Monday, July 4, 2016

Success and Rhythm and non-drug-induced epiphanies

I'm listening to Beyond the To Do List, and up comes Rob Bell on "Being Present with Rhythm, Routines and Rituals":

I know not everyone does... but I like Rob Bell. If we spent more time appreciating wisdom rather than vilifying him personally, I think the world would be better off...

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Theological tidbits

There are a ton of interesting spiritual messages coming up as I'm Listening to The Ray Edwards Show (#233: Cliff Ravenscraft, "I Am Not Spock"):

or "It's Not About the Microphone" (Part Two of Two)

Note: This episode is the second half of my conversation with Cliff Ravenscraft, aka The Podcast Answer Man. You can listen to Part One by clicking here.

Cliff Ravenscraft is the king of helping people start their own podcast. He's helped thousands of people do it. But wait – there's more…

#233- Cliff

This is fascinating conversation ended up being so far-ranging, we had to make it two episodes. We'll discover…

  • Why typecasting is not necessarily a bad thing.
  • How the musical Hamilton changed Cliff's life – and so many others.
  • The nature of ambition, service, and selfishness.
  • And so much more!

Click here to download or listen to this episode now.


Wow – what a lot of links we mentioned. I think I got most of them.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Fruits of the Spirit?

Are the Fruits of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness and self control) a thermometer, or a thermostat?

Saturday, April 23, 2016

It's not only about Jesus...

...but also the leaders and followers of Jesus:

"Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith."

‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭13:7‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Friday, April 1, 2016

Is conflict OK?

I have a theological concerned with some kinds of "conflict".

I agree that it's not inherently un-Biblical, because there's plenty of diversity in the Body and sometimes people aren't thinking on the same wavelength.

But in a church, sometimes there are major decisions that aren't by consensus. In that case, is it simply that the minority of the congregation isn't listening to the Holy Spirit?  It can't be that the Spirit is giving two contradictory directions.

Listening to River Valley Leadership Podcast (Episode 010: Running From Conflict):

Conflict is something that we all face as leaders. It's inevitable. You can't control when it will come up, but you can control what you do in the midst of it. Will you run from it? Or will you lean into the tensions you face to create a space for everyone to be better? Join the podcast crew as they dive into a discussion around one of the most relevant topics in leadership: Conflict.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Do you belong to Jesus

"He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn't produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more."
‭‭John‬ ‭15:2‬ ‭NLT‬‬

If "every branch of mine" really means "every branch that falsely professes to be mine"... Why doesn't it say that? "Of mine" or "In me" seems pretty clear.

What is "fruit"?

"You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father."
‭‭John‬ ‭14:13‬ ‭NLT‬‬

"Fruit is the life of Jesus in you being lived out through you." -Wes Feltner

Note that Jesus is doing the doing. The Father is glorified because you asked Jesus (not an idol or whatever), and Jesus does it, not so you have a trinket, but so that the Father is glorified.

John has some deep stuff...