Monday, January 26, 2009

Exit 109 GSP Red Bank Jesus

Red Bank, NJ is home to film maker Kevin Smith’s Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash (store). This downtown fixture has become its own icon unto itself as it houses its own Jesus icon: The Buddy Christ.

While followers of The Way make pilgrimages to holy sites around the globe, the T-shirt and sandal crowd trek in from around the nation pay homage at Silent Bob's Secret Stash to catch a glimpse of The Buddy Christ (and occasionally Kevin Smith behind the register).

Now this portrayal of Christ does elicit quite a response as is reprinted from a recent blog:

-This turns my stomach.This is an abomination from the pit of hell.

-Without a doubt, the most disrespectful, disgusting thing I've ever seen. Degrading the Lord Jesus Christ like this is Positively monstrous!!!

-This is the result of creating false idols and teaching a false doctrine that Jesus is an "easy fix" and just wants you to do well and be blessed materially, emotionally, and financially.

-May this "Christ" go quickly to the Graveyard of Relevance and may he never be resurrected.

But one person may have gotten it right:

-Just wanted to mention: "Buddy Christ" is a from a film called Dogma (Kevin Smith). The point that Smith was making when he introduced "Buddy Christ" is "Don't try and change religion to be 'relevant' with today's times - you'll look ridiculous.

-Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Christ Buddy photo: roderick A.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Exit 5 NJT Burlington Jesus

Burlington, NJ: What 'Wood' Jesus Do?

Robin Rieger BENSALEM, Pa. (CBS 3) ―

A Bucks County woodworker said he found Jesus in a tree stump and some are calling the find a piece of "divine pine."

Next time you take a good look at a tree, you might wonder if it is harboring a divine message from the heavens.

Protectively wrapped in a piece of ostrich leather is what Bensalem's Craig O'Connor calls a slab of a New Jersey pine tree he cut down in a friend's Burlington yard in January 2007.

The image he saw in the remaining stump stopped him in his tracks.
"When I seen it, I was just in awe, I think it's Jesus, Jesus' head … it looks like he is ascending into heaven," O'Connor said.

O'Connor is a woodworker who makes unique table tops from trees, but he said the image is over the top.

"The halo is the center of the tree," O'Connor said.

Some people say timing is everything and Craig said he was destined to find the slab when he did. If the tree had continued to grow, the image would have spread and disappeared.

The question now is what to do with the unusual discovery.

"I put it on eBay, I got a $500 hit right away, but I took it right off," O'Connor said.
Craig said as a catholic, he feels a little guilty for wanting to sell it for more money, but he thinks it's very valuable.

"One hundred grand, they got $28,000 for a grilled cheese sandwich," O'Connor said. "One hundred grand for a piece of beautiful New Jersey pine with a picture of Jesus Christ ascending to heaven."

Mark 15:24 And they crucified him. Dividing up his clothes, they cast lots to see what each would get.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Exit 100 GSP Neptune Jesus

Neptune is named after the Roman god of the sea. This could explain why there is only one church within the entire city limits. The closest thing to the Trinity you find here is Neptune’s three-prong trident….unless you venture into the local Strauss Discount Auto Store.
Here you will find Jesus, in every isle. Really.

Isle 1: Jesus Air freshener (Vanilla Scent)
Isle 2: Jesus dashboard light (currently sold-out)
Isle 3: I Love Jesus Fish bumper sticker
Isle 4: Jesus-bling key chain
Isle 5: Jesus window decal and there was even an Angel in isle 6

"My name's Angel, what's yours?"

But most intriguing was what was in Isle 7: the Jesus license plate. That’s right, the Jesus license plate.
But there’s only one problem, the Jesus license plate is illegal in the state of New Jersey…but if enough of us break the law, put this puppy on our vehicles, pay the corresponding fine, we may just be able to put a dent in the state's rather large debt.

Romans 13:8
Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Exit 136 GSP Linden Jesus

With its many refining facilities supplying over 230,000 barrels of petroleum-based products, you smell Linden, long before you get there. Perhaps someone at the local government was sniffing much too much of the petrol at Christmas.

To the city’s credit, there is a Nativity scene built on the front lawn of City Hall. The wise men at the city government decided that the manger would lay empty without the Christ child until December 25th when the baby would miraculously appear.

Only problem was that December 25th came and went without Jesus in the manger. The other Wisemen, Mary & Joseph along with a few sheep and cows starred at an empty troth.

But then the Christmas miracle happened, albeit a day late. Baby Jesus, wearing a blue-painted blanket was spotted in the crib next to the Hanukkah menorah. The mayor explained, "It was an embarrassing oversight." Residents complained that the city has no problem remembering when tax bills are due but can’t seem to remember when Christ was born.

II Peter: So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body, because I know that I will soon put it aside, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things.