Skye Jethani

so those of you who know me well…


know that i read alot.  i’ll read three to five books at a time.  with the move and the new job, i’m not reading as much, but soon i’ll be back in my rhythm.  i love all books.  i read fiction, biographies, how-to books.  you name it, i’ll read it, unless it’s instructions or an operation manual. 

books

i really like books that kick me in the gut.  Barbarian Way by Erwin McManus.  Crazy Love by Francis Chan.  Jesus Wants to Save Christians by Rob Bell & Don Golden.  etc…

i’ve been reading The Divine Commodity by Skye Jethani and i have to say, he really kicks hard.

i struggle quite often with myself and the things that i possess.  i mean i like my iphone and my Macbook.  i’m thankful for my home, cars, clothes.  i then remember the people in the earth that live in abject poverty and feel great sadness that they have nothing.  then i roll back over to, well i went to college, and i’ve worked hard for these things.  then i think wow, these are just things and i don’t deserve any of this.  you hopefully get my meaning.

i have tried on many occasions not to be a “consumer”, but i keep falling back into over consumption.  i look too much like everyone else. 

Jethani talks consumerism as it relates to Christians, if i take my “lack of purchasing control” to the  Christian bookstore, i feel a little better about myself than if i buy it at WalMart. 

“If being a Christian is not marked by a life of increasing righteousness, holiness, faithfulness, love, or justice, what remains to differentiate a follower of Christ from other people?  Perhaps that is the point.  If being a Christian involves no internal transformation, then an external transformation will have to suffice….Approaching Christianity as a brand explains why the majority of people who identify themselves as Christians live no differently than other Americans yet spend enormous amounts of money on Christian products.  Rather than adopting a biblical worldview, they have simply added a Jesus fish onto the bumper of their consumer identities.  And like the products they purchase, the branded Christian’s identity will always be more about image than substance.”

well i guess it’s time to go throw out all of my Tommy Hellfighter & got Jesus shirts. (if you really know me, you know that i don’t have any of those shirts)

time to blog


it’s been  a wild few weeks.

we moved…

we had vbs…

we have our new senior pastor starting sunday…

we are getting ready for the summer…

it’s saturday so i’m blogging.  it’s not much, but hopefully it will kickstart a series from me.

i will say this…i’ve got some new books that i’m reading and i’m really excited about “The Divine Commodity” by Skye Jethani

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hoping to get some time to delve into it.  i’ll let you know how it goes.

btw, i’m excited about Nick Sholars our new Senior Pastor.  please pray for his ministry to the  First United Methodist Church of Lufkin.  pray especially for the people who are relying on him to “fix” things.  pray that they would see that only God can fix things.