Category Archives: Stand Up for Something

A How To Guide for Killing Your Church

Church killers are a very subversive lot, often working behind the scenes while smiling and shaking hands with everyone. Think of most of them like enemy spies. But not all of them are active spies. Some church killers are just ignorant people who simply don’t realize what they’re doing, even though doing good eludes them.

To help you identify who they are (or give you a few tips if you want to become one), I give you the How To Guide for Killing Your Church.

  1. Don’t come to church.
  2. If you do show up, come late.
  3. When you come, show up with a grouchy attitude.
  4. At every service, ask yourself, “What am I getting out of this?”
  5. Never accept any official duties. It is easier to criticize from the outside.
  6. Visit other churches half the time to show the Pastor that you’re not tied down to him.
  7. Let the Pastor earn his salary by doing all the work.
  8. Sit back and don’t sing. If you do sing, do it out of tune.
  9. Never pay in advance. Don’t tithe or give offerings until you feel you’ve gotten your money’s worth.
  10. Don’t encourage the Pastor. After all, many a preacher has been ruined by flattery.
  11. Be sure to tell others about your Pastor’s faults. Otherwise they might take too long finding out about them.
  12. If there happen to be a few zealous workers in the church, make protest that the church is run by a clique.

There are so many more tips I could give you, but I think this will get you started.

This message was written by Dr. David Powers and the crazy religious wackos at Kapow. You can always find us at Thanks for reading!

Thanks from the VA!

Check out my post on Books for the VA and you’ll get all the background info on this one.

I received a letter from the nearby Veteran’s Affairs Hospital, and I wanted to share this with all of you. I thought it was pretty cool. Also, as much as I enjoy the thank you and would love to take all the credit, all we did was donate the books. My buddy Rick is the guy behind the whole operation of organizing and delivering all of it.

Rick, this thanks letter is owed to you more than any of us.

VA-Veterans Affairs-Thank You-Books-001

This message was written by Dr. David Powers and the crazy religious wackos at Kapow. You can always find us at Thanks for reading!

Making Things Better at the VA

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for a while, you know both from frequent news coverage and possibly even from personal experience that the VA healthcare system sucks in many ways. Not to denigrate the individuals involved who are doing their best, but the system is broken. It’s rife with bureaucratic red tape and has been for more than one generation of American warriors.

I think the best way to help the people caught up in this system is to work from within. Help the individuals. Don’t try to change the system or even bother complaining about it. Help the veterans.

Rick, a good friend of mine and an Air Force veteran, has been doing this. He noticed that the availability of books and magazines in the waiting rooms was horrible. To paraphrase his words, people were bringing in romance novels and Nancy Drew books. As he travels to the Charleston SC VA hospital often, he wanted to change that. He put the word out on Facebook and started collecting books.

Since then, he’s made several trips, and carried hundreds of books to the center. Not only does he deliver the books, but every time he visits, he arranges the bookshelves, carries books around to the various waiting rooms, and removes books that are damaged or useless (those Nancy Drew’s again).

Our church has the pleasure of contributing several boxes of books. Even cooler, they put up a sign over the bookshelf recognizing our church for this.

VA-Charleston-bookshelf sign

Now think about it. A church of under 20 people located 120 miles from this hospital is helping veterans we’ll likely never meet. That’s kingdom building there.

How can you do something simple like what Rick did to meet the needs of an underserved population near you that might be caught up in a system drowning in bureaucracy?

This message was written by Dr. David Powers and the crazy religious wackos at Kapow. You can always find us at Thanks for reading!