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The 3:15 Project Needs a Tomato Cage – what ever the hell that means

May13

so…

is Heaven a tomato patch? read on and let’s sort it out, shall we.

the 315 project Todd Miechiels is rather a hip and weird (in a good way) dude that is an awesome Dad that coaches his kids in soccer, creates pretty slick videos for secular business, and is trying to strap-on a pair of massive balls by integrating a ministry called The 3:15 Project with his business capabilities.

I’m coaching Todd and (ironically) challenged him to craft a video for his own purposes (and, Gods) telling his side of the story. I did that because he needs capital to fuel his vision. and, if you buy the notion that people should publicly profess their faith, and the video medium is a slick, profound, and bold method for doing just that, you should financially support his efforts. do it!

here is an otherwise (ponder that choice of words) description of Todd, that I did not generate:

“Todd Miechiels is the guy that was handed the vision for The 3:15 Project. He is in love with his high school sweetheart Kim, and the proud father of 3 sons. Todd lives in Tucker, GA, and attends StonePoint Church.”

he created the above video for all the right reasons. but, he called it: The 3:15 Project Needs a Tomato Cage for reasons that, at the moment, elude me. but, my question is whether he was actually handed Kim, and is just showing-off. I posit that because he is doing good work. and, most of us fellas do that because we are inspired by the fair sex (a gift from God) to perform at our best. never mind that I’m currently in the guest room (mine, not Todd’s).

I Googled, “what is a tomato cage” and discovered that if you want to build a tomato cage you should follow these instructions (just click, here). oddly, the title of that piece is “how to cage tomatoes”. so, it’s possible that people that support ministries are some form of tomato. or, tomatoes are both delicious and good for you, and me, and God. or, all of that. let’s just let God sort it out. but to support Todd and The 3:15 Project you can do that, here  (“help fan the flame”).

NOTE: just pouring over Todd’s site has given me a lot of “coaching to-do’s” for Todd. he is a terrific talent, with a genuine gift that will help all of us – but, is awful about asking for help. so… I’m doing it for him (and, Him).

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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religious Sports teams

March31

so…

yesterday I picked-up on s story about Pope Francis and his decidedly un-traditional approach to the Papacy, and offered-up a quick post: Pope Francis is a “Love Kat”. while I don’t feel that qualifies him as a contrarian (other than within the Catholic Church), it was enough to get me thinking about other lines drawn in the “proverbial” sand.

NOTE: just to be chosen for his role he had to appeal to a majority, some how. that has to say, if not indicate something meaningful about what people want, or think they want, or maybe what God wants. but, we’ll investigate that later.

meanwhile, what I decided to pick-up on was the references to the “traditional Catholics” that had their collective backs up. they evidently have blogs. reference: Rorate Caeli, one of the most-read traditionalist efforts. they reacted to the Pope Francis foot-washing ceremony by declaring the death of the prior Pope Benedict’s eight-year project to correct what he considered, “the botched interpretations of the Second Vatican Council’s modernizing reforms”.

“The official end of the reform of the reform — by example,” ”Rorate Caeli” lamented in its report on Francis’ Holy Thursday ritual.

I think to keep things balanced, within reason, I’ll need to include Muslims because they appear to be a growing organization /1 - kind of like the way Samsung Android devices outnumber the iPhone. …what… in fact, there are evidently seventy three (73) different types of Muslims that include . sunni, shia, bahi, sufi, mirzai, wahabi, and, alawites.

are traditional Catholics to the Catholic Church what the Orthodox are to the Jews (is that the correct way to reference those fascinating people, “the Jews”?), and Extreme is to Muslims?

holy warwhile we (assuming you are tracking with me, here) are at this, are “traditional”, “orthodox”, and “extreme” qualifiers along the lines of “evangelical” in terms of Christians? if things got heated enough could some describe Evangelicals as Extreme? I’m thinking the Holy Wars funded by the English nobility that riled Muslims so much that they decided to promote the idea of Jihad. but, I digress.

there must be a significant difference amongst the groups because they all get heated-up about their positions, roles, view points, stances, and ability to dance.

is there a point system?

and, why don’t they have sports teams? I’m certain they all have blogs. and we know they have schools. and, if they do, can they all throw a baseball well, or kick a soccer ball effectively?

well… many of them actually do have sports teams and athletic clubs. the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, for example. there are probably many others, just as there are secret societies. but, I don’t care about any of that, for the moment.

all the major religions (referenced in this blog post) are centered on God. and, they all have very similar rules of conduct with the focus cast on Old Testament, which I find very comforting, mind you (the common foundation more so than the confusing, albeit epic, story-arc nature of the Old Testament).

I’m making less of a point, here, than I am setting-the-stage. I’m a ponderous thinker. so, more later. I’m probably just getting started.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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• At slightly less than 2 billion, Christianity makes up about a third of the world population and approximately the same as the two next largest religions combined; Islam and Hinduism. Christianity is also the only religion represented in all 238 surveyed countries.

• The largest religion (Christianity) is aprox. 68% larger than the second largest religion (Islam) and 246% larger than the third largest religion (Hinduism).

• The nine smallest religions combined have fewer adherents than the third largest (Hinduism).

• And the eight smallest religions combined have fewer adherents than the fourth largest (Buddhism).

• The combined adherents of the three primary Abrahamic religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, makes up approximately 52.8% (3,202,240,666 persons) of the total population – more than half. Some times also Sikhism and the Bahá’í faith are counted as Abrahamic religions, in which case that number will be slightly higher.

• Non-religious people and people belonging to religions not part of the 12 world religions makes up slightly less than 27%. A smaller number than the largest religion, Christianity, but larger than the second largest religion, Islam.

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Love Kats aren’t pussys

March14

so…

I’m all about being a “love Kat“. I give freely of myself, just not for free. and, I’m more comfortable around people that always know precisely how and where I stand.

…wait… are you asking yourself, “what the hell is a love Kat?” well… read the following, then go look for additional posts:

Words to live by…

Being a Love Kat: Definition #4

love Kat tip #12

in any event, I have a history of lighting-up Christians that think they deserve to walk in the light of some Ministry or another.

many peoples views, and also attitudes towards, for, and about Ministries, need to be another “Burning Platform”.

Here are some examples of that:

holding ministries Accountable

ministries mean Business

pillaging ministries for Prophet - well, that elicited a call from a local mega-church Pastor and an inquiry from the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

missed-opportunitiesfrom whence our Inspiration?  – okay… wow… that post raised not a few eye brows. it also shook things up rather nicely around these parts.

yup, I love a nice twist on words; word-play, if you will – the entrendre (go look it up. do it!).

this is all about me being the Heterodox. go look that up as well. it’s all over this blog.

and, one of your all-time favorites with millions of views…

I Love You This Much by brian patrick cork  - talk about missed opportunities. Souly Business is  drenched in irony. however, I am eternally grateful, I’m certain of it.

NOTE: the above picture IS NOT Rowdy. I pulled the image from the internet. however it helped launch, from whence our Inspiration into viral sensation, and for good reason. so apropos.

this very morning I answered an email to one of my Brothers, thusly…

“So… Nothing has changed.

What you must be willing to do is look someone in the eye and say to them, “I want to make a living in ministry. But, I can’t seem to generate the business-side of the equation to justify it. So, I need someone to believe that this concept of video testimony is a compelling way to spread the Gospel. If you do then please fuel my efforts financially and shore-up my resolve. God has not made me strong enough to do this myself. I need your help”.

That takes balls, and conviction.

What I know, Todd, is that men want to help one another. But, they have to be willing to ask before other are able to give. Just waiting for everyone else to do it all for you will keep the process shrouded in mystery.

You need to come back under my coaching and stop screwing around with this. We do this on my terms. Or, just go get a job, save up your money, and go into ministry when you can actually afford to do it. I said something similar to Bryan [REDACTED] years ago. He could never talk to me again other than send me letters every now and then asking for money. I still don’t know what he does to earn other people’s largesse… However, I actually believe what you do has merit. You are gifted at helping people tell compelling stories. So, quit being a pussy.

brian patrick cork

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there was then another email (there are three more) from the same hapless fellow that generated this response from me…

“Some time ago, TIME magazine published the results of a survey that asked over a thousand adults about their belief regarding prayer and illness. The survey found that eighty-two percent (82%) of participants believe in the healing power of personal prayer, and seventy-three percent (73%) believe praying for someone else can help cure that person’s illness. When asked about God’s role in healing, seventy-seven percent (77%) said they believe God some times intervenes to cure people who have a serious illness.

While you may not be sick, what you are trying to do is solve a pandemic problem. We need to get people aligned with evangelism and the Great Commission on a modern platform. That makes you potentially part of the solution.

So… How is this need not being amplified and addressed with raised arms and voices? The answer is that, ironically, you have information, ability and skill, but, you are still part of the problem. You do a great and thorough job telling many of us how North Point and other churches are wrong (worse, “crappy”) for not recognizing your genius and opening their coffers up to you. But, they continue to grow and be ever more relevant. Didn’t North Point recently raise millions of dollars recently on a cash-call?

You have lots of creative ideas. But, what would happen if you invested all that energy into genuine action? That might inspire someone to write you a check. What are you doing to earn it?

What are you going to do differently, today?”

all that said… lift me up over ROI Ministry. I’m convinced we can be part of the Solution. I am trying very so hard to be a Love Kat.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

 

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with death and salvation its all or nothing

February20

Mark Pendleton sent me an email on Tuesday:

“It sounds like each of us is a unique expression of God… Maybe even of the person of God.  Sort of makes you wonder where He starts in us and we (our egos) end…Or vice versa… Hence the need to “die” to ourselves daily.”

maybe. who knows? but, evidently one of three things happens, in the end, as it were…

  • something magnificent, transforming, and probably unimaginable;
  • something awful and unimaginable; or,
  • nothing, which is almost impossible for us to imagine.

dying is rarely easy. in fact, it’s often painful. thats why so many pray they die in their sleep. have you ever seen someone die? it’s always awful. always.

then of course, the concept of an afterlife, and then God (buffered by Christ), to make sense of it was realized by the fear of death, and our own ego’s inability to surrender to the notion that perhaps the slide into darkness with our final breath is where it ultimately ends.

that is the ultimate terror.

the unimaginable.

or, maybe the prospect of death, our mortality, ignited our awarenesss of God.

so, the Bible requires an ultimate surrender leveraging our desperate hopes for salvation, which is another word for more options other than, nothing.

It’s literally, all-or-nothng.

so, I choose, all, and am hoping for, and working towards, the best.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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