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Reflections on Easter 2011

  Photo from Widescreen Wallpapers       Now that the craziness of this past weekend is all over, I had some time to just sit down and reflect on everything that God accomplished. First of all, my heart is filled with thankfulness. The longer I do ministry, the more I am reminded that we are just broken and empty vessels that God, in His Sovereignty desires to use. In the past, I would think...

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Innovators, Idealists, and Influencers (Pt 2)

  I have been greatly encouraged to see God placing many future innovators and influencers in our church. As soon as I posted my entry on “Innovators, Idealists, and Influencers” (I3) yesterday, I received an e-mail with a video link. As I was watching it, I was reminded of several more things: 1) I3’s are Early-Adopters. They are usually the first ones to adopt an idea or product. They are not afraid of taking risks....

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Innovators, Idealists, and Influencers

  Photo from www.smithsonianmag.com       I have an insatiable appetite for information. Couple that with a hunger and fascination with history and you get a person who is constantly reading, discovering, and asking questions. Sometimes my curiosity frustrates people (sorry); and it is often times misunderstood for my knack of “cornering people” to get to the bottom of things. But to my plea of innocence, it is simply my desire “to know” things....

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Strategy for Planting Churches

  Created by Paul Bulter, an intern at Facebook       Recently, there have been an increasing number of people asking me, “How do we, as a church, decide which city or campus to plant a church in?” I think in light of our 2020 Vision, we are trying to come up with some systematic way of implementing our desire to plant churches around the world. But one thing I have learned over the...

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Review of “Transforming Discipleship”

        I just recently finished reading Greg Ogden’s book, Transforming Discipleship. I was given this book for free to provide a review; therefore, since I enjoy reading and the topic is something that I am passionate about (anything with the word “transform” has my attention [smile]), I decided to write some things about it on my blog. Even though this book was published in 2003, there were still a lot of relevant...

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Same Song but a Different Time

  One of our church members forwarded me a music video of the 25th Anniversary of the song, “We are the World.” The original song was released on March 1985 which was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie; and it was produced by the legendary Quincy Jones. In hopes of bringing awareness and also raising funds for the famine in Ethiopia, the song sold over 20 million copies (which was a lot back in...

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Asia Update #5 – 3.2011

Here are some final thoughts and reflections from my 8 days out here in Asia. The journey started in Hong Kong and ended in Jakarta with an incredible stop in between to Singapore. God is definitely doing some extraordinary things out here. God is on the move and He is challenging us to follow Him with wholehearted devotion and faith. It is hard to believe that everything out here has happened for us in the...

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Marks of Spiritual Health

  Photo on garagefly.com       Recently, I had to get my car fixed. In fact, I probably should have fixed it awhile ago because it was making a lot of noise. But you know how it goes – I didn’t have the time and I didn’t have the necessary funds. When I finally brought my car in to the service center, I was hit with an enormous repair bill. At first, I thought...

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Five Lessons from the Fab Five

  Photo by nytimes.com       On Sunday night, ESPN did a special on the 1991-1993 University of Michigan basketball team known as the Fab Five. The team was made up of five starting freshmen, who were all top 100 high school prospects (4 of them were in the top 10). They stormed on the NCAA scene by their signature long shorts, black shoes, black socks, and their swagger. They were the only team...

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Jesus Loves the Church

  Photo on unicef.org       Whenever I have an opportunity to talk about the Church, Christ’s Bride, I always get very passionate. Even with all its flaws and weaknesses, I still believe the Church is the only organization that can really transform the world. It was God’s plan from the beginning that through the church, His eternal purposes in Christ would be accomplished (Eph 3:10-11). This is why I was so excited when...

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To A Code of Honor

  Photo from Flickr       I don’t know if you have heard about the “big news” that came out of Brigham Young University (BYU) recently, but it has definitely made a lot of people raise their eyebrows. To bring you up to speed if you haven’t heard the news, BYU dismissed Brandon Davies, a starting sophomore basketball player due to a violation of the school’s honor code. The school made the announcement of...

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More Than I Deserve

        So far, this week has been very interesting. Christina went away for three days with a few of her good college friends, so I was given the lone responsibility of watching our kids. This time away for Christina took months of planning. I realized that trying to coordinate everyone’s schedule is not the easiest thing to do. But by God’s grace, we were able to lock down these few days so...

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The Purpose of the U.N.?

  Photo on flags.net       I recently tweeted, “Just curious what the U.N. is doing about all the killings in the Middle East. Another reminder how useless the U.N. is as an organization.” And my goodness, did it start up a firestorm. I had people direct message me and express some of their sentiments about what I mentioned. I didn’t know I would touch a nerve. Therefore, let me explain where I am...

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The Freshmen Class

  Photo by Washington School Inn       I realized that serving as a pastor on a college campus is like a double-edged sword. On one hand, there is a great sense of joy because I am able to meet a new batch of freshmen every year, as they start their college years. Then on the other hand, there is a great sense of sadness because you have to say bye to some of...

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