Archive for April, 2007

Bringing Heaven to a Hell Hole

Posted in Church Planting, Evangelism, Relationships on April 30, 2007 by Scott

Over on Evotional, Mark Batterson writes about several churches “Finding their Own Calcutta.”  

This is a reference to a response Mother Teresa gave when asked “How can someone make a difference with their life, the way she’d made with hers?Find Your Own Calcutta, she said.

On a website dedicated to the works of Mother Teresa, she is quoted as saying, “… as to my calling, I belong to the world. As to my heart, I belong entirely to the heart of Jesus.”  

In the same way Mother Teresa dedicated herself to the world, we too should serve others.  While some serve others in distant countries, most of us have opportunities right in our own neighborhood.

Bring a little heaven to a hell hole near you.

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Scars

Posted in Creativity, Culture, Family, God on April 29, 2007 by Scott

I took a pretty hot shower this morning and somewhere between the lighting and the temperature of the water, a few of the faint scars I have from being ejected from my car two years ago, were highlighted on my face. I then turned to look at my back where the scars are not faint but where the outlines are visible from my back regenerating two-thirds of its skin.

It definitely made me think about God’s grace in not leaving my daughters without a daddy and my wife a widow, and it made me think how scars are a reminder of God’s healing. He forgives the sin, He heals the emotional damage, and He quiets the nightmares.

Christ never got the chance to heal or to scar up, so that I could…so how has it changed my perspective, my love for this world? How have your scars helped you embrace that for which Christ died?

Are you a missionary, a revolutionary?

Would Your Church Miss You?

Posted in Church, Discipleship, Faith, Religion on April 28, 2007 by Scott

Brand Autopsy has continued their series Would You Care? with their most recent post – Would you miss the NHL? Previously, they asked this question with regard to Subaru, Chili’s, Sears, and more.  

Last month we asked a similar question – Would You Miss Your Church?  If tomorrow your church was gone, would you miss it?  Great discussion, including the comments from our friend, cyclicalvomit, who asked an even more important question – Would your community miss your church?

Today we focus on a more personal question.  Would your church miss you?  If tomorrow you were gone, would your church be different?

Would anyone notice? Do you bring such unique talents, skills, heart, love for God and others, etc… that you would be missed? 

A New Law

Posted in Creativity, Culture, Faith, Music on April 27, 2007 by Scott

Derek Webb (formerly Caedmon’s Call) has a newly released song and video titled A New Law that is incredibly moving. Is this a picture of how we live our faith?

A New Law

Don’t teach me about politics and government
Just tell me who to vote for
Don’t teach me about truth and beauty
Just label my music
Don’t teach me how to live like a free man
Just give me a new law

I don’t wanna know if the answers aren’t easy
So just bring it down from the mountain to me
I want a new law
I want a new law
Gimme that new law

Don’t teach me about moderation and liberty
I prefer a shot of grape juice
Don’t teach me about loving my enemies
Don’t teach me how to listen to the Spirit
Just give me a new law

What’s the use in trading a law you can never keep
For one you can that cannot get you anything
Do not be afraid
Do not be afraid
Do not be afraid

The Assumption of Integrity

Posted in Church, Creativity, Culture, Leadership, Relationships on April 26, 2007 by Scott

Typically AI is related to artificial intelligence, well maybe that fits too, but this time it means the assumption of integrity. That is when you assign a degree of integrity or have an expectation of fair dealing because you know someone or know someone who knows the person.

This is never more true than in the body of Christ. Perhaps it is someone you worship and fellowship with, or maybe a friend of church leadership. Jesus had his 12 and then inside of those disciples there were the 3. Well, this person might be one of those 3.

Scott Hodge quotes Rick Warren as saying “Keys to changing culture: humility, integrity, generosity, civility, clarity/simplicity”.

So as a Christ-follower, you aspire to live your faith in the totality of your existence and you expect the same from those so close to those you respect. And then just as the world has impressed upon you, no good deed goes unpunished.

The person screws you…oh, I’m sorry, takes advantage of the assumption of integrity. Verbal agreements aside, money is the art of the deal.

Dear Christ-follower, do not trust that which God has made you a steward to the assumption of integrity; if you do, you are a Christ-following fool. Deal with people as you want to be dealt with but have the expectation of a steward.

The Real American Idol

Posted in Faith, God, Religion on April 25, 2007 by Scott

Isn’t it great when our children teach us valuable lessons?

We sat with our five-year-old daughter this evening, watching American Idol.  Tonight the show focused on raising money for various causes- particularly for those in Africa. 

In the last scene, they entered the home (not really a home, more like a hut) of a 28 year old woman named Ruth with her two young children.  She was so sick she could barely move.  They American Idol representatives helped move her to a hospital, where she died two days later.

There was a brief moment of silence, then my daughter asked “Can we pray for them?”  After I got past the embarrassment of not thinking this myself, my heart filled with joy to know that my five year old daughter’s heart is filled with God.

Sometimes kids say the darnedest things…

Throttling

Posted in Creativity, Evangelism, Management, Movies on April 24, 2007 by Scott

When Netflix launched its idea, it incorporated a delivery theory called throttling (read more at Brand Story).

Throttling is a process of balancing distribution requests among frequent-use customers and infrequent-use customers. In a revolutionary and controversial move, Netflix allocated its priority distribution to its infrequent-use customers.

In this modern culture, revolutionary churches (NewSpring, Mars Hill, LifeChurch.tv) have done the same thing. Their resources are allocated to its infrequent-use customers, through missions, marketing and evangelism. 

Where as some of the more mainline churches allocate resources to its members with on-site weekly studies, musical programs, VBS, and mother’s day out…more progressive churches are going after the infrequent-use customer…the world.

The only question is how long before your customer evangelists lose their enthusiasm for your brand?