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December 6, 2010

Christian Chaff

Strange Fire

by Peggy Drinkard

As most of you know, our pastors have been preaching a series of sermons on Leviticus (currently suspended until after Advent.) Reading Leviticus in my devotions, I was once again confronted with the story of Nadab and Abihu presenting “strange fire” before the Lord. To recap, when the tabernacle was …

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September 16, 2010

Christian Chaff

Church of what?

by Peggy Drinkard

Having lived in Wayne County (adjacent to Johnson County in NC) for several years, I can only imagine the consternation this must be causing. That’s about all the commentary I can muster up…you just have to read it herehttp://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_rel_piercing_church;_ylt=Ap7F3W0wJ2vlOamvjUI_zeys0NUE …

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September 2, 2010

Christian Chaff

When a Pharisee Invites Some Phollowers to the Lincoln Memorial

by Tim Lien

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Show up. Make sure you are two steps down from where MLK spoke.

Keep emphasizing personal responsibility to regain lost virtue, kindness, and nobility. Mention all manners of worthwhile exertion. Repeat. Use different words. Wait for cheers. Wait for huzzahs. Affirm every quality that no one is really against. Espouse …

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Posted by Tim Lien at 10:37 a.m.
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September 1, 2010

Christian Chaff

When A Pharisee Does the Dishes

by Tim Lien

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I am doing these dishes because it means that I cannot be inconvenienced in any other way. Do not ask me to do anything else; I am doing the dishes, can’t you see? I am doing these dishes because it means that I now have the right to selfishly …

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September 1, 2010

Christian Chaff

Pharisees, pharisees, everywhere!

by Peggy Drinkard

Seems certain Muslim men in Afganistan have gone above and beyond the Koran’s requirement to abstain from sexual relations with their wives during unclean periods each month by considering their wives unclean all the time. But of course, this presents a dilema. The solution? Young boys. (see article here …

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August 31, 2010

Christian Chaff

When Pharisees Are Happy

by Tim Lien

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Adorable Pharisee: Can I play Wii?

Phather: No. Why do you want to play the Wii?

Adorable Pharisee: If I play Wii, I will be happy.

Phather: Aren’t you happy now?

Adorable Pharisee: No. I’m only happy when people let me do what I want to do.

Another …

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August 28, 2010

Christian Chaff

When Pharisees Are Cool

by Tim Lien

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The problem with Pharisees is that everybody thinks they are probably the joy-sucking goody-two-shoes who are just asking for a wedgie. But what happens when the Pharisees start listening to awesome indie music, wear thrift-store t-shirts with nonchalance, and mutter ironic, witty references to pop-culture?

The Order of Pharisees(OOP …

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August 17, 2010

Christian Chaff

Trying Hard to be Hip

by Tim Lien

The WSJ recently had an article describing the mass exodus of young evangelicals from church. You see, on paper this is a puzzler: At no other time has the church attempted to be so relevant, culturally abreast, pop-cultured, and techno-savvy. So what gives? It seems that young evangelicals want the …

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May 15, 2010

Christian Chaff

Arrgh

by Jeff Miller

This is the spot where the long post I had written would have been, before it disappeared……..

We’ll see if it returns.

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May 5, 2010

Christian Chaff

Preying on those in Pain

by Tim Lien

A brief scan of this advert makes it almost impossible to believe that someone would clip out the order form, carefully fill it out, and send it in.

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Laughter was my first response.

And then I think of the desperation that some may feel to just…try anything. Anything at …

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April 10, 2010

Christian Chaff

Barbie Gets Ordained

by Clay Staggs

No, I’m not making that up. Read all about it here.

Western Civilization is so over.

UPDATE: Walter Russell Mead uses this occasion to call out the Episcopal Church. Ouch:

As a church which has borne Christian witness in this land for more than 400 years falls to pieces …
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Posted by Clay Staggs at 10:09 a.m.
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December 19, 2009

Christian Chaff

Would Jesus Be Santa or Kill Santa?

by Clay Staggs

In the Christmas spirit, I’m offering up two simply unbelievable intersections of Jesus and Santa Claus. The second is definitely by Christians; the first by someone I believe to be a Christian, because when he was interviewed, he said that Christmas was supposed to be about Jesus, which I …

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Posted by Clay Staggs at 10:59 a.m.
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July 9, 2009

Christian Chaff

A quote that needs no comment

by Peggy Drinkard

Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we donâ??t want to have too many of.” ~Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, July 7, 2009 http://tiny.cc/IOKK9

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July 8, 2009

Christian Chaff

Civil Religion

by Tim Lien

I know many people are puzzled when they hear that America and the Christian religion are not mutual bedfellows. I love America. I just don’t want patriotism exalted in the worship of God. Take me to the park. Give my kids sparklers. Let me listen to Tchaikovsky’s 1812 …

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July 7, 2009

Christian Chaff

Patriotic Worship?

by Tim Lien

Here is a cover to a church bulletin for July 5, 2009: IndependenceBulletinCover.jpg

Two glaring errors:

1 - Patriotism conflated and equated with the Christian Religion.

2 - Flagrant abuse/misuse of a bible verse dragged from its context and thrown into the street without a fair trial.

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May 19, 2009

Christian Chaff

Cheesus

by Clay Staggs

That’s Cheeto Jesus. Really.

Auction it on eBay? If you believe that it’s more than just a Cheeto, isn’t that sacrilege, or something?

Better question: Why am I trying to apply logic to this situation?

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Posted by Clay Staggs at 10:23 a.m.
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March 5, 2009

Christian Chaff

Literal Salt, Not Much Light

by Tim Lien

Unsatisfied with no viable â??Christianâ? alternative to kosher salt, retired plumber Joe Godlewski is the brain trust behind Blessed Christians Salt â?¢. An Episcopalian priest will bless all salt.

After watching television chefs extol the benefits of kosher salt, Mr. Godlewski thought to himself:

Actual quote from the article …

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March 2, 2009

Christian Chaff

God Goes Cellular: In A Blitz

by Tim Lien

Holy Spirit Breakout: Day Nine.

Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control just won’t make a YouTube video like this.

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February 11, 2009

Christian Chaff

While we’re on amazing Christian videos…

by Eric Venable

I present to you “The Porpoise Driven Life”

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February 11, 2009

Christian Chaff

…And They’ll Look Good Doing It

by Tim Lien

Just when we thought the Left Behind series fad would go the way of WWJD bracelets, a California pastor has decided to apply the shock paddles and continue giving life-support to this American Evangelical obsession with the Apocalypse. Enter Armageddon Now, the comic book.

A news article is here. And …

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Posted by Tim Lien at 11:35 a.m.
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December 27, 2008

Christian Chaff

Those Zany Christians

by Clay Staggs

I can’t decide what’s at work here. Is it that American Christendom has lost its collective mind, or, instead is it that the media diligently seeks out wackos and magnifies them? Maybe both. Either way, members of the Praise Chapel Christian Fellowship in Missouri decided that Christ had …

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Posted by Clay Staggs at 10:11 a.m.
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September 22, 2008

Christian Chaff

Joel McHale Answers for God

by Tim Lien

Evidently E! Entertainment Television was captivated by The Way’s rendition of “The Renewed Mind is the Key”. The Friday, September 19th broadcast:

I realize that unbelievers can’t identify the best parts of the Redemptive story(except, perhaps, moralism), but they sure can recognize the worst.

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August 29, 2008

Christian Chaff

Imitation: The Sincerest Form of Battery

by Tim Lien

Since Rock and Roll is clearly responsible for musical atrocities such as Milli Vanilli, N*Sync, and the Jonas Brothers, cautious and pious Christians everywhere declined to pick up the proverbial axe when Guitar Hero I came to video-game console systems. They sniffed at the temptation of Guitar Hero II …

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July 30, 2008

Christian Chaff

Adding Fuel to the Fire

by Tim Lien

Groups are beginning to gather around gas stations to pray for lower gas prices.

Short article, here.

I realize that we should “pray without ceasing.” But have we really run out of things to pray for?

I am reminded what R. Laurence Moore (Cornell University) said of much of American …

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Posted by Tim Lien at 5:14 p.m.
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July 25, 2008

Christian Chaff

I AM the Calorie, the Carb, and All Trans-Fat

by Tim Lien

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July 2, 2008

Christian Chaff

The Worst Church Sign Yet

by Clay Staggs

Is this the best we’ve got? Has it come to this?

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HT: Instapundit

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May 10, 2008

Christian Chaff

Actual Results May Vary

by Tim Lien

We know that Jesus said that he was the “Living Water.” But he didn’t copyright “Spiritual Water.” And that’s where these misguided capitalists step into the picture.

A sampling from their website:

Spiritual Water was born as bottled water with spirituality, positive thinking, prayers, God, and beliefs. You …
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Posted by Tim Lien at 6:21 p.m.
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May 4, 2008

Christian Chaff

Your Word I Have Hid On or Around My Heart

by Tim Lien

Sent in by alert reader and R’wood member-in-exile, Kenny Gilbert.

Check out the Nano Bible.

Tag lines:

You can now take comfort in having the Bible with you at all times!
and
The whole bible in a tiny crystal to keep close to your heart!

Available in: KJV, The …

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February 6, 2008

Christian Chaff

Jay-walking, British style

by Jeff Miller

Last night, Jimmy Hopper and I were having some post-book group discussion. Having been focused on Dostoevsky for the previous 90 minutes, our conversation turned rather Anglophilic and we talked a bit about Churchill. I got home a few minutes later and Dana told me about this article.

Apparently, there …

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February 5, 2008

Christian Chaff

Carbon Fasting

by Clay Staggs

Sometimes, you read something in the news that is so stupid, so insipid, so completely and utterly ridiculous, that you wonder whether you’ve stumbled onto the Onion, or some such. Although, when I tell you that this story involves the intersection of the Church of England, Global Warming, and …

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Posted by Clay Staggs at 10:24 a.m.
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December 24, 2007

Christian Chaff

Signs of the Apocalypse

by Tim Lien

Please, please do not buy me any Christian merchandise. Depressing story here. Why is the target demographic middle-aged moms? (No offense to middle-age moms; it just seems to be a rather monochromatic approach.) Does this depict American Christianity? Ok, maybe I’ll just give in. You can buy me the …

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November 13, 2007

Christian Chaff

Vulgar Sign Language

by Tim Lien

I feel like Dave Barry, when I say, “I’m not making this up.” Someone saw this church sign here in Tuscloosa, alerted me, and then sent me the photos. Here it is in all its glory:

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I even feel I’m being too nice by pixelating the church name …

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November 12, 2007

Christian Chaff

Just Around Budget Time

by Tim Lien

Last week Sen. Chuck Grassley from Iowa launched a Senate Panel investigation into 6 televangelists. It turns out that Creflo Dollarâ??s church bought him a Rolls Royce. (Article here.) To the Riverwood faithful: I like the color charcoal.

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December 18, 2006

Christian Chaff

Jesus and Santa

by Clay Staggs

I ran across these “Christian” spoofs of the I’m a Mac / I’m a PC ads.

Go see it for yourself… and weep at the sorry state of Christendom.

They’re here.

Words fail me.

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November 28, 2006

Christian Chaff

Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice

by Tim Lien

Recently, someone sent me this link: http://www.sermonspice.com/listings/2/sermon-illustrations/

Basically, itâ??s an online version of a sermon illustration bookâ??the bane of all diligent ministers. It has â??powerful illustrationsâ? indexed by topic and user rated for its heart-rending effectiveness. Once the perfect illustration, video …

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October 16, 2006

Christian Chaff

Signs, Signs…

by Clay Staggs

I know, I know. Another post about a church sign. But the whole phenomenon both facinates and disgusts me at the same time. What is it about giving a church a signboard that impels them to put something irretreivably stupid on it?

Passing by a church on my way back …

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October 8, 2006

Christian Chaff

Vacation Musings

by Clay Staggs

Well, it has been a long time since I’ve had the chance to sit down and put up a post. However, this week, that should change. I’m at the beach this week, and will hopefully have the time to do some things that I really enjoy, and blogging …

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Posted by Clay Staggs at 7:27 p.m.
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September 26, 2006

Christian Chaff

Christian Consumerism at its ‘finest’

by Jeff Miller

Gene Veith’s blog is one I enjoy reading regularly. He was with World Magazine until he recently took a position with Patrick Henry College. Today he referenced an article about Christian theme parks. I really can’t do it justice. Here’s the link. … and yes, there really was …

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September 15, 2006

Christian Chaff

Face in the Foam

by Clay Staggs

I think this is the first advertisement to be submitted for Christian Chaff:

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Apparently a British group called Churches’ Advertising Network will place this ad with a caption reading “Where will you find him?” Their stated intention is to spark discussion about where people find God.

This has ticked off …

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August 31, 2006

Christian Chaff

You Say It Best, When You Wear Nothing At All

by Tim Lien

After some discussions from a bunch of â??non-commenters,â? I think it would probably be helpful if I offered some real affirmation and proper critique of the â??Christianâ? products that I doom to carry the label of â??Christian Chaff.â? (And, no, these products will not eventually …

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August 25, 2006

Christian Chaff

Jesus Bluffed, and I Went All-In

by Tim Lien

Todayâ??s Christian Chaff (formerly known as Christian Cr@p) comes from the purveyors of all things tacky and tasteless. The company, Kerusso (© 2006, All Rights Reserved, ®, etcâ?¦.), is aptly named. â??Kerussoâ? is the English phonetic equivalent of â??κηρύÏ?Ï?Ï?â??â …

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August 23, 2006

Christian Chaff

Overt Christianity

by Jimmy Hopper

On a recent vacation trip to Atlanta and South Carolina, I decided that there must be a religious revival taking place among Southern young people, or at least, what passes for Christianity amidst the teen set. Everywhere we went; Stone Mountain, the Carolina Aquarium, Six Flags, and even individuals in …

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August 16, 2006

Christian Chaff

Jesus on the Beach

by Tim Lien

For the past 9 or 10 years, I have been collecting novelties and trinkets that I have found mostly in Christian bookstores. These items have earned themselves the title: “Christian Crap.” These useless, cheap parodies of our secular culture have provided me with hours of sad, sad entertainment. If they …

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