Clean water, coffee, and casting convenience aside.

December 3, 2012

This morning I sat with 3 eighth grade guys, hearing their dream about holding a Water Walk, opening up the eyes of their peers and their community to the difficult condition that others live in on a daily basis. Having personally experienced the difficulty of getting clean water in the villages of Mozambique several years back, this is an issue that cuts straight to my heart.

But alongside the obvious importance of the issue was the earnestness of this incredible group of middle schoolers. They had done thorough research and prepared a presentation better than what most university students would put together. They presented with passion and purpose and I couldn’t help but say yes! to getting involved.

I don’t have time to do this. I’m getting married in 25 days. I’m launching a start-up that, yes, does these sorts of things, but I already have 2 projects in motion and am running dawn to dusk figuring out organizational structure, communication strategy, administrative design, funding, and a passel of other things.

But that doesn’t matter. These students’ have an idea that does matter. They have potential and the the ability to act on that potential and I refuse to be the one that holds them back, that limits their possibility.

And I’m reminded in this moment of the importance of what I’m about. It’s not about a job, a salary, a to-do list. It’s about dreams and hopes, about healing and restoration. It’s about not waiting until tomorrow what can and should be done today.

Will you join me in this? I still have spots open over the next two weeks to sit down over a cup of coffee, learn more, and join a growing movement that will change the world. Click here to find your spot.

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the church of the lowest common denominator

June 1, 2009

one month later, i have not stopped thinking…just lacked time to document my thoughts.

at the beginning of April the CEO of Pixar, Robert Iger, was having to respond to questions about the commercial viability of Pixar’s latest film, Up.  industry insiders were concerned that it wouldn’t have mass appeal for a variety of reasons highlighted in a New York Times article.  Om Malik grabbed this gem of a quote for a blog piece based on the article:

We seek to make great films first. If a great film gives birth to a franchise, we are the first company to leverage such success. A check-the-boxes approach to creativity is more likely to result in blandness and failure.

as i’ve been studying church models recently (including reading Simple Church), evaluating the future of youth ministry (including the Seismos posts on this blog & reading Youth Minitry 3.0), and through a myriad of conversations & thought processes related to my vocational role in ministry, i think the Church has much to learn from Iger’s thought process. Read the rest of this entry »


for the love of panic

April 30, 2009

I was out of town & offline this weekend when everything started breaking loose with swine flu.  I believe it’s tragic that people have lost their lives because of this disease & I hope that people wiser than i are able to quickly and effectively provide treatment and help for those suffering from it.

929117_22204583however, i’m deeply, deeply concerned by the media and general public’s response to this disease outbreak. Read the rest of this entry »


magnetic.

April 5, 2009

magnet1Seth Godin recently had a provocative post on the current state of marketing.  the basic gist of it was that marketers have abused their power so much that now, to properly spread a message, you have to go above and beyond and “overwhelm the market with long-term, generous marketing that we (the customer) have no choice but to start paying attention again.”

as i read the post, i couldn’t help but think about the church today.   Read the rest of this entry »


alleys of kingdom come

February 23, 2009

Grunge AlleyJesus had just started.  he was just getting going.  and some guys came to ask him questions.  his cousin, John, had heard the rumors that Jesus was claiming to be the One.  the One that generations had longed for.  the One that John was wacked out for, living a life so outside the box that people couldn’t help but pay attention.

and so he sent some guys to find out the truth.

they arrive and ask this Jesus character if what they’ve heard is true.  is he the One?!  and Truth answers:

Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor.

wait.

that’s not what i was expecting.  if the church today were “the guys,” what would we have told John?  because this seems a bit off message…   Read the rest of this entry »


puzzling

January 30, 2009

there’s some premises in life, some concepts that live in a nether region.  cursed with struggle but flooded with goodness.  good_vs_evil_pictureashx

hope and love for example.

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american tradition

November 14, 2008

so Jon Stewart hosted Bill O’Reilly on the Daily Show the other night. hmmm…think there were a few disagreements?

but the one that caught my ear the most was the two of them talking about the traditions that define the US. check it out:

http://tinyurl.com/6pg8bh

and, surprise surprise, i disagree with both of them. first off, i don’t think we’re a “center-right” nation. secondly, i don’t think that our tradition is defined by a “progression of individual freedoms.” Read the rest of this entry »


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