Monthly Archives: April 2010

make a good shoe and sell it at a fair price


“Martin Luther was once approached by a man who enthusiastically announced that he’d recently become a Christian. Wanting desperately to serve the Lord, he asked Luther, “What should I do now?” As if to say, should he become a minister or perhaps a traveling evangelist?

Luther asked him, “What is your work now?”

“I’m a shoemaker.”

Much to the cobbler’s surprise, Luther replied, “Then make a good shoe and sell it at a fair price.”

In becoming Christians, we don’t need to retreat from the vocational calling we already have. Nor do we need to justify that calling, whatever it is, in terms of its “spiritual” value or evangelistic usefulness. We simply exercise whatever our calling is with new God-glorifying motives, goals, and standards—and with a renewed commitment to performing our calling with greater excellence and higher objectives.

One way we reflect our Creator is by being creative right where we are with the talents and gifts he has given us. As Paul says, “Each one should remain in the condition in which he was called. . . . So, brothers, in whatever condition each was called, there let him remain with God” (1 Corinthians 7:20, 24). As we do this, we fulfill our God-given mandate to reform, to beautify, our various “stations” for God’s glory.”


Saturday links

Best quote that I have read in a long time…
[Pastors] need to have a vision of success rooted in spiritual terms, determined by the vitality of a pastor’s own spiritual life and his capacity to pass that on to others. When pastors don’t have rich spiritual lives with Christ, they become victimized by other models of success—models conveyed to them by their training, by their experience in the church, or just by our culture. They begin to think their job is managing a set of ministry activities and success is about getting more people to engage those activities. Pastors, and those they lead, need to be set free from that belief. –Dallas Willard in Leadership Magazine

Tim Keller on Contentment

iMonk Classic: Death—the Road that Must Be Traveled

Religious Pluralism – How Will It Shape Christian Faith?

The Big Issues facing the Western Church

Tim Keller wiki

Your Private Life Gives Public Witness

Great video — via Greg C.

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What if?

A Thriving Church in a Great City . . . Why?

The Rise of the Backyard Office

The Death of the Charismatic Leader (And the Birth of an Architect)

Jim Collins – A leader as an Architect

This is a great article about moving from charismatic leadership to a leader who builds systems that last longer than himself or herself. I think all leaders need some kind of charisma, but if we’re just relying on that charisma to give the organization momentum, the movement won’t last beyond that one person. Leaders should be architects, building something that goes beyond themselves and their abilities to inspire and bring change…

“So the charismatic-leader model has to die. What do you replace it with? The task that the CEO is uniquely positioned to do: designing the mechanisms that reinforce and give life to the company’s core purpose and stimulate the company to change.

“Building mechanisms is one of the CEO’s most powerful but least understood and most rarely employed tools. Along with figuring out what the company stands for and pushing it to understand what it’s really good at, building mechanisms is the CEO’s role—the leader as architect.”

Music Monday

“Jakob Dylan, son of Bob Dylan and former frontman for The Wallflowers. His new record Women and Country could easily pass for a new and improved Bob Dylan. It’s influenced heavily by T-Bone Burnett, who produced the record. Burnett brought out the songwriter in Dylan, for sure. Some of you will also recognize Neko Case singing backup.”
(via Donald Miller)

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Neko Case – This Tornado Loves You @ Letterman
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prayer for the week…

Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

via JesusCreed

Saturday links

What men really need from women

What women really need from men

Crisis in Kyrgyzstan

average American wedding running north of $28,000

Recovering the Beautiful

a cool video about a church in Manhattan that are friends of ours here at Kairos

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ViralHope is here…

The book ViralHope is here. My good friend, and fellow pastor here at Kairos – JR Woodward edited this very unique book.

Here is the description:

The gospel. The good news. Too often we boil it down to four steps, an easily memorized list of axioms, a diagram on the back of a napkin. But in the midst of all this, we seem to lose the wonder, poetry, and transformational nature of the gospel.
In ViralHope: Good News from the Urbs to the Burbs, fifty authors take on the task of sharing the good news for their city, together weaving a beautiful tapestry of the gospel in all its depth and complexity. These essays reveal how the gospel lives and breathes in neighborhoods around the world.

Yours truly, was even one of the authors!

What people are saying about it:

“This book so deeply encourages me because it reminds me, you, us, and the rest of the world that no one monopolizes or owns the Gospel but rather the Gospel owns… and liberates us.”
– Eugene Cho, Pastor and Blogger ( and founder of One Day’s Wages (

“Viral Hope is a refreshing book for a church that needs to be refreshed. JR Woodward, like a symphony conductor, brings together dozens of distinct voices that sing into harmony the sweet voice of hope in both the urban centers and suburban crawls.” –
– Andrew Jones, The Boaz Project (

“ViralHope is a bold call to reject any and all reductions of the Gospel that minimize it to ‘cosmic fire insurance’ on the one hand or, on the other, reduce it to ‘social action’. This is a full Gospel and a vision that our world desperately needs to hear.”
– Jim Belcher, Author of Deep Church

“ViralHope inspires me to live more of the coming Kingdom now.”
– Kelly Monroe Kullberg, Author of Finding God at Harvard and Finding God Beyond Harvard (

Published by Ecclesia Press
(The Ecclesia Press is the nonproft book publishing division of the Ecclesia Network. At the heart, we are practitioners writing for other practitioners. The resources we produce blend theology with praxis in a contextual way, with the goal of cultivating the growth of God’s kingdom.)

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