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Erwin McManus on the difference between character and skill in pastoral leadership

April 30, 2006 4 comments

I was listening to the Catalyst Podcast a couple days ago and I heard this amazing quote by Erwin McManus:

“[Pastors must be careful to] run as fast as our character is deepening and not as fast as our talent is expanding…Run as fast as your character goes deep and not as a fast as your talent goes wide.”

This is a great quote because it reminds me that the most valuable thing I can do as a leader in the church is to spend regular time with my Savior. The people and business of church can, in a sense, use a pastor for their skills and talents without regard for the character development. On the same line, a pastor can easily become self-deceived and start to think that their worth is found in what they do…how many programs they have, how big the building is, how great of a preacher they are, how many people they successfully counsel, etc.

Thanks Erwin for, once again, reminding me what its all about.

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fabulous friday night find on iTunes

While I was watching the kids last night I decided to check out iTunes to see if I could find any podcasts that I hadn’t been listening to. I found a few great ones that you should check out if you get a chance.

Menlo Park– John Ortberg
Mosaic Videocast– Erwin McManus
History Church– Ben Arment

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DaVinci is DaBomb

April 28, 2006 2 comments


I finished reading The DiVinci Code last night and I have to say that I honestly enjoyed the book. I don’t agree with the theology and Biblical understanding put forth in it but I am not threatened by it either. The book was exciting to read and I could hardly stop reading each night to sleep. I can’t wait to watch the movie.

Why are so many Christians afraid of this book…or any challenge to our beliefs? I think it is partly because of this:

We are so MTV’d out that we think learning Church history is boring. We want sermons that entertain and don’t teach. We get distracted in the classroom and stop learning. Then someone like Dan Brown comes along and raising some issues that we can’t answer. It makes us afraid.

Listen to the words of Paul and Peter:
Titus 1:9
He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.

1 Peter 3:15
But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,

As followers of Jesus Christ we must be life long learners. We shouldn’t be afraid of the DiVinci code. We must be firmed rooted in Jesus Christ and the truth of his word so that, as Paul warns in Ephesians 4:14, 15
We will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.

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thoughts on humility

Humility is not something that a person can will themselves toward. Being humble is not something that you do, like ‘being quiet’ or ‘being kind.’ Humility is a condition of the heart. Humility grows out of a person’s profound centeredness in Jesus and a trust that he is pleased in them. To become more humble a person must place themselves in loving relationship with Christ, serving others as he served and listening regularly to the gentle voice of the Father who calls his children beloved.

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my idle thoughts

April 26, 2006 5 comments

In my humble and non-musical opinion Paula, Randy and Simon are all on crack! Katharine McPhee was awesome. Pickler was seriously sickler tonight and because of that high note she sang I now to replace three cracked windows. And honestly, come on Paula, crying for Elliot and then trying to get the crowd to cheer for Taylor so that Simon couldn’t talk…that was stupid.

PS- I know I spelled idol wrong…or did I?

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ear candling is not normal

April 25, 2006 5 comments


Have you ever heard of ear candling? It is this weird thing where you stick a wax paper candle into someone’s ear and light it on fire. As the candle burns down it sucks the ear wax out of a person’s ear. My wife did it last night and a big chunk of ear wax came out of her ear. Kind of gross but pretty cool at the same time.

Stephanie’s had a major ear pain for a couple days so please pray for her. Thanks.

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helping people out when it rains

April 22, 2006 5 comments


A couple months ago my wife and I visited Jared: The Galleria of Jewelry to look for a new wedding band. As we left I noticed they had a small rack of umbrellas sitting next to the door for customers to use if it was raining. “Wow,” I thought. That was a great service that I have mentioned to many people. Positive buzz for the jewelry company.

During the Easter season I delivered flowers to many churches in the MN metro. I noticed umbrella stands at a couple of churches. I think this is a great idea and a wonderful way to demonstrate Jesus love for people in a small way. Positive buzz for churches.

In fact, Granger Community Church started a ministry like this last year. You can read about it by, clicking here.

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