Archives For March 2010

Yesterday I was challenged with this thought from Colossians 4:2-6 that said the goal is to bring out the best in others in a conversation. That stuck with me for the rest of the day. I wonder how I had been bringing the best out of others in conversation? Or for that matter what it even meant to bring the best out of others.

“If then you are wise, you will show yourself rather as a reservoir than as a canal. For a canal spreads abroad water as it receives it, but a reservoir waits until it is filled before overflowing, and thus communicates, without loss to itself, its superabundant water. In the Church at the present day, we have many canal, few reservoirs.” —->Saint Bernard of Clairvaux

What does it mean to bring out the best in others through conversations?


Why does everything cost money? I mean seriously, why do I have to pay for things that I am interested in? Most would say that everything costs money because it places a value on the product you are receiving. I am much more willing to take care of my TV that I paid a lot of money for then I am to take care of the 1980’s TV my parents gave me. It is just natural to take care of things that we have paid a heavy price for. What concerns me is that we take this idea to the extreme in the services that we offer. Paying for something does NOT always give it more value.

The most recent trend amongst leaders is belonging to a coaching network. This coach usually has some kind of expertise that is offered and he/she provides a program that helps you reach your potential. Coaching is another glorified word for mentoring. Where coaching takes on a different aspect is that it costs money. The belief is that you pay for the chance to learn from high impact leaders and coaches that will teach you. As well, you get a chance to be mentored by a well known and highly respected leader. To be honest, I have looked into applying for these coaching networks. What always stopped me was the money that it cost. Usually the fee is an average of $100 a month. This coaching network could last for three months to an entire year. The interesting thing is the demand is higher then the supply. People are seeking these chances out to learn from leaders they respect and are not bothered to pay a high amount to get that opportunity (usually the one that is footing the bill is the church).
I wonder, are we using discipleship to make money?

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I don’t want to say this is a must do song for your Easter service, well wait a minute, yes I do.

You absolutely must do this song on Easter.

Amazing and powerful. Give it a listen.

Good Song for Easter?


In case you haven’t heard Gungor (formely know as the Michael Gungor Band) have taken over the christian blogosphere and the ears of all listeners that enjoy good music. Their new CD entitled Beautiful Things was released on February 16, 2010 and has quickly spread to everyone.

There are several great post out there about Gungor’s new CD and would love for you to read them.
Check out Tyler Brauns post and Grant Jenkins post for some great reviews and info about the CD.

There is one thing that stands out to me the most about this CD and that is the rate at which it has gained momentum. The Michael Gungor band has been around for a little while. They have recorded 3 CD’s before their most recent work, and have made the circuit around the United States playing shows and conferences. Yet most people had never really heard of this band before. That was until they released their most recent work, and twitter and blogs got a hold of it all.

It is amazing how fast things spread. Ideas, videos, music, and books seem to have enough fire power to last for months. Their gasoline, well that is provided by bloggers and twitters such as myself and maybe even you. See we all like stuff that is good. Stuff that not only has a lot of hype but also delivers in content. I have learned a couple of things about momentum, and one thing that I continue to understand is that hype is not the only thing that is needed. I use to think that if we just hyped up church services enough people would come. Or if the event was big enough and it got the word out then people would want to come. What I have seen is that hype is overrated. It is hard to deliver and often leaves people very disappointed. But, when an idea, song, book, movie, thought, or picture has hype and is good, it is destined to take off.

I call this the power of good. Something that is good will stand on its own, put some hype and attention behind it and it can spread. Inside the power of good there needs to be hype but also something to be able to talk about. The lack of one of these important elements brings failure.

What is something that was really hyped and yet very good?


I am king of this, you know the typical give a compliment, then bring the pain.
Or the one where you say “blah blah blah, BUT blah blah blah
It seems we all do this. Justify our words to soften the message.
Ask my friends that know me pretty well and they will tell you that I have no problem speaking truth to people, letting them know how I feel and rocking a little bit of a Paula Abdul attitude (Straight up now tell me).

But there are words or phrases that I use to mask the truth. These phrases are something that I try to guard myself from saying:

“I’m Just Saying”
“You Know that I love though”
“Just trying to help you out”
“I am speaking truth in love here”
“Some might see you this way”
“I just wanted to let you know that…”

All of these can often be mask for justifying thoughts.
But I wonder how effective these statements communicate truth and bring help?


At least according to the number of people talking about the health care reform last night on twitter and the amount of CSPAN Virgins like myself I can only guess that the ratings went through the roof. And to be honest the broadcast delivered in entertainment value. In all reality I really had no clue what was going on. But watching the passion of people yelling “No” and others interrupting speeches was laughable.

Apart from religion, politics is the most dividing thing for people. It goes as far as classifying things as right or left, liberal or conservative, and Yea or Nay (we live in the 21st century folks, English please). The passion that went into some of those tweets last night was amazing. It reminds me of something an old lady would say to me (I want to say my Grandma, but she has never said this to me) “if you read your Bible as much as you played video games you would know a whole lot about the Bible.” I think the same can be said about the passion that people put into blog post and tweets. Sometimes there is more passion and energy in saying something then actually doing something. I will be the first to say that I am very very very guilty of this. It is a shame that politics can bring out such passion and anger.

I am very torn on this issue. Continue Reading…


Sunday provides us a day to relax, reflect, and refuel. On Sunday’s I like to sit back and ask a couple of questions. Maybe it sounds a little like those awkward games you play with people you do not know so that you can get to know each other better.
Lets just call Question(s) for You.

You can answer them all or just one….

1) PC or Mac?

2) What is your favorite Season of the Year? Spring Summer Fall Winter

3) If I took you to Starbucks you would order?

Answer them all or just one….these are questions for you.