If The Ellen Show was church

Do me a favor. Watch this video from The Ellen Show. As you do, pretend Ellen is the preacher, the audience is the congregation, the set is a church, the show is Sunday morning worship and the guy is your first-time guest. Is there anything we can learn? And please realize, more and more, “church” is something that more and more people haven’t “done.” Stay blessed…john

Wait for it

The hardest part about asking questions is waiting for answers. Let me rephrase that.  The hardest part about asking good questions is waiting for answers. We are used to being rewarded for expediency.  But if you’re trying to learn something, solve an issue or move forward you need time to ask questions.  If you don’t create that time, you don’t really engage people’s creativity or knowledge.  You merely put a question mark at the end…..

Dads raise your hand

Would this idea work for protecting our schools?  I don’t know.  But here’s why I love it.  We need divine creativity to help address many of the issues we are facing as families, as a church and as a nation.  It’s obvious we don’t have the solutions.  Lord, forgive us for always assuming we do. When we lead with divine creativity, we aren’t concerned with politics.  We’re not putting blame on anyone.  Divine creativity isn’t…..

Merry-go-round

I finished some reading from A.W. Tozer on prayer.  You should consider doing the same! Here’s a piece that I haven’t been able to stop thinking about: Our consideration of the power and efficacy of prayer enters into the question of why we are part of a Christian congregation and what that congregation is striving to be and do.  We have to consider whether we are just going around and around–like a religious merry-go-round. Are…..

The Book of Reevaluation

I should keep better record of where I read things.  Who knows where I first saw this: In one Peanuts comic strip Sally was struggling with her memory verse for Sunday. She was absorbed in her thoughts trying to figure it out when she remembered, “Maybe it was something from the book of Reevaluation.” Maybe someone should write a book of Reevaluation.  It would help a lot of us reflect on what we’ve been through…..