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Video post: Sometimes You Need Someone To Tell You That S**t DOESN’T Happen!

I ran across this YouTube post from Hank & John Green that I thought well worth passing along. Good News…sometimes boring, always necessary!  Have a great week all!

The News of Today ~ (as written 2750 years ago)

Hosea 4 (~740 B.C.)
~Statistics (~2000-2013)

1Hear the word of the Lord, O people of Israel!
    The Lord has brought charges against you, saying:
“There is no faithfulness, no kindness,
    no knowledge of God in your land.

  • From 1990-2001 the percentage of Americans identifying themselves as “Christian” dropped nearly 10%.*
  • More than one-quarter of American adults (28%) have left the faith in which they were raised in favor of another religion – or no religion at all.**

You make vows and break them;
    you kill and steal and commit adultery.
There is violence everywhere—
    one murder after another.
That is why your land is in mourning,
    and everyone is wasting away.

  • 2012 saw the highest number of mass shootings in the last 30 years (with six). +
  • Six of the last twelve deadliest shootings in the last 30 years have taken place since 2007. +

Even the wild animals, the birds of the sky,
and the fish of the sea are disappearing.

  • At least 15 species have gone extinct over the past few decades. #
  • One in three amphibians (32%) and almost half (42%) of turtles and tortoises are now known to be threatened with extinction, along with one in eight birds (12%) and one in four mammals (23%)  # 

“Don’t point your finger at someone else
    and try to pass the blame!
My complaint, you priests,
    is with you……
My people are being destroyed
    because they don’t know me.

  • Between 80-85% of churches in the US are in numeric decline. *
  • the number of people who say they are unaffiliated with any particular faith today (16.1%) is more than double the number who say they were not affiliated with any particular religion as children. **

Since you priests refuse to know me,
    I refuse to recognize you as my priests.
Since you have forgotten the laws of your God,
    I will forget to bless your children.
The more priests there are,
    the more they sin against me.
They have exchanged the glory of God
    for the shame of idols. 

  • March 2012~ The Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), founded by Paul Crouch Sr. and his wife, Jan, has been  hit with a lawsuit alleging millions of dollars in fraud. The suit claims that TBN bought mansions, a luxury jet, and even a $100,000 motor home for Jan Crouch’s dogs. It was filed by Brittany Koper, Crouch’s granddaughter, who says she was fired for blowing the whistle. ***
  • October 2011~ Members of Eddie Long’s New Birth Missionary Baptist Church accuse him in a lawsuit of endorsing a flawed investment scheme that caused them to lose more than $1 million. ++
  • June 2012~Georgia megachurch pastor Creflo Dollar arrested for allegedly assaulting his teenage daughter.  Though the charges are later dismissed, Dollar is required to enroll in an anger management program, report to probation and pay court fees. ##

“When the people bring their sin offerings, the priests get fed.
    So the priests are glad when the people sin!
‘And what the priests do, the people also do.’ (NLT)

* Missional Outreach Network

** U.S. Religious Landscape Survey via the Pew Forum.

+ Mother Jones “Guide to Mass Shootings in America”

# Globalanimal.org

*** L.A. Times news article

++ L.A. Times Nation Now Newsblog

## CBS news

Search Terms That Send You To Me (You Poor Thing!)

SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is a wonderful thing; a useful tool in the arsenal of any website owner, helping wayward internet browser’s find your brilliant site and all its worthwhile information.  Like many bloggers, I’m curious to know what terms and phrases people use to find my site.   And, like many bloggers, I never cease to be amazed at what people are actually looking for…and why that search would point to me.  Anywhoooo….

As you’d expect, some phrases are obvious:

“Spiritual Drift” is #4.  Along with…
“spiritual quotes” at #6 and,
“spiritual drifting” #7.

I used a Francis Chan quote one time (one time!) for a Photo Friday piece and “Francis Chan quotes” rose to #2.

“How to piss off a Christian” is my #1 term (well, okay, #1 AND [as “Christians”], #3).  I’m so, um, proud.    Go ahead, Google the phrase, I’ll wait…..see, I’m the number one result!  Infamy!  Yay, me….I guess.  (Actually, throughout my search terms, there’s variations of this theme a half a dozen times or more.  That’s a LOT to be pissed off about!)

Now, “worst bikini bodies” (#10) throws me a little.

As does, “man’s hand and baby legs” (#22).  I don’t even want to KNOW what they were actually looking for.

“Dear god im (sic) miserable” (#33) got several returns, so I’m actually kind of glad they did find me.  Hope I helped.

Farther down the list . . . Continue reading Search Terms That Send You To Me (You Poor Thing!)