Nov
9
2010

Religion in the City

city skyline

I enjoy reading Aaron Renn’s thoughts on his blog Urbanophile.  I love the way he thinks about cities in this country and have been infected by his passion.  I was surprised earlier this week to read one of his posts which started out with Jeremiah 29:7: Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf; for in its welfare you will have welfare. […]

Nov
8
2010

Time, Time, Time…

time

This morning I woke up to my own hazy shade of winter as it is sleeting outside.  Working through my morning reading list I came across two posts that got me thinking about how we in church leadership approach time, and those things that sidetrack us and keep us from doing the things that only we can do. Last week I wrote about the people that you meet while planting a church and how we […]

Nov
5
2010

Generosity in the Fourth Quarter

Cash

Two weeks ago The Chronicle of Philanthropy posted a story about giving in the final quarter of 2010.  According to a recent survey 36% of givers will be giving less than normal in the coming fourth quarter of 2010.  While 55% of people will be giving about the same amount, one third of givers is a significant number and people begin to get nervous. I asked Ben Stroup for his thoughts on this article.  Ben […]

Nov
4
2010

Why Do We Give?

fistfull of cash

Ben Stroup shared an interesting discussion that he recently had with a friend about giving and whether there is a difference between giving to a non-profit and giving to a church.  Reading the conversation I have to admit that it bothered me because whether I like it or not, many in this country believe that there is no difference, and the giving patterns of congregations back that up. For as long as the local church […]

Nov
3
2010

Oh the People You Meet

planting

The Resurgence Blog has a great post on the six people that you meet when planting a church.  If you are planting a church, you need to read it.  Todd Bumgarner breaks people into six groups: Family, the people that are all in. Fence, people who like what you are up to but uncertain about whether they will join with you. Fans, people who love watching you from a distance but don’t want to commit. […]

Nov
2
2010

Election Day

flag

I am excited that election day is finally here.  I am excited not about who is going to be elected but that the divisiveness of the election season is about to end.  I am excited that the ads about who is a witch, who hates senior citizens, and who wants to make sure that our children are uneducated are coming to an end.  I am glad to see the noise associated with elections is about to […]

Nov
1
2010

The Numbers Game

Outreach Cover

I have a secret. I generally dread going to pastor conferences. I enjoy the teaching, and I love the chance to meet new people and connect with old friends. I enjoy getting free stuff (I mean, who doesn’t?) and seeing what is going on in other parts of Christendom. What bothers me is the numbers game that seems to be played way to much at some of these conferences. Take for example the most recent […]

Oct
28
2010

Tim Keller on reaching cities

Tim Keller

What if we put aside our banners that identified us as Baptists, Presbyterians, Methodists, or Anglican?  What if we stopped trying to add numbers to our “tribe” and instead started working towards adding to the Kingdom… regardless of what banner people pick up after joining? I love the way that Keller thinks through things… what do you think? Tim Keller Argues For Churches In Cities [Lausanne] from Kenny Jahng on Vimeo.

Oct
27
2010

Are you interesting?

Changing leaves

Seth Godin’s blog from Tuesday has had me thinking: How media changes politics If you want to get elected in the US, you need media. When TV was king, the secret to media was money. If you have money, you can reach the masses. The best way to get money is to make powerful interests happy, so they’ll give you money you can use to reach the masses and get re-elected. Now, though…When attention is […]

Oct
26
2010

Smile!

Smile!

The internet is funny.  As I was plowing through my morning reading I came across an article called The Art of Smiling.  I will save you the time of reading the article: the author suggests that there is no art to smiling, you just do it.  I have been mulling over the article all morning because I think that we sometimes can overlook what a smile communicates. A genuine eye-crinkling smile can do more to […]