The Tipping Point of Loyalty

burger kingAs I’ve written about before, I’m not a big fan of McDonalds. That meant that Burger King was my fast food common choice of preference. I say common choice because there seems to be more Burger Kings and McDonald’s than other fast food chains (and we all would choose In-N-Out if we had the choice).

But I’ve officially broken my loyalty to Burger King after my experience this weekend. I can boil this decision down to three things:

  • they’ve changed their fries from what I used to love to something I think is very subpar
  • they’ve stopped making my favorite sandwich, the BK Double Stacker
  • I waited twenty five minutes in the drive through line. I timed it. And I’ve never before been so close to driving over the landscaping to get out of the drive through line.

I will do my best to avoid Burger King from this point on. This is a little shocking since this was a place I used to enjoy. As I’ve thought about my change of heart I wondered how much it takes to break loyalty to something? Loyalty might be a strong word to describe my previous view of Burger King, but at least I had some type of relationship. I can clearly articulate three things that caused this change. But I wonder, would two of them have been enough? Would just one?

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Misquoted Verses of the Bible (Mt. 18:20)

This post is part of a series looking at misquoted verses of the Bible. Click here to see others.

Today’s post is something you often hear from the stage in a church service. I’ve heard many worship leaders (the main culprit of this one) paraphrase this verse:

“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:20

It’s usually said to rally the congregation gathered together that God is in our midst so get crazy! But consider, when used this way, what this also implies. If only one person showed up for church that week he or she would be very disappointed to realize that God wasn’t there. If only you had one or two more to motivate God to show up!

More damaging would be the false conclusion some might draw that God isn’t present with us when we are alone. We might infer that despite God’s omnipresence, He reserves Himself to groups only. While this might be laughable depending on your Biblical understanding, I’m saddened to think a person might genuinely conclude this.

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Newspaper Blackout

I’m not sure how it happened, but I recently stumbled onto the work of Austin Kleon. Austin is an artist who uses words (or as he describes it: a writer who draws). While he’s written a few great books, I recently enjoyed reading Newspaper Blackout. It’s an art form referred to as blackout poetry. He takes an article from a newspaper and blacks out all of the words except a new sentence that he forms. The new sentence usually has nothing to do with the original subject of the article. Here’s the best part about it: it’s surprisingly fun to do yourself.

If you enjoy reading, or poetry, or art… you’ll likely enjoy this book. You might even give it (or something like it) a try yourself and unlock your inner creative. It’s turned into a fun way to mentally unwind for me. While it’s relatively easy to do, the hard part is figuring out which words to keep.

Here are some of the ones I’ve made so far:

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The Adoring Pursuit of Something Greater

paul and the faithfulness of god - NT wrightHumans are worshipping creatures, and even when they don’t consciously or even unconsciously worship any kind of god they are all involved in the adoring pursuit of something greater than themselves. Worship transforms humans, all of us, all the time, since you become like what you worship: those who worship money, power or sex have their characters formed by those strange powers, so that little by little the money-worshipper sees and experiences the world in terms of financial opportunities or dangers, the power-hungry person sees and experiences the world and other humans in terms of chances to gain power or threats to existing power, and the sex-worshipper sees the world in terms of possible conquests (that word is interesting in itself) or rivals. Those who consciously and deliberately choose not to worship those gods still have a range of others to select from, each of which will be character-forming in various ways. And, somewhere in the middle of this range, we find the worship of a God who was believed, by some people in the middle of the first century, to have revealed himself uniquely and decisively in a man called Jesus.

N.T. Wright, Paul and the Faithfulness of God

December with C.S. Lewis

Year with C.S. LewisThis is the final post of my series through A Year with C.S. Lewis.

Here are my favorite quotes from the assorted C.S. Lewis books that are included in the month of December in the book. Amazing how much material is covered in the year’s worth of daily readings. If you are ever looking for a daily devotion to go through I would strongly recommend this one. Consider the following:

To enter heaven is to become more human than you ever succeeded in being on earth; to enter hell, is to be banished from humanity.

‘There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, “Thy will be done,” and those to whom God says, in the end, “Thy will be done.” All that are in Hell, choose it. Without that self-choice there could be no Hell. No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. Those who seek find. To those who knock it is opened.’

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