Thursday, July 30, 2009
It challenged me to reconsider the "come and see" method of doing church. I have been a part of this strategy in church ministry for 11+ years and have seen it work--but not real well. When I read the book of Acts, I find a great chasm between what I see there and what I've experienced here so far...
It challenged me on the leadership roles in the church. We really do emphasize the pastor-teacher role over the prophet, apostle and evangelist roles. Why didn't I see this before...
It challenged me because the print was so small...
It took me a while to get through this, honestly. But it was worth it. I'm starting to put books down without finishing them. But this one was worth plowing through to the end. I recommend it heartily!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Summary: Julie Lyons was working as a crime reporter when she followed a hunch into the South Dallas ghetto. She wasn’t hunting drug dealers, but drug addicts who had been supernaturally healed of their addictions. Was there a church in the most violent part of the city that prayed for addicts and got results?
At The Body of Christ Assembly, a rundown church on an out-of-the-way street, Lyons found the story she was looking for. The minister welcomed criminals, prostitutes, and street people–anyone who needed God. He prayed for the sick, the addicted, and the demon-possessed, and people were supernaturally healed.
Lyons’s story landed on the front page of the Dallas Times Herald. But she got much more than just a great story, she found an unlikely spiritual home. Though the parishioners at The Body of Christ Assembly are black and Pentecostal, and Lyons is white and from a traditional church background, she embraced their spirituality–that of “the Holy Ghost and fire.”
It’s all here in Holy Roller–the stories of people desperate for God’s help. And the actions of a God who doesn’t forget the people who need His power.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
The Teacher vs The Exhorter (From Ben Arment)
I'm not a natural teacher. As a pastor I thrived on casting vision and moving people to action. I'm an exhorter, and I beat myself up for years not knowing the difference. I can imagine there are a lot of pastors out there who are struggling in the same way. So here it is... the difference.
- Values the study process more than the communication of it.
- Knows exactly what's going to be said
- Would have loved to pastor the Bereans
- Starts with Scripture and tests the wisdom of the world against it. Of course, Scripture wins each and every time.
- Sees effectiveness as building a "wall" of biblical precepts sermon-by-sermon
- Invests in conventional study tools
- If anyone complains, it's about boredom
- Values communicating over studying for it
- Knows the general outline, but fills in holes along the way. Counts on it, in fact
- Would have hated to pastor the Bereans
- Brings up the wisdom of the world and tests it against Scripture. Of course, Scripture wins each and every time.
- Sees effectiveness as moving people to action with the Bible
- Invests in unconventional study tools
- If anyone complains, it's about not getting fed
Invest in yourself as a communicator... whether you're a teacher or an exhorter.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
I was moved several times today by some of what I saw God do...Amazing Grace sung by a young man from Curacao in a back woods federal nursing home full of forgotten people, children hungry to learn more about the Bible, and youth leading like I wish some adults would. I can't wait to see what God is going to do next!
Here is my earlier post about today:
Another great day of grace and mercy. God has been so good to us the past 12 days! We are extremely blessed to have our brothers and sisters from Curacao here with us. They are such a gift!
Both of our groups at nursing homes had tremendous mornings. We also had a group at the homeless shelter and orphan relief center. That alone was a great day!
But perhaps our greatest moments came this afternoon at the backyard Bible club at Greentree North Apartments. Children asking questions about God, Jesus and the Bible. Hungry to learn! Hungry to be loved. And our people (adults, youth and children) have been terrific!
It touches me to see God do so much through us. No doubt He is pleased with our efforts.
Tomorrow we go back to Dream Center and we'll go to the low country food bank. We'll also help out Habitat for Humanity. We'll wrap up our backyard Bible club and then head to Isle of Palms (6-9 PM) for a picnic and hopefully to baptize some people (7 PM). If you know anybody that wants to be baptized, meet us at the public access no later than 7 PM. (Access is between the ice cream shop and public restrooms)
Thursday, July 09, 2009
Monday, July 06, 2009
Bible Gateway Reading Plans
Thursday, July 02, 2009
Crazy Love by Francis Chan
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