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The fb on fb HERE. (guess you have to be a facebook person to access my page, shows how muchI know. So join facebook, where have you been!) If you get that you are really in the inner circle. A couple of years ago during a very hard time for some of our friends, I started calling myself the Fat B_ _ _ _ _ _. I guess you had to be there to appreciate the levity those two words brought into some tough days. So now I just refer to myself as fb with these particular people. Now I have a Facebook account and so I am the fb on fb.
Early yesterday until late last night was spent in a meeting with one of the ministry groups we are attempting to help become more strategic and Kingdom focused. I was one of the hardest days I have spent in a really long time. It reminded me of some of the marathon board meetings I used to be part of back in the day. I had forgotten how hard it is to move organizations into freedom and viability when they are stuck in what used to be.
Once you have done something for so long, in the same way and get comfortable and settled it is just really hard to get out. I wonder how many ministries, para and church, begun 40 years ago or more are going through painful changes with the hope of somehow reclaiming past glory. So many ministries I see just keep rolling the good ol days out there, week after week and wonder why nobody is listening anymore. Many don’t even wonder… Many don’t even notice… Someone described this loss of focus and just going through the motions day after day as, “rearranging chairs on the deck of the Titanic.”
It is a unique leader who can be part of a real move of God in one generation and season and learn to adapt and change to fit what the Father is doing in a new season and generation. There aren’t many who can do it. When we get to about age 55 or so there is real danger that the work will begin to become about the salary and the organizations survival and not about advancing the Kingdom, without regard for our own security and the institutions. I am pretty sure at one level my failure to lead appropriately in the past was motivated in some way by having settled. Institutions can look healthy on the outside for a long time after the inside has stopped being healthy.
Change is really hard. Most people in the professional ministry believe themselves to be terribly overworked and busy but the truth is probably that they have found things to do that justify to themselves, showing up and can’t break out of it long enough to evaluate if what they are doing is really accomplishing anything. Ministry is weird that way. You don’t really “produce” anything that can be quantified by anything other than by how many people came and if the budget is being met.
Not sure how much help we were yesterday. It is one thing to know something is broken, it is quite another to know how to fix it. Sometimes the truth is it can’t be.
I hope to write the next installment of 24 today. Look for it!
Wow! What a weekend, weather wise. Wind, lots of wind, some rain, hail, tornadoes on the ground to the northwest, southeast and at least for me, a sense of unsettledness related to the weather, that I have never had any where else we have been. I suppose I will get used to it, at some level and not pay much attention, like the people who live here, but for now I keep a close eye on the radar and the TV as they track the storms that are rolling in here one after the other. Here is a link to a map of doppler radar for our area if you are interested. HERE.
Item one. One of the best church websites I know of is Bethel Church out in Redding, California. Not only is it a good website it is also a really good church. Linda and I get the weekly podcast of their service each week and have learned a lot listening to their teachers. They now have a subscription service site that is also very good if you want to get live streaming video or archived video of some really good worship and teaching. The church site is HERE and the subscription site HERE.
Item two. When I started blogging two years ago, I probably got in at the peak of blogging as a cultural phenomenon. There are still more than 6 million of us out here but for many blogging was so “a while ago”. I am thinking about finally going to the next step of getting a MySpace or Facebook page, before it is over. Do you Twitter? YouTube? Yammer? Social networking is not just a fad, or a trend it is the way it gets done today. My friend Cody, who is a former world champion bull rider and a man who wants to impact the young bull riding generation with the gospel (and one of the most faithful friends I have ever had) followed his kids into social networking and in a few days had a following numbering almost 1000 “friends”. Cody can now speak into all these young people in ways that were not possible not long ago. If you are interested in reading more on this subject try HERE. Social networking is not changing our world it already has!
Item three. I really do like this song “From the Inside Out (Everlasting)” by Hillsong United, but I post it not so you can hear it so much as to see if I can actually post a video. Am I getting good or what?
Item four. For those of you who really do read the meanderings but did not want to get extra points last week or really did not understand the statement about a girl in a flatbed Ford, I post this video to educate you in the finer points of music and Winslow, Arizona.
Well, enough foolishness.
I leave you with this thought: Proper theological foundations, as the center of our faith, never leads to an encounter with God.
Take it easy.
When the time changed last week everywhere else in the country it did not change here in Arizona. They see no point in it, so they don’t do it. The rest of the country sees no point in it but they keep right on doing it. It was nice to not have to change and nice to be in the same time zone with our family on the west coast but it did put us two hours off from our family in Oklahoma. Now we have to change two time zones for the “move” back to Western Oklahoma, but when we visit Washington in a couple of weeks, there will be no change. Trade offs.
Item one. Our hosts here in Arizona own a screen printing and embroidery business and work hard doing all the work themselves. So I volunteered to help during a big push last week and learned a new skill! I afixed, with a high heat system, embroidered patches onto about 20 dozen hats over a three day period. Not really that difficult after the first dozen but good, mindless work that was actually fun. Now I can drive a tractor/trailer rig, put patches on hats and fold tee shirts! Now that’s a resume.
Item two. A week ago I visited a start up church here in Payson led by a young man I met when we were here last year. New churches have an air of excitement often missing in a lot of established churches. This church has no building, no offices, no paid staff and meet in a small room in a grade school that they are already outgrowing. While I might want to do it differently than they are, it was refreshing, full of happy multi-generational faces and I expect they will do well here in this community. What seemed to be missing, from my point of view, was any emphasis on the work of the Holy Spirit to draw people to saving faith and to heal their hurts and diseases. If they would allow a place for the supernatural in their format I think it would have greater impact and potential. Just my point of view as the leaders of this church have thought a lot about how they want to do it. Did make me think about giving church planting a try, though.
Item three. Two views of the economy, one right of center, one left. Right, HERE and left HERE. Have you seen the Hyundai commercials where they promise to take the car back if you lose your job and can’t pay? Well here is a church that promises to give back all your contributions if you lose your job! Find it HERE. You don’t have to go far, these days, to hear some pretty empty preaching. HERE is a book that might help.
Item four. Had to put this link in a new Item so some of the people who skip over stuff they don’t find interesting might see this one. I have several friends who believe you cannot be saved if you do not have a Mac. One is my pastor, one is a natural son and the other, that comes to mind, is a son in the Lord. You know who you are. Sometimes I want a Mac just so I can be cool like them and then there are those Mac commercials of the fat, total loser of a guy who has the PC (think me) and then the totally hip cool, young guy who has the Mac (think Brad, Tyler, not Andy!) that make me really feel badly. Here is a post that brings the fun part of the Mac/PC drama out as well as a serious side of the role of advertising in promoting ideas that are wrong. Find it HERE on Don Millers blog. It is a good read and in one place even agrees with my conjecture that Macs are really not that superior to the good old Gateway.
Item five. Over the weekend we drove over to Wickenburg, Arizona to visit Cody Custer’s parents and attend something called a Cowboy Camp Meeting. After a great steak dinner at Jim and Dixie’s and some good fellowship with our hosts and friends Destry and Terri Haught, we had an interesting evening in the beautiful guest house. Jake the Dog (find his blog HERE) decided to eat all the dog food of the Custer’s three dogs. He is not allowed to eat anything other than his own food. Thank goodness for tile floors as Jake the Dog proceeded to ralph up several servings of food in several locations in the house. Yeah, gross. It was a fun night.
Early the next morning, we all piled in the trucks and drove back up into the mountains, up a dirt road, through some huge ranches (think thousands of acres) to a little church where the Cowboy Camp meeting was to be held. This is an all day event where western Gospel music, preaching and food all come together for a good time. Destry gave his amazing testimony and Jim sang some great Gospel songs and we ate doughnuts and ate sandwiches on the tail gate of the truck. Good thing we had our Wranglers, boots and hats on or we would have looked seriously out of place. Used our new Flip camera to take some videos I intended to post but with great skill I deleted them all!
We love this whole Western culture thing and are blessed to meet so many great people who quietly go about their lives on ranches and farms and in small communities. They are for the most part simple people (I don’t mean intelligence) of faith, hard work, family and who care about this country. We could all learn something from these folks.
Have a great week!