Archive | February, 2007

Did James Cameron find Jesus?

28 Feb

What a loaded question!! I was asked yesterday to interview with one of the local television stations about this documentary, to be released by James Cameron on March 4. My schedule prohibited me from doing that, but I want to share my thoughts with you now.

What is all the buzz about??

10 small ossuaries (small coffins) found in Jerusalem claim to have the bones of Jesus, Mary Magdelene, and the son of Jesus. What an amazing find!! This is incredible, and they were even able to swab some DNA out of these age-old boxes. So, James Cameron is telling us he has the DNA of Jesus Christ! What James Cameron is not really telling everyone is this: THIS FIND WAS MADE IN 1980.

Archaeological scholars, for YEARS, have claimed this to be a find that makes great television, but is not sound. There are too many questionable circumstances surrounding this for it to be considered factual and historical. Don’t believe me?? Look it up! In 1996, a BBC crew did this same documentary, and the words I just shared are almost EXACTLY what they found and reported.

A comment was made by Cameron at the likelyhood, the slim possibility of finding so many names linked to Christ in the same burial area. He said mathematicians say the odds of this are astronomical, so therefore, this MUST be true. However, SECULAR ARCHAEOLOGISTS are saying it is a HOAX! Why would someone make up such a hoax and go to such great detail to pull it off? Okay, WHY would someone invent the Lee County Lizzard Man?? I will TELL you why . . .PUBLICITY!! Money!

I encourage you to research this and look at all of the facts. A good article on this can be found at this link:,4670,JesusapossBurial,00.html

The bottom line is this is a money-making venture, as MOST movies done by big-time directors. It will generate a lot of buzz. It will probably die down. For the Christian, this is a gentle reminder of the fact that the world will always attack and try to disarm our faith. What we know to be true IS TRUE: Jesus IS ALIVE!! His bones are NOT OUT THERE TO BE FOUND, therefore His DNA is NOT THERE!

So, the facts are clear: James Cameron did NOT find Jesus. But I wish he would . . .


28 Feb

One summer evening during a violent thunderstorm a mother was tucking her small boy into bed. She was about to turn off the light when he asked with a tremor in his voice, “Mommy, will you sleep in here with me tonight?”

The Mother smiled and gave him a reassuring hug. “I can’t, dear,” she said. “I have to sleep with Daddy.”

A long silence was broken at last by his shaky little voice: “The big sissy.”

(This joke was today’s offering on Mikey’s Funnies, a Christian joke list to which I subscribe.

Okay, if that constitutes being a sissy, I am one. After 20 years of marriage, I DO NOT sleep if without Diana. How could I sleep without the kicks or that move where she can levitate, flip 180 degrees, and land in less than half a second?

In all seriousness, send her on a trip, or send me on a trip, and I have the hardest time getting to sleep. But, the older I get, all I have to do is SEE my bed at home on a normal night and I am out. And, there it is . . . a personal briefing on the sleep habits of David R. Wike . . .

The Methods might change, but the Message does not

26 Feb

Yesterday morning was an awesome time of worship at EBC. Some of our senior high students and college students led us, sharing their passion about our fire for Christ. Asking questions, such as “Are we lukewarm as individuals? What is heaven really like? Will WE see it?”

At 8:30, I stood in a back room (having spent the first half-hour in Children’s Church) and I watched, listened, and observed how we as a congregation received that message. At first, I found myself wondering about some of those closest to me in the sanctuary. Were they giving any credence to this message? Were they dismissing it as “just the kids” sharing? Did this message sink in?

Talking to some after the service, I was relieved to see that it did. I appreciate the fact that some were tuned in and allowed God to make quite an impact on them yesterday. But after standing in the back, as I NEVER do, I found myself trying to figure out how to move the back to the front and get some of those folks involved.

Our willingness to reach the next generation ALSO involves our willingness to adjust to methods that will reach them. If not, we are dismissing them and will eventually LOSE them.

Sobering thoughts for a Monday morning . . .

An entry about something IMPORTANT

23 Feb

I know I try to be light and have fun with this blog, but there are times when I have to tackle serious issues and hope everyone will understand. Please do not read ANYTHING into this that is unintended . . .

Now that I have your attention, did you know that Florence now has a Moe’s Southwest Grill?? I would describe Moe’s as a cut above Taco Bell, a more upscale burrito, taco, quesadilla, and fajita place that custom makes your food as you tell them what to put on it and what to leave off. The food is good, atmosphere is nice, and location is right on Five Points at Florence Mall (behind ANOTHER new place that I will not mention out of respect for Wes Andrews).

If you have never been to a Moe’s, you need to try this place. If you have, I did not even have to write that. Now that we have a Moe’s, it is a given that Joel Fowler will visit Florence much more often (he is addicted).

Hmmm . . . I wonder

22 Feb

I wonder if I will hear from ANY of the NC State fans that I heard from a couple of weeks ago??

How do YOU find enlightenment?

21 Feb

David Carridine (star of Kung Fu, for those REALLY OLD readers), says you can find it in the Yellow Book telephone directory. Al Gore says you can find it on the Internet, which by the way, HE invented. Others say you can only find it within, after getting in touch with the inner self (and some are even bold enough to claim that inner self to be “god” (with a little g).

There is only ONE GOD, and you ain’t Him (and I ain’t, either). He is the Source of all truth, of all knowledge and enlightenment. Funny thing about enlightenment: God WILL provide, but we will NEVER understand all there is to know. In fact, the more I know, the more I realize that I don’t really understand!! Not to say we should not pursue this knowledge, or this relationship . . . It is really meaningful to seek God and His face. And I believe He WILL help you understand some things. But there are some things we cannot understand, or we could not handle. Sunday morning I talked about Progressive Revelation, how God reveals Himself to us as we can handle it. He gives us time to digest ideas, to stretch our faith, and then a little more. God made us and He alone knows what we can handle.

Trust Him, and He will bring the enlightenment. And it will be more than the Yellow Book could ever bring, more than the Internet could provide, and more than L. Ron Hubbard EVER IMAGINED.

Still Learning

20 Feb

You would think after being in ministry for sixteen years, I would begin to learn things about life. Apparently I am still learning. I am learning that I need to take special care in the things I say, and how I say them. I am also learning that some people will hold me to an impossible standard because of the title and calling I carry. And I had better be aware of that fact.

I guess it is a good thing to still be learning, because if I thought I knew it all, I would be in big trouble. The older I get, the more I realize that I really do not know a whole lot.

Bullfighting and Hockey

19 Feb

Okay, you KNOW it is a slow sports day when you see clips of bullfighting and lots of hockey on SportsCenter. Sure, they have highlights of college basketball and the NBA All-Star game, but I actually saw a clip of a bullfighter this morning. Slow news day, huh??

I guess they have to have their filler, too. Everyday is not a Super Bowl highlight day. The frightening thing is that I sat here and watched it. Maybe a sad commentary on my morning.

Method vs Message

16 Feb

It was a cold winter day. An old man walked out onto a frozen lake, cut a hole in the ice and dropped in his fishing line. He was there for almost an hour, without even a nibble, when a young boy walked out onto the ice, cut a hole in the ice not far from him. The young boy dropped his fishing line and minutes later he hooked a Largemouth Bass.

The old man couldn’t believe his eyes but chalked it up to plain luck. But, shortly thereafter, the young boy pulled in another large catch.

The young boy kept catching fish after fish. Finally, the old man couldn’t take it any longer. “Son, I’ve been here for over an hour without even a nibble. You’ve been here only a few minutes and have caught a half dozen fish! How do you do it?”

The boy responded, “Roo raf roo reep ra rums rrarm.”
“What was that?” the old man asked.

Again the boy responded, “Roo raf roo reep ra rums rarrm.”
“Look,” said the old man, “I can’t understand a word you’re saying.”

The boy spit the contents of his mouth into his hand and said, “You have to keep the worms warm!”

The bait was the SAME, but the way it was presented was dramatically different. Get the picture?? Sometimes we have to alter our methods to catch fish. And that is what Jesus told us we would be doing . . . that WE would be FISHERS OF MEN. So, we are called to catch fish! The bait is the Gospel, and we cannot change it. But the method, how it is presented . . . Well, just look in the New Testament at how Jesus and Paul did it, and you will see a variety of methods. Those are our examples.

Go fishing . . . And don’t be afraid to follow the Holy Spirit!

Post-Valentine’s Day Buzz

15 Feb

I would hate to be an elementary school teacher today . . . I think I would call in sick. Last night, we almost had to call paramedics for some of our choir teachers because the kids were so hyped-up on chocolate! And, for every emotional high, there is a low. I wonder what those same kids would be like if they were assembled today. I bet there would be a big difference (unless some of them loaded up on chocolates this morning for breakfast).

Will we have the same reaction today?? Yesterday was a day to remind us of love, especially towards that special someone. Well, shouldn’t every day be like that?? Part of what makes marriages work is the commitment and everyday work. Marriage can never go into cruise control, because when it does, watch out . . . the wreck will be pretty ugly.

And, I am all about preventing those wrecks. So keep up the love!!!