Hope you’ll check out this article by Rick at Following Judah’s Lion
In my spiritual experience of almost forty years it has been gut wrenchingly sad to watch as Jesus the person and His message have been so changed and so altered in order to accommodate the fleshly desires of religious man. Some have made His gospel so bland and so inclusive that it has no meaning at all. Others have made many litmus tests which keep sinners at bay and make them run from God’s grace. And others have clothed Him with garments of red, white, and blue and paraded Him around like one of the signers of the Declaration. And still others have stored Him within the walls of some building used primarily on Sundays and then for all purposes leave Him there during the week. And there are others who claim that Jesus is on their side and they alone are His vocal servants. Yes, it has been oh so tragic. (continue reading here)
It has been tragic to observe how so many have changed the very character traits of our beloved Lord and warped his message. I read or hear these folks referring to Jesus and “crediting” him with statements and beliefs and stop and wonder “who is this person they’re referring to?” – Because they’re sure not referring to the Jesus I met 33 years ago and have come to know personally through his word.
After reading Rick’s post I came upon this other article at the Christian Post,
Christian Mega-Conference to Feature Tim Tebow, Duck Dynasty Stars, and Manly Pursuits
A sellout crowd of more than 8,000 men are expected to attend a Christian-based event designed to appeal to their notions of fun, including listening to high-profile speakers such as NFL quarterback Tim Tebow and “Duck Dynasty” stars Willie and Jase Robertson, and participate in hobby-related workshops like “Paintball 101” and “Fly Fishing.”
“We know that men love to hunt, to fish, to do outdoor things,” said Michael Queen, director of events for Wildfire Weekend, in an interview with The Christian Post. “So that’s kind of the goal: We wanted to meet men where they were, and then draw them closer to the heart of God.” In addition to workshops focused on family and faith issues, there are a number of hobby-related workshops that conference attendees can participate in, including “Baseball Fundamentals,” “Leather Working,” “Paintball 101,” “Cleaning and Maintaining Your Firearm,” “Fly Fishing” and more.
“Every workshop that we provide at the event integrates God into it,” said Queen. “So you can go learn about engine building and how to talk to your son and your family or your buddy about God while you’re doing it.” (more here)