Most of us who call Jesus our Lord and Savior would quickly agree that part of what we “do” as Christians is bearing one another’s burdens.
[“One another”… Does anyone, besides church people, even talk like that anymore?]
So out of loyalty, obedience, appreciation, love or any other motivation, sometimes we do the right thing and walk alongside a friend. And then for the next part of a journey, we help them carry their heavy load.
But Luke 5, so quickly after the holiday passage we often read at Christmas, hit me today.
The friends who brought their friend to Christ did not bear his BURDEN… They bore HIM. Continue reading Bear with me.
As an eighth grader, I had no clue the work Julie the senior had put in to earn her letters, patches and medals. I just saw the highlight real. I had no clue about day after day after month after year of practices, hours before and after school, preparing herself for the championship moments. I was impatient to just get to the championship moments for myself.
When going through the Personal Assessment Process, a lot of planters ask me about fundraising. Everyone wants to start fundraising and creating an income line as soon as they can, because they know it takes a huge amount of money to get a church started. However, there are some legal issues at play that can prevent you from fundraising. Continue reading Church Plant Fundraising: Holding Accounts
Let’s talk about faded lettermans. Were those giant coats in school colors a tradition in your hometown? In mine, they were basically an institution, right along with friday night football lights. I grew up in town small enough to have only two schools – one K-7 elementary, and one 8-12 high school. So as soon as I was in eighth grade, I felt like it was my job to figure out who I was going to be– for the rest of my life. And when there is only one stoplight in your town and the volunteer rescue squad is run by the same two brothers that also own the only grocery store for 5 miles … you know that everyone will know ALL your business. By winter of eighth grade, I saw my goal: to have a letterman coat as amazing as Julie’s. She was a senior, a multiple-sport athlete, a good student, and had metals covering the entire right front side of her coat. I mean, come on – it made NOISE as she walked. How cool is that?
One of the most beautiful definitions of Scripture I’ve ever read. From Mike Breen, Covenant and Kingdom.
An Open Letter to Skeptics: Just because you’ve never seen it done or can’t imagine doing it yourself, doesn’t mean it can’t be done. #Pioneer
I was involved in a group once that had some of the most amazing meetings, and some of the most frustrating meetings of my life. I’m also bummed that I was part of the problem. As a group, we formed a team cancer. A cancer in the form of a caucus.
Let’s be honest – there are days when I am barely treading water. We can’t have it all. The sermon will never be finished and refined at the same time that the house is ready for hosting a small group, the homework is all finished and five little backpacks prepped with snack, the relationship thriving, date night happening, the errands all run, supplies purchased, meetings attended (on-time, of course) and not to mention in-depth time in the Word.
It ain’t gonna happen.
Oh, but there are days when gray meets gray.
Continue reading when gray meets gray
I have one meeting every week where there are only 3 invitees. And of the three – I’m the only human. Continue reading one human, one canine, one divine
These guys are amazing. Seriously. I sat there on the beach, iPad in one hand, coffee in the other to have my reading day. I had a towel to sit on and a hoodie to keep me warm. They had wetsuits and boards, and were out there in the water surfing. There were men, women, and multiple generations in the water, but it was the steady stream of these older dudes that kept grabbing my attention. And then it hit me. I desperately want to be an old man surfer. Continue reading I want to be an old man surfer.
Yesterday our team gathered for lunch at our place. As a re-plant, I’m the only member of the staff who is full-time at the church, so we flow on a meeting schedule that allows for a good mix of communication and connection without burning everyone out with extra meetings. Continue reading multi-tasking in a couple of minutes
There were about 60 people, the entirety of our group, sitting in the room for an optional, early breakfast session. That alone tells you the…