While meandering through iTunes tonight, I disovered that Rob Bell and Mars Hill actually have an official podcast up and running. There is even a link at the bottom of their sermon download page. Who knew? Is this some kind of grand conspiracy that has been hidden from me for all this time?… Read more
Shane Hipps began teaching on the book of Revelation a few weeks ago. I’ve only listened to the first message, but it is a great introduction to what the book of Revelation is all about. He offers a view of what the book of Revelation (and other apocalyptic literature) is all about in simple, yet well thought out, terms.… Read more
With a few projects that had looming deadlines finally complete, I have a few moments to actually reflect on my experiences at Catalyst last week.
- First off, thanks to those who helped us get there. I’m so grateful to Catalyst for providing registrations for our team, as well as to JJ and Mark for sending some frequent flyer love our way.
Twice a week, in our team meetings, we break open OneNote and have a shared session. We can all type on the same document and watch it update in realtime, so it is a great way to share and track our throughts.
A few months ago, I searched for an online service that would do something similar, but it just wasn’t there yet.… Read more
The church keeps following the culture around it
• It happened in the middle ages, the enlightenment and in the industrial revolution
• Today, that means the spirituality is a product and we are consumers
• And the new false god of culture is entertainment, so where does that mean the church is heading?… Read more
God is sending us out to announce that the kingdom of God is near
• Not that we have a cool church
Let’s change the conversation from “the church let me down” to “Here’s the way that God has empowered and inspired me to pick up the work of the church and carry it forward.”
• God’s plan will move forward
• The truth is, we’re doing good
• Maybe we paint a horrible picture because we think we need it to motivate people
But what God is calling us to is a dangerous thing
• And it needs dangerous people
• It’s not at all safe
• If we all embrace the voice of God’s Spirit, there are going to be some really difficult stories told
The disciples were God’s first-gen leaders
• They heard the voice of the Spirit.… Read more
Rick and Donald shared a casual conversation that was delightful to just sit and soak in. Here are a few of their thoughts from the discussion:
R: Once everybody left the doors of the church, we realized God was in the streets.
R: Discipleship is meant to happen on the road, but we’ve turned it into ten books about whatever.… Read more
Christians feel like they are traveling with Jesus, but missing the adventure
-How do we respond to that as leaders?
-God calls us to an adventure of struggle in the world
The leader provides clarity about:
-Where Jesus is heading – out into the world
-The nature of the world that Jesus is heading into
Jesus has defined his followers as the light of the world
-Those who bring the gospel
-Those who bring food or medical care
-Those who show others that God is good
-And we need to be those who are moved against injustice
-how does the Bible define it?… Read more
No organization has a culture
-It has as many cultures as it does managers
-People don’t quit a culture, they quit a boss
-The manager makes the difference
What does a manager do?
-The job of a manager is to turn one person’s talent into performance.
-A catalyst – you speed up the reaction/performance of those who bring their talent.… Read more
Trying to post some notes from the messages as they happen, although I’m not sure I’ll have time to post any of my own thoughts at this point…
The nature of leadership makes self-centeredness unavoidable
•We must declare daily that the most high God is sovereign over the kingdoms of this world and he gives them to anyone he wishes.… Read more
I’m off early in the morning to the Catalyst Conference with Dean and Josh. I’m hoping to blog some thoughts from the conference for my future thoughts and for the benefit of those who aren’t able to be there.