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 of  your statements, opinions or what you want to have happen.  It’s hard to build a trusting, quality relationship within church (or anywhere else) like that.

So, ask good questions.  And then wait for the answers.

You’re going to have be silent.  You’ve managed to ask a good question.  Now, you get to watch it work.

Stay out of the way of a good question.  Wait for the answers.

Stay blessed…john


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 about being right.  I’ts about actually making a God-change.  We’re taking responsibility for what God wants us to accomplish.

We need more divine creativity!  I’m not surprised an idea like this would come from someone who is, obviously, extremely talented and creative.

Stay blessed…john

It fits!

Some people say, “It cannot be done.”

Others say, “There’s no way it can be done.”

Still, more say, “It’s just impossible.”

The true leaders say, “We just haven’t figured out how to do it yet.”

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I can’t tell you how much this video encouraged me.  How many times have people tried to convince us the church can’t do what it knows God has called it to do!  I bet you can guess what my response is.

Stay blessed…john