Start with the church, you might get disciples. Start with disciples, you’ll always get a church.
Five years ago, if you were to visit China and meet one of many pastors with tens of thousands in his church (and some millions of millions in their church network), you might ask him, “How did you start this church planting network? How does it feel to lead something so large and successful?” Surprise–he wouldn’t know what you were talking about.
I wasn’t as if a Chinese person accepted Christ, followed God’s call into the ministry, and then felt led to start a church planting movement. Instead, it happened this way: Individuals found Jesus, he revolutionized their lives, and as a result Jesus spread from their lives to the lives of their family and friends. Then, so many people would up following Jesus that churches were necessary to assimilate all the people. It was a Jesus movement! –Bob Roberts, Jr. The Multiplying Church
HT: Scott Marshall
great flash mob video
HT: Doug Paul
Top Twenty Cities in America
give me a stinking break — Lexington, KY & New Orleans – rank higher than LA. Excuse me a minute, while I vomit…
Zacchaeus as a Person of Peace
The task of defining your work
Megachurches Just Fine Amid Recession
Revealing quote – related to this:
“Many of these people are therefore still reachable with the fairly superficial, older evangelism programs of the past. And if we are honest, we should admit that many churches are growing large without any evangelism at all. If a church can present unusually good preaching and family ministries and programming, it can easily attract the remaining traditional people and siphon off Christians from all the other churches in a thirty-mile radius. This is easier now than ever because people are very mobile, less tied into their local communities, and less loyal to institutions that don’t meet their immediate needs. But despite the growth of megachurches through these dynamics, there is no evidence that the number of churchgoers in the United States is significantly increasing.” – Tim Keller (via Missional Church Network)
Michelle, Caleb, Elisabeth and I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!
We are driving all of about 5 miles – to meet with dear friends in our Kairos community who are ‘Los Angeles orphans’ also.
Many of you are traveling / have traveled a long ways to spend the day with family and friends.
Blessings on your day!
this is from Seth Godin’s blog:
A modern thanksgiving
Wherever you are, you could celebrate Thanksgiving today.
Not the Thanksgiving of a bountiful harvest before the long winter, the holiday of pilgrims and pie. That’s a holiday of scarcity averted. I’m imagining something else…
A modern Thanksgiving would celebrate two things:
The people in our lives who give us the support and love we need to make a difference, and…
The opportunity to build something bigger than ourselves, something worth contributing. The ability to make connections, to lend a hand, to invent and create.
There are more of both now than there have ever been before. For me, for you, for just about all of us.
Thanks for joining me every day, thanks for your support, but most of all, by a longshot, thanks for doing the work, work that matters.
Here is Dallas Willard’s paraphrase of the Lord’s Prayer. He suggests that we paraphrase the prayer from time to time because its richness lends itself to much meditation.
Dear Father always near us,
may your name be treasured and loved,
may your rule be completed in us-
may your will be done here on earth in
just the way it is done in heaven.
Give us today the things we need today,
and forgive us our sins and impositions on you
as we are forgiving all who in any way offend us.
Please don’t put us through trials,
but deliver us from everything bad.
Because you are the one is charge,
and you have all the power, and the glory too is all yours-forever-
which is just the way we want it!
HT: Missional Church Network
great thought from Eric Jacobsen’s book Sidewalks in the Kingdom.
“So much of our Christian literature seems to be focused on the question of whether and how we can save our cities. It seems to me that we need to adjust this approach and begin to look for ways that our cities can save us. I mean save here not in the sense of salvation from sin – only Christ can do that – but rather save our souls from the damaging effects of uglification, standardization, privatization, and mass consumerism that have fueled this historically unprecedented appetite for sprawl in this country.”
HT: Robert Howe