Preaching today

I’m preaching today.  I’m excited, as I usually am.  It’s a great privelege to share what God has been talking to me about with our church.  I’ll post the link to the podcast on this here blog when it’s done.I went to my Bloglines this morning and I read this post.  Great reminder. Have a great Sunday 

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Merry Christmas

I will be taking the next several days off, so I will try not to blog during that time as well.  So I wanted to be sure to send out a Merry Christmas to everyone (in the world).  One of the reasons that I love blogging is that I really do get to send my thoughts out to everyone at once, but not in a forceful agree with me or else manner.  Anyway, Merry Christmas.

I am really looking forward to Christmas this year as Judah is old enough to start to get what we are doing.  I think that will make it so much more fun.

 

And of Course I love Jesus so his birth is a pretty big deal to me.  Something that I always try to remember is that Jesus is birthed in people’s hearts everyday of the year and I need to celebrate that as well.  I’m not going to buy everyone presents or anything, but I can’t lose sight of the fact that Jesus birth is about salvation, and that happens all the time.  So Party!

 

That’s another reason why I think egg nog should be sold all year long.  Come to think of it, I have not had any egg nog yet this month.  I should fix that.  Merry Christmas!

 

Be Yourself

Today I read a great post from Tim Schmoyer.  You can read it here. I think it is so important to lead from your strengths.  I have found that I am happier and I am doing more, and better when I lead from my strengths.  This post is written to youth workers but really it can be applied to anyone in ministry. 

INTJ

I don’t like labels and I don’t like personality tests, but this is pretty much me.INTJ:  Crazy, Here are some things about INTJ’s

“…approach reality as they would a giant chess board, always seeking strategies that have a high payoff, and always devisingcontingency plans in case of error or adversity.”

– The Portrait of the Mastermind Rational (iNTj) (Keirsey)

“…observer, values solitude, perfectionist, detached, private… does not talk about feelings, hard to impress, analytical, likes esoteric things…”

– Jung Type Descriptions (INTJ) (similarminds.com)

“To outsiders, INTJs may appear to project an aura of “definiteness”, of self-confidence. This self-confidence, sometimes mistaken for simple arrogance by the less decisive, is actually of a very specific rather than a general nature; its source lies in the specialized knowledge systems that most INTJs start building at an early age. When it comes to their own areas of expertise — and INTJs can have several — they will be able to tell you almost immediately whether or not they can help you, and if so, how.”

– INTJ Profile (TypeLogic)

“At work, INTJs use their conceptual strengths to analyze situations and then develop models to understand and anticipate through relentlessly to reach their goals. They will continue on with their plans, even in the face of adversity and data that might suggest to other more practical types that their goals are no longer feasible. By nature, INTJs are independentindividualists.”

– INTJ – The Free-Thinker (Lifexplore)

“INTJs are natural leaders, although they usually choose to remain in the background until they see a real need to take over the lead. When they are in leadership roles, they are quite effective, because they are able to objectively see the reality of a situation, and are adaptable enough to change things which aren’t working well. They are the supreme strategists – always scanning available ideas and concepts and weighing them against their current strategy, to plan for every conceivable contingency. “

– Portrait of an INTJ (The Personality Page)

 

No Whopper!?!?!? What

Perhaps you have seen this commercial

This is brilliant marketing showing that these folks really love the whopper.  Maybe too much.  But I’ve got to ask, what if the church just picked up and moved?  What if we said we were going to stop talking about Jesus?  What if we tried to give something other than the gospel?  Would anyone care?  Would you be missed?   I think our church should strive to make at least as much of an impact as the whopper.   

Rob Bell Article

Interesting Article from Time Magazine on Rob Bell and Mars Hill Church in Grand Rapids, MI. I really enjoy listening to Rob Bell speak and I have read both of his books.  I think he truly is speaking the language of my generation.  Many have questioned his theology on some points but generally those folks are not nice so I tend to question their theology on that point.  Anyway, it’s an interesting article and I think everyone should read it.