Archive for May, 2008

Things I didn’t know about the Great Commission (Part 3)

Posted on 31. May, 2008 by .

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As I’ve said here, here and here, we’ve been discussing the Great Commission in our staff meeting.

18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

This is something I’ve always thought was interesting about The Great Commission. I always thought the end of verse 18 was a misprint. It seemed to me that it should say that all authority has been given to “you.” It seems like God is commanding us to go and make disciples, you would think that he would give us the authority to do it.… Read the rest

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Things I didn’t know about the Great Commission (Part 2) Part B

Posted on 30. May, 2008 by .

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I forgot to mention this earlier in my this post. I wast talking about how on the day of Christ’s ascension there were some of the 11 disciples who doubted. It truly sounds crazy. How on earth could they doubt? But then I realize that I may not “doubt,” but I often live my life as one who doubts or even doesn’t believe. Seriously, if I truly had the fear of God in my life, why do I still sin so much?

Then I got thinking.

I’ve had relationships all through my life with people who don’t believe in God. I’m really not that good at debating with them. To be honest, I don’t really like it. I like them and their belief… or lack of belief doesn’t change the way I feel about them.… Read the rest

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Things I didn’t know about the Great Commission (Part 2)

Posted on 30. May, 2008 by .

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I took one class at college in hermeneutics. I actually really enjoyed the class. I knew that it wasn’t likely that I’d be using my new hermeneutical skills on a regular basis when preparing preschool lessons, but I saw great application for my own personal knowledge and development. One of the key skills taught in hermeneutics is studying the verse in context. When looking at a particular passage, we would have to outline in detail the entire chapter in addition to a less detailed outline of the entire book. The context of the book, the chapter and surrounding verses can have a profound impact on the passage being studied.

Like I said yesterday, we’ve been looking at The Great Commission in our staff meetings.… Read the rest

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Gateway with a twist of Indian

Posted on 30. May, 2008 by .

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This is one of the things I really love about my church, Gateway Community Church.

We’re in a series called “Dialed In: Conversations with the World.” Actually, it’s a series about other world religions. I’m sure many people would ask, why would you devote an entire series to other religions? Isn’t that something you’d teach in a small group or special extra-curricular class? Yeah, I think we actually do that as well. But you may not know our audience. Although Texas is a good ‘ol conservative/right-winged/republican state, Austin is not. Austin is an odd city with a weird vibe. It’s definitely Texas to the core, but with a liberal twist. A significant number of our church came to Christ at Gateway and a significant number of those who came to Christ were not your “grew up in the church but never made a decision” type of people.… Read the rest

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Things I didn’t know about the Great Commission (Part 1)

Posted on 29. May, 2008 by .

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At staff meeting a few weeks ago, we spent a little bit of time talking about the Great Commission. Yes! This is my verse. As someone who is very committed to the cause of reaching the unreached, the Great Commission is my motto. But I learned something that kind of shook my understanding of this verse.

Don’t worry. My new found revelation has not changed my feelings or passion for world missions. But I do look at this verse a little differently now.

“Go Ye Therefore!” I’ve listened to countless sermons where this was the thrust of the message. The last thing Jesus said to his disciples was to “GO!” This verse has been the catalyst for pushing people out of their comfortable lives a out in the world making a difference.… Read the rest

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Show some love: Blog comments

Posted on 28. May, 2008 by .

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A few months ago I helped my wife set up her own blog. Once it was up, she immediately wrote four or five posts. She added her website to her facebook profile and within hours the traffic started coming.

After a day or two, she came to me with a scowl on her face. She asked, “why are all these people visiting my site (I set her up with analytics), but no one is leaving any comments?”

I smiled and said, “join the club! Everyone who blogs wants more comments on their posts.”

It’s kinda just the way it is. Lots of people read, few respond. My question is simple. Why? Why is the percentage of readers who comment so small?… Read the rest

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What (blogs) I’m reading

Posted on 25. May, 2008 by .

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Like I said, I’m doing a lot of reading now days. However, for the past several months my blog subscription has gotten pretty big (at least by my standards). During the week of Orange and the week after, I did not keep up with reading the blogs I subscribe to. Finally, the next week, it took me four hours one night to catch up. I did a lot of skimming, but I just can’t stand to miss anything.

I really need to update my blogroll. However, I thought I’d share what blogs I read right now. I remembered how when I first got into blogging, I searched the Internet both high and low to find all the CM blogs. However, I find that I don’t put nearly as much effort into finding new blogs… but I really should.… Read the rest

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What I’m reading

Posted on 24. May, 2008 by .

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books

Lately I’ve been a crazy reading man!

I just updated the ‘Books I’m Reading” and Books I’ve Read” widget on the right. Unfortunately I’ve been reading Bringing Up Boys for over a year now (I need to either just wrap that one up or take it off my list). I’m about three chapters away from finishing “Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man’s Soul.” I’ve got some blogs coming out in the next few weeks addressing this book. It’s been hitting me on so many different levels, both personally and vocationally. In the last two weeks I devoured Patrick Lencioni’s books “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable” and “Death by Meeting: A Leadership Fable…About Solving the Most Painful Problem in Business.” I have upcoming posts on both of these books as well.… Read the rest

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Please pray for Zayan!

Posted on 22. May, 2008 by .

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Today I had to make a hospital call. This past Sunday one of our volunteers stopped in to tell my Early Childhood Director that she would be stepping down from her volunteer position because she just found out her 18 month old daughter was diagnosed with Leukemia.

Yeah, I was standing there and my heart sank when I heard this news. I simply cannot imagine.

So, this morning I prayed for little Zayan and her mother just before she went into surgery. She had her first injection of chemotherapy today and will be in the hospital for a week. When I try to empathize, I don’t even like to think of what it would be like to be in her shoes.… Read the rest

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Vista… bring it!

Posted on 21. May, 2008 by .

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I just got my new laptop for work. I’ve been using a desktop in my office for the past few weeks. When at home I’ve used my own laptop and have been able to do everything necessary. However, now I’m glad to have my own equipment and able to set it up for getting stuff done.

However, it’s loaded with Vista. Hmmmm. Not sure how I feel about this. I’ve been an XP user for 5 years and have become very comfortable with it. I’ve been keeping tabs on the mess Microsoft has had with the Vista release. I know at some point a person must move on… I guess now is that time for me.

Before all you Macheads (you know who you are) suggest Apple as another option (and some of you would probably say the only logical option), I am not ready to go “there” yet.… Read the rest

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