Sunday, August 07, 2016

The Evolution of Generational Mapping



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Friday, January 15, 2016

Houston, we have a Problem!

Lesson Learned: Houston, we have a Problem! I find there are basically three responses to the way we plant churches; 1) "That's not a real church!" 2) "Sure I'll PLAY church with you on Tuesday night. But I'm going to go to my REAL church on Sunday morning." 3) "This is my church! My family!" Good ecclesiology can answer the first response but it's the second response we are really having trouble with. It’s probably because its more of an unstated philosophical response than anything else. Here's one solution to the problem; move your church meeting to Sunday morning. Just like Apollo 13 had to use the gravitational pull of the moon to slingshot back to earth to solve their oxygen problem, we are using the gravitational pull of tradition to solve our commitment and loyalty to a local family problem. Once people understand that the church can meet anytime and anyplace, we can shift to what ever meets the need of the family. This will free Sunday AM up for the next generational church struggling with the pull of tradition.

PS. I'm not against another church meeting on Sunday morning no matter where it meets but let's help people get beyond tradition and consumerism and move toward "healthy church."

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

SEMPER GUMBY

Lesson Learned: When I was in the Army we use to have a saying, "No plan ever survives the first bullet fired." Church Planting Movements are much the same. There's plan "A" and then Plan "B" through "ZZZ". Don't get me wrong, we need to have a plan and the simpler the better. But we also need to be flexible as the Holy Spirit leads and the messiness of movement occurs. SEMPER GUMBY








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Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Why do I do what I do?

Lesson Learned: Our disappointments, failures, and even suffering can all be very beneficial in uncovering our true motivation.

“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (James 1:2–4)












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Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Success and Failure

Lesson Learned: As much as God has shaped and redefined our definition of success through the #NoPlaceLeft vision, we must be careful to do the same with our definition of failure. To me the #NoPlaceLeft vision is a God thing that we cannot make happen without His power and grace. Our responsibility is to obey Jesus commands in sharing the gospel, making disciples, being the church, and leading the way He has designed us. If we have been obedient and faithful in these things, we have not failed. Lack of results may or may not be our fault. It would do us well to let Jesus shape our definition of failure just as much as success as we pursue the #NoPlaceLeft vision.



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Sunday, December 06, 2015

The Church's Birthday

Lesson Learned: Most of you have heard me refer to the "Jesus Community" that existed before Acts 2 as the church. I want to let you know that after some study on the birth of the church, I'm going to conform my ecclesiology to the traditional point of view. My question was, "What does the Bible say about the timing of the birth of the church. The answer primarily came thru 1 Cor 12.12-13 and a study of pentecost (Exodus 34:22; Leviticus 23:15-21; Numbers 28:26; Deuteronomy 16:9-12, Exodus 23:16) and it's significants in Messianic prophecy. So I stand corrected, the church was born on the day the disciples were baptized in the Holy Spirit and these were the first fruits of Jesus' ministry. As a leader and teacher I want to be held to high standards of Biblical interpretation and I'm always open to discussion and correction. A question still remains; What role does the example of Jesus and His community play in our definition and function of church. Acts 17.11

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Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Lesson Learned: God has a Plan

Don (Second from the left) and Randy (Far Right)

Lesson Learned: Recently I met Don Buege through our ‪#‎NoPlaceLeft‬coalition. During a recent phone call he mentioned that he knew a disciple-making truck driver that knew me. He explained that this man walked into his church office and rescued him at a crucial time in life. He was disheartened as a pastor and Randy took him under his wing and began to disciple him. Since then Don and Randy have become very close friends and have had a huge impact in Russia. It turns out that this Randy was the same man who took me under his wing 35 years ago and started me on my journey of following Jesus. I talked with Randy on the phone the other night and celebrated together how God has used us over these many years. Now everything has come full circle with all of us working together toward #NoPlaceLeft in Russia and the world. God has a plan and every once in a while we get to see behind His magnificent curtain. (Jer 29.11-13)


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