Matthew Rathbun Is Starting Over

BlueJeanTheology Has Come To An End…

…but not really.  When I look back at who Matthew Rathbun is and I see that BlueJeanTheology has been a great way for me to share information about my faith, family and tools for years now, but recently I’ve been feeling the itch to create something similar but different.  Today I launched MatthewRathbun.net which will be my new site  to engage folks into conversations and share a bit of what’s on BlueJeanTheology, but more “lifestyle” stuff.

Why an entirely new site and name?  Easy.  It was time to start over.  BlueJeanTheology just has never really flowed for me as a name and the site design was dated at best.  A lot of the content that was here will be on the new site, but it will be more eclectic than just writing about faith.  I’ve always tried to be “real” online, but there is more that I’d like to share.  Believe it or not, it was easier to start all over than to reconstruct this site and I got to do things right from the beginning.  I was so new to blog design when I started BJT so many years ago that I made a lot of mistakes.  That’s fine, it’s part of the learning.  Now it’s time to move on.  I hope you’ll bookmark and subscribe to www.MatthewRathbun.me I think you’ll like what I have in store!



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Disney’s “The Paperman” is Awesome!

I am just a guy…

I read a lot of books, blogs and listen to countless christian podcasts…  In each of those mediums, the writer/speaker seems to start out with some elaborate title or position in their church or ministry.  It seems that the titles get more elaborate or “trendy” as time goes on.  Me?  I’m just a guy…

I’m a guy who has been broken, unworthy, self loathing and sinful.  But yet through all that I believe that Christ, the Son of God, loves me.  He genuinely cares for me and had I been the only person throughout the whole of history to respond to His love, He would have still stepped down from grace, lowered Himself to the painful life of a mortal and died for me.  He was tortured in more ways than just the physical accounts and still did it for me and for you.

Sound too simple?  Too child like?  I think most truths are simple and sound child like.  Murder is bad, not sharing is bad, stealing is bad, touching a hot burner is bad…

Our culture has grown increasingly aggressive against this notion.  An increasingly cynical portion of our culture has decided that such notions as belief in God, Christ, salvation or His sacrifice are fairy-tales.  They believe that those who believe are troglodytes and unenlightened.  In response to which, many christians began to become less apparent in their beliefs so that they don’t appear stupid or offensive to others.  While other christians go the opposite direction and feel that being offensive is somehow going to earn them a higher placement in heaven.  Being offensive is often the biggest barrier to spreading the message of Christ.  I think Christ is equally hurt by both extremes.  His commission to us was to spread the message and He also commanded us to love others – not just others like us.

The funny thing (to me) is that Christ did a pretty good job of showing indignation to the religious group of His time, while showing compassion, love and enjoyment with the company of broken people like me. Being offensive in the “name of Christ” and then pretending to be persecuted is not fooling anyone.  It certainly isn’t fooling Christ.  Truth-be-told, acting as a christian will sometimes offend people (especially religious people).  There’s no reason to go out of our way to offend people. I suppose that if I had to choose a group to offend, it would be religious people.  At the same time, Christ was able to enjoy people while still showing them a better way to live – a life through Him.  He did so with only occasionally reminding them of who He is.

Don’t you find that intriguing.  Christ was such a “regular” guy in His community that GOD HIMSELF had to remind them of who He is.  Talk about an amazing ability to engage people.  He was one of them, without being one of them and through that was able to minister to them in their lifestyle.

There are countless books out there about why the church is becoming irrelevant.  I think it’s because of one simple truth.  We fail to do it the way Christ did…  We, the church, are happy to live externally from the world and then try to tell them how to live.  Wouldn’t it be more powerful if we lived it the way we are compelled to live, along side them?

After all, we are them.  Religious people, church-goers and all-of-the-above are simply people.  We are no different, we’ve just selected to heed the call.  We could very easily have been among those who don’t get it.

The Secret Compartment Bookshelf Is Full Of Win!

Other than the fact that this guy just showed all his goodies on YouTube, this is the coolest piece of furniture ever!

Barstool Economics

I got this email today…

Bar Stool Economics

Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this:

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.
The fifth would pay $1.
The sixth would pay $3.
The seventh would pay $7.
The eighth would pay $12.
The ninth would pay $18.
The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.

So, that’s what they decided to do. The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve. “Since you are all such good customers”, he said, “I’m going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20″. Drinks for the ten now cost just $80.

The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes so the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free. But what about the other six men – the paying customers? How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his “fair share?”
They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody’s share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer. So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man’s bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay.

And so:
The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings).
The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33%savings).
The seventh now pay $5 instead of $7 (28%savings).
The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% savings).
The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% savings).
The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings).
Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to drink for free. But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings. “I only got a dollar out of the $20,” declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man, “but he got $10!” “Yeah, that’s right,” exclaimed the fifth man. “I only saved a dollar, too. It’s unfair that he got ten times more than I!” “That’s true!!” shouted the seventh man. “Why should he get $10 back when I got only two? The wealthy get all the breaks!” “Wait a minute,” yelled the first four men in unison. “We didn’t get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!” The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.

The next night the tenth man didn’t show up for drinks, so the nine sat down and had beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn’t have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!

And that, boys and girls, journalists and college professors, is how our tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.

 

Matt Chandler Explains Justification in 2 Minutes and How Jesus Wants The Rose

Anyone who has ever talked to me for any length of time about such things, has probably heard me reference Matt Chandler.  He is by far the most influential Pastor in my life and I’ve never met him.  I follow his podcasts, writings, video casts, etc… whenever I can find them.

When challenged by so many christians about the effectiveness of online ministry, I point to Matt Chandler.  …and then I remind them that Christ himself did not chose to use a pulpit on a Sunday morning to deliver his message.  He used whatever means he had to build relationships.

The following two videos are my favorite shorts from Matt Chandler.  The first deals with not only how badly Christ wants us, but how poorly the church conveys that love.  The second video explains justification in about two minutes.

Bonus: The Knowability of God

This video should come with a warning to all Christians.  It’s the most convicting sermonette I’ve ever heard.

The Limitations Of Pro-Choice?

I’m honestly indifferent to most social issues…  The termination of a child is not one of those issues that I chose to show indfference.  I honestly cannot understand the desire of so many to see the light of a child extinguished.  It’s barbaric.

I fully appreciate and understand the fear and lack of control of a girl who is pregnant and doesn’t know what to do.  I don’t stand in judgement of the mom…  What I don’t understand is the people who push these scared young girl into decisions that sacrifice their health and willfully end a young life before it’s had a chance to see the world.

I watched a portion of the DNC and all I heard was angry, bitter women yelling about the rights of women.  What about the rights of the women who are not yet born?  What about the right of the father?  These things baffle and sadden me all at the same time.

This video is an interesting insight into the clear contradiction of those who claim to be “pro-choice”.  These self-same people who are largely anti-death penalty.  Go figure – destroy the baby, but save the serial-killer…

One Fundamental Question about the Big Bang Theory

Today I watched a video from Bill Nye the Science Guy in which he asks parents who believe in Creationism to not share that with our children.  He somehow feels that by doing so they won’t be able to become engineers.  Now, forget for a moment that many, many Creationist are engineers, builders, scientist, doctors and thinkers… If you forget about the facts than his insertion is more believable.

I happen to think that God has developed a defense mechanism in organic life that allows us to adapt to our surroundings over time, so in that vein I suppose I believe in evolution.  I don’ t know if the original 7 days was a literal seven days or if God used “days” to mean eras of development.  Frankly, it doesn’t change my faith in the subject.

So, whereas I’m a Creationist, I can understand the confusion of those who try to alienate a superior being or intelligent designer from their interpretation of life.

However, until I’ll even consider the evolutionist’s Big Bang Theory (which is a great TV show, btw); I’d like to ask the evolutionists one basic question in two parts…

Where did the first two big rocks come from and how did an explosion occur in a vacuum?

I’m not judging your theory, I’m asking you to answer the question of it’s origin.  See I have an easier time having faith in my belief than in yours.  Neither of us know the full truth as neither of us were really there.  My belief is far easier to explain and accept than the other.

I don’t think Big Bang Theorist are evil people.  I think they simple have a different faith and religion.  Their religion is deeply embedded in “science” where my religion believes in science, as well as an intelligent creator.  Which of us is more close minded?

The Outsiders Perceptions

Anyone who has read this blog for any length of time knows that my reoccurring theme is one of desire.  I desire for Christians to actually engage a culture the way that I believe Christ set forth.  We could do so much more good, if we were approachable, open and forgiving.  The following video is from the folks at www.unchristian.com.

None of the statements in the video are things that I haven’t heard before.  How would you respond to each of the considerations stated in the video?  How do we overcome these commonly held perceptions?

Why Are We Only Caring About This One Loss?

The events that took the life Treyvon Martin a 17 year old you man in Florida are indeed tragic… and were avoidable. We do not know enough about the circumstances that caused a vigilante to escalate his use of force and take another life. We do not know the motivations and are left to only guess.

I am proud of American’s for speaking out about the evils of bias and hated, assuming that is what lead to this tragedy.

However, I am saddened and appalled that some elected officials have twisted the pain and suffering of parents and a community for their own political gain. How dare they make this a political issue in order to gain some cheap votes and attention to themselves. Enjoy your spotlight now, eternity will judge you.

I am saddened and appalled that we only have this type of outcry when it is a crime against an african-american man by a white man; yet we are corporately passionless about the countless unborn children that are extinguished before they have a chance to shine.

I am saddened and appalled by the lack of media attention and lack of effort from our elected officials to intervene with the ongoing minority on minority violence.

Where is your indignation and intensity when it comes to the day to day violence and attacks on our youth that is ongoing. Where is your indignation when our own freedoms are systematically stripped from us?

Sometimes I feel that as a country we are a young, spoiled child. We have so very much to learn.