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    Top 7 Things NOT to get Todd for Christmas

    (I know that many of you are wondering to yourself, "Self... what should I get Todd this Christmas?"  Please refrain from purchasing any of the following for me...)

    (Please, don't get me wrong... these might be great gifts for someone you know... just not for me, thanks).

    RicecowboyThe Dr. John R. Rice Cowboy Poster
    J. R. Rice is a classic preacher... but please don't get me this poster for Christmas.  "This is a wonderful full-color poster of Dr. J. R. Rice in complete cowboy dress. This photo would make an excellent keepsake for those who loved the "20th century's mightiest pen."  [oh my... what would Rice's fans think if I offered a "Rick Warren Hawaiian Shirt" poster for the back of YOUR 'study door'?  (Price:  $1.00 clearance (go figure -- it was $5.00!)  You can order here.

    Iwjo_2 The IWJO (I Watch Joel Osteen) Lapel Pin
    Again, this is for real... "Show your support for Pastor Joel and spread the message of his ministry by wearing this beautiful pin. As non-believers ask their co-workers, friends and neighbors about the I W J O logo, it will give them the opportunity to learn about and receive Christ as their Savior through Pastor Joel's Ministry at Lakewood Church. (Excuse me... but I find it hard to find much of the salvation message many times when listening to Joel himself... This, to me, is really just a cheap knock-off of the Jerry Fawell "Jesus First" pin that I used to own... I think I'll pass on this one... please don't buy this for me this holiday season).  Price:  $4.95 + shipping/handling.  (Car decals are also available.)  You can order here.

    Smokinjesus "Jesus Hates it When You Smoke" Ashtray
    Jesus, the Prince of Peace gazes balefully upwards at your approaching cigarette... How does that make you feel? 'JESUS HATES IT WHEN YOU SMOKE' reads the print inside this provocative, righteous ashtray.  Sticker on bottom reads: "use of this product may be hazardous to your health and/or eternal soul".  (This'd be a great soul-winning tool for those 'turn or burn' sign holders).  They're a steal at just $12.00, available here.

    RockmusicRock Music vs. The God of the Bible
    An extensive examination of rock music and its evil influence on society. Chapters include "My Experience with Rock Music" (the author's testimony), "The Roots of Rock" (focusing on the blues, jazz, black spirituals, and Southern Gospel) [NO NO NO... not SOUTHERN GOSPEL!!!], "Rock and Rebellion," "Rock Music and Insanity," "Rock Musicians as Mediums," "Rock Music and Pagan Religion," "Death Metal Rock Music," "How to Raise a Rock and Roll Rebel." 480 pages, $19.95.  Available here

    KeychainSinging Hallelujah Keychain
    The remarkable Singing Bible Keychain plays the  Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah. It's not some junky little electronic version, mind you. Rather, it plays 20 seconds of loud, booming music sung by a full chorus and backed by an orchestra.  And miracle of miracles... Batteries are included! Hallelujah!  Just $5.99 available here.

    Hagees_1 The Best of the Hagee's
    "The songs found on this recording will speak to your heart in a way that will inspire you to action for the cause of Christ. This praise and worship recording, filled with the Holy Spirit, will inspire you."  (Sorry, it's just not my type of music.  I did order one for my friend Bernie for Christmas, though.  Shhhh... Don't tell him.)  Just $15 ($14 of that goes right into John Hagee's front pocket) available here.

    204Room 204:  Heritage Inn at Heritage USA
    "ONE-OF-A-KIND item from the now closed Heritage USA Christian Theme Park which was run by Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker. We were able to salvage some items from Heritage USA before they were destroyed and gone forever.  This hotel was once a thriving place welcoming millions of visitors but now is in the process of being torn down.  Of the 3 buildings, only one remains and is being torn down now.  The sign is made out of wood and is about 1 1/2 inches thick.  This would be a great item to hang on your wall in your office. Don't miss your chance to own a piece of Heritage USA and PTL history.  Remember, this is a one-of-a-kind item and once it's sold, the is not another like it."  Currently on eBay... bid price is just $--, oh, wait... there are no bidders yet... but you can buy it now for $45... just don't buy it for me.)

    OK... that's my list... anyone else have something that they really wouldn't like to receive this Christmas? 

    Maybe next time, I'll give a list of things I think would be really cool to get.  smile

    Have a great week!


    Well, Thanksgiving is past; and now our thoughts turn to Christmas.  Most people like to make lists of things they’d like to receive… I’d like to make a list for you of things that I hope I don’t receive…


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    1. ld on Mon, December 19, 2005

      A blog where everyone thinks and talks and acts alike. No one would ever visit it again!

    2. TG on Tue, December 20, 2005

      I was thinking of a IRTB pin for all of us on this site.  you know “I Read Todd’s Blog” That would make for a great Christmas :o)  Great Blog, if we can’t laugh it will be a long winter’s day!  Even if its 75 degrees out like here in AZ

    3. Melanie T on Tue, December 20, 2005

      I too am saddened by the wise-cracks about other ministers.  I am not a “stick-in-the-mud” by any stretch of the imagination - I like a good joke - but to me it seems just a tad dangerous to poke fun at someone who, whether or not you agree with him, may have a true annointing from the Lord on some or many parts of his life or ministry.  David himself, although he feared for his life, would not touch Saul because he had once been annointed by God.  He said in I Samuel 26:9, “...who can stretch out his hand against the Lord’s anointed and be without guilt?”  Although I have, at one point or another, questioned each one of the three men in question, I have also, at some point, been ministered to by both Osteen and Hagee.  Yes, I wonder sometimes why Joel Osteen doesn’t bring Jesus into more of his messages - my husband and I have even had that discussion on an occasion or two.  And yes, I have also had to leave the room, because I couldn’t take anymore of John Hagee’s “hell-fire and brimstone” that day (he is my husband’s favorite).  But don’t forget - we are all members of a body, and we all have a different function.  We need those who tell it like it is (Hagee fits that description) and we need encouragers (Osteen fits that description) - and who are we to decide who should fulfill what role?  Doesn’t that decision belong to the Master?   I really don’t know much about Jim Bakker - I was too young to pay much attention - but I wouldn’t poke fun at him either, if not for the simple fact that I feel sorry for him spending much of his life in a prison cell.

      I don’t know - I just don’t like it.  Healthy debate about issues and doctrine is one thing.  Questioning another’s annointing or calling is another thing entirely, and I think it is treading on dangerous ground.  Can we make jokes about something else and leave the people-bashing to Saturday Night Live? 

      God bless everyone during this holiday season, and Merry Christmas.


    4. RevJay on Tue, December 20, 2005

      I bought the ashtray for my in-laws… choke, choke. Maybe (I doubt it) they’ll catch the hint…  RevJay

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