Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Today, the world is filled with quiet noise. By quiet noise, I mean the noise that flies off our screens and into our minds. It is emails, spam, tweets, Facebook, blogs, etc. While they don’t go into our ears, they do crowd our minds and keep us from hearing. I think we need days where we shut the noise down. On those days, we don’t go to the email/internet and only look at our phones when it is a call. I believe those quiet days could be days where we hear many good things.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
I recently read about a pastor who told his staff, “If we catch you doing ministry, you may lose your job.” One of the core values at that congregation is that the staff is not paid to “do” ministry but to equip others to do ministry. It is Biblical! Ephesians 4:11-13 “It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” It has obviously worked since that church has grown to over 4000. How would your church look if the staff stopped doing ministry?
Friday, August 20, 2010
Splash the Wonder Dog likes to take herself on walks. When we take a walk, the Wonder Dog wants to carry the leash. She will gather it up in her mouth and carry it for about a quarter of a mile. Then she is through and ready to relinquish control of the leash. I am not sure what she is thinking. I just wonder if she hasn’t practiced all the self-control she can and is ready to turn it back over to me so that she doesn’t get into trouble.
Monday, August 16, 2010
Gary W. Moon, in his book, Falling For God writes about a worship leader that is praised because he can really lead people into the presence of God. After describing this worship leader, Moon comments - “I thought then, as I do now, that the real trick would be finding someone who could lead you out of God’s omnipresence.” His point is that we are always in God’s presence. Maybe that is why Paul prayer for the eyes of the Ephesians’ hearts to be opened in Ephesians 1:18.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
When I have needed help with computers, I have often turned to my son. He is very good with computers. On one occasion, I had messed up the computer. Of course, I turned to my in-house computer specialist. With a few keystrokes and a smirk, he told me that it was fixed. I wanted to know what the problem was so I asked him for an explanation. He told me, “It was an id 10 t error.” I said speak English. He said, “Write it out, and you will understand.” I wrote id 10 t. I asked, “Is this some sort of id/identity problem?” I guess I was thinking my computer was having an identity crisis. He laughed and said, “Write it in all caps.” It became clear when I wrote it out in capital letters what he was saying to me. I am glad I wasn’t paying someone to tell me that.