“Happy, Happy, Happy!” The Duck Dynasty craze is coming to Maine as cast member “Martin” will be the keynote speaker at October’s Maine Sportsman’s Night. The event will be an all-afternoon affair with vendors from a variety of aspects of the sportsman’s world.
Maine Sportsman’s Night will be held in Thorndike, Maine on Saturday, October 12th at Mount View High School. Tickets to the expo area are $16 each, and children under 8 years old are FREE with an accompanying adult (click to buy tickets).
Any week can be the week you go back to church. However, this Sunday, September 15th is the “official” day for regular attendees to invite someone “back to church”, and for people searching for a church home to make this the week they finally check out that local church they’ve been meaning to swing by.
Here’s a couple videos we showed at my church this past Sunday. The first one really strikes a cord with me, and the second one will probably give you an unexpected chuckle.
As a Christian, when by God’s grace you have a successful business serving the public, I don’t know if it is wise to pick and choose who He places in your path to serve. Within reason, we are called to serve all people in love- especially those we may consider the “least of these”. Even those who we see as in opposition to us, we are told to “overcome them with good”.
I recently shared an article on my Facebook wall about Christian bakers in Oregon who “were forced to close their doors after not baking a cake for a lesbian couple.” This post created quite the debate on how a “true” Christian should respond.
On Saturday, September 14th Casting Crowns, a Christian fan favorite and well known within the contemporary church community, is headlining the 2nd Annual “SoulQuest” on the Bangor waterfront. It’s 2009-2011 “Until The Whole World Hears” world tour (with title track by the same name) placed the band in front nearly 1 million fans in more than 175 cities around the world. Now out promoting their current album released in 2012 “Come to the Well”, the Atlanta-based group continues to deliver passionate, thought-provoking music such as album favorite “Jesus, Friend of Sinners”, the catchy yet reflective “Spirit Wind”, and title track “The Well”.
Joining Casting Crowns on the Bangor waterfront will be Kutless, and local fan-favorite – hailing from Portland, Maine – The Wrecking.
Miley Cyrus once confessed Jesus as her Lord and Savior. She was baptized in a Southern Baptist church, and as a young girl regularly attended church and wore a purity ring. This all occurred before she moved to Hollywood in 2005. After last night’s VMA performance I think it’s safe to say she has been “devoured” (1 Peter 5:8).
I can simply no longer stand attending sporting events.
Here are my 12 reasons why…
Chris Kutcher (aka, Ashton Kutcher) gave a speech at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards this past weekend that has gone viral. First, he somewhat jokingly called himself a fraud because his name really isn’t Ashton, but Chris. He then went on to share with the teen audience what he called “some really amazing things I learned when I was Chris.”
It caught my attention because of the wide range of news outlets praising its content. Everyone from Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck, to MTV and The Huffington Post are praising the speech.
While watching the video and reviewing the text of his speech, it struck me that much of what he was saying were Biblical principles. Many people have said he was quoting Steve Jobs as a way to promote the release of his new movie. Maybe so, but whether he knew it or not, his ideas are right out of Holy Scripture.
I’m a tad late on the uptake of this one, but the following quote was uttered by Marcus Mumford- the 26-year-old lead singer of Mumford & Sons- in the April edition of Rolling Stone:
“I don’t really like that word. It comes with so much baggage. So, no, I wouldn’t call myself a Christian. I think the word just conjures up all these religious images that I don’t really like. I have my personal views about the person of Jesus and who he was. … I’ve kind of separated myself from the culture of Christianity.”
As a blogger who attempts to write about how Christianity can and should relate to culture, his final phrase caught my eye. Is it Jesus [and His claims] that Marcus has a problem with, or is his issue with what he perceives as the “culture of Christianity”?
I simply hope to start a dialog with this post. Please comment with your thoughts. The question is simple: Must Christians only support Social Conservatives? Why or why not?
This question comes to mind because I recently created a Facebook page to encourage someone to run for Congress from Maine’s 2nd district. He is a qualified businessman, community leader, and former City Councilor and Mayor. I have thrown my early support and encouragement behind this candidate because I consider him a friend, and honestly feel he has the skill set to succeed and best represent Maine on the national stage.
However, within an hour of publishing this Facebook page I received a private Facebook message from the leader of a major Christian organization in Maine with the question: “Aaron, are you aware of this candidate’s positions on social issues?”
I have purposely avoided weighing in on politics for some time now. However, I can’t help but share some thoughts on the state of my state, and more specifically my governor’s re-election chances. As I survey the current political landscape in Augusta, Proverbs 16:18 comes to mind: “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”
Maine voters took a chance on Paul R. LePage, the relatively unknown Waterville mayor, in 2010. While he was known as a brash, no-nonsense guy, he ran as a consensus builder who could “break up the gridlock in Augusta and get things done” like he did at the city level and as head of Mardens. He sold me from day one, or to parody the movie Jerry McGuire, “he had me at bull semen” (you had to be there to know what I mean).
However, this year’s budget battle, combined with the melee surrounding the debate, could likely come at great political cost to the governor.