Saturday, February 28, 2009
"I think Twitter is changing the way many people communicate these days. I find that many of the things I used to share on the blog have all made their way onto Twitter. So some of the ’small talk’ kind of items seem like old news for the blog." John goes on to list some of the reasons he likes Twitter, a topic which I cover in my "What is Twitter?" post on the Missional Outreach Network. As we both state, many things that we used to put on our blog now seem to more properly go onto Twitter due to their length and immediacy.
John posted an online poll about how people use Twitter. I hope that you will go over to http://www.johndobbs.com/ and vote, and vote on this site as well.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
We are still on the road. I've been driving, but we decided to let Emily drive for a while.
-- Post From My iPhone
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
1. a person attached to another by feelings of affection or personal regard.
2. a person who gives assistance; patron; supporter: friends of the Boston Symphony.
3. a person who is on good terms with another; a person who is not hostile: Who goes there? Friend or foe?
4. a member of the same nation, party, etc.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
Do you use Twitterfeed or Ping?
Thursday, February 19, 2009
-- Post From My iPhone
A man walked into the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove on Wednesday, knelt down at the foot of a cross and fatally shot himself in the head.
The man entered the sanctuary about 9:40 a.m. and gave a handwritten note to a church volunteer. He then walked to the front of the pews, knelt before the cross and removed a semiautomatic handgun from his backpack . . .
Betty Spicer, a volunteer greeter at the cathedral, said that when the man walked in, the sanctuary was nearly empty except for a group of Canadian tourists."I said, 'Good morning, welcome to the Crystal Cathedral.' " She asked the man, "Where are you from?" He replied, "Oh, from around here."
He handed Spicer a folded note written with a felt-tip pen. Tucked into the middle of the note was his driver's license and what appeared to be a business card. As Smick was walking down the aisle, she began reading the note, which referred to a truck in the parking lot and a gun.
"The next minute, there was a pop," Spicer said. "I thought he was praying. I didn't realize he had shot himself."Yvette Manson, another volunteer, said she was talking to the tourists when she heard a sound that she likened to the noise from a firecracker. "I had just been telling them about the suicide prevention ministry we have."
Read the rest of the LA Times story.
This is incredibly sad and tragic. In today's ailing economy, with job losses, family problems, and great stress, more people are considering ending their lives. We need to be ready to note signs of depression in our family, friends, co-workers, and even fellow Christians. This man had some kind of faith, and his friend reported that he was a spiritual person. Christians are not exempt from Satan's attacks.
If anyone speaks of suicide, we must immediately get them help. Someone needs to go to them and stay with them immediately (not leave them alone) until they can see a counselor and have an assessment done. People sometimes believe the myth that if a person talks about suicide, he or she will not do this. This simply is not true. What is true is that if they talk about it, they need help and may be trying to alert people that they need help.
To anyone who might be considering this--don't! We love you. God loves you. Your family loves you. Christ defeated Satan at the cross and was raised from the dead. Through Christ, God can overcome the challenges you are facing. Suicide leaves scars on spouse, children, and friends for generations. Get the help you need. Tell someone your thoughts. Talk to a counselor, a minister, a spiritual leader, a friend, a spouse. See a doctor and get a health checkup. Get rest. Talk to God. Cry out to him. Cry out to those around. And remember, we love you and want to help you!!
What can we do to help those who are struggling with depression?
Monday, February 16, 2009
Do you have any hangouts where people from the community recognize you and talk to you? How often do you frequent these hangouts?
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Here are the sites I check most every day, usually throughout the day:
- My Yahoo
- Missional Outreach Network.
- My blog
Through into the mix various news sites, missional blogs, financial sites that I check periodically, though less often.
In the future, we may start using sites like www.keyboardr.com, which consolidate content from various social media and news outlets into one place. Sites like this will allow us to dial up a channel of all of our friends' activity and content, and they will be able to do the same for us, saying everyone time and noise.
So how about you what are your sites that you check most every day, or throughout the day?
Monday, February 09, 2009
Well, when Jesus Nazareth added the author as a friend, it said, “Jesus added you as a friend on Facebook. We need to confirm that you know Jesus in order for you to be friends on Facebook.”
To anyone familiar with Facebook, this is pretty funny. It also brings up several good questions:
- How are Facebook friends and real friends the same or different?
- Do we really know Jesus? Are we really his friends?
- Is our relationship with Jesus akin to a real friendship, or is it closer to a Facebook friendship?
What do you think of these questions?
Friday, February 06, 2009
Tuesday, February 03, 2009
We had an incredible outpouring for Harvest Sunday. We're still doing some tallying, but it is safe to say that we met and beat our goal of $200,000 towards local and global outreach. Praise God! I am truly touched by our people's response.
On Sunday, we showed this third video, which goes through some different outreaches, including the women's booktalk outreach, the deaf ministry outreach, Friendspeak, and an inspiring conversion story. We also had representatives from our different outreach ministries come up front to give a visual representation to our congregation of these ministries. We had about 3 per ministry, with about 20 ministries, along with our elders. This made for over 70 people. We could have included more, but it would have taken too much space!
The incredible thing is that most of these local outreach ministries did not exist a year ago, and the ones that did needed to be revitalized. Our people have responded enthustiastically to our missional direction and outward focus, giving of their time, energy, and money. This is so encouraging to me!
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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
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- Books That I Have Read in the Last Year
Some Other Blogs & Sites I frequent
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- 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.