Friday, August 29, 2008
According to reports, McCain has picked Sarah Palin, the young Alaskan governor. She is pro-life, a mother of five (one child with Down's Syndrome), a former Ms. Alaska runner-up, and clearly an outsider to Washington.
McCain has definitely succeeded in changing the conversation from Obama's historic night. This will give some excitement and interest to McCain's campaign. And this is a play for disenchanted Hillary Clinton supporters, who are disappointed that she was not the Democratic nominee. These are positives for him.
On the negative side, she only has two and a half years of experience in state wide office. This makes it harder to make the experience argument against Barak, which is easily one of the best arguments against him.
This is definitely a gamble, which speaks a lot of McCain's personality. It looks like he really is a Maverick.
What do you think of McCain's pick?
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Well known Christian author Brian McLaren endorses Barak Obama for president in this youtube video. Should this be the role of a religious leader?
The long history of Christendom shows the dangers of the church being too closely aligned with the state. Inevitably, the church begins to use power to accomplish its purpose, rather than transformation. And corruption seems to quickly follow. Furthermore, many non-Christians see Christians as being too involved in politics.
On the other hand, should Christians pretend like the politial process has no bearing on our faith? What about Rick Warren's interviews with Obama and McCain? Was this a good or bad thing?
Friday, August 22, 2008
In the past, Christianity has been perpetuated as primarily a Sunday thing. Spiritual gifts were determined so you could serve on Sunday. In the church building. In the nursery. Etc. Things are great things to do and great places to serve. But so often, there was zero application for the overwhelming amount of time people spend in their neighborhoods, at home, and in the workplace. This is why in our Spiritual gifts assessments, we seek to cover all of these areas, and not just sign people up for church-based ministries.
So, to help me in this series, I ask you--what challenges do you face in your job/workplace?
What challenges to your faith?
To your ethics?
To your morality?
To your family?
What is life like in corporate America?
What is your boss like? Your colleagues?
What opportunities do you see?
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Christopher was also interested in work. Interestingly--coincidentally--providentially?--someone (we are not sure who) called in this week to the office, saying that they needed some fence work done. When Christopher said that he was interested in work, Linda told him about the fence work that needed to be done. He said, "I'm a fencer." So we are going to try to follow-up on this. Coincidence--or providence?
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
There is a lot of "catch-up" to do from being gone. You know how it goes. But with email and my Blackjack, there were not too many surprises. With email and my Blackjack phone, for better or for worse, I kept up with most of what was happening while away. You are less overwhelmed when you get back, but you are potentially more distracted while gone. Maybe we should just check email while traveling to and from our vacation spot.
One thing that is clear is that there are still a number of ministries that we need to develop/shore up, such as the Young Professionals ministry, ministry to widows, etc.
Another ministry that we need to develop is that of providing work for those who need it. We always give food and clothing for those who come in to the church building who have financial needs; however, there are often other, legitimate needs that we cannot meet. A Hispanic man named Christopher came in today needing help with his electricity bill. We do not have funds for this, but I offered him some yard work for $10 an hour at my house. (This is the second guy I have employed.) He was very eager to do this. So he will be here shortly, and I'll get him started.
We need to get a list of people who would be willing to offer work for those who need it. Yard work seems to fit the background of most of those who are coming in. It also is a bit safer, since it is outside. The people coming in, however, have not seemed like threats at all. They simply need work.
Would you be willing to offer work to those who need it? If so, what kind of work would you offer?
Saturday, August 16, 2008
The second work, ReJesus: A Wild Messiah for a Missional Church, is a Christological look for how we should live, based upon the lifestyle of Jesus. I know that Alan has been working on this book for a couple of years now with Michael Frost (a phenomenal speaker and evangelist).
There is an interesting phenomenon about Alan's works. Most people who have a heart or gifting for mission read them and think, wow, this is dead on. It is--true, so very true. It touches on all of the things that I've been thinking about. In fact, I probably could have written this book or would have over time. In discussing this with him over lunch one day at a little diner in Pasadena, Alan said that this feeling was a common phenomen. He took it as a sign that this was the work of the Holy Spirit, and that these thoughts were not just things that he had dreamed up on his own.
If you are interested in the missional movement, you could not do better than to read Hirsh's works. Here is the link to the works on Alan's blog. http://www.theforgottenways.org/blog/2008/08/15/two-new-books-by-novemberyay/#more-474
Have you read any of Hirsh's works? Did you get any sense that you had had some of these ideas somewhere in your mind?
Friday, August 15, 2008
I could not be more thrilled! This is yet another sign that God is working on the hearts of the congregation at High Pointe, and that more and more people are getting excited about serving and reaching out to our community. For more information about being a part of Habitat, and some of the reasons to do so, seehttp://www.highpointechurchofchrist.org/habitat-for-humanity.
The woman from Habitat who did the orientation was overwhelmed by the church's response. And as I understant it, Habitat is already calling upon the High Pointe community to serve--tomorrow! For High Pointe members, let Chris know that you can come tomorrow morning. Habitat workers will need to meet at the church building at 7:15 AM. Chris will have coffee and donuts!
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Have you participated in Habitat for Humanity? What do you think of this ministry?
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
The weather here is great--a predicted high of 86 today and very cool in the evening. August is definitely the time to visit Colorado if you are living in Texas. We are looking forward to seeing some caves, doing some rafting, and just relaxing. I don't like a lot of planned things for vacation, instead preferring to "go with the flow" and do things as they strike me. The rest of my life is so full, I don't need a crammed full vacation.
By the way, the consensus on the informal poll I got about men and women driving on trips was this: men drive 70-100% of the time.
So how do you like your vacations--a lot of planned activities and things to do, or very non-planned and spontaneous?
Monday, August 11, 2008
I'm doing some reading on theology and pop culture, so I should have some interesting insights to share soon. And if Becki let's me take a break from driving, and my wireless card works, then I'll be able to blog again today.
Just curious - what is the percentage split of you and your spouse (male/female) of driving on trips?
Thursday, August 07, 2008
It turns out that the best design for camera's is the same design for the "cameras" found in humans--our eyes. However, this is not nature's design, but God's.
As amazing as technology is--and I have the sound and audio equipment to prove it--nothing can beat the amazing capability, fluidity, proficiency, and beauty of the human body. Evidence of a creator? Or as Richard Dawkins would believe, were we created by aliens from another galaxy? I choose to believe in a creator.
Do you think that the beauty and complexity in nature is an evidence of God? What would the counter argument be?
Monday, August 04, 2008
Saturday, August 02, 2008
As usual, there were many things that we were able to confirm that they were already doing in their lives with their Strengths and Spiritual gifts. And we were also able to identify some possible new areas of service, such as Habitat for Humanity, help with benevolenve, raising giving for meaningful works, and more.
One interesting Strength that was identified in the session is Competition. Those with this strength like to measure their performance in comparitive terms and want to "win." I remember my professor, Reggie McNeal, at Fuller explaining this Strength. He noted that we are in competition with Satan, that we can compete against ourselves, and that a healthy competition with others can help us spur one another on to love and good works.
When you combine Competition with say, Achiever, goals and "winning" become extremely important. What this means is that someone with these Strengths will want to serve in ways where there is measurable progress, and where the ministry is always increasing. So for instance, in giving, increasing the goals of giving is much for exciting than just making numbers add up to meet a budget.
Even mundane tasks can become more fun for those with a Competition strength if they are made into a contest. Like, who can complete the most household chores or who can do it the fastest.
Each of us is made uniquely by God, and it is important for us to frame different ministries or actions in the way that best motivates us. It is the task of church leaders to help others reframe and motive them for ministry.
How else can a "Competition" strength be used in a positive way in life and ministry?
Friday, August 01, 2008
So, I had the idea, why not pay Rigoberto to do some landscaping work at our house? So, after giving him food, I offered this idea. After talking for a while, he said that he would be interested in this. So next Monday he is supposed to come back to the building, and then he'll follow me back to our house and start some landscaping work. I offered him $10/hour. We'll see if he comes back. If he is interested in working, then I want to help.
Is it good to offer work to those seeking help? Or should we just give people money who ask?
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Theology and Popular Culture Blogs/Websites
- Churches in coffee shops and homes a growing trend
- Harvard's New Emphasis on Applied Knowledge is Instructive to Churches
- Young Adults want a lifestyle and authenticity, not religion
- My neighbor asked me to bless his house yesterday
- Exiles-Living Missionally in a Post-Christian Culture
- Christianity is about a lifestyle, not one hour a week
- Emotion in Worship
- Death by Suburb
- The Don Imus Firing--Lack of Redemption or Justice?
- Books That I Have Read in the Last Year
Some Other Blogs & Sites I frequent
- James Nored
- I currently am a preaching minister, evangelist, and missional leader at the High Pointe Church of Christ in McKinney, TX. I am working towards a Doctor of Ministry at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA, studying missional church, evangelism, and postmodern culture. I give missional church and Spiritual gifts seminars for churches. I have written an evangelistic Bible study for postmoderns (Story of Redemption), New Members class material, and a work on Spiritual gifts. I am blessed with a wonderful wife (Becki) of 13 years and two beautiful daughters (Gina-age 7, Emily-4), the loves of my life.