If you're a Pastor in South Florida, there's a great event coming to West Palm Beach on Friday, October 13 (Spooky). Nelson Searcy, Lead Pastor of The Journey in New York City and a Keynote speaker for our Momentum Conference in March is going to be doing a free workshop for churches to break growth barriers. I've heard some of Nelson's stuff on this subject and it's great! Really practical and insightful. You can RSVP on his site by clicking here. See you there... (Hopefully, the Yankees will be out of the post-season by then)
Just so you know, our Momentum Conference site is going live on Monday, October 2nd! It will have all the details: speakers breakouts pricing hotel/ travel info stuff to do while you're in Miami recipes (OK, maybe not) a conference blog The site is www.momentumconference.com. See you there on Monday!
I have wanted to read The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis for quite some time now, and finally got around to it. I liked it, but to be totally honest, I don't know if I completely got it. I need to read it again. Although, Lewis' preface says this book is not meant to be an explanation of his beliefs concerning hell, I think some of his theology naturally leaks out (it happens to every communicator). From reading the book, it seems that Lewis believes that the unregenerate will be able to repent after their death. He seems to believe ... Read More
My new A/C unit just got installed and life is returning the temperature that God intended for us to live in :) This new unit is a beast. It's almost twice the size of the old A/C. We shouldn't be having any more cooling issues for a long time (prayerfully)...
I was walking this morning and listening to Hillsong united on my ipod, when I came to a realization: we have the best worship leader in America! I was standing in the back of the auditorium on Sunday night (which is going great by the way - I'm convinced I prefer Sunday night to Sunday morning) and I thought, "We have the best worship leader in America!" Mark has the ability to take the songs he doesn't write and make them better than the original. Most people can't do that. A lot of worship leaders end up sounding like this ... Read More
There aren't a lot of things you need to survive in Florida. A few of them are: - Hurricane Shutters - Sunscreen - Sunglasses - Air Conditioning! I woke up this morning and my A/C wasn't working. Needless to say, my house was an inferno. So an A/C guy in our church came to my house to check things out. I found out my compressor is dead! It needs to be replaced. This isn't good, especially when your wife is 20 weeks pregnant (even though I've complained more than her). So we're trying to remain very still and our fans ... Read More
We continued our Spotlight series this morning and evening and I used 4 Bibles as a prop to talk about my own spiritual journey. I brought the 4 Bibles that I have used over the last 13 years. The KJV Hebrew-Greek Study Bible - My brother gave me this right after I prayed to ask Jesus into my life. I hadn't opened it in years but I found a flyer that had some course selections for the Bible College I ended up attending and later running. NKJV personal Study Bible - The Bible I used all throughout Bible College. It ... Read More
I bought Practicing Greatness by Reggie McNeal because it was recommended to me, but I must admit I was a bit skeptical. While I liked The Present Future, I didn't love it. I thought there was much to be learned, I'm more of a fan of practitioners who talk about what churches need to do to reach new generations. Anyway, I loved Practicing Greatness and I think I understand the heart behind The Present Future better. This is such a healthy book for Pastors to read. It is a book that calls you to examine yourself and look for the ... Read More
The Momentum Conference website is getting set to launch on October 1st, but I thought I'd share the logo for the conference before then. (Mad props to Mark for designing it) I really believe this conference is going to help a lot of churches that meet in portable settings. Bob, Nelson, and I are going to be speaking and there's going to be a bunch of workshops for Pastors, Administrators, Children's leaders, Small Group leaders, and church staffs in general. We have met in a school, a hotel, a theatre, and other churches in our 6-year history and we are ... Read More
I think Miami has the most Cuban restaurants per capita in the world (Yes, that includes Cuba)! But Sergio's, another Cuban restaurant opened up the street from our offices on Monday and today I headed over there for lunch. Verdict: Awesome! The beans weren't quite as good as other places, but they put the ball in play. Everything was good. What's funny is, with there being so many Cuban places (by the way, I've never seen one close here), we go to different ones for different reasons. Some do pork better. Others do sandwiches better. Others are open 24 hours. ... Read More