I just can't get enough of being in a bookstore. I love it! I used to work in a Christian bookstore and I loved it. I just love being around books. Probably because it makes me feel smarter than I am. But I love finding out about a great author and reading everything he's read. It was weird going into a bookstore for the first time and seeing my own book on the shelf. I was right next to Gayle Erwin on the shelf. Good company to be in. I like Amazon.com and use them for some stuff, but for ... Read More
I just finished Brian Mclaren's book, "The Story We Find Ourselves In". In a word, "Awesome!" Like any book, I didn't agree with everything written in it. Then again, my wife asked me a while back, "Is there a book outside of the Bible that you agree with completely?" I said, "Yes. This one." And that one, I'm not totally sure of! But I thought his views on creation were interesting and provocative to say the least. I loved the idea of the 7 episodes of our story (Which is similar to what I was taught in Bible College and ... Read More
I've got a bunch of stuff floating around in my head and I wasn't sure what to post, so here's everything... #1 - I have to slow down - I had to check my Treo to see when Carey and I could schedule a lunch together. That's NOT cool. It starts today. I'm scaling back my life a bit. #2 - I'm almost done with "The Story we find ourselves in" by Brian Mclaren. Phenomenal! #3 - I have Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday's episodes on American idol on my TiVo that I still haven't watched! I'm going to try to ... Read More
A couple of guys from our staff and I attended an assimilation conference today put on by Nelson Searcy from the Journey in New York City. Great stuff! We walked away with a lot of practical advice from a church planter that's really doing it! You can order the seminar here. Nelson gave me a lot to think about, especially because I believe this is one area that we are NOT good at. But I was really challenged that this isn't rocket science. There are simple steps that make people feel wanted and welcomed! I've listened to a lot of ... Read More
The tour is called, 'Indescribable', but I'm going to describe it right now. I went to see Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, and Louie Giglio on Saturday. While I'm normally not out late on Saturday nights (I have this thing on Sunday mornings), I made an exception. The show was great! Tomlin played a couple of songs to get things going. Then Matt played 6 or 7 songs. Then Louie gave a message that was very good (a little too long, but good). Then Tomlin came back out and played for about another hour. All in all, I had a great ... Read More
Dave has a great post today about how to keep sanity in your schedule as a Pastor. It's definitely worth a read and some consideration...
I just finished "The Last Word and the Word after That" (Yes I think I'm on a kick of some sort) by Brian Mclaren. This is part 3 of his "A New Kind of Christian" trilogy. I thought the book was amazing! While, the book is fictional, it tries to create some discussion about a few different subjects. The main topic is hell. I found the book eye opening, refreshing, and challenging. I think McLaren is onto something in his writing. He challenges us to think, but he's not going to just lay out the answers. Instead, he's going to ... Read More
Carey made me an awesome Valentine's Day gift this year. Due to my obsession with the movie "School of Rock", she "ripped" the movie with her Powerbook, cut a few scenes, and then formatted them to play on my ipod video! So I have 4 songs from the movie to choose from no matter where I am. It's awesome. I've been walking around the house this week shouting at the top of my lungs, "And the legend of the rent, was way hardcore!"
After getting this question a bunch of times over the last month and reading Mark's post I decided to post my basic schedule. It does drive me crazy when people say, "So what do you do all week?" But I can't get too crazy over it because I remember being a young christian and thinking that my Pastor only worked on Sunday and Wednesday! Maybe that's why I'm in ministry now. It's God's way of showing me that this isn't the case! So here goes... Monday - OFF (I know most Pastors don't take Mondays off. I do. I'm so ... Read More
The kind folks over at Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale have invited me to do a book signing at their bookstore on Wednesday, March 1st from 5PM - 9PM for my book "elements". This is a first for me, so I'm really excited about it. I'm looking forward to meeting some people and talking about the book. I'm also hoping to talk to some people who have already read the book. I was there yesterday for a moment and talked to 2 people who had read the book and said they really enjoyed it (then again, people don't usually walk up ... Read More