to implicitly claim I am a father. There is enough other corroborating evidence to support it without me laying it out kindergarten style. Moreover, Jesus does something that only God has the authority to do, like the forgiveness of sin spread throughout the Gospels leading up to the Gentlemen on the cross next to Him at death.

It’s important to see the overall context and the audience that Jesus is speaking too when answering this question. Did Jesus ever flat-out say he was God? No. Did he explain it in other terms? Absolutely.

These are just a few examples and I challenge you to seek out your own answers.

Be blessed.

A Word of Encouragement

It’s a tough job sometimes to be a Christian in the world today, though admittedly we have it the best in America. Here we have less persecution and less upheaval overall than our brothers and sisters in Christ in other nations. Still though sometimes here still we can feel beaten down daily/weekly.

It’s so hard to try to be “Christian” all the time and constantly having people want to beat you down at the slightest stumble. I believe that it stems from the lack of understanding or the misinterpretation by unbelievers that all Christians apparently have it all together and
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Instruments only Words Not Allowed or the Stories of Chick-fil-A

We will host Spirit Night and give part of the proceeds to the local church.

We will unabashedly say we are a Christian company.

We will not open on Sunday’s.

We will say, “My Pleasure!”

We will edit our message.


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Jesus Plus Nothing

Let me just be clear and let you know where I stand on the topic; Jesus plus nothing = the Gospel. In and of itself, open and shut case, take that to the bank.

Here’s the problem though. I hear so many people lately, probably longer than that really, that are throwing all these things on top of the Gospel. Things like be a good person, go to church, give to charity, only wear this type of clothes to church, blah, blah, blah. In and of itself those things are great and most Christians I would hope would do that; but those things are not the Gospel.

You see when you add anything to the saving grace of Jesus it becomes religion. I am constantly annoyed by people who think that Christianity is a religion. Religion is really just a form of behavior modification. It’s a series of steps that make you feel moral and in turn in good standing with a holy God. The Bible itself calls out these people in Matthew 7:22. Many people think that acting right or saying the right things will earn grace but it won’t, it’s ultimately a heart issue.

Behavior modification won’t work. All of history shows that it doesn’t matter what we do we can never seem to follow the rules, we need grace, unearned grace.

**edit** It’s odd how the Spirit works. I’ve been thinking about this topic for weeks and this morning we discussed it in Church.

People that do and don’t take notes in church

Two Sundays ago I sat next to a gentleman in church that took notes, furiously, I didn’t and I’m not sure that I feel guilty about it.

Back in my youth I was a gang buster for some notes in church. I’d write them everywhere; in the margins of the Bible, the offering envelope, my neighbors hand, whatever was handily accessible. But now not so much.

I blame it primarily on the tech revolution and college. I crammed so much in college into my head that has now vacated that I think I feel like I have space empty each Sunday and I can just easily add it there. Also…I never really have a pen on me.

Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not hating on the dude that takes notes, he’s probably way smarter than me with his catalogue of sermons that are stored on the bottom shelf of the bookshelf.

How about you? Know anyone that takes notes during church, do you?

We are Eternal (that’s huge)

This morning as I was checking the news on Flipboard the first two stories I read (saw) were exact opposites and it was, I don’t know the word, but I’ll try to express it here.

The first story that I saw was of a child lost to their family extremely early in life. The abruptness when it happened a few months ago hurt me to read and learn of and when I was reminded of it today the same feelings of loss and grief and frustration at our broken world were reignited. I can only pray for my friends in their loss and know that God is good but that doesn’t make it any less infuriating. It reminded me that we are all born broken in one way or another and that we are destined for a date with death and can’t stop it, none of us.
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Technology in the Kingdom of God

The Kingdom of God is huge. I’m gonna give you a few lines to think about that….seriously.…

It’s everywhere, like a preposition and the object of the preposition all in one. I gave some thought to technology in the Church today thanks to one of the Pastors at my church (thanks Dale). Honestly I hadn’t given it much thought at all until today but it definitely bears some; let’s discuss. Read the rest of this entry »

You’re just not good enough…Seriously

I have found opportunities quite often lately to speak to people I interact with daily about my faith. I don’t know if it’s me being more bold or them being more curious or something in-between but I welcome it. It has made me study more and try to gain knowledge. There has been one common thread/thought though in the people that I have spoke with. A misconception I think really but one that bears addressing. It usually goes something like this

Overall, I’ve been a moral person, so I should be good with eternity.

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Were there Christians before Christ?

Recently I’ve been studying Abraham and his life throughout the Bible (mostly Old Testament) and I’ve been learning very much. There is so much to learn about God and how we should approach him, most importantly I think about faith.

Promises were made to Abraham and his wife that were pretty hard for anyone other than God to fulfill. Promises I wouldn’t

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