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Fat Ugly Male Sexual Entitlement

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That’s not really the best part of the story though. The absolutely hilarious, newsworthy part of the story, if you listen to sports radio, or read tabloids like the Post or celebrity gossip sites like Deadspin (oof, oof and oof on all three and eff my life for being the type of person who does) is — you ready for this? — the girl in question DOESN’T EVEN LOOK LIKE A MODEL? Can you believe the nerve of these two average looking people for fucking!? LOL.

This shit is blowing my mind. Apparently regular people have sex. I had no idea. Based upon all my experience with sex, which admittedly comes largely from the internet and fantasy land scenarios based on crayon sketches I did back in elementary school, I had assumed sex only occurred between beautiful people and strippers with fake tits. Occasionally with various X-Men characters and girls with pegged pants and Champion sweatshirts too, but that’s a whole other thing I don’t have time to get into right now.

The biggest offenders are the disgusting, fat, middle-aged sausage-neck neanderthals on sports radio calling in to make light of the girl’s appearance. Wonder what most of these tail-gating sub shop ogres look like? Somehow I doubt it’s pretty.

I don’t want to seem like a moral scold here, or god forbid, a whiny ass politically correct pussy, and it really doesn’t seem like I should have to say this, but here’s the deal, gentlemen: every time a woman comes up in conversation or appears on tv or on an internet article you do not have to reflexively comment on her vis a vis her potential relationship to your tiny boner. I know it’s probably hard to wrap your cheese- and pepperoni-riddled brain around, but the primary function of every woman on earth isn’t to star in your masturbatory fantasies. (Except that one bartender at the sports pub you go to that’s twenty years younger than you. She’s totally into you dude. What are you waiting for?)

No this shit isn’t funny, but it’s most definitely on the List.

OK, sorry, sermon over. Let’s get back to making fart jokes and ripping on the way people’s superficial peccadilloes annoy us again.


Making Sure the Server Knows You Used to Work in a Restaurant Therefore You Know How It Is

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Way back in the day, before this site became a mediocre version of Gawker, the List used to be an actual List. Occasionally we take a look back into the vault. Because of lazy.

Making Sure the Server Knows You Used to Work in a Restaurant, Therefore You Know How It Is

Oh word? Thank you so much for the heads up. Let me just bring out the super secret menu that we only show to comrades who’ve been in the shit. The chef will probably be out in a second to say hi too. So glad you told me, by the way, because I was just about to dust your arugula with a fresh thatch of nose pubes. Close call.

What is this move here? You know that when you do this, especially while acting like an entitled four year old pussy who seems like she’s never been in a restaurant, never mind worked in one, that it’s the industry equivalent of saying “Some of my best friends are black, so…” then proceeding to drop some suburban grandmother eugenics lecture. It’s like punching a dude in the face but saying “It’s cool, bro, I have a face too.”  No one gives a shit. If you ever actually worked in a restaurant you’d know exactly what the server expects you to say (what you want) and how you should behave (like a reasonable adult who wants to exchange money for food). Now give me my 12% tip  rounded down and let’s just break this budding relationship off before both of us fall too deep in love. 


Preemptive and Incorrect Umbrella Useage

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There is one very specific time when it is acceptable to use an umbrella: when it’s actually raining. Not misting, not drizzling, not when you get too much Visine in your eye and get confused, but legit your-underwear-and-shoes-will-be-soaked rain.Once this happy occasion does arise, act like you’ve got some sense with your umbrella. Perhaps give it a few test openings pre-rain so you don’t stand in the middle of the sidewalk wondering how by the hammer of Thor does this dang thing work, while intelligent life tries to exist all around you.


Furthermore, your umbrella does not make you invisible, nor does it render other people who are experiencing the exact same thing immaterial. I understand that umbrellas restrict your vision. So do baseball hats, enormous sunglasses (on the List) and eating a hot dog (also on the list – ed.). Somehow those people retain their ability to walk. With umbrellas users, basic cognizance is reduced to a whimpering, sad, pitiful half-thought when them big rain drops try to ruin your day.


Just get it together. You know who else can manage to walk down the street without bumping into people every five seconds? Blind people. That’s right. People who have the biggest excuse of them all. See, they have these sticks they run back and forth over the ground to make sure there is nothing in front of them. Seeing people have them too. They are called your eyes. Use them.

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Stop eating fast food on the bus you fat fucks repost Sundays

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Riding the bus is probably the most quintessentially PTSOTL-y thing a person can do. I’m gonna be on the bus to New York again in a couple hours, so just to get myself prepared, and so I don’t have to write this same exact post later, here’s a pretty good prediction of what I’m going to be up against from the List archives.

We’ve covered that whole fat mess situation you guys have got going on over there pretty thoroughly here what with your eating at the movies, eating at sporting events, eating at places for eating, walking down the street with meatball subs falling out of your pockets all the time like a guy who just won the meatball sub lottery… But when you transfer that phenomenon into an enclosed space filled with total strangers it’s taking things up a few notches. And you guys know how much I like to keep things precisely in the appropriate notch they started off in.

 

I’m on the bus to New York (The bus. New York.) right now, which — wow! wi-fi on the bus is amazing. I feel like I’m taking a bus to the fucking moon. Soooo, for a while there I thought I was going to walk off of this piece without smelling like a clam shack grease trap. I get enough of that at my day job cleaning clam shack grease traps. Wrong again though Luke, because an hour into the trip my man pulled us over at a Burger King. It’s been one hour! We were all fully capable of eating before getting on the bus. An hour ago. But apparently half the fuckers on this doomed ship of meat souls had worked up a thirst for beef by sitting here so hard all that time. This pork coffin on wheels wreaks of perfumed sugar tomatoes and cheese-product now. And desperation. Although that could just be me in fairness. I haven’t been myself lately.

On the plus side it gave me a chance to flex the old larynx and lung-holes vis a vis some tobacco flavored dirt air. Speaking of which, no one can tell me that this food smell is any better than if I started gunning butts in the shitter right now. I have a pickle-scented headache. Also, is it possible to get airborne e-coli through the nostrils?

Only thing making this trip tolerable is the NYU student blasting mouth-texts into his horn every five seconds about how his audition went. At least I’ve got that to distract me.

Also: stop coughing. People cough too much. Swallow that shit. Your humanity is embarrassing me.


A Tale of 2 Pastors Southland Christian Church

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by RaeAnn Slaybaugh

By RaeAnn Slaybaugh

In 1956, leaders of the Broadway Christian Church in Lexington, KY saw there was a need
for a church in the southern part of the city. So a small building was built on the last
street in Lexington at the time, Hill’N Dale, and Dr. Wayne Smith, a 27-year-old preacher,
was chosen to staff it. There were 152 worshippers at its first service.

Forty-three years later, Southland attracts 6,500 people every weekend and hopes to
serve thousands more with a multi-million dollar expansion of its facilities. “As we
say around here,” says Senior Minister Mike Breaux, “it’s simply a God thing. It
was never our goal, and never will be, to be a big church. God has caused the
increase.”

Southland’s growth persisted despite some major staff changes, mainly the retirement of
Wayne Smith after 40 years at the pulpit. Having built Southland into Kentucky’s largest
Protestant congregation, Smith handed the reins over to the Rev. Mike Breaux in January
1996. There were big shoes to fill.

Breaux is no stranger to the community. He grew up in Lexington where he attended
Broadway Christian Church. He graduated from the local Lafayette High School in 1974 and
attended Lincoln Christian College in Lincoln, IL, earning a bachelor’s degree in 1978. He
later returned to Broadway Christian as a youth minister.

While response to Breaux was by and large favorable and enthusiastic, Senior Executive
Associate Minister Roy Mays says this transition was not without some resistance. The
young minister brought with him contemporary music including guitars, drums, keyboards and
saxophones, as well as a different approach to ministering. Mays says that while some
members struggled with the transition, a great many others were energized and liberated by
it. Breaux’s first Sunday brought in about 1,500 more visitors and after that averaged
somewhere between 1,000 and 1,200 more in attendance, an increase that the church has
maintained ever since.

“This was a shock to us because we thought we’d drop some,” Mays says.
“A minister of 40 years retires, and that may cause some attrition, but Mike is a
really gifted communicator.”

The staff has been a very stable part of the equation here. According to Mays, in the
last three-and-a-half years, only one minister has left the church. “You know, you
can’t grow just with new folks, you’ve got to keep the ones you have,” he says.

When the church moved to its current 20-acre site, it was all farmland. Services were
held on the lower level of the auditorium, there were no pews in the balcony and for some,
this was enough. However, in 1987 Mays suggested a second service. “It was like that
had never crossed people’s minds to do that,” he laughs, but by the early ’90s
Southland was hosting three services. It currently hosts five to accommodate all the
visitors.

A long expansion history

In 1970 Southland gave 120 members and money to start up Southern Acres Christian
Church. It started Hill’N Dale Christian Church in 1981 with a gift of 35 members and
funding. According to Breaux, both of these churches now host nearly 1,000 visitors each
Sunday.

Later, in 1993, Southland planted Jessamine Christian Church, and now that church is
expanding to host 300 people every Sunday. In addition, two churches were purchased,
including one in east Lexington that faced financial hardship and was relieved of debt.
This Eastside congregation is now beginning to thrive and help people on the northeast
side of Lexington. Southland also purchased a building on four acres in Winburn
Subdivision to give a home to a predominately African-American church that previously met
in a storefront in downtown Lexington.

“All this to say, we have a heart for reaching people,” Breaux says.
“And in spite of sending people and financial support to begin new ministries, God
keeps bringing people to our door in Jessamine County.”

The community at large has also benefited from Southland’s expansion and influence.
According to Breaux, the church receives an average of 8,000 calls each year for money,
clothing, food and other services. This year the church plans to give away $1 million in
benevolence and missions including the Helping Thru Him ministry housed in a barn on
Southland’s 20 acres, and Garden of Love, a ministry providing free produce for people in
need which helped over 3,400 families last year.

Southland’s facilities welcome community events including hundreds of soccer, football,
softball and baseball games and practices, programs in the church auditorium, and meetings
of various organizations including Alcoholics Anonymous, senior citizen workshops and
community music events. When Jessamine County sought the use of the facilities for a
combined meeting of students and faculty after the high school was damaged, Breaux says
the church was glad to provide the buildings for them.

More than $40,000 a year is devoted to providing professional Christian counseling for
members and non-members, and support groups meet weekly for anyone in the community in
need. There are programs for divorce recovery, grief workshops, eating disorders, weight
loss, cancer and abuse. According to Breaux, 40 percent of those attending are not members
of Southland.

Off the site, the church purchased a house in Lexington as a refuge for girls who
discover they have an unplanned pregnancy. It was also a prime mover in the development of
the 114-bed Sayre Village, a residence for the elderly, where one can live regardless of
race, creed or color.

According to Breaux, the church has grown in the last three years from 3,800 to 6,500
regular attenders. “We believe there are many others out there in our community that
could use a touch from God through us,” he says.

More room needed

Such expansion requires more room, however, an issue Southland could no longer ignore.
Even now barns on the property have been creatively renovated to host a multitude of
ministries and a tent is set up seven months out of the year so the church can have a
small place to gather, set up ministry tables and provide resources. “Plainly put,
we’re out of room!” Breaux told members.

Fortunately, the church has 106 acres on which to grow. Southland recently completed a
$20 million pledge campaign with Resource Services, Inc., Dallas, TX. According to Mays,
the church chose RSI because it wanted to “grow its people, not just its
giving,” an approach the company shared.

Mays says of the RSI consultant, “His sermons series was on a life well spent, not
on a dollar well given. It was about how to make an impact with your life, and of course,
that is reflected in part by your stewardship of giving.” This approach proved
successful among Southland’s members, bringing in roughly $6 million more than anticipated
by RSI. For members and staff alike, the time is remembered as one of the most remarkable
experiences in more than four decades of church activity. A record number of people joined
the church during this time.

“We received commitments on a weekend and everyone in the service came forward and
laid their pledges in envelopes on offering tables,” says Executive Associate
Minister Monte Wilkinson. “People recall that Sunday and Saturday with emotion even
today. What a tremendous experience it was to watch families holding hands, walking up the
aisle and laying their offering envelope on the table. They recognized that in those
envelopes were vacations and bicycles and Christmas presents and retirements. When the
numbers were announced, I think people really realized the significance of what the group
collectively had done and what God had done through them. It was more of a spiritual
experience than anything this church has collectively seen.”

Mays says Southland members really understood the need for new facilities. In a typical
church, 40 percent of those giving will participate in a campaign whereas 64 percent of
Southland’s givers contributed, he explains, a number that RSI was “absolutely blown
away by” as well.

“I think that’s a barometer of what Wayne Smith had sowed for 40 years and what
God had developed here and what Mike with his vision had been able to tap in to,”
Wilkinson says. “The church embraced the future, really with a giving that we have
never seen before.”

Most importantly, the new facilities will allow Southland to minister to more than
twice its current membership, an aspect leaders agree takes all precedence.

Breaux promised $100,000 of his own money from his income, home equity, retirement fund
and honorariums from speaking engagements. Additionally, about $7.5 million of the pledges
came from 175 of Southland’s lay leaders and staff.

Southland also secured a $5 million line of credit with Lexington’s Central bank should
the $20 million be insufficient to pay for the project. “We have a long history with
(Central Bank),” Wilkinson says. “The relationship we have with them brings
respect for us as an organization within the community for people who don’t know us as a
religious organization.”

Although these funds will first go to dedicating $1 million in outreach efforts, much
of this total will go to Phase One of the $19 million construction project. This first
phase will include a youth center; atrium with food service; library and bookstore; and an
activities/family life center with three full-size basketball courts, fitness and weight
rooms, and running track. Completion of Phase One will more than double Southland’s floor
space. The second phase will include a 100, 000-square foot worship center and a 45,000
square-foot children’s ministry building.

Just the Facts

Southland Christian Church,
Lexington, KY
Established:
1956
Average Weekly Attendance:
6,200
Total Budget:
$5,466,607
Staff:
97, half full- and half part-time
Pastor:
Rev. Mike Breaux


8-Year-Old Boy Dies in Church Elevator

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06/16/2009

STURGIS, Ky. – Kentucky State Police are investigating the death of an 8-year-old boy, who reportedly was pinned in an church elevator shaft Saturday, June 13.

The boy was at First Christian Church in Sturgis at a wedding reception for his grandmother. He reportedly fell down the shaft and when the elevator returned to the bottom, it pinned him so that he couldn’t breathe.

The official cause of death released by the Union County coroner is compression asphyxia.

Source:

Chicago Tribune: 8-Year-Old Boy Dies in Church Elevator

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Boy Dies at Church Construction Site


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Are Todays Up-and-Coming Evangelicals More Moderate

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Are Today’s Up-and-Coming Evangelicals More Moderate?

A recent article from ABC News speaks to some young-adult evangelical Christians who believe that Richard Cizik’s resignation (forced or voluntarily) from the National Association of Evangelicals was premature. They say that Cizik’s views – he isn’t totally averse to gay civil unions – are actually in line with theirs. These younger evangelicals are more concerned with fighting poverty, protecting the environment and ending wars abroad.

This departure from the so-called hot-button evangelical issues signals a change in young evangelical thinking. To read more, check out the source article.

Source:

ABC News: New evangelists buck the Christian right

Related Content:

Cizik Resigns from National Association of Evangelicals


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American Church Might Actually Be Growing

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American Church Might Actually Be Growing

For all of the talk – and statistics to back it up – about the Church being in decline, another statistic provides some encouragement: The percentage of Americans who attend a local church is actually up over time.

Provided in Rodney Stark’s book “What Americans Really Believe,” here is a breakdown of the history of church involvement (by percentage) in the United States.

Percentage of Americans Who Belong to a Local Congregation:

1776 – 17 percent

1850 – 34 percent

1906 – 51 percent

1926 – 56 percent

1980 – 62 percent

2005 – 69 percent

Source:

Monday Morning Insight: Is the American Church Really in Decline?


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12 People 3 Years 1 Million Effective Leaders in Training

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ATLANTA — In 2003, 12 people launched an initiative to equip 1 million Christians worldwide with the skills needed to provide leadership for advancing the Great Commission in their communities, workplaces and churches.

Involving one million leaders in the “Million Leaders Mandate,” a project of the non-profit leadership organization EQUIP, was expected to take six years. With the help of ministry partners, local churches, business leaders and 175 volunteer trainers, the mission was accomplished in just three years.

Now EQUIP — with a staff increased to 26 — is starting on its next million — launching Million Leaders Mandate in 43 additional locations around the globe.

“When we launched this initiative, we recognized that this was bigger than all of us,” says John C. Maxwell, founder of EQUIP. “With God’s favor and blessing, we’ve met our initial goal, but the work of leadership development has just begun.”

“EQUIP is renewing its commitment to training relevant, effective Christian leaders,” says EQUIP’s President John Hull. “I’m pleased to announce that we are expanding our efforts to involve an additional one million leaders in the Million Leaders Mandate program by the end of 2006.”

Million Leaders Mandate is already active in more than 60 countries on four continents.

Included in this second phase of the program is a global outreach to regions where the program is just becoming available, including Latin America.

“Million Leaders Mandate came at the right time in my life,” says Joe Gomes of India, a graduate of the unique training program. “I’ve learned a new, godly perspective of leadership — a God-centered leadership style.

“Before, I was pointing my finger at others,” Gomes adds. “I wept before God every night after each day of teaching. I’m thankful for this dynamic leadership training.”

Background

John C. Maxwell

Founded by best-selling author/leadership expert Dr. John C. Maxwell, EQUIP exists to train and empower Christians worldwide with the skills needed to realize their leadership potential, improve their communities, impact their spheres of influence, and ultimately fulfill the Great Commission. Through conferences, leadership curriculum, church partnerships, and technology, EQUIP is working to train millions of Christian leaders worldwide.


Amy Terpstra A Modern-Day Pastors Wife

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Amy Terpstra: A Modern-Day Pastor’s Wife

by Charlsy Panzino

Amy Terpstra met her husband, Dave, at the Mount Hermon Christian Conference Center in Santa Cruz, Calif., the summer after she graduated high school. Even though Amy attended Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego and Dave was at Wheaton College in Illinois, they continued their relationship long-distance. They married in 1998, two weeks after Amy’s graduation.

“We moved to Denver right after that so Dave could attend Denver Seminary,” Amy says. “We had every intention to return to California the second Dave was done with seminary, but alas, God is in charge and we are still in Colorado – and loving it.”

In Dave’s first year at seminary, he worked as a youth pastor, with Amy helping out as her schedule allowed. After a tough year, they were drawn to The Next Level Church in Englewood, Colo. Dave started out as an intern, then joined the staff as director of leadership and now serves as teaching pastor.

While Dave is at work, Amy takes care of their three children: 4-year-old Abigail, 3-year-old Jake and almost-2-year-old Alyson. She also does consulting at their children’s preschool, where Dave helps when he can. Amy’s other main focus is supporting her husband’s work at church, which meets for service Tuesday nights at 7 p.m.

“On Tuesdays, I am usually ‘on call’ for Dave, making sure he has what he needs for his talks, taking him things he forgot at home, getting him food or other errands,” she shares.

Amy says they never miss church on Tuesday nights, unless one of the kids is sick. “We have always gone, and our children love it,” she adds. “People in the church know they can count on us being there each week.”

The Terpstras also have a Bible study at their home every other Sunday night, and they attend the church’s annual retreat. In addition, Amy is currently trying to start a Mothers of Preschoolers group to reach Gen-X mothers. “Our church is very unique in the population we reach and the activities we provide,” she comments.

Due to the amount of prime time Dave is needed at the church, he is not always able to spend a lot of quality time at home. Therefore, the Terpstras figure out ways to spend time together while keeping Dave’s schedule in mind. “Being a pastor means you don’t really have a day off, so being a pastor’s wife means you get creative with family time and ‘together time,’” Amy says.

When Dave isn’t able to be at home due to church activities, the family will sometimes meet him that day for lunch or dinner. “Or he might go in [to work] late, and we spend the morning together at the zoo or museum,” she adds.

One aspect of the Terpstras’ success is staying mindful of healthy boundaries. There have been times when Dave’s schedule became overwhelming, and he let his co-workers know that he couldn’t take on any extra activities. This allowed him to continue spending much-needed time with his family, even though his job had the potential to consume all his energy. Ironically, even in those breaks, Dave needs a certain amount of downtime while Amy thrives on being busy, preferably doing activities with Dave and the family.

“We had some hard times in the beginning, trying to figure out how to take care of many other people as well as ourselves,” Amy reveals. “And we are still a work in progress, but I am thankful for my husband and look forward to him coming home every day.”

When Dave is home, the couple is very intentional about finding ways to spend time together. “We had a ‘date night’ before the children were born, but now we have one night a week where we watch our favorite TV show together,” she says. “We have to be spontaneous – we do most things at home after the kids go to bed. Sometimes we just watch a movie at home, or one of us will go get ice cream that we will eat together.”

When they’re not together, Amy and Dave stay connected with frequent phone calls. One of the qualities Amy cherishes most about her husband is that he ends every single call by saying, “I love you.”

Being a pastor’s wife creates unique encounters. Amy believes many pastors’ wives have an unspoken sense of approachability because of their husbands’ positions. For her, this means complete strangers often approach her for advice with their life’s problems. “[They think I] can fix everything magically,” she says.

Dealing with people who are hurting provides many challenges, but Amy handles it with grace. “I love that I get to share in many people’s joys and not just the struggles,” she admits.

Although many people share their problems with Amy, that doesn’t mean she can let down her guard. As church leaders, she and Dave both have to be very mindful of their circle of trust. “Besides my husband, I only have a few people that know everything about me, that I can call anytime for anything,” she says. “You really have to hold onto your personal life and your children’s lives and protect them like a mother bear protects her young.”

In addition to her inherent role as community counselor, Amy says she also tends to be the “fallback” person at church. “If something needs to get done and no one else will do it, it finds its way into my lap – usually the day it needs to happen,”
she jokes.

While she’s happy to help meet needs, she also has to be mindful of her personal and family priorities. “I love my church and my life, but I have to make sure that I am growing in my walk, too,” she says.

One thing Amy misses about the early days of her relationship with Dave is when they were able to drive to and attend church together. Now she corrals the kids while he’s already at church preparing for service. They’re fortunate if they even get to sit in the same pew. But as the Terpstras continue serving the Lord, He provides the fellowship and connection they need. For instance, Next Level has four married pastors on staff, which allows these families to share and relate to each other’s life experiences. Not only does Amy have friends in the “business,” but she has family, as well.

“My grandmother was a pastor’s wife and understands my life,” she acknowledges.

Even though her life can be a whirlwind, Amy is still able to find some time for herself. She tries to take time every day to read, pray or talk to friends. “I occasionally go and scrapbook at the local scrapbook store, or go shopping by myself, or go out with one of my close friends,” she says.

But no matter how hectic Amy’s life becomes, she wouldn’t trade any of it for the world. “I love my life and I love my husband, and I feel fortunate to have the life that we do,” she says. “It is tiring and a lot of work, but fulfilling as well.”


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An Afternoon with Pat McMahon Host of The God Show

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by RaeAnn Slaybaugh

By RaeAnn Slaybaugh

Every week, tens of thousands of Phoenix-area listeners tune in to Newsradio
620 KTAR to hear “The God Show,” with award-winning host and community icon
Pat McMahon. Without blinking an eye, he and a high-profile panel of guests
cover topics ranging from the morality of war, to the existence of evil, to
whether or not “Merry Christmas” is an insensitive greeting. Sound scary? Well, McMahon isn’t intimated by much.

Maybe
it’s because being in the public spotlight is nothing new. Phoenix natives widely recognize McMahon for his 30-year role
on the Monty Python-esque local children’s show, “Wallace and Ladmo,”
where he played an arrogant, rich kid named Gerald. (“There isn’t a day that
goes by — and sometimes not an hour — when someone doesn’t ask me about
that.”)

Today, McMahon is juggling an incredibly full schedule hosting not
only “The God Show,” but also daily programs “The McMahon Group” and “The
Pat McMahon Show.”

So, how did this Phoenix icon go from a renowned kid’s show
actor with a pageboy haircut and Little Lord Fauntleroy collar to the host of a
radio program about God? We spent an afternoon with McMahon and his producer of
17 years, Rosemary Scarfo, to find out.

Church Business®

: So,
how did you come to host ‘The
God Show?’

Pat McMahon: When I was doing a daily
radio talk show, that was a topic: religion. I kept coming out [of those
broadcasts] thinking, Whoa! Fascinating!

So, I went in to one of the program directors some years ago
and said, ‘Why don’t we do a regular show — a show on Sundays — not
about religion as such, but topical views from a spiritual perspective?’ At
that time I think the response was, ‘Yeah right, Pat.’ You’ll find very
few stations of [KTAR’s] impact and size doing anything religious. Most of the
time, that’s left up to the Christian stations. Finally, our program director [agreed] and said, ‘What did
you have in mind?’ I wanted it to be a news talk show, but I wanted to talk
about everything that’s in the news, but from a spiritual perspective.

I’d already decided it should be called something really
allen-compassing and not ponderous, so I chose ‘The God Show.’ That really
does include everybody’s faith, or non-faith.

CB:

Who’ve been your favorite
guests so far?

McMahon:

[Noted author] Rabbi
[Harold] Kushner. I also enjoyed talking with the iconoclastic rebel priest that
was just on a few weeks ago, Hans Koln, from Germany; and a number of members
of the Jesus seminar from around the world; and a lot of really wellknown
authors, including Jack Canfield, the co-author of the Chicken
Soup for the Soul
series. I’ve enjoyed interviewing
a variety of bishops, Louis Farrakhan from Nation of Islam, and all the religion
editors from Newsweek, Time,
The New York Times and The
Chicago Tribune
.

CB:

Have any topics or guests been
especially difficult?

McMahon:

It’s been painful the
last couple of years to do shows about the Catholic Church. In almost every
case, it’s either in or around the issue of priests in trouble. For [Rosemary
and me], the most painful part is the recent difficulties with [local priest]
Father Dale Fushek. Not only is he a close friend of ours, he was the guy we’d
always call upon as a guest because he was terrific.

I think it’s cogent and appropriate to talk about this for
your magazine because it’s one of those rare times when your friendship gets
in the way if you allow it. You have to get around that and think to yourself, OK,
here’s someone who says he was a victim of a priest and that Father Fushek
knew about it
— and Father Fushek baptized my
grandchild!

We still talk to him every once in awhile on the phone, but he’s
under house arrest. But he’d be welcome to come down and do “The God Show”
with whatever it is he could say about the proceedings.

CB:

Who’s your dream guest?

McMahon:

Jesus.

[Scarfo laughs]

McMahon: They
say He’s coming back, and I’d like to make some kind of a deal where we
could have an exclusive with Him — not forever, just the first couple of
weeks.

Scarfo:

I just wrote two people down
while we were talking: first, the nun who wrote Dead
Man Walking
[Sister Helen Prejean] — we’d love to
talk with her.

McMahon:

I’d like to talk with
Billy Graham because of his mind, and because of his contact with America —
the Presidents dating back to Roosevelt. He seems to be a straight-shooter. And
of late, I’d like to have on Joel Osteen. Oh! And Benny Hinn! I want to show
him this rash under my arm that just will not go
away …

CB:

How do you decide the topics you’ll
cover on “The God Show”?

Scarfo:

Many times, we do things
seasonally. I keep an eye open. We also look for the quirky topics — something
just a little bit ‘off’ — to let everybody know God is in all our lives.
And I get books. People send us books all the time. The authors really know
their subjects, so they’re usually good guests.

CB:

How have you seen “The God
Show” change and grow, both in content and in scope, since it first aired
seven years ago?

Scarfo:

I’d say we’ve become
more socially oriented in our approach to things. We started very basic years
ago by asking, What’s a Mormon like? and
What’s a Muslim like? and
so on.

McMahon:

I still think those are
interesting topics, but not every Sunday.

Scarfo:

Mm hmm. Now we’re into
things that really affect us — the Catholic church scandals are one example.

McMahon:

And we’ll probably end up
doing something on Ariel Sharon. It might appear on the surface to be absolutely
nothing to do with religion — only political. Or it might be all political,
but anybody who’s listening understands there’s a foundation of Judaism
throughout.

Scarfo:

But I do think it’s
necessary to do an in-depth look [at particular religions] every now and then.

McMahon:

Do you remember the mail we
got when we did the show on Jehovah’s Witnesses?

Scarfo:

Hundreds of letters! They
were scared to death Pat was going to really beat up [the guests] with his
questions, but it was absolutely, down-the-road informational. I had hundreds of
people wanting tapes and letters. Unbelievable. A lot of religions have been persecuted for years and years.
They’ve been looked down upon, not treated fairly. We’ve even had
Scientologists on the show.

CB:

Of course, I have to bring up
your long-time role on “Wallace and Ladmo” at some point.Was there any part
of the role of Gerald that let you blend your Christian beliefs with what you
did for work?

McMahon:

Yes. Gerald was a Junior
Satan.

[Scarfo laughs]

McMahon: It
was like this: Wallace was the straight man who tried to keep some order, and he
consistently failed. Ladmo played a lovable buffoon who the kids truly loved —
they could identify with him. He always got into trouble, but he tried really
hard, and his grades weren’t always good.

But Gerald… well, he got straight A’s, and his teachers
loved him. And he always reminded you that he was the wealthiest, most affluent
and influential kid in school.

In truth, though it wasn’t our intent, there were a number
of moral issues addressed according to our standards. Kids understood that if
you misbehaved like Gerald did all the time — if you lied and cheated and
stole — eventually you’d get caught or your privileges would be taken away.
But if you tried really hard, like Ladmo did, that was a good role model.

CB:

Do you think your religious
leanings come through in your other shows?

McMahon:

Oh yeah! When you host a
talk show, your primary obligation is to talk about what you’re interested in.
[Another talk radio host at the station] used to do outdoor shows — hunting,
fishing, camping. I’ve never done that. God help anyone who listens to me
about how to build a fire!

CB:

Your hands are pretty full. Do
you foresee any other religion-based programs in your future?

McMahon:

We’ve talked briefly with
the management about syndicating the show. When you do, most of the time you lose
the localness of it, and I don’t want to do that. Still, I think most of the
shows would have national appeal.

CB:

OK, so what’s the motivation
for a pastor in, say, Iowa to log on and listen to “The God Show”?

McMahon:

We’re talking about the
moral issues of the day. We’re talking about what your kids should know. We’re
talking about world news today, but from a spiritual perspective.

Scarfo:

I think we have an advantage
in being on a news-talk station. We can talk about whatever we want.

McMahon:

We do. I wouldn’t — and
probably couldn’t — do this show on a Christian radio station.

Log on to www.620KTAR.com/?nid=85 to listen live Sundays from
7 a.m. to 8 a.m. and from 12 a.m. to 1 a.m. Mountain Time.


12 STONES RELEASES POTTERS FIELD ALIGNS WITH PEAVEY

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PEAVEY INT’L. HEADQUARTERS — On the proverbial road to rock stardom, 12 Stones has endured triumphs and hardships of biblical proportions, from signing a record deal in less than 12 months of existence to landing huge concert tours with major artists, only to have them canceled or postponed for months on end.

Maybe they’re soothsayers; after all, throughout the bible, Jesus challenged the endurance of his 12 apostles. The name 12 Stones refers to that bit of trivia, and while many journalists hang on that religious symbolism, it’s not important to understanding the band’s music. 12 Stones is simply a positive hard rock band with a hopeful message.

And as it turns out, nice guys do win. By rejecting the negativity popularized by mainstream rock acts over the past decade, they’ve sold nearly a half-million albums in the United States alone. Of course, months upon months of hard touring with megastars Creed and 3 Doors Down helped, as did vocalist Paul McCoy’s turn on the Evanescence hit “Bring Me to Life.”

“Paul did the Evanescence song between tours, and a few months later that album [Fallen] had already sold in the millions,” says Weaver. “We’ve had people come up and say, ‘I got the Evanescence album and heard of 12 Stones through that. It’s helped.”

Many of the songs on 12 Stones’ just-released second album, ‘Potter’s Field,’ originated with Weaver and McCoy and benefited from an array of studio guitar amplifiers. When it came time to translate the album to a live setting, however, Weaver turned to the new Peavey JSX amp, co-designed by legend Joe Satriani.

“The JSX supports what I do well, although it doesn’t sound exactly like the album,” he says. “I’ve always had a tendency to do things differently live than on a record. I like the JSX’s two distorted channels, especially if I’m doing an intro that’s distorted. I’ll just use the crunch channel for the intro, then switch to the ultra channel when the song kicks in.

“I also really like the JSX’s clean channel. It blows away anything (other companies) could ever dream of having on their amps. And the mids and highs just scream. I have it sounding just the way I like it. It covers all the bases.”

Fellow 12 Stones guitarist Greg Trammell plays through Peavey Triple XXX heads and cabs, while bassist Aaron Hill plays through a Pro 500 bass amp head, GPS 2600 power amp and Pro 810 bass cabinets.

To read the full Eric Weaver interview and find out more about these Peavey amplifiers and more, visit www.peavey.com.

About Peavey
Peavey Electronics Corporation is one of the largest manufacturers of musical instruments and professional sound equipment in the world.

Peavey holds more than 130 patents and produces more than 2,000 products, which are distributed throughout the United States and to 136 other countries. To find out more about Peavey Electronics and its artists, visit www.peavey.com.


5 Preventers of Church Growth

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5 Preventers of Church Growth

Pastor and Church Consultant Bill Tenny-Brittian recently identified on his blog five stumbling blocks to church growth – well, five stumbling blocks other than church conflict and infighting.

Among the notable church-growth hang-ups are poor tracking of attendance and not following up with guests. To read the full list, along with complete explanations, read Tenny-Brittian’s article.

Source:

BillTennyBrittian.com:  Top 5 Reasons Churches Don’t Grow


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A Startling Trend in UK

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04/15/2009

The humanist, atheist and agnostic movements in the United Kingdom has devised a way for strayed Christians to more or less denounce their faith: de-baptism.

In the same way that many Christians affirm their baptism, people can “take back” their baptisms by downloading a form through the National Society of Secularists, which is based in London.

More than 100,000 people have downloaded the certificate so far. People can order certificates printed on parchment for the equivalent of $4.50 a piece.

Source:

Time: De-Baptism Gains Following in Britain

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