Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Book Review: Surfing For God

The title and subtitle: Surfing For God: Discovering the Divine Desire Beneath Sexual Struggle, pretty much sums up what this book is about. Micheal Cusick offers an explanation for the fascination that men have with pornography and sexual images. Most of us have heard this fascination explained with something along the lines of "men are more visually stimulated than women; it's how we're wired."  But Surfing For God offers a radically different reason: we are made to worship God, and we men are finding a sort of substitute--something that promises to fulfill that need, even as it's guaranteed not to keep that promise.

It's an intriguing idea, one I've never heard before. I'm still digesting it, but I will say that the author makes a compelling case, using Scripture and science to back up his claims. I will say that it fits together well with many other recent attempts to explain why men do what they do. In fact, "Wild at Heart" author John Eldredge has endorsed "Surfing For God."

Lust is a common struggle for most men, and Christians do not get a free pass. I hope this books claims, if true, will lead to freedom for many of its readers.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Watching Perfection As It Happens

We all have our "thing." My thing is that I love watching someone excel. To do something very well, in my opinion, glorifies God. This clip shows each of the 27 outs that made up Felix Hernandez's perfect game today, and it's a site to behold:


 

Friday, August 03, 2012

Millions of Believers Can Be mobilized. Now What?

OK, my fellow followers of Jesus. We have shown that we can mobilize and have millions do something all on an appointed day. Now that we know we can do this, let's do something that will really make a difference.

I mean it.

Any ideas? Give free groceries in a lower-income neighborhood? Go to a gay bar and tell people how much Jesus loves them? Pass out school supplies to needy kids? Give free bibles? (Side note: when purchased in case quantities, the cost per bible is about one-third that of a chicken sandwich.)

Seriously.

These things have all been done on a small scale from time to time. But now we know we can mobilize as a nation. What can we do that will make a positive difference, all in one day? Something that focuses on Jesus and not an "issue"?

Then, we need a celebrity Christian with a Huckabee-like following.  Not that I know any.