February 2009

Leadership Lesson: The Discipleship Cycle

Photo by Apprenticeship Advisory Committee There is a principle that is espoused by many leadership and discipleship gurus.  It is simply –  I do, you watch; I do,  you help; You do, I help; You do, I watch; You now show someone else.  It is a pretty easy concept but many people fail to follow through on the principle. Today, in the midst of redesigning my new webpage, this principle was put into motion.  I...

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Anger Can Kill You (Literally)

        Dr. Rachel Lampert from Yale University recently did a study that appeared in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. In her study, she gathered 62 patients who had some sort of heart disease and implantable heart defibrillators (ICD). She had the patients recount an angry moment in their lives and Lampert’s crew did a test that measures electrical instability in the heart. They found that the patients, by re-living...

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Lent 2009

It is about that time of the year again where we prepare ourselves for the week that leads up to Jesus’ death and resurrection. Every year it has been good to fast (give up something) for 40 days in order to prepare our hearts for the Passion Week. For some reason, this Lenten season has been very hard for me to come up with something that will help me prepare for Good Friday and Easter....

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Bollywood vs. Hollywood

  AP Photo       On Monday it was awesome to read that on the 81st Academy Awards (Oscars) “Slumdog Millionaire” won 8 Oscars. It is a great achievement, especially knowing that the some of the actors and actresses were directly from India. Christina and I have not watched it yet (it has been our list of things to do), but after hearing that it won so many awards we are going to try...

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Kids’ Piano Recital

Yesterday, our family headed out to the kids’ piano recital. It was a great seeing them practice all throughout the week to memorize their piece. We were so proud of them and all their hard work. The recital was made up of all the students of teacher Amber who is doing an awesome job of teaching our kids. In fact she is teaching several other kids in our church. Her patience and her passion for...

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Global ACCESS Retreat 2009

        Tonight we are going to start the Global ACCESS (GA) Retreat. We started this ministry to international students because over the years we have noticed that more international students were coming out to our church. The needs are somewhat similar to any college student but yet they are very different because of the culture, as well as the transition of living in a foreign country like the U.S. Over the years,...

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Is Racism in the Eye of the Beholder?

  Cartoon by Sean Delonas       The above cartoon has been in the center of some controversy. The cartoonist, Sean Delonas who draws for the New York Post and Col Allan, the editor-in-chief have both vehemently denied that there was a racial overtone (comparing President Obama to a chimpanzee). Many people would ask, “Are you serious?” In many ways, I believe them. I honestly believe that when Delonas drew the cartoon he was...

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My Girl Scout Daisy

The family and I went to Karissa’s Girl Scout special gathering. Some of the local troops in the Ann Arbor area got together to do various presentations for the parents as well as the other Girl Scouts. It was great seeing Karissa learning some good values of what it means to be a woman (or a little woman). I realized that a lot of the principles that were espoused were biblical principles. They talked about...

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Leadership Lesson: Walking in Their Shoes

  Photo by Felix Carroll       It is interesting to me that today it was announced that President Obama would authorize deploying “more than 17,000 troops to Afghanistan.” Barack Obama during his presidential campaign was strongly in favor of bringing the troops back home from Iraq, but now he will be sending some more to Afghanistan. On one hand, I am all in favor of this move because the battle has to be...

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Flexibility and God’s Sovereignty

A lesson that God is constantly teaching me over and over again is learning how to be flexible. There are a lot of things in life that does not go exactly as planned. In fact, there are a lot of disruptions and delays in life. The way we “roll with the punches” and our response to situations often times reveal if we are trusting in God or ourselves. There are several things that happened this...

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The Examined Life Series

        We are starting up a whole new series today. The pastors and I talked about the need for our church members to be more Bible literate. Therefore, we decided to go over whole chunks of the Bible by preaching off whole books in the Bible. In light of where we are as a church, we concluded that going over the Book of Titus would be the best thing for us at...

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Valentine’s Day 2009

  Reuters Photo       There were a lot of people out and about today. Many of them were paired up together. Even at the seafood restaurant where I took Christina, people were coming in as pairs. I have always wondered why it takes a day called Valentine’s Day to remind couples of their love for one another. Shouldn’t every day be Valentine’s Day? But the reality is that we need these days that...

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What Not to Do in an Interview

Last night on David Letterman, Joaquin Phoenix came on to do an interview about his new movie, Two Lovers. This is probably the most hilarious interview on Letterman or any talk show for that matter. In the day-after, people are saying that he was on “something” therefore could not be coherent or functional. When I watched it on YouTube, I could not stop laughing… it was hilarious. But in the midst of the laughter, I...

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Call + Response

        I am so proud of our guys. Some of them decided to take a step of faith and “try” something different than the normal “Praise Night” that we have been having for the last 12 years to reach out to people. With this generation being the most activist or “caused-oriented” generation since the Student Volunteer Movement generation, it is exciting to see our college students getting ready for the screening of...

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