so Thursday nite tbV and i went to a prayer-and-eats small group from the Re:Generation church we’ve been going to and that i preached at a couple of weeks ago.

it was all fun and games until one of the guys in the group mentioned something to me that another women had already told me at church the week after my preach [the experience which she had shared in common with two other women sitting near her at church making this the FOURTH person who had experienced the same thing]

turns out that for the most part everyone enjoyed my preach, but i had managed to confuse a bunch of people during one section of the preach when i started talking about the ‘God, You’re hot!’ phenomenon or movement that had been huge in South Africa. when i asked the congregation if ‘God, You’re hot!’ had been much of a big deal in this country no one really responded so i just put it down to ‘cultural difference’ and carried preaching up a storm.

Todd, who was the guy at our prayer-and-eat meet, said that he had gotten particularly interested when i said there was a verse in the Bible that spoke about ‘God, You’re hot!’ and he was all like? What? It says that in the Bible? And eagerly started to look it up.

Here is the verse, from the wise proverbs of King Solomon, chapter 4:

20 My son, pay attention to what I say;
turn your ear to my words.
21 Do not let them out of your sight,
keep them within your heart;
22 for they are life to those who find them
and health to one’s whole body.
23 Above all else, guard your heart,
for everything you do flows from it.

Yup, that’s right… take a fairly well-known Proverb, sprinkle in a little heavy South African accent… and suddenly ‘Guard your heart’ is transformed into the slightly less scripturally back-up-able “GOD… YOU’RE… HOT!”

Anyways, the point being that those are the four people we ‘caught.’ And where there’s four, there’s at least five and so in some household somewhere in Oakland, two weeks ago, someone returned home from church and their spouse innocently asked, ‘So honey, what was the preach on?’ 

“I have no idea. Something about God being hot. I stopped listening…”