Featured Video #27 (A Man Called Jon trailer)

A Man Called Jon looks like a fun church dramedy. It also happens to star my brother-in-law, Christian Heep (www.christianheep.com).


Here’s a description of the film:

“A Man Called Jon” is a light-hearted dramedy about Pastor Jon Terrell Carson’s unusual style of worship. Jon’s church is very traditional and is not accustomed to outbursts during service.

One day after embarrassing the church along with his family, Senior Pastor Stannum decides to reach out to the Bishop requesting that Jon be assigned to a church more suited to his style of praise. Jon and his family find themselves at an African American Church, where he is confronted by Associate Pastor Dickens, who later informs him that he was sent to the wrong church due to a mix-up in paperwork.

Jon is moved to his third church where he again struggles to fit in. Will Jon be able to control his celebration or will he be moved for a fourth time?”

Watch the trailer here:


Starbucks, straw men, and false dilemmas

Starbucks released their 2015 holiday cups last week. Instead of the usual festive red, shown here,


They opted for a minimalist, ombre red, shown here:


Apparently, some Christians are upset about Starbucks cups—or at least Twitter and the media are suggesting so.

I’m not sure why Christians should be upset. Starbucks changed it cups from snowflakes to a two-tone red. It’s not like the 2014 holiday cups had images of mangers and shepherds.

The strange thing is that I have many friends on Facebook, Twitter, and other forms of social media, and I haven’t seen a single tweet or post expressing Christian outrage. I’m not saying they don’t exist, only that I haven’t seen them.

I see people talking about all of the angry Christians, but I see no angry Christians.

I’m not sure what’s happening here, but this is a straw man argument. That is, people are claiming (falsely) that Christians are mad about a cup, and then criticizing Christians for being mad about a cup.

Not only are Christians inappropriately angry, they are simultaneously abandoning their  care of orphans and widows.

In fact, in response to the hordes of Christians abandoning their usual philanthropy in order to wage war against the evils of the Starbucks, people have started tweeting this:

I’ll worry about if Starbucks says Merry Christmas as soon as we Christians find homes for all orphans, comfort all widows & feed all poor

Not only do we have a straw man argument, now we are dealing with another argumentative fallacy called a false dilemma.

A false dilemma simply says that it’s either/or.
It cannot be both/and.

The argument is that if Christians decide to boycott Starbucks, it must mean they’re abandoning their charity and missionary endeavors.

One cannot possibly send a tweet against Starbucks or start drinking coffee from Peet’s without neglecting orphans and widows.

Sorry, but that’s why it’s called a fallacy.

Some time back I made the decision not to watch Game of Thrones because I’ve heard it’s so sexualized. Guess what? The same week I was able to preach the Gospel, give my own money to charity, and live out my faith to the best of my ability.

Don’t give in to the poorly reasoned false outrage!

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Only money works for Syrian refugees

I’m glad that posts about Syrian children are going viral. I’m happy that the worst humanitarian crisis of our time is getting social media attention. I’m glad that there is a hashtag being used (#refugeecrisis)

At the end of the day, however, sharing or linking or liking a post does very little.

Refugees need food and supplies, which costs money.

Consider these photos:

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This is the 5th year of this crisis and over 12 million people have been displaced. Many of them are children. Many of them are being killed only because they are Christians.

Enough talk! Send Money!

Forgo an iced mocha or a red box or a movie ticket and send some actual money. Here are two  options:

Samaritan’s Purse
World Vision

There are, of course, other charities. Find one you like and give!


New Star Wars Clip (Featured Video #26)


Here’s a short clip that shows of Finn (John Boyega) going toe to toe with Kylo Ren (Adam Driver).


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