John Lennon Was Wrong

All you need is love -John Lennon

Yea, I don’t think so.

It sounds lovely doesn’t it? But I would like some clarification.

Are we talking marriage, career, life in general? Or is love some magic pill that if we can figure that out, then everything will be ok? And if that is true, what about when life just flat out sucks? Did we just not love enough?

See, we want to believe that all we need is love. It sounds almost… easy. I can’t control love. So, if something doesn’t go my way, I guess it wasn’t my fault.

Clearly, it was my ex-wife’s.

Or is there something more? Something beyond love that we need? I think so.

As important as love is, it takes more than just this one element to be successful in life- in your marriage, in your spiritual life, or in your career.

It takes commitment. Love without commitment is infatuation. (more…)

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Adapt or Die

One of the most interesting things to keep up with over the past few years has been all the crazy changes in the music and book industries. I can still remember when CD’s first came out in the those huge cardboard boxes that were twice the size of the actual CD. Then there was Napster. You could download a song in 5-7 minutes! My mind was blown. But as music went digital, the very industry that was creating the music had no idea how to adapt with the changing culture. And it suffered huge losses.

Fast forward about 10 years and we find the book industry in the same position. This time, Amazon took a page out of Apple’s playbook and did their best to get ahead of the curve with the Kindle. It exploded.

This week, Amazon took another leap in its ability to adapt to cultural change. They announced the Kindle Zero. This is a FREE Kindle for its Prime members. An excellent piece of hardware… free. Traditional strategy says this is crazy. But these days, traditional strategies are constantly being challenged. Or blown up completely.

The Church can learn a lot from Apple and Amazon.

But… (more…)

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World Changers

A few years ago, John Mayer released a song entitled, “Waiting on the World to Change”. Did this song frustrate anyone other than me?

It raised a good discussion, but there was no resolution. No action required. Who wants to wait on change? Do we really want to see a need that requires change, but then simply wait on someone else to do something about it?

Do we want to be “Change Waiters” or “World Changers”?

No one ever made a difference by waiting, by hesitating, or by stalling. Change agents take action! Aggressive, passionate, “I have to do this right now or I will wither up and die” type of action!

So, can we do it? Can we be the ones who stop waiting and start doing. Can we be people of action. Can we be more than just good ideas, but carry those ideas out to finishing? Or more specifically… WILL we do it? (more…)

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A New Way

The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, “What is this? A new teaching—and with authority! He even gives orders to impure spirits and they obey him.”  News about him spread quickly over the whole region of Galilee.

Mark 1:27-28

Jesus was a revolutionary. At every turn, He was challenging the status quo- from political ideals to religious strongholds. Not only did He come to offer forgiveness and salvation, but He offered a “New Way”!

As a matter of fact, before Christianity was known as “Christianity”, it was called “The Way”. (How cool is that?!)

This new “Way” still challenges us today:

  • Be last when everyone is fighting for first.
  • Give money when it doesn’t make sense.
  • Don’t just love your friends; love your enemies as well
  • Look out for #1… but YOU are NOT #1!
  • Forgive when its easier to hate.
  • Be creative rather than irrelevant.

BUT… (more…)

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Dive in. Stay in.

The church that changes the world will be filled with committed followers of Christ... People that are more interested in the strength of the mission than the style of the music. People that are not simply looking for the coolest/newest thing in town. People that are concerned with…

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This May Suck

and I am (finally!) okay with that. Honestly, I don’t even care if anyone reads this post.

At least, I am pretty sure I don’t care.

You see, there is a reason I haven’t written for almost a year. No, it isn’t because of my lack of passion or a lack of drive. It is isn’t because I simply forgot. I have loads of passion about this Phosphorus project, and I think about it daily. It’s been a dream for almost 10 years. So, why the long silence?

FEAR.

You have no idea how hard that was to write. But, yes, it was fear: fear my project would fail, fear that I would fail, fear that it wasn’t working out the way I had envisioned. Yep, fear.

And you know what fueled my fear? Comparison. I would compare myself to the very people that inspired me.  (more…)

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It may not be from God

As Americans, we are surrounded with things that claim to be from God or have a huge "Christian" label on it. Businesses, not for profit organizations, books, and even facebook statuses make this claim daily. After all, we are a "christian" nation, aren't we?

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A little help from my friends

We see over and over in the book of Acts that Paul needed help from his friends. Whether it was escaping the angry Jewish mob, help when he was new to the faith and could not see, or preaching the glorious Gospel, he did not do it alone.

But, you know, when I think of Paul, I think about this larger than life figure that could do it all. He traveled around the known ancient world, single handedly spreading the Gospel of Christ. Nothing could stop him: shipwreck, disease, whatever his “thorn” was. He was a first century stud!

Well, apparently it wasn’t “single handed”. Even Paul needed a community around him. We also see this in the life of Peter and the other apostles. Neither Peter or Paul or James was a one man show. They built friendships, networked with others in ministry, and mentored young leaders. So, what can we learn from this principle?

Stop trying to do it all on your own. (more…)

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Playgrounds and Purpose

My son loves slides. But the journey begins on the ground, looking up at the amazing opportunity that awaits him. And the only way to get from here to there is to tackle those intimidating stairs.

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