Archive for the Creativity Category

Six Degrees of Separation

Posted in Blogs, Christianity, Church, Creativity, Jesus, Marriage on January 17, 2008 by Scott

I called my buddy Spencer Stone to go to lunch but he is in New York, and then my blog partner Scott could not get away, so I thought I would prepare my post instead of eat. I was preparing for a post on Bill Hybels and his thoughts on holy discontent when I went over to Old Truth, which led me to Tim Stevens and LeadingSmart.com, which took me to the McMullens of which Daryl is on staff at Granger Community Church where Tim is a pastor. Tim partnered with Tony Morgan on Simply Strategic and Tony is on staff with Perry Noble.

And Tammy McMullen had a post on marriage that I absolutely needed to hear, read, digest and make happen…here are the summary points but please go read it all.

  1. Daryl and I understand that Jesus has to be at the center of all we do.
  2. Daryl and I understand that the next most important thing after our relationship with Jesus is our relationship with each other.
  3. Have a group of other married couples around you who will hold you accountable about your marriage and who have marriages that you want to emulate.
  4. Date your spouse on a regular consistent basis and make it a priority.
  5. Make it a priority to communicate with each other without distraction.
  6. Work towards a goal together.
  7. Have sex on a regular basis.
  8. Don’t become complacent.

Here is to believing and trusting God rightly directs our paths when we walk with him…

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Get Back In The Box Jack

Posted in Blogs, Christianity, Church, Creativity, Faith, God, Religion on December 18, 2007 by Scott

box.jpgFast Company has a great article on instead of thinking out of the box, maybe you just need a new one to think in..

So don’t think out of the box. Go box shopping. Keep trying on one after another until you find the one that catalyzes your thinking. A good box is like a lane marker on the highway: It’s a constraint that liberates.

What’s this mean for the believer…for the seeker…for the convenient Christian who is dating the church? Its time to stop redefining what faith is at every crisis, time to stop questioning the relevancy and authenticity of scripture, and stop using Jesus as an excuse not to be in church with the hypocrites. Get back in the box…perhaps a new one…but get in.

God defined the box and its a good one. Find a local box that encourages you in the non-mandated areas and convicts you in the mandated ones….sin for example. Quit trying to think so far out of the box that you’re not inside any box and have faith that if God created, it is good. And who knows, the box may even be more complete because you’re a part of it.

Readers Digest

Posted in Books, Creativity, God, Relationships on December 4, 2007 by Scott

Here is the best of our book reading over the last month…

  • we are saved by how we believe, not by how we behave
  • there is a fundamental difference between being driven and being called
  • the major strategy of Satan is to distort the character of God and the truth of who we are
  • salvation is not a future addition; it is a present transformation
  • nobody is more insecure or sick than controllers
  • every temptation is an attempt by the devil to get us to live our lives independently of God
  • when dominated by guilt and shame, self-disclosure is not likely to happen
  • relationships don’t thrive because the guilty are punished but because the innocent are merciful
  • Christ’s mercy preceded our mistakes; our mercy must precede the mistakes of others
  • their horror of my disease was greater than their concern for my heart
  • He is peaceful; we are hassled
  • but Christ was not so focused on his goal that he was unpleasant
  • Christ refused to be guided by vengeance

Caricatures of the Church

Posted in Christianity, Church, Creativity, Religion on November 27, 2007 by Scott

nixon_cartoon.jpgSeth Godin posted a story today about how police are having better luck finding suspects using caricatures than boring sketches.

Seth’s analogy is that “the best brands are caricatures of their true selves.” It’s easy to turn Starbucks’ variety and focus on your needs into a caricature as well, “half-caf, extra hot, short macchiato, extra foam, with soy, in a ceramic mug….”

Perhaps the worst thing is the failure to create a brand that can be caricatured. “Coloring inside the lines and pleasing most of your customers most of the time almost guarantees you’ll be bland.”

It’s that last line that drew our attention. Are we “coloring inside the lines” to please the majority? If so, are we making the message of Christ bland?

There is no need to caricature Christ – no need to exaggerate. There is no better brand. But sometimes we may need to color outside the lines,ruffle some feathers and make some people uncomfortable.

Seems like we read about a guy like that…

Everything is Spiritual

Posted in Christianity, Creativity, God, Relationships, Video on November 12, 2007 by Scott

Few people put the ancient culture of the bible into context better than Rob Bell. And not to just keep it ancient, he does it to bring us the cultural relevance, so we can see the parallels. This is a great reminder that there is not a spiritual life versus normal life, one where we’re holy at home and one where we’re heathens at work. It is but one life.

Vince Lombardi said the quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor. I think here we hear the expansion of that into the quality of their entire life is in proportion to their commitment to Christ.

Timeless

Posted in Christianity, Creativity, Faith, God on November 7, 2007 by Scott

Some things are timeless…

Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too well pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we have dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wider seas
Where storms will show your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.

We ask You to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push into the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.

 

attributed – sir francis drake -1577

Churches with Big Ideas

Posted in Christianity, Church, Creativity, Culture, God, Religion on September 11, 2007 by Scott

idea.jpgSeth Godin was recently asked why he freely gives away his ideas.  Seth responded that ideas are easy, but doing stuff is hard

“History is littered with inventors who had great ideas but kept them quiet and then poorly executed them.”   

There are churches right now with big ideas and no plan to execute them, but they won’t share because it’s become a competition.  Meanwhile, there are churches with no ideas, but plenty of “doers” waiting.

Imagine if churches with great ideas, but poor execution shared those ideas with other churches who execute well – all in His name

No denominations, no differences, no debating over meaningless traditions, no fighting for members – just sharing ideas to add to THE church and letting the doers execute.