I love social media! In fact, it’s part of my livelihood (you may or may not know that I’ve recently started a consulting business to supplement my income. One thing I do is Facebook Ad management). Social media is great for staying in touch, connecting with friends and keeping current with family. It’s great for news, networking, and resources. It can also be a huge waste of time. Or worse!
Last year I decided to take a break from social media while on vacation. One of the best vacation decisions I’ve ever made! I had every intention of writing about my experience but just never did. Tomorrow I’m heading to Myrtle Beach with my family for a week and I’m going to take another break from social media.
In August 2014 my wife and I left a steady and somewhat comfortable position to launch into the uncertain waters of church planting. Our former church financially supported us for four months, but we otherwise didn’t know how we’d survive.
There are a number of challenging messages we hear on a regular basis that make living a Jesus-centered way of life very difficult. Last Sunday I shared a message in our (Restoration Church) Vision Gathering, entitled, “Recreating: Cultivating Contemplative Spirituality.” HERE is the audio.
Challenges to living a Jesus-centered way of life include…
- Happiness is found in having things (luxury lifestyle = happy)
- Get all you can for yourself, as quickly as you can
- Security is found in money, power, status, and good health
- Seek all the pleasure, convenience, and comfort you can
- God is irrelevant to everyday life
- There are no moral absolutes
- You’re not responsible for anyone but yourself
- Life on earth is all there is, YOLO!
No wonder it’s SO difficult to follow Jesus… isn’t it!
Racial tension and conflict has flooded the news lately. Rather than point fingers and cast blame, I submit THE answer is quite simple. Not easy or quick, but transformational.
Racial (I prefer using the word ethnic) tensions exist in large part because we don’t listen to one another. It’s hard to understand someone who is different without knowing them. How many ethnically and culturally different people do we really know?
When I emphasize the DO-ing part of evangelism I struggle. I struggle to just DO it. There are a million things I’d rather DO than go out and talk to strangers about something most of them don’t want to talk about.
Can you relate? I’m sure you can. For one reason or another you just don’t tell people about Jesus. Or at least regularly. Maybe it’s been a minute since you brought someone new to a church service. Take heart, I want you to be encouraged!
Excited and scared! Those words describe how my wife and I feel about this season of our lives and ministry. We are excited to be on a church planting team, and to be raising prayer and financial support. We are scared as we step out in faith like never before! Have you ever felt that way? Here’s my personal update and a few lessons I’m learning that might help you navigate a similar season of life.
After years of preparation that included doctoral studies, reading stacks of books, attending conferences, church planting boot camp, and formal church planter assessments… we’re stepping forward to be part of Restoration Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland!
I’m excited and honored to speak at Mount Pleasant Church’s Sunday afternoon service. The third Sun of each month they focus on Evangelism and Missions.
My message will come from Luke 10:25-37, “Keep the Main Thing the Main Thing!”
Life is full of transitions. From each stage of physical growth, schools, friends, marital status, churches, housing, and jobs. The last few months has been full of BIG transitions for our family. It’s a lame excuse, but that’s what’s kept me from writing. It’s been WAY too long since I’ve written a post! I apologize for not keeping you updated! This post outlines the transitions we’re going through that will culminate in launching Restoration Church in October 2015!
I wrote a master’s thesis and doctoral dissertation. By far the hardest part was to get moving, to get started! Once I got the ball rolling the pieces fell into place. How many great opportunities are missed because we fail to get moving?!
Three years ago my wife and I began to sense that God was leading us to plant a new church. Not wanting to miss God’s plan we went to a church planting boot camp, read books, and I was part of a D.Min. church planting cohort. All that was easy. But to actually plant a church I had to get moving. Not so easy!