Nov 20 2007

Tuesday Tech News

The two most talked about items in the tech world the past few days:

(1) The Kindle – a book “reader” where you can download books on the fly – all through a wireless network that doesn’t require an internet connection! Check out this review and this interview.

(2) The “is” – for anyone who has ever used Facebook for more than a day, you know exactly what I’m talking about. According to this article, the “is” may soon disappear (reports have said that it did indeed actually disappear for a few hours today, but I just checked and “it” is still there!) which would delight every Facebook user on the planet!

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Nov 19 2007

Let the CELEBRATION Begin!

After more than two weeks I find myself writing a blog post once again. I have much to say and as our motto around the church has been the past few weeks:

“We’ve got a long way to go…and a short time to get there!”

We had an absolutely phenomenal Imagine Campaign, and for those of you who have been following along, you can read some thoughts about the culminating Celebration event here, here, and some photos here.

Here’s to many future posts!

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Nov 2 2007

Boo!

A little late in posting, but here are some pics from our Family Fun Night and of course, Halloween. Enjoy!

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Oct 29 2007

Knowledge Is King?

John sent me this article last week talking about the “outsourced brain.” We live in the information world – anything and everything is accessible within seconds. What used to take weeks, months or even years to research and investigate to the fullest potential can now be located with a click of the mouse. Isn’t technology amazing?

But stop and think about it. My grandparents and even my parents didn’t have the internet. They actually had to learn about something and that information was usually retained forever. During my lifetime we began to know about all kinds of things. But that is totally different from understanding.

While information is more prevalent than at any time in history, people are actually less knowledgeable than ever before. We are actually training our kids to gather as much information as possible, use it in the moment and then cast it into the “recycle bin.” Why learn about something when you can just look it up again anytime you feel like it?

Let’s not be confused about the difference between knowing and understanding. This is especially true regarding the church today. Many people are searching for God and are turning to the local church. This is an incredibly important responsibility. We have two options: we can feed them a bunch of “information” in the moment (which will be forgotten within a few days) and teach at them, OR we can help them understand and experience an awesome and loving God. Too many churches are still preaching at people instead of leading them into a life-changing experience that will last forever.

The local church is in danger if we choose to facilitate knowledge instead of understanding. We can certainly leverage technology to help in understanding, but when it becomes our only device we’ll end up losing focus and inevitably cheapen the Gospel.

The old adage that “knowledge is king” is only partially true – without understanding we’ll end up forgoing information before we even have a chance to lose it.

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Oct 24 2007

Who’s On Your List?

A great visit today with my good friend John. It’s always a pleasure to sit back and enjoy a cup o’ coffee and some great conversation with him. John always makes me feel at ease and I always come away from one of our conversations feeling better about life than I did before. Thanks John, for another conversation, for taking time to refill my tank, and for always being someone I can count on. You can finish my thoughts better than I can!

If you don’t have someone you can sit down with and just be yourself, DON’T WAIT A SECOND LONGER!! It’s incredibly imperative to have at least one or two people that you can count on, have conversations with, let them in on the challenges in your life, and for them to speak truth into your life. Nothing can take the place of this!

A few things to keep in mind:

  • Start a list on paper of people you think you might have a connection with – always make sure they are of the same sex as you!
  • Schedule a breakfast or lunch with them – don’t engage in anything other than “normal” conversation.
  • Make notes on your list of those people you felt a “connection” with – only mark those who you feel could be a potential match.
  • Narrow the list to no more than five people – two to three is preferable.
  • Begin to invest more time in the relationship – don’t be afraid to ask them to hold you accountable for certain things, to give honest feedback and to engage in deeper conversations

Strong relationships cannot be built overnight. They take time, commitment and patience. Nobody is perfect (not even you!) so don’t expect them to be! Most people have hundreds of acquaintances but very few close friends.

If you can develop a few of these relationships I promise that it will be worth the time and effort. It could potentially save your life, your marriage, your job and much more.

Who will you put on your list?

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