Then they took the ox which was given them and they prepared it and called on the name of Baal from morning until noon saying, “O Baal, answer us.” But there was no voice and no one answered. And they leaped about the altar which they made.

It came about at noon, that Elijah mocked them and said, “Call out with a loud voice, for he is a god; either he is occupied or gone aside, or is on a journey, or perhaps he is asleep and needs to be awakened.”

So they cried with a loud voice and cut themselves according to their custom with swords and lances until the blood gushed out on them. (1 Kings 18:26-28, NASB)

A Bit Of A Disclaimer And An Explanation

Normally I put in some symbols if I have to use a coarse word such as that in the title, but in this case where this is actually used by a Pastor of a Christian church then it seemed best to show people just how far the Church is straying. Ooh, the rising profane Emergent howls and hissings of protest can be heard even from here! So let me toss them a bone here.

When he was busy warping the students at Wheaton College last year Tony Jones, a very prominent spokesman for the new cult of liberal theology that is the Emergent Church, addressed the issue of swearing. During Question and Answer segment Tony Jones was asked about the EC’s de-emphasis on personal holiness and its toleration of profanity.

His answer; this minister who claims to be sent by Christ said, in his best spiritual fourteen-year-old pout: “People in the Bible swear. And we need to re-think the cultural context of swearing.” Now lest we get wrapped up here wrestling with the serpent, suffice to say the National Coordinator of Emergent Village just presented an apologetic endorsing profanity. Very Christ-like, um–not!

In any event *placing my tongue firmly in my cheek* In the midst of this emerging generation enjoying their God-given “human sovereignty,” and as the Creator struggles to figure out how to win the world to Christ with a horribly old-fashioned message in the cross, it seems the very best of the best John Maxwell clones among the futurists, missiologists and cultural architects in His curious Christ-followers have used their disciplines of spiritual formation to come up with the new world-pleasing slogan in our title.

Yes indeed, what a tremendous debt of gratitude the Body of Christ owes to these ever vigilant and valiant kingdom thinkers. Mighty brave men and women who have sacrificed for the lofty salaries of worldly success and who’ve also been willing to make the strenuous efforts to study from each others books in order that they might move from simply being kingdom thinkers right up into the religious stratosphere of real kingdom players like Timmy Gibson.

Gibson happens to be Pastor of Olathe Life Fellowship playpen and here writing for Relevant Christian.com, we see he is the one who apparently coined this sterling slogan of new evangelical man-love. And here at Apprising Ministries I would be most remiss if I didn’t encourage Christians to stop by and let these kingdom players at RC and the very Ed Young-like Mr. Gibson himself know in no uncertain terms what you think of their emerging fruit in the Name of Christ Jesus our Lord.