Are Tim Tebow and Justin Bieber good for Christianity? Both are vocal about their faith and the power of God in their life. They have books about their faith and donate millions of dollars to charities to help those in need. They both have thousands of adoring fans because of their faith as much as it is for their talents. And both are very successful in their respective careers. But why are Christian’s so proud of Tim Tebow and Justin Beiber being Christians? Continue reading
Who’s the most important person in a church? Is it the pastor who preaches every weekend and visits during the week? Is it the Head Elder who runs the church board? Is it the “Major Donor” who writes that check to get the roof replaced?
What about the ladies who run the kitchen for potluck lunches? Or the teenagers who shovel the snow and mow the lawn? What about the classroom teachers?
What about all the volunteers who love the church with all their heart and spend their spare time helping keep it running? Continue reading
A year ago I bought a new TV. A nice TV. I shopped for months leading up to the holidays, comparing prices and technology, fully planning on buying the biggest and best TV I could get on one of the super black Friday deals. The weekend before Thanksgiving, on one of my scouting expeditions, I found a deal I couldn’t pass up. It wasn’t what I had planned, but it was less than half the price. It was still 20 inches bigger than what I currently had. My pride swelled even more when I set it up in the family room and my wife pushed the couch back several feet. “It’s too big.” she complained. “I can’t sit that close, it hurts my eyes.” A year later as I watch the ads for the newest 80 inch LCD TV, my TV seems a little less impressive. The shine has worn off and I’m not content. I know a lot of people who would love to have my TV. I say I’m thankful for what I have, but deep down I know if given the chance I’d trade it in for something else in a heartbeat. So can I truly be thankful for something when I’m not content? Continue reading
I recently received a note from an individual following up on a request they had submitted to my office about a month ago. The status of their request was still noted as “not reviewed”, meaning the individual in charge of that area had not reviewed their request to move through the process. As I responded to the individual, apologizing and ensuring them I would follow-up with the appropriate individuals for them, I decided to check and see how many people had that status in our system. To my dismay there were over 5500 requests dating all the way back to 2007 (please note we receive about 35,000 requests per year).
Needless to say it made me angry. I love my co-workers, but I wanted to berate them for being so careless that they didn’t even look at someone’s request for four years. We talk in our team meetings about how great of service we want to provide and how frustrated we get when a department doesn’t respond to us, but we didn’t return the same respect to our own customers. As I thought about it I went over the excuses that would come up in discussing it and it always comes down to one excuse; “I don’t have time”. Continue reading
What would you think if you saw a guy walking through the mall and he had a bull’s eye on the front of his pants right over the fly? You’d probably laugh and think he’s a pervert. I thought of this the other day while I was in the airport and I was walking behind a girl wearing sweatpants with the word “Pink” across the rear. I’ve read the articles and had conversations with women about being treated equally with men, that they’re not “just a piece of meat”, etc.. But here was a young lady intentionally drawing attention to a part of her body that if you said anything to her about, she’d probably slap you.
I was recently on a road trip to visit my relatives and decided to try my luck at the radio dial. While browsing through the stations I stumbled upon a Christian station with a pastor who was talking about how to respond if the world hates you. It caught my attention, so I decided to listen for a few minutes even though I despise talk radio. He said that if the world hates you and rejects you that it’s a good thing because Jesus says “if the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first” (Jn. 15:18). The pastor then went on to talk about judging a christian by his enemies. He believed that the more enemies you have the better Christian you are because you are living a life rebuking people of their sin.