Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Bill Boards, and mailers, and websites, oh my!!

by JesseRay on April 13, 2011

Posted by Jesse Ray:

Northridge_billBoard I put on my emergency flashers when I saw it on I-275. I had to pull over for a quick picture because I had never before seen a church advertise like it was a casino. Northridge+Easter=”Winning!”
Next, a similar looking mailer came in the mail saying, “Easter comes once a year…<yawn>” And I realized this is more than a typical protestant mega church…this is a brand-name, money-making, marketing machine. Their website sports trendy graphics, a young guy who may not have shaved recently, and some cryptic videos about inviting people…but what is this all about, really? Northridge_Mailer
There is no traditional Christian symbolism, no Cross, indeed you have to dig deep on their website and get out your decoder-ring to discover they’re Christian and not some fancy entertainment complex. Are they trying to trick people into thinking Jesus is hip?

Jesus is NOT hip. The world is hip. Jesus did not promise our youth a “Red Carpet and your own paparazzi” if you serve Him. Jesus told us,“If the world hates you, realize that it hated me before it hated you. If you had anything in common with the world, the world would love you as one of its own. But you don’t have anything in common with the world. I chose you from the world, and that is why the world hates you.” (John 15:18-19 GWT)

I am not hopeful that people who would come for the flashing lights, plush seats and mocha lattes will seek anything different when they are finished being entertained. But I hope that I am wrong.

Lets pray during this last week of lent that more people would discover the true beauty, real history, and powerful sacraments in the Catholic Church this Easter.

And for your enjoyment, if you haven’t seen if already, check out this mega-church youtube video.


~Jesse Ray


Day 2: Mount Tabor, Cana & Nazareth

by Steve Ray on April 13, 2011

Great first full day of our pilgrimage. We started out at Mount Tabor (Mountain of the Transfiguration). Then we renewed wedding vows in Cana of Galilee. Next we had lunch in Nazareth before Mass at the Church of Annunciation.

Video is in process and I hope to have it up in a few hours. All is well, food is great, spiritually enriching, weather beautiful and all are happy and enjoying some free time this afternoon and evening.