Thursday, July 24, 2008

Memo from God

I found this video when I was checking out
Thought you might like it.

What do you think?
If God was to write you a memo it might look like that.

Howden Matt Howden

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Church Cancels Teen Gun Giveaway

An Oklahoma church canceled a controversial gun giveaway for teenagers at a weekend youth conference.

Windsor Hills Baptist had planned to give away a semiautomatic assault rifle until one of the event's organizers was unable to attend.

The church’s youth pastor, Bob Ross, said it’s a way of trying to encourage young people to attend the event. The church expected hundreds of teenagers from as far away as Canada. “We have 21 hours of preaching and teaching throughout the week,” Ross said.

A video on the church Web site shows the shooting competition from last year’s conference. A gun giveaway was part of the event last year. This year, organizers included it in their marketing.

“I don’t want people thinking ‘My goodness, we’re putting a weapon in the hand of somebody that doesn’t respect it who are then going to go out and kill,'” said Ross. “That’s not at all what we’re trying to do.”

Ross said the conference isn’t all about guns, but rather about teens finding faith.

“You make a lot of new friends down here,” said Vikki Goncharenko, who attended the conference. “You get to meet new people. There's a bunch of things that are going on. It's just, you have a wonderful time.”

Friday evening, Ross said the gun giveaway had been canceled. Pastor emeritus Jim Vineyard, who ran the event, injured his foot and wouldn’t be able to attend. The gun giveaway was also removed from the church Web site.

Ross said the church would give the gun away next year instead. He said the church spent $800 buying the gun for the promotion.

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I am all for being creative in youth ministry but this is even to far for me. Maybe next year I can take my group down and win the gun! 

lol that was a joke.

Google it and see what people are saying!

Howden Matt Howden

Thursday, July 10, 2008

The World We Live In...

On Sunday I was watching the Simpsons. This clip got me thinking about the advertising world we live in.

What do you think?

Howden Matt Howden

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Lady Spins on an Escalator

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Arrested Development Movie?

"The Barbarian Way" by Erwin Raphael McManus

I am reading this book right now. I am half way though it. It is really making me think about this whole this called Christianity and what we have done to it. 

This is what the back of the book says: "...a call to revolution against 'civilized' Christianity." - Marketplace

"Two thousand years later the call to follow Christ has been repackaged to be smooth and trouble-free, filled with opportunity and promise but lacking risk, passion, and sacrifice. Is this really what Jesus died for? If He chose the way of the cross, where would He hesitate leading us? Is it possible that to follow Jesus is to choose the barbarian way?
Jesus never made a pristine call to a proper or safe religion. Jesus beckons His followers to a path that is far from the easy road. It is a path filled with adventure, uncertainty, and unlimited possibilities - the only path that can fulfill the deepest longings and desires of your heart.
This is the barbarian way: to give your heart to the only One who can make you fully alive. To love Him with simplicity and intensity. To unleash the untamed faith within. To be consumed by the presence of a passionate and compassionate God. To go where He sends you, no matter the cost."


Howden Matt Howden