Archive for the Community Category

Saving Soles

Posted in Christianity, Church, Community, Discipleship, Evangelism, Faith, Jesus, Religion on September 26, 2008 by Scott

Some of you have been waiting for this opportunity for months, so today we bring you for the first time ever in the blogosphere, special guest blogger – What About.

Freakin weirdos…what are these people doing? Surely Jesus didn’t really mean for us to do this.

Not convinced this is something we should be doing? Don’t take my word for it.

1 John 3:17

Christ sacrificed his life for us. This is why we ought to live sacrificially for our fellow believers, and not just be out for ourselves. If you see some brother or sister in need and have the means to do something about it but turn a cold shoulder and do nothing, what happens to God’s love? It disappears. And you made it disappear.

Mark 9:35

He sat down and summoned the Twelve. “So you want first place? Then take the last place. Be the servant of all.”

Mark 10:41-45

“Whoever wants to be great must become a servant. Whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave. That is what the Son of Man has done: He came to serve, not to be served—and then to give away his life in exchange for many who are held hostage.”

You Floating Axhead boys like to keep a running list of “You Might Be a Pharisee if….”  Well, I have one to add.

If you think you are too good to do something Jesus did, you might be a Pharisee.

Discovering Your Calcutta

Posted in Christianity, Church, Community, God, Jesus, Missional, Relationships, Religion with tags on June 15, 2008 by Scott

What’s your Calcutta? It’s not about doing because you think you need to…because it gets you right with God…or makes up for something Christ already died for.

It is about when your heart follows the heart of God, it’s the only appropriate response.

Breaking The Law

Posted in Christianity, Community, Culture, Faith on April 26, 2008 by Scott

So Friday morning I’m heading to my men’s group at my old church. I’m leading and have the Krispy Kreme’s in the front seat. The road on which it is located is dark and it’s 6am, so I miss the turn. I go to the intersection ahead, look behind me and make a u-turn through the intersection.

The lights in the distance came up fast…it was a Trooper. He flashes his lights and I turn into the long church driveway and wait for him. I said I was sorry but didn’t see anyone close; he asks what I’m doing here…bible study, I said.

He asks for my insurance verification..I have 2004-March-08…the new one is sitting at home. He heads back to his cruiser…returns with the citation…he says he’s giving me a warning because it’s $200 for the illegal turn and $200 for the lack of verification…so I sign the warning.

He says he meets a lot of different people on the job…it’s nice to meet a Christian.

I said thanks brother…

Church Meatballs

Posted in Blogs, Christianity, Community, God on January 28, 2008 by Scott

Fast Company has a post on Seth Godin’s new book Meatball Sundae. Here is Seth’s take…

companies have prospered by selling “meatballs”—average stuff for average people, branded products of decent quality with little differentiation and marketed with TV ads in a model that hasn’t changed much since the 1960s. One after the other, we’re seeing big organizations that have reputations for being great at marketing fail when they try to work in new media. The question is why? The problem is their organization is the wrong organization for the tactics.

We like the failures…Purina selling Dog Chow on Facebook, and the presidential primaries. What about our churches? Seems like they’ve been selling meatballs for years. They have a small God in a small box that only looks this way, with this type of person, with this type of tempo in their music…assuming they have music. Missions look like this but we’d prefer the recipients of our missions stay outside our building…might mess up the foyer.

Then there is the innovative church who basically is the wrong organization for the tactics…face it, some things aren’t meant to sell the church, and perhaps the church doesn’t need to be sold at all. Things that come to mind…Zeppelin, clowns, prayer cloths, and any movie with Jack Black.

Is God bought or sold…

The Friend Zone

Posted in Christianity, Church, Community, Culture, Marriage, Movies, Video on January 15, 2008 by Scott

We had a conversation recently about men-women “friendships”, the high level of HOT floating around the church, what we wear and what it says for us.

One of the best explanations of a man/woman relationship happened in “When Harry Met Sally” and Harry just lays it out why friendship between a man and woman doesn’t work. Then an article in Psychology Today outlines how men and women have different types of friendships or at least express their intimacy differently in that friendship…so we really don’t communicate the same in friendships and basically want different things from friendship….but its platonic…yeah right.

So in this culture of serving and small groups, trendy pastors and young assistants in the church, can a man and woman be friends…just friends. Can they both bring the intimacy friendship requires at that level and leave it there, never desiring more. What about married friendships…one, both, whatever…can a man and a woman be friends without being friends with the spouse too, and maintain the purity of thought and action Jesus called us to. Is it wise…is it real?

Does a guy really just want to be friends because she listens…We’re just saying…

Urgent Desires

Posted in Christianity, Community, Culture, Faith, Family, God, Jesus, Leadership, Prayer, Religion on January 8, 2008 by Scott

12urgent.jpgI memorized Psalm 37:4 recently…delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. I then read something yesterday in a devotional that stayed with me, “when we submit to God’s plans, we can trust our desires”. And I like to think we can trust the desires of others as well.

Then one more thing was moving, “God is too gracious to make you do something you hate”. I’m not sure how I felt about this one at first but God does want to grow us and he knows ultimately what it will look like in the end, and what our desire for that particular task will be later into it, so we may feel discomfort at first but not disdain.

So what does that look like…to have a desire for which we are passionate and can trust that God placed within us? It will not be wrapped in sin or covering one…it will benefit others more than ourself…it will not have us act independently of God, our spouse or those placed in our lives for accountability…it manifests itself with eagerness not anxiety.

Then we can trust that the longings of our hearts are not incidental but critical messages.

This Too Shall Be Made Right

Posted in Blogs, Christian Music, Community, Culture, Faith, Jesus, Music, Video on December 20, 2007 by Scott

Derek Webb with a great a song but this video is also well done. He’s becoming the Don Henley of Christian artists. The opening line is telling…people love you the most for the things you hate.