Pious Porn - and other blog titles you'd prefer the Board of Ordained Ministry never saw

Did I mention I am in two small groups? I know that I write often about my Wed morning small group where we might discuss the difference between cannibalism and religious rituals. But I facilitate that group.

I'm in another group on Wed evenings that I just show up to. I love it. No prep. No pressure. It's also at my parents home so I feel all warm and fuzzy there anyway.

So this group is really exciting too. We are reading Donald Miller's Blue Like Jazz. One of my favorites! And we have some great discussions. Oddly enough, it seems that when my morning group gets stuck on a particular issue that they want to explore more, my evening group discusses the same thing.

Last Wed we were talking about how Donald became a Navy Seal for Jesus. I've used the term before - Evangelical Terrorist. He basically went overboard with his faith to the point that he wasn't really him anymore.

On the opposite extreme, our facilitator has a friend that thinks that Christians should be more real and is advocating that Christians curse more in order to show that they are real. He calls it Cursing for Christ.

At this point the smart you-know-what in me says "Yeah I totally agree with that too. That's why I started my Internet porn web site!" I guess this is something that you really don't expect a pastor to say because people couldn't stop giggling about it for quite a while.

Now I don't know if the cursing dude really curses a lot anyway or if he's looking for an excuse to curse or if he genuinely just wants to reach out. But I feel that there's got to be a middle ground between Navy Seal and Pious Porn. There is such a fine line between Jesus saying "Go into the World" and him saying "Obey my teachings." It is really ridiculous (to clarify for the Board) that we should use Porn to reach people for Jesus but I do really get irritated when people think they need to be cookie cutter Christians in order to join the club.

Christianity is about a change of heart and being who God made you to be. It's loving God and loving others. I hope that I can be authentic as a pastor whether I curse or not. And I hope I never get to the extreme of Navy Seal for Jesus or a subscriber to the Pious Porn web-site.

Until Everyone Hears,
Dr. K

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