My buddy Bill LaMorey just read my book Watermark and reviewed it on his blog. It shouldn't surprise you that Bill gave it a good review, seeing how Bill is one of my best friends. Anyway, you can read his review here. You can buy Watermark here. Or if you want to give these to people in your church who are thinking about baptism or being baptized, you can email me and I can get you a better deal than the Amazon price. Shameless promotion over...
It was 14 years ago today that I gave my life to Jesus. My wife Carey made that decision on the same day as well. It's the best choice we've ever made. Everything I have, everything I am, and everything I hope to be is all a result of following Jesus. "Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the ... Read More
With the exception of House, every show has ended for the summer. So here are my TV season finale thoughts... Criminal Minds - Amazing finale. My wife called it, that they would end the season bringing that freak Frank back. It was great. This could be the most underrated show on TV. The Office - Out of control. The last 10 seconds had me laughing uncontrollably. CSI - This would the CSI of the Las Vegas variety (I don't watch the other 2). Great finale. They've been building this story line up all season long. I've been watching CSI since ... Read More
Mark took our worship team to the next level this morning as Ivan, one of our new guys was added to the band as our resident DJ. It was awesome! I'm amazed at what adding another layer of music does. Plus, I was doing a message in Mark 3 on the Sabbath, so I had him come up and lay down some dope beats as I talked about the Sabbath being an opportunity to create rhythm in our lives. He started playing the opening beat to 'Walk this way" and adding his own flavor to it. I grabbed the guitar ... Read More
As I looked at our church, I decided to re-read The E-Myth because I felt like our systems were weak. If this book emphasizes anything, it's systems. If you don't think that having churches should have systems, look at the human body. Your body has systems, and if there working well, that's called health. The church is a body. So a healthy church has healthy systems. Anyway, I really liked this book (even though the story about Sarah's Pie Shop got old). Gerber's challenge is basically right out of Eph. 4:11-12. He would say, "Stop working in your ministry and ... Read More
Here were my favorite posts of the week... - Scott gave us the link to the NY Times article on the New Breed of Evangelicals. Good Article. - Perry's post of the 10 mistakes Pastors make was excellent. - Steven got serious with this post about what people think. Awesome! - Chris's post was out of hand. It got me thinking.
I get questions now and then about what books I'm reading in preparation for my messages. So I've started a list of books that I'm reading called, "Study Resources". I'm teaching the Gospel of Mark, so that's what I'm studying and the bottom right-hand column of my blog's front page you'll find the books that I'm reading during the series of teachings. Enjoy...
It's not a big book, but 9 Things a Leader must do by Dr. Henry Cloud packs a punch! This book is his look at 9 qualities that all great leaders possess. It's filled with stories and wisdom of how these qualities influence these leader's decisions and relationships. I think books like this help a leader take an inventory of what's happening within him/her. Some favorite quotes: "Leadership success is the process of digging up the treasures of the invisible soul in order to bring dreams, desires, and talents to the visible world." Most leaders who "left it all" took ... Read More
Yesterday was amazing! We did Mia's dedication at our 2nd service and it was very special. Needles to say, I cried. I put together a video based on stuff that I shot on the day she was born that turned out really good. I needed Carey's help in cutting it down because the video was initially 30 minutes long. She got the video down to 5 minutes. I wonder what she could do with my messages :) There wasn't a dry eye in the house. They both looked more beautiful than ever. There were people there who had been praying ... Read More
Here's a few posts that rocked my world this week... - Bill's thoughts on people needing to think things all the way through was great... - Tony's penny pinching post was spot on... - Craig's posts on developing leaders were great, but Part 1 and part 4 were my favorite... - Gary's stuff on Disney was excellent... - Nancy Beach's post of vision was fantastic... - Ben's posts on "The Dip" have been very insightful... I hope you enjoy them as much as I did...