How easy is it to stand on moral high ground and shout insults to those not doing as well as us? How easy is it to use the truth of the Bible as a battle axe against those who do not conform to our standards? Until… we catch a glimpse of ourselves in that mirror…

We decided to have an “experience service” this year with Easter with an altered version of the Stations of the Cross. One of the stations consists of a cross with a mirror next to it. The idea is to see yourself as one of the criminals crucified next to Jesus. As we were setting it up yesterday I stood in front of it with my dirty work clothes and it hit me… I am that criminal… dirty in sin… not worthy to be called a Christian (little Christ). The fact that Jesus wants me… that is just Amazing Grace!

Jesus wants you too…

An excerpted from a message by Matt Chandler at DG’s pastors conference. I found it here.

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1   rabanes
April 9th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

Did I see that someone here goes to Rob Bell’s church? If so, please email me privately. Someone needs to talk to you……TY

P.S. Sorry to use this post for the question, but time is essential and I didn’t know a quicker way to do this….. :-)


2   Pastorboy
April 9th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

This is an awesome video, too bad that the actual preacher only saw it as a condemning sex sermon. Matt Chandler saw a gospel presentation…amen How far we have fallen from the simplicity of the Gospel.

3   andy    
April 9th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

Great post Eugene!! I discovered Mark’s sermon a few month’s back, and linked it in a comment….It might be this sermon ( he’s spoken 2x at Pipers confrences),the full sermon is well worth a listen ..

4   Jerry
April 9th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

Yes, it is a good post. It’s too bad PB had to ruin it by pointing out something he didn’t like instead of rolling with the bigger point being made.

5   nc    
April 9th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

doesn’t “DG” stand for “Desiring God”?

I thought PB was “fasting” from this site?
Or wasn’t Thurstin doing a good enough job?

6   iggy
April 9th, 2009 at 5:12 pm

Does “Thurstin” have the same IP as PB?

Just wondering…

And the video is great… sadly so many forget we are all that mishandled rose… yet Jesus sees us as beautiful.


7   Rick Frueh
April 9th, 2009 at 5:15 pm

I think the rose thing is sensationalism, a gimmick, and detracts from sola scriptura. It’s something a seeker church would do.


8   Joe
April 9th, 2009 at 6:46 pm

#1. I wrote you

9   Rick Frueh
April 10th, 2009 at 7:33 am

The evnt we commemorate today caught me unawares in 1975. I had grown up ina Lutheran church with my mother as choir director. I attended catechism for three years and was confirmed as a believing member when I was 13 or 14 years old. I was profoundly lost.

To say I was a used rose would be demeaning to used roses. I was a disgusting rebel who set about to expand the boundaries of personal hedonism. I resist revealing the extent of my drug and alcohol use but suffice to say I am fortunate to be alive. Not content with consumption I sold drugs into the high school at age 20 through my senior high girl friend.

At 6′4″ and 220 pounds I was violent and intimidated everyone I could and rode my van and/or motorcycle through the community recognized by friend and foe alike. I have a police record as well.

So during a street fight I was seriously injured and had to lay up at my aunt’s house to heal. It was there I saw Billy Graham on TV and in March of 1975 I was saved by God’s grace. When I returned to the community to face some lingering charges against me the entire courtroom was mezmerized at my appearance.

No longer the biker look, I now looked like some choir boy. By some miracle I was acquited of these last charges, and I went to one of my former friend’s apartment where about 10 of my friends gathered to drink beer and smoke pot. In that setting I shared my faith and having been the absolute ringleader they all listened intently to my story.

I pleaded with them to invetigate Jesus Christ apart from formal religion and see if He is the way to life eternal and abundant. Later on several of my friends came to Christ while others went to jail or even died.

I cannot fully project in words the change that God brought in my life. Words fail to showcase the work of the Spirit. But I was a rose with no petals and with a broken stem. But even though I do not observe days, today most of the Christian world commemorates an event that saved my life forever.

I must testify of the saving power of that cross. Argue all you want about this view or that view, but a profound sinner like me knew nothing of those arguments, all I knew was that Jesus was God’s Son and He died for my sins. I have preached about that cross, I have shared about that cross, I have written about that cross, and I have read about that cross, and it has never lost its newness, its lusture to me.

I have nothing but that cross and its captive. All my so called literary prowess is just worthless bluster compared to the Christ and His cross. I stand naked of any good works against the work of that cross. I cannot but speak of that which reached down and rescued a rebel like me and allowed me to even speak of Him.

I would not desire Charles Manson to speak well of me, and yet Jesus allows me, and is pleased to hear me speak well of Him. It is a spiritual dream to imagine who I was and who I am, and sometimes it would do us all well to take a respite from all the doctrinal squabbles and return to that simple day when God found us.

Call me what you will, point out my many compromises, identfy my living inconsistencies, accuse my falsely and accuse my rightly of sin, to it all I embrace my guilt as I embrace my Savior. Today is the day in which I will live forever.

May the Lamb that was slain receive the rewards of His suffering!!!

10   iggy
April 10th, 2009 at 9:56 am

Thanks Rick for sharing… God is so good isn’t He?


11   Neil    
April 10th, 2009 at 10:15 am


I think PB echoed the point of the video. Every time I see a post by PB I expect it to be condescending, judgmental, and sensationalist – but this time I think he meant to agree with the OP.

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