Archive for February, 2015

super-bowl-2015-ad-4-milThis may come as a surprise to you, but I did not watch what many have called “the most exciting Super Bowl ever.” Yes, I know who won, and I have watched the final couple of big plays many times, but I just did not sit down to watch the game.

Like many people, I did, however, have some interest in the commercials. Amazingly, every thirty-second advertisement went for an incredible $4.5 million! I’m not sure how anyone can justify that kind of spending, but apparently “supply-and-demand” worked – at least for NBC and the NFL.

One commercial that I heard about advertising BMW features Bryant Gumbel and Katie Couric are seen (hilariously) arguing about the new-fangled “Internet” in a 1994 clip from the Today Show. Think about it: 21 years ago, we didn’t know what the Internet was. I also remember learning in school that a google was a number with 100 zeros after it. Now we say “Google it” whenever we want to find something on the Internet. Our pastoral staff uses “Google Drive” to share information and to collaborate on projects. Do you remember whenever you wanted to find a restaurant; you looked in a phone book or you actually talked to somebody who had eaten there? Your “wall”? Probably made of sheet rock, and if someone posted on it, then they had better have used scotch tape. It seems like our world has changed in a flash with the advent of connected computers.

We could not have predicted it in 1994. What else is around the corner in the future, that for all our wisdom and knowledge we cannot see coming? Will we allow the uncertainty of days to come to point us to God?

Our only hope for the future lies in placing our lives in the One who knows the future. In Jesus, we have someone who does not change. The writer of Hebrews said, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Heb. 13:8). In a world that constantly changes and living in a culture that wants to change the values, we need to solid foundation that a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ will provide.