Aug 1 2007

Thoughts @ 3:40 AM

It’s 3:40 in the morning…

I just returned home from the hospital where I had the opportunity to sit with a family as they prepare for the passing of their mother. It was a new experience for me, but one that I will not soon forget.

I have the utmost respect for nurses that help people during the final stages of their life. I talked about this a few weeks ago with a message on “Love Is Kind.” During the message, I talked about my wife and her thoughts on being a nurse. I know I am biased, but I cannot think of anyone else I would want to be with me during my final stages. Not just because she’s my wife, but because she is a kind-hearted and loving person who deeply cares about people. That’s her way of showing God’s love – by sitting, listening, and simply letting people know that they are not alone.

Love is kind…but love is also action. We show love by doing, and tonight God gave me the opportunity to share Him in those few precious moments. For that I am grateful, but I am also reminded of the temporary status of my own life. While the party will be rockin’ on the other side, there is so much more love to share before it’s my time.

I’ll close with a question you have probably heard before, but one that deserves an honest response:

“If you walked out into your community today, would people know you follow Jesus not by what you say, but more importantly, by what you do?”

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Jul 30 2007

Zen Is At It Again!

Leo from Zen Habits has done it again. To help with the launch of LifeRemix (a network of personal enrichment blogs) Leo wrote this post titled “100 Great Tips to Improve Your Life.” He compiles some of the best tips from the network of blogs.

As you know, I’m a huge Zen Habits fan, but this compilation is well worth the time. It will take some effort to make it through the list, but I promise you will not be disappointed.

Which one(s) appeal to you?

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Jul 30 2007

The Blogging Church Group

For you Facebook users out there, Terry has created a new group to help those of us who blog connect with one another. I have already read some great posts by some interesting folks I had never met before!

Check it out here.

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Jul 29 2007

Hegemonic Teens vs. Subaltern Teens

Tim points us to a VERY interesting article by Danah Boyd titled, “Viewing American Class Divisions Through Facebook and MySpace.” You can read the entire article here.

I’ll repost part of the article:

The goodie two shoes, jocks, athletes, or other “good” kids are now going to Facebook. These kids tend to come from families who emphasize education and going to college. They are part of what we’d call hegemonic society. They are primarily white, but not exclusively. They are in honors classes, looking forward to the prom, and live in a world dictated by after school activities.

MySpace is still home for Latino/Hispanic teens, immigrant teens, “burnouts,” “alternative kids,” “art fags,” punks, emos, goths, gangstas, queer kids, and other kids who didn’t play into the dominant high school popularity paradigm. These are kids whose parents didn’t go to college, who are expected to get a job when they finish high school. These are the teens who plan to go into the military immediately after schools. Teens who are really into music or in a band are also on MySpace. MySpace has most of the kids who are socially ostracized at school because they are geeks, freaks, or queers.

This is a very interesting article on many fronts. First of all, Danah draws some great conclusions from the data she has collected. Secondly, one could make a gigantic leap and assume that there are more followers of Jesus that utilize Facebook than MySpace. I know in the past few weeks that I have engaged with Facebook, a “mini-revolution” has exploded in the Christian community, especially among pastors, church staff and other bloggers.

I realize that Jesus came to “save” all of us, but don’t we read in scripture that Jesus hung out with the “wrong” crowd most of the time? If that’s the case, then isn’t it safe to assume that Jesus would be hanging out on MySpace and not Facebook? This begs an important question: “Where should we be directing our thoughts and energy?

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Jul 29 2007

See You At the Pool 2007

WOW!! What a great weekend! First, our lead pastor Bryan was back to bring it all weekend – it was good to have him “back in the saddle” again. Then, to top it all off, Meadow Heights had their annual “See You At the Pool” event at our local park.

This yearly event keeps on getting better and better every year! We have some amazing volunteers and leaders who help make this a phenomenal event. From the BBQ to the kids stuff (this year a GINORMOUS water slide!) to the baptisms, SYATP is always a highlight to the year.

All total this weekend we baptized 13 folks, including one lady who decided to follow Jesus this morning and then another young boy who was impacted by his brother’s baptism earlier today! INCREDIBLE!! That brought us to a total of around 55 baptisms this year.

While it’s not about the numbers, it is a good benchmark to see how God is impacting lives, communities, and of course, our church. We’re hoping to blow that mark out of the water next year!!

It was great to hang out with a lot of good friends, eat a lot of good food and see how God is blessing our community. There’s so much more in store and I’m pumped to see where we are headed next! Stay tuned!

UPDATE: I’m sure my buddy Jo will have some pics of this event on his blog – check it out!

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