Vacation Tomorrow – Inbox Zero – Peace of Mind

Inbox ZeroSo tomorrow I am going on vacation and I am currently sitting at Inbox zero. My goal is to try to get down to inbox zero all by the end of the day every day, but that doesn’t always happen.  So this makes me very happy.  If you want to know why I try to get to inbox zero you should check out these great resources

43folders.com

Davidco.com 

I will be back next monday and I’m sure I will be overwhelmed by what happens in my inbox in the mean time but today is a good day and I am excited to go to the happiest place on earth

New Gay

well when it rains it pours, maybe I’m posting a bunch because I’m going on vaction tomorrow, I don’t know.  But I thought this article on Christians as the New Gay was very interesting.

Will & Grace could be a totally remade show about how people try to live in God’s Will while depending on his Grace.  That would be a hilarious premise.

what are your thoughts about this?

thanks to Challies 

Dove Campaign

Wow — I found this video over at ysmarko.com

I’ll let you go there to watch it.  But what a powerful statement, from the beauty industry.  Working with teenage girls I know that self-esteem/and body image issues can be so devestating.  I applaud Dove for trying to make a difference.

Largest Churches

Wow, Outreach Magazine has released their largest churches list. I cannont even fathom going to a church as large as Lakewood. I wouldn’t go to Lakewood, but that’s for completely different reasons.

This is from ChurchRelevance.com

Top 18 Largest Churches in America for 2007

  1. Lakewood Church (Houston, TX) :: Joel Osteen
    >> 07 Attendance = 47,000
    >> 06 Attendance = 45,000 (#1 in ‘06)
  2. Willow Creek Community Church (South Barrington, IL) :: Bill Hybels
    >> 07 Attendance = 23,500
    >> 06 Attendance = 21,500 (#5 in ‘06)
  3. Second Baptist Church (Houston, TX) :: Ed Young Sr.
    >> 07 Attendance = 23,198
    >> 06 Attendance = 22,266 (#3 in ‘06)
  4. Saddleback Church (Lake Forest, CA) :: Rick Warren
    >> 07 Attendance = 22,000
    >> 06 Attendance = 20,595 (#6 in ‘06)
  5. LifeChurch.tv (Edmond, OK) :: Craig Groeschel
    >> 07 Attendance = 19,907
    >> 06 Attendance = 16,071 (#13 in ‘06)
  6. Southeast Christian Church (Louisville, KY) :: Dave Stone
    >> 07 Attendance = 18,013
    >> 06 Attendance = 18,520 (#7 in ‘06)
  7. North Point Community Church (Alpharetta, GA) :: Andy Stanley
    >> 07 Attendance = 17,700
    >> 06 Attendance = 16,700 (#12 in ‘06)
  8. Thomas Road Baptist Church (Lynchburg, VA) :: Jonathan Falwell
    >> 07 Attendance = 17,445
    >> 06 Attendance = 7,626 (#71 in ‘07)
  9. Calvary Chapel (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) :: Bob Coy
    >> 07 Attendance = 17,000
    >> 06 Attendance = 18,300 (#8 in ‘07)
  10. The Potter’s House (Dallas, TX) :: T.D. Jakes
    >> 07 Attendance = 17,000
    >> 06 Attendance = 14,000 (#20 in ‘06)
  11. First Assembly of God (Phoenix, AZ) :: Tommy Barnett
    >> 07 Attendance = 16,000
    >> 06 Attendance = 17,532 (#11 in ‘06)
  12. Fellowship of the Woodlands (The Woodlands, TX) :: Kerry Shook
    >> 07 Attendance = 15,600
    >> 06 Attendance = 14,120 (#18 in ‘06)
  13. New Birth Missionary Baptist (Decatur, GA) :: Eddie Long
    >> 07 Attendance = 15,000
    >> 06 Attendance = 22,000 (#4 in ‘06)
  14. Prestonwood Baptist Church (Plano, TX) :: Jack Graham
    >> 07 Attendance = 14,000
    >> 06 Attendance = 14,871 (#17 in ‘06)
  15. NorthRidge Church (Plymouth, MI) :: Brad Powell
    >> 07 Attendance = 13,865
    >> 06 Attendance = 12,700 (#23 in ‘06)
  16. Fellowship Church (Grapevine, TX) :: Ed Young Jr.
    >> 07 Attendance = 13,000
    >> 06 Attendance = 18,124 (#9 in ‘06)
  17. Christian Cultural Center (Brooklyn, NY) :: A.R. Bernard Sr.
    >> 07 Attendance = 13,000
    >> 06 Attendance = 13,000 (#21 in ‘06)
  18. New Light Christian Center (Houston, TX) :: Ira Hilliard
    >> 07 Attendance = 12,500
    >> 06 Attendance = 7,070 (#81 in ‘06)

What I would be interested in, and maybe this is in the print version, is how are these churches doing with Small Groups, Youth Ministry, that sort of stuff. My biggest worry with the big church is that it’s just a show, and I would love to know how these churches have grown small while they grow big.

Trick-or-Treating is Missional

I love this post from Jonathan Herron about their church’s halloween plans. He clearly talks about their desire to engage their community like Jesus.  Here’s a chunk:

Catalyst does not have an official position on Halloween.  Some who call Catalyst home choose not to celebrate Halloween because of its pagan origins and dark slant.  Others who call Catalyst home see American culture celebrating an annual children’s holiday that is largely secular and devoid of religious meaning.

We do agree on this:  What other time during the year do you have neighbors coming to your door and providing you rare opportunities for building missional relationships?  Because of this, we unapologetically are embracing the festive opportunity for missional, Kingdom-enlarging purposes.

Our friends at Mainstreet Kent recently approached us about partnering with them to attract families to downtown Kent with engaging, relevant environments on the Friday night prior to Halloween.

Catalyst loves the city.
Catalyst loves serving people.
And Catalyst exists to make Jesus famous – so of course we said yes!

I’m pumped about this opportunity because it enables us to engage the Lost, Let-down, and Looking.  That’s who we exist to reach.

You can read the rest here.