Standing in Line at the Grocery Store (The Do You Follow Jesus This Close Bumper Sticker “Saga” Continues)

Ever since creating the Do You Follow Jesus This Close – Butterfly & Rainbow Bumper Sticker and the Standing in Line at the Grocery Store clothing versions, we’ve received numerous requests for custom designs.

Grow / Do You Follow Jesus This Close [COVID "Standing-In-Line-At-The-Grocery-Store" Edition] - Next Level Long Sleeve

For example, here’s the Grow / Do You Follow Jesus This Close [COVID “Standing-In-Line-At-The-Grocery-Store” Edition] – Next Level Long Sleeve that people enjoyed most during the colder months.

It’s no secret that we’ve somewhat shelved the “Grow” concept as more of a sub-category and gone with Do You Follow Jesus as our main Gift Shop, website and overall brand identity instead. However, we still wanted to make use of it this time around by combining the two and we’ve received great feedback.

grow-hardcover-journal

We will continue to make Grow products, such as the Hardcover Journal but know that we’re keeping the Do You Follow Jesus This Close Bumper Sticker at the forefront because this seems to be what most of our customers are asking for.

Do You Follow Jesus This Close? – Square Logo District Unisex Shirt

Remember that Do You Follow Jesus This Close Square Bumper Sticker that we posted last month? Well, we decided to make it into a shirt that you can wear in places where you have to stand in line.

do-you-follow-jesus-this-close-square-logo-district-unisex-shirt

Since we’re still social distancing in many places, we felt it makes sense to use the same idea as a conversation starter about Jesus and also as a tool that helps people remember not to stand so close behind us. Our Do You Follow Jesus This Close Square Logo District Unisex Shirt comes in multiple sizes in colors to match any occasion!

Do You Follow Jesus This Close? – Square Bumper Sticker

Stickers are an excellent way to show self-expression or promote your message. Our Do You Follow Jesus This Close Square Bumper Sticker is one way to explain to a tailgater that they’re too close to you on the road and it also gets people thinking about eternity when they’re stuck in traffic behind you; a win-win!

Available in 3 sizes in our Gift Shop, these stickers are printed with vibrant colors that are fade resistant and made of highly durable vinyl. Perfect for indoor and outdoor applications.

Smiles For Fun

This actually started with the idea of creating a neck gaiter for working in landscaping at first and then due to COVID, it became a face mask idea. We’re talking about the first Donald Trump face mask & neck gaiter.

Donald Trump’s “signature ‘fake news’ pose”

In the meantime, our collection has grown to over 12 designs and we’re constantly creating new versions as well as creating custom designs (yes, customers are asking for personal designs as well!) and we’ve even added a custom domain for the collection, SmilesForFun.com.

This Face Mask & Neck Gaiter is a versatile accessory that can be used as a face mask or face covering to comply with local COVID-19 mandates, headband, bandana, wristband, and neck warmer. Upgrade your accessory game and find a matching face shield for each of your outfits. If you already have to cover up your smile, why not cover it with another smile..?!

Santa Grinch Face Mask & Neck Gaiter
Santa Grinch Face Mask & Neck Gaiter
Maybe you’re Santa today, or the Grinch… you can choose with this reversible mask – just flip it around!

Imagine cheering up everyone and bringing happiness wherever you go..! That’s been our (somewhat unintentional) experience ever since we’ve started wearing these masks. And especially during these trying times, we’ve been able to brighten up entire rooms with the love of God and a simple smile 🙂

More Than A Bumper Sticker

We started out with the idea to create a bumper sticker that said “do you follow Jesus this close?” as a means to ward off tailgaters. The sticker has existed for a while but we never found a reasonable price or place to buy one that fit our wants and needs. So we decided to create a few of our own.

When we decided to attend the Rock School of Ministry (Learn more here), we came up with the idea for a Gift Shop to raise funds for tuition, travel, materials, and some living expenses.

All support is greatly appreciated – whether it’s financial or simply keeping us in prayer for God to provide as needed and sharing this information with others.

Please take a look at our product gallery – you might just see something you like for you or even as a gift for someone else. We also accept custom requests as well as create samples for before ordering large quantities. 

I'm Not Lucky, I'm Blessed Tee Shirt

Tuition for Rock School of Ministry

Now that we have started to attend the Rock School of Ministry (learn more at rockschoolofministry.com), and as we attend 3 mornings per week and commit to two three-day intensive growth retreats, all within a 19-week term (4½ months), we just ask you all for your continued support. Any kind of support is greatly appreciated – whatever is placed on your heart – whether it’s a donation (see directions below), or simply keeping us in prayer for God to provide as needed and sharing this information with others. Our goal is to raise funds for a total amount of $5940. This includes our tuition as well as travel, materials, and some living expenses.

This is a big step of faith for both of us, and we are requesting your prayers. While going through a season of transition and learning to trust God through various storms and trials, we have sensed His calling us into a deeper place of intimacy with Him and learning to simply “sit at the feet of Jesus” (Luke 10:38-42). 

Thank you for your consideration. We look forward to sharing with you all the great things that God is doing in us and through us in this season of growth.

Donations towards tuition can be made directly to the school online at: 
rsom.typeform.com/to/KIrEXf
(Please be sure that you put your name first and then either Daniel’s or Luci’s name under “Student Name”)

Checks can be mailed to:
Daniel & Luci Gurtner
PO Box 1231
La Mesa CA 91944 

And donations can also be received electronically via:

GoFundMe: 
gofundme.com/f/help-daniel-luci-through-rock-school-of-ministry

PayPal: 
paypal.me/gurtner 

Our Gift Shop: 
doyoufollowjesus.com

Going to Rock School of Ministry

We have decided to attend the Rock School of Ministry (learn more at rockschoolofministry.com).

It is was a big step of faith for both of us, and we are requesting your prayers. While going through a season of transition and learning to trust God through various storms and trials, we have sensed His calling us into a deeper place of intimacy with Him and learning to simply “sit at the feet of Jesus” (Luke 10:38-42). 

We believe that the school provides not only the guidance but also the environment for us to grow and transform into the people we are called to be, in life, in purpose, in calling, and in ministry. And we believe that this training and experience will also open up more doors for us towards full-time or part-time (paid) ministry opportunities as well as missions. 

Book Evaluation of Christian Bioethics by C. Ben Mitchell and Dr. D. Joy Riley

Christian Bioethics: A Guide for Pastors, Health Care Professionals, and Families (B&H Studies in Christian Ethics) by C. Ben Mitchell, D. Joy Riley MD

 

The Main Thesis of the Book

Starting with the introduction, in the first few sentences of the book it says that “the greatest challenge to the life and witness of the church in our age is widespread moral confusion and denial of moral authority” (Mitchell, location 51) And also, “that’s the burden of this book: to help readers discover how biblical theology, Christian ethics, and contemporary science and medicine intersect in the real world where people are making life-changing decisions” (Mitchell, location 107). As well as, “the issues in bioethics [are categorized] under the rubric of ‘taking life,’ ‘making life,’ and ‘remaking life.’ The order of these categories represents the order in which the ethical issues have arisen historically” (Mitchell, location 125).

Looking at these passages and also a little bit of the history of hospitals, the Red Cross and medical care explained in Chapter 1, the authors seem to be telling us that, while hospitals, the Red Cross and medical care, especially in America, were once deeply rooted in and had their origins to Judeo-Christian compassion, that today, this is no longer the case (Mitchell, location 286). In fact, that medical care, especially in America, has so much distanced itself from its original intent, that it’s even difficult for believing physicians today to make ethical and moral decisions, rooted in the Word of God.

Style of the book

“Using a dialogue format, Mitchell, an ordained minister and university professor, and Riley, an experienced physician, talk openly and thoughtfully about how they as Christians think about a range of thorny ethical issues arising in their field of bioethics. Combining their backgrounds in theology, ethics, and medicine, Mitchell and Riley engage real-life moral questions in a manner easily understood by laypersons and yet useful to clinicians, pastors, and students (Mitchell, location 70).”

The style of the dialogue here gives the book almost an interview/discussion panel feel and I’ve often found myself imagining C. Ben Mitchell (CBM) and D. Joy Riley (DJR) sitting across from each other at an angle at an informal setting or similar to a TED talk, going over the different points and giving the reader a way to learn from their dialogue. I like this style very much because it doesn’t feel like a dry textbook with lots of facts to memorize, but rather a fluid flow of information that engages and makes me think about what was said.

American Problems

One of the things I found quite interesting in this book was how the authors constantly bring up “problems” with medical care in reference to “American culture.” An example of what I mean by that can be found in regards to aging/anti-aging, discussed in Chapter 8: Aging and Life-Extension Technologies.

“Increasingly, Western culture – especially American culture – has come to loathe every facet of aging. Mushrooming interest in cosmetic surgery, obsessive consumption of antioxidants, and the technological quest for immortality are a phenomena of a relatively affluent and increasingly ageist society. We must resist both ageism and fatalism. Aging itself is not a disease to be conquered. Likewise, we do not have to accept stoically every limitation associated with aging (Mitchell, location 3503).”

While I do agree with this idea that Western culture has come to loathe every facet of aging, I don’t necessarily agree with the “especially American culture” portion. Having lived in Europe for over 20 years, I’ve found this statement to be true and just as bad (or worse!) in other Western cultures. What’s different about American culture is that it’s just more promoted by celebrities, Hollywood and the media. But even with the entertainment industry, the kind of person that is generally depicted in movies that is getting some kind of anti-aging treatment is some rich person from France or somewhere in Europe, not America.

Ironically, a lot of the technological advances in medicine also come from outside the US because the restrictions on what’s allowed and what’s not are different. There have also been many breakthroughs, especially in cancer research, that are banned in the US.

In terms of aging, as believers, we need to remember that this body is only temporary. Every single person that once lived, is alive now and will live one day in a body, already existed with God as a spirit and will continue to live as a spirit when their body passes away. Thinking of passages like Genesis 6, God limits our time here on the earth to 120 years. I heard a preacher once ask, what’s the drawback of human life? It has a 100% mortality rate. Instead of worrying so much about our bodies getting old and eventually dying, we should be concerned about what God put us on this earth to do and to do it. While maintaining good health is important, worrying about wrinkles and sagging body parts is just a distraction from what’s really important. As eternal beings, we need to be concerned about where and how we and the people we care about will be spending eternity when our bodies are gone. The book does a great job at pointing to this as well, which I was happy to see.

Ironically, it also mentions the “Russian 2045 Movement” at the beginning of Chapter 8:

“What do you get when you cross James Cameron’s idea, Robert White’s work with chimps, and the deep pockets of Russian Dmitry Itskov? Something called the Russian 2045 Movement, which is a robot that closely resembles a human from far away and close-up and contains a human brain and personality. This is not a joke. According to the company’s website, the project consists of four stages: Stage 1—called Avatar—is aimed at creating a robotic copy of the human body, controlled through a brain-computer interface. This stage is to be completed by 2020. Stage 2—Body B—to create an Avatar in which a human brain is transplanted at the end of one’s life. This stage is to be completed by 2025. Stage 3—Re-brain—to create an Avatar with an artificial brain, in which a human personality or consciousness is transferred at the end of one’s life. This stage is to start in 2030 and to be completed by 2035. Stage 4—Hologram-like body—A hologram-like avatar. To be started in 2040 and completed by 2045 (Mitchell, location 3282).”

Clearly, the Russian 2045 Movement is neither American nor purely Western. And this total obsession with youth and staying young, I would venture to say that this is a human “thing,” not a cultural one. I think this statement from CBM supports my venture: “Aging is not a disease to be cured but a reality of the human condition to be celebrated (Mitchell, location 3444).”

All in All

As the authors claimed at the beginning of the book, I do think that they “help readers discover how biblical theology, Christian ethics, and contemporary science and medicine intersect in the real world where people are making life-changing decisions (Mitchell, location 107).” Their playful discussion style explanations help a lot in absorbing the material and offer guidance and references to real-life situations that a reader can always go back to and lean on.  

Works cited

Mitchell, C. Ben and Riley, D. Joy (2014). Christian Bioethics: A Guide for Pastors, Health Care Professionals, and Families (B&H Studies in Christian Ethics). B&H Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

 

Batman Voice Changing Helmet

Last week, a coworker told me about a prank for another coworker and the idea came up to somewhat make it Batman themed. I found this Batman Voice Changing Helmet that might just do the trick.

DC Justice League Batman Voice Changing Tactical Helmet by Mattel

Ironically, we looked for and tried out several apps on our phones first, each of them promised that they had a Batman Voice Changing feature – BUT THEY DIDN’T!

We figured that as a last resort, we’ll just have to order the helmet. Maybe we can gift it to the coworker as a prize at the end 🙂