Archive for April, 2007


April 30, 2007 1 comment

On Saturday Stephanie and I stole a few hours away from the kids to be together.

First we headed to Brooklyn Park to watch my mom perform in a variety show that her school district (where she works) puts on each year to raise money for student scholarships. All in all it was a good show (we only stayed the first half). I felt like it was a little too punny to really be funny but we enjoyed watching my mom in her dance line number. I am both happy and impressed that she put in so much time and work, and that she connected with some other people and did a great performance. Way to go Mom! Then, after the show we hit up Chipotle and enjoyed some tasty Mexican grub in the beautiful warm sun outside at one of the sidewalk tables.

*On the side – it was funny when Stephanie and I were scolded by an older woman behind us for ‘fighting’ (flirting) with one another in between acts at the show ~ haven’t felt like I was 12 years old for awhile.

Categories: Fun, Stephanie

Outreach Lessons From Denny’s

If you didn’t catch my post on outreach lessons from Denny’s you can read it over at a really cool site place where I am a guest blogger, Church Marketing Sucks.

Categories: Marketing, Ministry

Hope For The Hokies

I heard Chris Tomlin talking about this site ( on my local Christian radio station yesterday. The guys from the Passion music movement have created a place where they are giving away some great song downloads as a way of spreading some hope in the wake of the VT tragedy. There is also a Facebook group that you can join.

Check it out and pass it along to anyone you know who might benefit from this.

Categories: Music

Using Technological Tools for Kingdom Purposes

April 26, 2007 2 comments

I love what Denny’s restaurant is doing to try and attract the college crowd, via Nation’s Restaurant News

Denny’s plan is to become a “social gathering” place for students who want to study for exams or meet with friends over a sit-down meal instead of grabbing a quick burger at a fast-food drive-thru, Polydoroff said.

To lure them in during the promotion, Denny’s is offering meal deals because students are on a budget, he said, and using free Wi-Fi, text messages and banner ads on to communicate with students because they are heavy users of those media.

“It’s pretty new and significant for us,” Polydoroff said. “We never did text messaging before.”

Marketing support also includes direct mail, coupons and ads in college newspapers.

Denny’s is striving to communicate to their desired customers in a way that those people can understand. This is the business world’s attempt at ‘meeting people where they are at.’ Younger generations of people are more and more entrenched in the world of technological conversation and expertise. Are our churches keeping up? How are those of us in ministry using the communication tools of technology to connect with people in their congregations? I know that some churches are taking advantage of today’s technology in communicating the Gospel but I think this kind of thinking needs to become even more prevalent.

A major barrier to churches using these tools is simply the lack of understanding many pastors and older ministry leaders have regarding the things available to them. So it is often the difficult task of younger leaders to take up the baton and push the marketing/ communicating/ evangelizing envelope. I believe that those of us who are familiar and comfortable with things like blogging, text messaging, and other possible technological ministry venues (i.e.’s Second Life ministry) have a responsibility to humbly inform and teach older generations about the possibilities. Because once people are informed of the benefits they are less likely to push back or reject technological tools.

Who knows, they may even embrace and redeem these tools for the eternal benefit of souls.

Categories: Marketing, Ministry, Technology

Website Update: The Resurgence

The Resurgence is a great site from the teaching ministry of Mars Hill Church that provides free resources for theological training. These resources include articles, blogs, podcasts and vodcasts on all sorts of theological subjects. In their own words…

Resurgence is a movement that resources multiple generations to live for Jesus so that they can effectively reach their cities with the gospel by staying culturally accessible and Biblically faithful.

The website has recently had some minor changes that I think make it look much cleaner, modern and attractive. I recommend that anyone who reads my blog and has any interest in theology should bookmark this site and use it for your own benefit.

(HT: Matt Morgan)

Categories: Theology, Web design

Mark’s Ongoing Ministry Lists

Mark keeps adding lists from his sessions at the National New Church Conference. Here are a couple more he’s sharing.

5 Keys to Creativity:

#1 Keep Learning
#2 Exegete Culture
#3 Brand Sermons
#4 Disrupt Routines
#5 Keep Experimenting

Seven Steps to Sermon Branding:

#1 Come up with a series title
#2 Create a series logo
#3 Design a series evite and invite
#4 Brainstorm Big Ideas
#5 Shoot a Series Trailer
#6 Design a microsite.
#7 Add Sermon Props

Categories: Creativity, Ministry, Preaching

Movie Review: The Pursuit of Happyness

Took the family to Applebee’s last night for some 1/2 off appetizers. After working a long day it was great to come home, clean up and then spend some time just hanging with my wife and kids. When we got home we tried unsuccessfully to put the kids to bed (Izzy was afraid of monsters) and so we all ended up downstairs watching the movie Stephanie selected for us, The Pursuit of Happyness. This is a great movie.

In the movie (based on a true story) Will Smith plays a man named Chris Gardner. Gardner is a hard working man determined to support and raise his son (played by Will’s real life son Jadan), but he is having an extremely hard time selling a medical device that he used his life savings to buy. After his girlfriend walks out Chris is left to try and provide for himself and his son on very limited income. With the hope of future security and happiness he takes an unpaid internship at an extremely competitive stock-brokerage firm. The movie details Chris’ dogged determination to achieve his goals, rise to the top of his internship class and care for the son he loves more than anything.

Stephanie and I both really liked the film
. As you watch it you can’t help but have your heart break for Chris and all the terrible things that happen to him that act as obstacles to his goals. However, at the same time, you can’t help but be inspired at the way he works so hard and never loses his focus or his belief in his vision of what life could be like. There is a great lesson in this film about pursuing vision and believing that nothing can hold you back from the desires that are in your heart.

It must have been a wonderfully touching experience for Will Smith to create this movie with his own son. Watching the film with my kids sleeping on my lap made me all the more thankful for the many blessings that God has bestowed on my life. I have a faithful loving wife, three amazing rambunctious kids, a warm fully furnished home, enough money for plenty of food and drink, two working cars, good friends who would do anything for me, and so much more.

The question that I need to ponder after watching this movie is: “What vision/ dream has God placed in my heart and what obstacles/ challenges do I need to overcome in pursuit of that end?”

The Pursuit of Happyness (PG-13, limited swearing)
4 of out 5 stars

Categories: Movies