Archive for May, 2006

Lions and tigers and butts, oh my!

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where did the good samaritan’s go?

May 27, 2006 2 comments

I think this lady is a selfish idiot.

“If you’re going to go to Everest … I think you have to accept responsibility that you may end up doing something that’s not very ethically nice. You have to realize that you’re in a different world.”
Lydia Bradey, the first woman to summit Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen

Unfortunately she’s not the only one. Take a second to read this terrible story, “As others pass, climber dies alone on Mount Everest“.

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Oprah the cult leader

May 27, 2006 7 comments

I stole this title and excerpt from Mark Driscoll’s blog because I think it is pretty insightful. The title of his post is “Is Oprah a Cult Leader?

Oprah seems to be a contradiction perfectly suited for a confused world of pluralism. She is a billionaire who speaks passionately about the pain and suffering in the world from the comforts of her sheltered life. She is among the most beloved icons of mothers yet she has never had any children. Many viewers tune in to learn how to improve their marriages yet she has never been married. And, she speaks of spiritual matters often and has an entire segment of her show titled “spirit,” which makes you wonder which spirit she’s referring to.

I think this is accurate. Many people know more about what Oprah has to say on life’s issues than what Jesus taught regarding those same things.

Why do you think this is? Why would we rather be Oprah disciples than Jesus disciples?

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andy stanley vs. jim collins

The latest Leadership Journal magazine surprised me. Guess who said which of the following two quotes. One is NorthPoint Church Pastor Andy Stanley and one is business guru Jim Collins.

Quote #1
“There’s nothing distinctly spiritual [about leadership]. I think a big problem in the church has been the dichotomy between spirituality and leadership….I grew up in a culture where everything was overly spiritualized,” ____ said. “I don’t want to be a cynic, but raking out all the spiritual versus non-spiritual, I think, is healthy.”

Quote #2
“One of the things that really resonated with church leaders was the Level 5 Leadership finding,” ________ told us, “that leaders who took companies from good to great are characterized by personal humility and by a fierce determination to a cause that is larger than themselves….I was delighted how the Level 5 concept took hold, and yet the deeper I got into it, the more I realized that Level 5 leadership looks different in a non-business setting.”

Who did you guess? Andy Stanley is the first quote and Jim Collins the second. Interesting perspectives. For more read Eric Reed’s article “Is Ministry Leadership Different?

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beginning the process of restoration

Stephanie and I have just started to attend a Bible study on Tuesday nights that is designed to bring restoration into a person’s life. What does that mean? It means this. When a person becomes a Christian and enters into a life in the Kingdom of God their eternal direction is transformed. We shift from hell bound sinners to heaven bound saints.

However, just becoming a Christ follower doesn’t always undo the years of life circumstance and experience that have shaped and formed us into the people we are. So, the goal of restoration, is to look at my life and see what types of faulty beliefs and attitudes I have built my life on. I want to walk with Jesus Christ in fullness and freedom and so I am striving to build my life on the truth of His word to me.

Here is something that hit me tonight:
“You are not free to help other people in their pain when you are focused on your own.”

If my foundation with God is bad, how can I help others? Usually I will just end up using them to make myself look good or feel better. That is why it is so important that restoration takes place in my own life.

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is today’s Acts 2 the same as yesterday’s?

May 21, 2006 1 comment

I’ve been wondering about this for awhile. There has been a lot of talk in the last 10 years about today’s church developing a sense of community like the church described in Acts 2:42-47. There is emphasis put on the sharing of materials, common meals and authentic small group relationships.

So how come meeting daily for apostolic teaching (I am guessing non-seeker, non-topical explanation of the OT), sharing communion more than one Sunday a month, and the regular occurrence of signs and wonders (miracles and healings) is not talked about with quite as loud a voice?

Seeing people get healed is not quite culturally relevant (or maybe it is…people and towns flocked to Jesus to be healed didn’t they?) but it would certainly create quite a buzz. Taking a couple months to teach through the Book of Numbers might not be as marketable as a three week series called: ‘Lost- Finding God’s Will’ but I am guessing that if Jesus taught the OT maybe we could find some applicable stuff in there too.

Do I sound bitter? I’m not. Really. Just thinking aloud and feeling kind of sarcastic. Peace out.

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staying alive

Life is grand, though my blogging has been bland
Of the two remaining Idols, Katharine McPhee is the winner for me

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