If a church has a function on October 31st that involves candy and costumes, it's a Halloween event! "No Bob, you're wrong! It's a Harvest, Holy, Happy Night!!" Wrong. It's a Halloween event. I understand the desire to create a safe and fun alternative to Halloween. But let's call it what it is: Halloween. We aren't doing this event in July or April. We're handing out candy and putting on costumes on the same day everyone else is - Halloween. If you want unchurched teenagers to attend your event, unless they're farmers, Harvest night won't make sense. "Halloween" will. I ... Read More
I got an iPhone for my birthday! It's glorious! This is the best phone I had ever seen/ held/ used. Apple has done it again. Thank you to my wife and my friends that all pitched in to get this for me. I also got a couple of books from my wishlist from some of my peeps. Thanks guys!
World Series Champs!!!!!! They scared me a few times, but the Sox proved what they were made of as they dominated the Rockies!!!! I waited all my life to see the Sox win in 2004. Another title 3 years later is unbelievable!!!!
We live in interesting times. The more I read, the more I hear of people calling other people heretics. So let's see if we can get this straight for all of us keeping score at home... Mark Driscoll outs the Emergent guys... John McArthur outs Driscoll... The non-Calvinists out McArthur... The Calvinists out the Arminians... The pre-wrath guys out the 'Left Behind' Crowd... The Left Behind crowd out the Amillennials... The cessationists out the Charismaniacs... And the Charismaniacs out every imaginable demon... So I'm calling it right now... everyone's a heretic... except me and you (and I'm not so sure ... Read More
I was sent this today. It's a history of religion throughout the world. Pretty fascinating... Here's the link if the graphic is too small: http://www.mapsofwar.com/ind/history-of-religion.html I can't speak for the rest of the site, but this presentation was interesting...
I mentioned this in a recent post, but failed to post this picture. Here's a picture of an egg standing straight up on the Fall Equinox. I don't understand this stuff (my wife tried to explain it to me), but it has something to do with the rotation of the earth... enjoy.
I was given Leadership by Tom Peters as a gift, so I decided to give it a read. I didn't love it. It had some good insights, but nothing that blew me away. Here's a couple of nuggets that were good: "A leader is a dealer in hope." "Leaders don't 'want to win'. Effective leaders 'need to win.'" "Effective leaders exude a sense of confidence and determination that inspires others."
We're headed back to the World Series! What an amazing series! Everyone's asleep in my house, but I'm jumping up and down, fist pumping, and celebrating silently :) Best birthday present ever!!!!!!!!!!
- Today was my birthday. It was a great day! Mia got me an awesome card! - I felt great about the message. I don't know if God spoke to anyone else, but God spoke to me :) - Tons of first time guests today, which was great. - My friend Gus from Calvary Coral Springs was at our church today. It was great to see him and meet some of his team. - We're having Pastors visiting us just about every week. I'm starting to feel like I'm living in Atlanta. All I need now is an accent and ... Read More
My staff took me out to lunch for my birthday (it's on Sunday) to my favorite restaurant, P.F. Chang's. (Monogolian Beef baby!) As we were waiting to get our table, Mark recognizes a guy walking out of the restaurant. Who? O.J. Simpson. I thought he'd be taller :)