Archive for the ‘Christian Arts and Entertainment’ Category

Cost of Living

Posted by John Lindsay on 22nd March 2016 in Christian Articles, Christian Arts and Entertainment, News, Op Ed

Running-UphillIf you are hoping for free college education this election season, you may have bigger problems than being uneducated. Graduates from the school of hard knocks understand whenever the word free is used there is sufficient cause for concern.

We all know not to feed the birds. Feeding wild animals makes them lazy and dependent on the source to the extent they are unable to fend for themselves. What is worse is when the free food is withheld, an animal will often cross boundaries putting itself at risk in order to receive the handout to which they have become accustomed.

Body builders, marathon runners or anyone at the top of their game know you do not achieve a noteworthy goal without sacrifice. The coach may take the team out for an ice cream after a game, which can be consumed in minutes, but only after hours of practice, exertion, pain and often defeat. Partial payment does not purchase the prize, and, if it does, you have to wonder what profit does it have if it may be obtained with limited or no effort. Read the rest of this entry »

Model Behavior

Posted by John Lindsay on 5th July 2015 in Christian Arts and Entertainment, News, Op Ed

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I recently took on an art project which entailed recreating game boards to serve as visual aids for a sermon series. One of the games being referenced was Hasbro’s Sorry.

Most kids my age grew up playing board games. Our family, like most having little, didn’t experience the luxury of variety. My brothers and I would play the same game over and over. It wasn’t until years later at someone else’s house I discovered not everyone shared my family’s enthusiasm for playing the same game repeatedly. When our host packed up the board after a single game, I was sent into a state of confusion from withdrawals. I never played anything just once. Read the rest of this entry »

Identity Theft

Posted by John Lindsay on 4th July 2015 in Christian Arts and Entertainment, News

Bruce JennerIf you ask a group of ten-year-olds if thirty is old they would all say yes. If you ask teenagers whether they think their parents are cool they would all say no. The reason kids and teenagers answer these questions the way they do is because they lack perspective which comes only through maturity.

If you ask every woman in the world if a man should be allowed to dress and act like a woman, the majority would say yes. However, if you ask every woman who has gone through menopause or a menstrual cycle or given birth if any man knows what it is like to be a woman, you would be hard pressed to find anyone in good conscience to say yes.

No one can claim to be me but me. To be me you would have had to have been born me, then go through every trial and forge every relationship which contributed to who I am. You can say you are me. You can wear my clothes and change your appearance to look like me. You can even sing my songs, but the best you will ever be is a good counterfeit.

Some people might feel honored to have someone imitate them in such a way, but I’m sure that feeling would change when the counterfeit starts to spend the original’s money. What liberals call gender identity I call identity theft.

A true woman earns the right to be praised and honored by men and women alike for their strength and spirit which they purchased on the maturity road to womanhood. Someone attempting to spend what someone else has earned is thievery. Consequently, someone attempting to claim the rights, privileges and honor of women who has not entered the race from the starting point, but rather has paved a short cut for the sake of attention and praise is an affront to womanhood and an embarrassment to mankind.

Immaturity says, “But look at what he gave up.” The perspective of maturity says, “Look what he dishonors.”


Contingency

Posted by John Lindsay on 16th February 2015 in Christian Articles, Christian Arts and Entertainment, News

NoahArk2An article written by an American Airlines pilot recently suggested, “It is not the general public’s responsibility to treat every Arab/Muslim as if he’s not a terrorist. It is the responsibility of the Arab/Muslims to prove to us they are not.” The pilot made a compelling argument which closed with the recurring phrase “You worry me,” which served as the theme of the piece.

It takes bravery and humility to look at life’s challenges through a biblical lens. Through such a lens God’s word is unmistakably clear on one point: We should worry for nothing. All the justification in the world, therefore, will not condone entertaining an urge for which the word of God has warned us to resist. The Bible is also adamant on another principle: Do that which pleases God and be blessed; don’t do them and be cursed. It stands to reason then, if terrorism is a curse, we did something to trigger it. To understand what that something is, we need to widen our scope of view. Read the rest of this entry »

Out of the Blue

Posted by John Lindsay on 12th March 2014 in Christian Articles, Christian Arts and Entertainment, Christian Doctrine, News

blue_sky04Most people prefer listening to the music they grew up with. Being a teenager in the seventies, I knew every James Taylor song by heart. I would listen to the same recording again and again. I could anticipate the intro of the next song in the silence between the tracks. When the last song came around it made me sad, but then it began again from the beginning and everything was alright. I hoped for another James Taylor song to add to my list of favorites but it never came.

With the exception of Paul McCartney, whose career, list of accomplishments and longevity are unparalleled, most writers tend to produce their best work early then slowly fade away.  Do these once upon a time writers stop producing new material because their creative well dried up? If so, what would turn an oasis into a desert, especially in the later years when there is so much more to say? Read the rest of this entry »

Holey Humanism

Posted by John Lindsay on 7th January 2014 in Christian Articles, Christian Arts and Entertainment, Christian Doctrine, Health, News

Atlas_(Farnese_Globe)There is nothing wrong with feeling good about oneself. It is in fact a state of being which God desires for us. It is crucial, however, how we arrive at such a conclusion.

One of the most popular philosophies people use to boost their self-esteem is Humanisma system of values and beliefs based on the idea people are basically good and that problems can be solved using reason instead of religion. Humanism also generally prefers individual thought and evidence (rationalism, empiricism) over established doctrine or faith (fideism).

Humanism is based on the supposition people are basically good which suggests goodness is a state of being when it is not. Goodness is a state of doing. Reason may be able to get someone out of a pit but without instruction and sound doctrine what prevents a person from falling in the first place?

Evidence proves humans have more potential than any living creature, but to assume having great potential makes humans good is easily debatable. From ecology to human rights it is apparent humanism alone has done more harm than good for the simple truth it assumes responsibility is inherent when it is not.

The Humanist stands behind rational thought, but whatever good can come from rational thought is negated by an under abundance of rational thinkers on both sides of the equation. Read the rest of this entry »

Tattoo Taboo

Posted by John Lindsay on 12th May 2013 in Christian Articles, Christian Arts and Entertainment, Christian Doctrine, News

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A tattoo is the equivalent of painting the back side of a canvas. God wants us to use the power of his word and spirit to rewrite the inner man – the front of the canvas from his point of view. Instruction written on the skin may get someone’s attention but will not change behavior. God’s word written on the heart and remembered will right behavior and keep someone’s attention. Tattoos glorify man but accomplish nothing. God’s word written on the heart and applied can accomplish anything. A tattoo might commemorate the past but God’s truth in the heart will establish the future.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 – 19  “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: Therefore glorify God in your body.”

Matthew 6:24 – “No man can serve two masters.” God is an all or nothing proposition. So let’s not limit our appreciation to the work man can do on our skin. Instead let us believe we are fearfully and wonderfully made and show the world what God can do with a blank inner canvas. True artistry flows from the inside out not the outside in.

Creation – It’s Not Surprising

Posted by John Lindsay on 4th April 2013 in Christian Articles, Christian Arts and Entertainment, Christian Doctrine, News

The Cat's Eye Nebula

It is not surprising when someone refuses to accept the biblical view of creation. People prefer to see themselves as independent masters of their universe. Children cannot forget soon enough they were birthed from something. When given the choice between freedom and accountability, what teenager would choose the latter? We teach our kids to do their own work and to stay out of other people’s business and then throw them into a community environment as employees and wonder why they struggle. Even confusion has an origin if you look for it.

It is not surprising people do not believe in God. God is a spirit. We are predisposed to favor the physical over the spiritual. It is also difficult to filter spiritual concepts through physical senses. It is especially challenging equating spiritual attributes like faith to great power. When something physical is manufactured, it is not surprising no one sees the spiritual influence behind it. Read the rest of this entry »

Consider the Stars

Faith-Based Drama Resource Hits Home

Livonia, MI June 1, 2012

Writer John Lindsay and Author House Publishing recently released Consider the Stars. The 300 page book is a collection of 16 Christian skits for faith-based dramatists.

A great story, like a catchy tune, sticks with you. It can quickly get under your skin and be impossible to forget. Stories have the power to mold character. Christian sketches can be instructive, critical yet unobtrusive, and, at the same time, entertain.

Consider the Stars’ stories include no superheroes or sorcerers yet succeed in capturing real conflict laced with a surprising amount of humor and surprise in the classic style of O. Henry. In the more dramatic works, “The Prisoner’s Task” and “Rachel’s Song”, the protagonists attempt to transform their respective opposition into heroes in true Dickens’ fashion.

Four of the stories of the Consider the Stars collection were part of a production entitled Act of God which was first produced in Branson, MO in 2005. The first sketch, “What’s in a Name”, depicts a morbid game show made up of recently deceased contestants. The game (which nobody wins) serves to further annoy the players who are oblivious to their own shortcomings. The comedy is enhanced by the invasive timing of sound effects which magnifies the chaos. Act of God’s final sketch, “The Battleground”, leads the reader on an adventure through a series of vignettes and cameo appearances by notable personalities. The underlying focus of the sketch exposes life’s distractions and reveals the most important issue human beings needs to address.

Many of Consider the Stars’ Christian skits have seasonal themes. Five sketches fall into the Christmas category. Two sketches could easily be incorporated into a Good Friday or Easter celebration. “Resurrection Day Special Report” depicts the events leading up to and including Jesus’ crucifixion in a way suitable for younger audiences. The other stories in the collection deal with faith, hope, love, family, financial stewardship and the value of a good name. Read the rest of this entry »

Judging Judas

Posted by John Lindsay on 5th April 2012 in Christian Articles, Christian Arts and Entertainment, News

I once heard a Pastor say from the pulpit without any distinguishable doubt, “Judas is in Hell.” These words were unsettling to me for two reasons: Firstly, because they were spoken by a highly respected preacher, and secondly because I could not find any evidence in the Bible which agreed with his statement.

Does any good come from a proclamation of another man’s judgment? And why is it always Judas who is singled out? I challenge you to bear the slight discomfort if you disagree with me and see the case I present through to the end, or at least open your Bible and attempt to prove me wrong. Read the rest of this entry »