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We’ll I have an official speaker site, willspeakforfood.blogspot.com.

For the people who know me you may look at this and think it was just a slow day at Cutter & Buck, but I assure you, that it is more that that. Hopefully, and prayerfully, opportunities will arise for me to share my love of the Bible with others, and if I get food too, great news.

I didn’t want to launch with Jason Deuman Ministries, because that just sounds pretentious so I named this venture as honestly as I could.

So if you’re looking for a camp speaker, then just give me a holler, hop on over to will speak for food.

Motivational/Camp Speaker

So I was thinking about camp speakers and how much they must have, especially if it’s not their full-time gig. Think about it, they get paid to go and talk about Jesus and hang out with kids for a week, sometimes they aren’t even asked to hang out, they just go and talk.

Motivational speakers too, they just go and say stuff that they think will help people. That’s a pretty sweet gig. I don’t think I’d do well as a motivational speaker because I’m a bit too much of a realist. But that’s beside the point.

I wonder how one gets in on the Speaker circuit? Perhaps I will research it to see if I have what it takes. I don’t want to travel like a maniac, but it would be fun every once in a while to go talk about Jesus with people. That would be neat.

So if anyone’s reading and looking for a camp speaker, or anything, let me know. I’ll see if I can fit you into my schedule. :o)

Getting Ready for Camp

Camp, camp, camp, always fun and full of adventure. I’m praying that all the details come together because right now I don’t know how that’s going to happen.

I have been jerked around by this company that I’m ordering innertubes from. First they never told me that they couldn’t complete my order so when I called to check the status they said they never shipped it, so I had to change the order completely, and they said that they would rush to ship it that day. But somebody didn’t know what they were talking about because it never shipped, so I called today to verify that they would have the order shipped and they still haven’t shipped it. GRRRRRRRRRRR. So now I’m a week out from camp and need these innertubes like RIGHT NOW!!! I can’t believe the idiocy of some people. I do know this I won’t ever work with this company again. GRRRR!!!

I’m really hoping that this all comes together, otherwise the river float will just be in life jackets and everyone will be very sad.

But anyway, that’s the status right now, I’m really excited about camp though I think it’s going to be good times, I’m excited for the kids that are going, and for the chance to grow relationships with them. And I’m excited to just get away and be with Jesus for awhile. It’s going to be good times.

I’ll keep you posted on whether or not I ever get those innertubes.

Sad

This has been a tragic couple of weeks, I don’t really know what to say, but this seemed appropriate. I’m not one to create armaggedon scenarios, but the situation in the middle east is dire, and it seems like no one really wants peace.

I remember the Covenant that God made with Abraham, something to the effect of, blessed to be a blessing. I hope that still holds true for all his descendants.

Interesting stuff from the Secret Message of Jesus

I’ve basically finished McLaren’s The Secret Message of Jesus, I just have the apendices left and I rarely ever read those so I’m as good as done.

It was a thought provoking book, and I gotta say, not as controversial as I thought it would be. McLaren definetly paints a picture of Jesus that is compassionate, revolutionary, and on a mission. Which is where we should all be as his followers.

The last few chapters where about the Kingdom of God, and McLaren really tried to enforce the idea that the Kingdom of God is not just pie in the sky go to heaven when I die. Jesus told us that the Kingdom is at hand. We need to be working on building the kingdom of God here and now. Someday Jesus will usher in the completion of his kingdom, but that is not our concern, what are we doing today to make Heaven on Earth.

I was challenged at Elevate 06 this past year by something that Brandon Cameron said many times, Jesus lowered the standard of acceptance but raised the level of Commitment. And McLaren picks up on that to, when he was talking about Exlusivism and Inclusivism. This is definitely a hot issue today with the church falling on both sides, some excluding all “sinners”, others welcome everyone no matter what. These churches don’t talk about sin and personal responsibility because that would come across judgemental.

McLaren leads us another way that I found encouraging and challenging, he titled it “purposeful inclusion.” McLaren talks about how church that are divided over sin and such they fall apart, because they welcome people who don’t want to help sinners get out of sin, or they welcome sinners who don’t want to acknowledge their faults. And these churches begin to crumble.

Here are some quotes from this discussion:

The kingdom’s purpose is to gather, to include, to welcome everyone who is willing (children, prostitutes, tax collectors)into reconcilliation wiht God and one another — but if the kingdom included people who rejected this purpose, the kingdom “divided against itself,” would be ruined.

Citizens of the kingdom must indeed want to learn a new way of life, and if they don’t count and pay the full cost, they will remain outside.

So yeah welcome anyone to come into church, and let them know, the only way to come into the kingdom is to seek reconcilliation with God and each other, so you have to deal with sin, there is no way around it. This was quite interesting, and actually surprising to come from McLaren.

But at the same time the kingdom of God is open to religious people who may actually miss what Jesus is doing because they are too busy sticking to their rules. Religious leaders and Prostitues alike both need to be willing to commit to a new way of life, of reconciliation, of healing, of grace. Because really we are all jacked up people and Jesus is came to get us all into the revolution.

I also like the way McLaren talked about the Kingdom, we really have no context for kingdom thinking today because we don’t live under kings. But for Jesus to say things like the kingdom of God is at hand, he wasn’t just saying the nice little platitude that it has become today, he was inciting a revolution, and while it was intended to be a revolution of peace it was still a revolution. Jesus was basically saying, yeah Rome may be in charge today, but we serve a higher power than Rome. We may be under the heels of oppressors now, but someday our oppressors will receive justice. Jesus wasn’t a hippy who had an incredible medicare and food program, he was a revolutionary. And his followers literally risked everything to be associated with him. They were setting themselves up to be seen as traitors to Rome.

What can we say today that would encite that kind of passion about the Kingdom of God? What image can we cast about what the kingdom is really like? What can we say to give it the weight that it really deserves? Jesus calls us to be revolutionaries, not just pew warmers, not just republicans or democrats, not just pastors and lay people, not just doctors or bus drives, revolutionaries.

Blog Review

I just went back and loked over some of my old posts. Wow, it seems like a long time ago. It’s funny how things that I thought were going to be huge panned out to not much and the things that I thought were going to be not much turned out to be huge. I can’t believe how quickly this church world goes. It’s always, always busy.

I’m still working through the Secret Message of Jesus, by McLaren. So far it’s a really good book. He’s been showing how Jesus was a revolutionary and how his disciples are supposed to take his revolution everywhere. Jesus message of grace and mercy and love, and the kingdom of God need to be here and now and not just in heaven. We need to live, breathe and dream the gospel.

I haven’t come across anything controversial in this book, maybe mclaren’s got all that out of the way with Adventurs, and the Last Word.

But yeah, it’s a good book thus far.

Clark Kent Moment

So today I realized that Clark Kent could get away with people not knowing he was Superman by just wearing glasses. I was walking down in freemont before work and this lady who was taking signatures for a survey stopped me and tried to convince me to join whatever organization she was working for. And I declined because I’m already a pretty busy guy and I don’t want to join any more clubs.

So when I walked by her the first time I was without my glasses because they are mainly reading glasses and I don’t have to wear them all the time.

Later in the day, I walked by her again on my break and she didn’t recognize me at all and tried to recruit me again. Crazy. So maybe Lois Lane is like this lady, and just can’t recognize people who alternate between glasses and no glasses.

Let me give you an example of what I’m talking about.

Here’s Jason Deuman

Here’s SuperJason

I can totally see why people would fall for this disguise. It totally works. Now that I know I can be a superhero, I wonder what my super powers should be, I need a super hero name too. Hmm, any suggestions would be welcome.

Speaking of superheroes, have you seen the commercials for the NBC show,
Heroes. I don’t know what to think about it yet, I’m a total comic book geek so I might have to check it out.