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A few weeks ago, in a video entitled “The Evolution of the Swimsuit,” Jessica Rey presented a new line of designer swimsuits—modest, though still fashionable. The presentation has set off a lot of discussion about the nature of modesty. Many Christians have held Rey up as a hero, while others have claimed that she’s missing the point entirely. Veronica helped me think through this, and we hope this response is helpful for you, Summit Church, as you think through it. Continue Reading…

I hate flip flops

Posted by Pastor J.D. on October 13, 2009

I unapologetically maintain a rule around our office: Staff guys cannot wear flip flops in the office. This "level" of rules around our office is very unusual because a) we are very casual in our dress and b) I'm not a very autocratic leader by nature.

That said, this is one I won't let go.

The reason(s) are simple:

  1. Guys' feet are gross. Period. No one wants to look at your feet. Keep ugly stuff covered.
  2. The guys with the grossest feet (i.e. guys with bright yellow fungus growing up through their toenails, jacked up cuticles, dry-flaky skin around their heels or corns or bunions or just all around mal-formed, hobbit-like feet) seem to be the least aware and most likely to display their feet for the whole world to look at. If anything, flip flops should be a privilege, not a right, for guys with normal looking feet. But then again, refer to (1) for clarification on that.
  3. People's feet are generally dirty.
  4. The little thong that goes between the big and second toe on a pair of flip-flops has to be the nastiest article of clothing in the history of civilization. The flip-flop thong resides in one of the dirtiest places in your body–your toe jam hollow–and it NEVER gets washed. Do you realize how disgustingly nasty that is? Think about how your shoes smell when you wear them 4-5 times without socks. I can imagine dirtier articles of clothing, but you keep them covered. And that's my point.

I think reasonable people would agree that loving men keep their feet ensconced in socks and shoes. *Special acknowledgement to Katie Baker for encouraging me to go public with this* Feet

“Doctrinal preaching” and “effective evangelism” are often assumed to be at odds. I disagree with that with every fiber of my being.

Many of my “theologically astute” friends seem to think that God measures “our success” only by doctrinal faithfulness and that they shouldn’t worry about how many people are coming to Christ. Recently, my research assistant found these quotes by one of Christian history’s MOST DOCTRINAL preachers, Charles Spurgeon.

I would sooner bring one sinner to Jesus Christ than unpick all the mysteries of
the divine Word, for salvation is the thing we are to live for.–Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit 22.263If I never won souls, I would sigh till I did. It would break my heart over them
if I could break their hearts.  Though I can understand the possibility of anearnest sower never reaping, I cannot understand the possibility of an earnest sower being content not to reap.  I cannot comprehend any one of you Christian people trying to win souls and not having results, and being satisfied with our results. Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit 15.237

The Holy Spirit will move them first by first moving you.  If you can rest
without their being saved, they will rest, too.  But if you are filled with an
agony for them, if you cannot bear that they should be lost, you will soon find
that they are uneasy, too.  I hope you will get into such a state that you will
dream about your child perishing for lack of Christ, and start up at once and
begin to cry, “O God, give me converts, or I die.” Then you will have converts.
–Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit 22.143-144

It is  a very solemn delusion when minsters think they are prospering, and yet do not hear of conversions. Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit 14.378

I would be willing to die if I could be honored by the Holy Spirit to win this mass of souls to God. Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit 13.204

The saving of souls, if a man has once gained love to perish sinners and his
blessed master, will be an all-absorbing passion to him.  It will so carry him
away, that he will almost forget himself in the saving of others.  He will be
like the brave fireman, who cares not for the scorch or the heat, so that he
may rescue the poor creature on whom true humanity has set his heart.
–New Park Street Pulpit 5.474-475

Do you see this passion among the doctrinally deep? I am no fan of doctrinally shallow preaching because I think that it wins people only to an experience and not really to God. But where is evangelistic passion of, say, a John Knox who prayed, “God, give me Scotland OR I DIE!”