Archive for December 2007

Weakness In Our Plan

We have discovered that along the way of launching here we have been under-prepared for all that is needed in terms of some of the essentials of life: – prayer support for Sjogren’s – financial support for Sjogren’s – plans for regular contact with old friends of the Sjogren’s We have run through an enormous…

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Jump Onboard

The “Flying C” Ranch is in full swing – or coming upon that (Coastland).  We went out last weekend to do an outreach in an area not far from where we will gather for our pre-launch weekend, Jan. 13th.  Great stuff.  Were able to converse with 3,000 in about an hour – and even at…

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Moving Into Our House – Finally

A couple of days ago we were able to get into the house we have been building for some time.  “Some time” is actually a long, long time.  Depending on how one sees it, this has been up to a three year process.  My ongoing line to the building company has been, “Just a reminder…

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New Serve! Out Today

New version of Serve! (serve-others.com) came out today.  This ezine is getting more exciting with each issue.  I have some good feelings about this thing…  Have a sense that in ‘08 we are going to see this thing break open in a huge way such that people who are as hungry as can be will…

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Your Church Needs Armed Police Presence

…Do you want to communicate ‘safe’ or something else? The news of two horrible shooting incidents in Colorado recently brings back to the national spotlight what I have been shouting from the rooftops for years to church leaders.  If your church is more than simply providing chaplaincy services to your city in a maintenance capacity,…

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The State of… Evangelism (Part 5)

Do Something… how ’bout now "Something good is about to happen!" Those are the words to more than one famous song, and those are the plans that came out of these two days together.  I won’t spill the beans completely – indeed, the plans aren’t yet complete, but suffice it to say, a major city…

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The State of… Evangelism (Part 4)

Disconnect Between Pastors and Evangelists The matter of evangelists connecting with the local church was raised – with great emotion.  I consider myself to be something of an oddball, frankly.  Clearly I am a pastor, church launcher, a coach of church launchers and perhaps above all one who stirs up evangelism.  Thus I understood the…

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The State of… Evangelism (Part 3)

Disconnect Between Pastors and Evangelism One of the big questions discussed:  "Why is evangelism less prominent now than any time in the past several generations in the western Church?"  After this was batted around a bit, I tossed my two bits into the mix.  "We are presenting to our people a model for inviting that…

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The State of… Evangelism (Part 2)

Whose People Are We Anyway? Gifted evangelists absolutely blow pastors out of the water with their gifting and charisma.  Thus, they scare pastors.  Pastors don’t know what to do with an evangelist unless said evangelist is just ‘passing on through.’  Evangelist are generally not very welcomed as a part of a local church for long…

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The State of… Evangelism (According to the evangelists)

Everybody’s Talking Bout A Revolution Sometimes a strong word can be overused and thus neutered.  As an American I am especially aware of this tendency in the U.S. culture.  If everything is ‘awesome’ pretty soon nothing is awesome.  A friend of mine wrote a book with the word ‘Revolution’ in it a few years ago. …

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