>Rapture Humor (with Mutants) — Could This Be My Last Post Ever?

>OK.  I have been mostly silent about the whole “Jesus Coming on May 21, 2011” stuff that’s been going on.  I believe that Christ will come again at some point but I believe we’re kind of in the dark as to when that’s going to occur.  Many times Christians or sects within Christendom have known the day or year when Jesus was supposedly to return  And each time we’ve been wrong.  And so, my hunch is that that, even with a lot of advertising and free media exposure warning people that tomorrow’s the “big day,” I will probably be around to blog another day…and not because I’ve been “left behind” while all the true believers are taken up into heaven, but because it just didn’t happen.

This is not, in any way, shape or form, meant to imply that “the Rapture” won’t happen tomorrow.  It is only meant to say that I don’t really think it will…although I believe that when it happens the salvation I have in Christ will put me on whatever side He’s on.

So, I try to separate myself from those who believe Christ is coming tomorrow and dismiss them as crazy, Christian folk.  But there’s something about all the “end times” talk that makes me realize that, I’m just not that different from these folks we see on the news or driving around in their “rapture” vans.  Even the Anchorage Daily News had a story on the front page.  That’s the ANCHORAGE DAILY NEWS, folks.  There are a lot of similarities between myself and those who have sold everything in preparation for the rapture tomorrow.  We believe a whole lot of the same stuff.  And…I do believe that Christ will come again.  Most of my argument really boils down to timing. 

Yet it’s easier to cave into the rapture humor.  One, it makes me feel good to distance myself from religious crazies out there…making me feel a little less religiously crazy myself.  Two, it diffuses some of the tension this discussion can get into if we REALLY get into it.  Three, it can be pretty funny.

And so, I offer the following “rapture humor” from The Lutheran Satire.  There’s a lot of “meat” here that gets at some of the arguments between dispensationalists and non-dispensationalists.  But there’s a lot of humor here too.

It’s VERY funny.  It addresses some of the theological/Biblical issues involved.  And it makes me realize how thin the line of division between these two characters is.

Regardless of what tomorrow brings, I cast myself on Christ today.

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>I HAVE NOW SURPASSED 1000 PUBLISHED POSTS

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It took over a year, but I’ve got over 1000 posts up on this blog.  That’s 1000 published posts.  I have a few more sitting among the “drafts” that haven’t yet seen the light of day.

This post here is, in fact, published post 1005.  I knew I was coming up to that magic 1000 number soon and it kinda snuck past me the last day.

I’m sure some of what’s been published could be classified as “filler.” Maybe A LOT of what’s been published is filler.  But I have a lot of original stuff here and a lot of information from others that I’ve found interesting. I believe I’ve been shaped by a lot of what I’ve read and by what I’ve written.   This has been a good experience for me.

When I started out with “THE EPISTLE OF JIM” my thought is that it would be ALL my words to the church…real churchy reflections and deep thoughts.  Well, that didn’t last very long.  There’s so much fun stuff out there and interesting stuff and stuff I thought may express more of who I am as a person even if it’s not religious.

If you’re reading this one, I hope you’ve found some other posts or quotes or stories that were meaningful to you of things you’ve passed on to others for whatever reason.

Thanks for even checking out any of it.

>I, Too, Am a "Spiritual Nincompoop"

>A Rainbow Of Booksphoto © 2004 Dawn Endico | more info (via: Wylio)
I have found a wealth of quotes reading Jesus Died For This? by Becky Garrison and I’m going to share many of them here.  I loved this one since it says what I tried to say last Sunday morning in this space.

When I peruse the titles in a Christian bookstore, I feel like I am the only klutz in the kingdom of God, a spiritual  nincompoop lost in a shipful of brilliant biblical thinkers, and ungodly midget in a world of spiritual giants. 

Mike Yaconelli, Messy Spirituality