Monday Musings (12-3-18)

  • I’m still recovering from UGA’s loss to the evil empire (a.k.a. Alabama) in the SEC championship game.
  • We have dominated Alabama the last two times we played them but could not seal the deal.
  • I think Kirby can get the Bulldogs there soon…after all, we have the more underclassmen on scholarship than any other SEC school.
  • Let’s hope in that process Kirby learns to coach a little smarter (pun intended!). I’m looking at you Mr. Fake Punt on 4th & 11!
  • The future looks great in Athens and I’m excited to be a Dawg!
  • I see a national championship in our future…likely in the next 3 years with more to follow in short order.
  • 1980 sure was a long time ago! I wasn’t even born the last time UGA won the natty.
  • I have been reading some really good books lately: Didn’t See It Coming (Carey Nieuwhof), Becoming Dallas Willard (Gary Moon), 12 Rules for Life (Jordan Peterson), and George Washington’s Secret Six (Brian Kilmeade).
  • This quote jumped off the page this morning as I read Nieuwhof, “Your competency leaves the first impression, but your character leaves the lasting one. The crowd is intrigued by your competency, but your family and close friends are influenced by your character.”
  • This is absolutely true. A great question follows, “Am I spending just as much time developing my character as I am spending developing my competency?”
  • While reading Moon’s biography of Dallas Willard, he focuses on the relationship between Willard and Richard Foster (Dallas’ pastor at the time). He said both men sought to make three things the focus of their congregational life; (1) “the kingdom of God as a present reality,” (2) “salvation as an ongoing life with God,” and (3) “the participation in spiritual disciplines as a means of transformation.”
  • This has been an excellent biography!
  • In other news, I have been working on a writing project recently.
  • A good friend invited me to co-edit a volume in The Collected Writings of James Leo Garrett.
  • It is a great honor and I have thoroughly enjoyed the project.
  • I’m also teaching a couple of ministry classes in the master’s program at Grand Canyon University.
  • I love being able to play a small part in training future pastors and ministry leaders!
  • Well, it is time to get back going.
  • Happy Monday friends!
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Friday Five Reading List (11-2-18)

On Fridays, I put out a list of five interesting blog posts that I have read through the week. These can range from ministry to business/finance to woodworking…and everything in between! Happy reading!

The 7 Habits: Sharpen The Saw

Eugene Peterson Has Completed His Long Obedience

Mark Dever On Shepherding The Elderly

Jeff Bezos’s Net Worth Is Down As Much As $14 Billion

America’s Hidden Mission Field: Why We Need Rural Churches

Friday Five Reading List (10-19-18)

On Fridays, I put out a list of five interesting blog posts that I have read through the week. These can range from ministry to business/finance to woodworking…and everything in between! Happy reading!

3.5 Million Americans Would Rather Go To Jail Than Pay Debt

What To Do When Stock Market Volatility Returns

Christian, What Do You Believe?

When An Average Joe Turns 40

The Audacity Of Gender Reveal Parties: Another Step Towards Cultural Insanity

Friday Five Reading List (10-12-18)

On Fridays, I put out a list of five interesting blog posts that I have read through the week. These can range from ministry to business/finance to woodworking…and everything in between! Happy reading!

We Don’t Need To Go Back To The Early Church

4 Reasons You Should Consider Teaching Or Volunteering In Kids Ministry

How To Stay Married When You’re Stuck Between Needy Teens & Aging Parents

Warren Buffett Sheds Billions In Net Worth

Training Inmates For Ministry Inside Maximum Security Prisons

Friday Five Reading List (10-5-18)

On Fridays, I put out a list of five interesting blog posts that I have read through the week. These can range from ministry to business/finance to woodworking…and everything in between! Happy reading!

The Truth Of How Pastors Are Doing As We Look To Pastor Appreciation Month

How To Diagnose Your Discouragement

How Pastors Can Leave Well

The Church At Election Time

The Average Household Net Worth In America Is Huge

Monday Musings (7-9-18)

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  • For pastors, Mondays can be a train wreck of emotions.
  • Throw in 2 morning meetings (1 that went terribly) and I feel like I have been run over by a Mack truck!
  • This morning I read through several Psalms, having no idea that one verse that I highlighted would feed my soul today.
  • “O Lord my God, in you do I take refuge…” (Psalm 7:1a)
  • Maybe that verse is one that you need to cling to as well.
  • We continued in our series yesterday through the book of Ecclesiastes.
  • Our time together focused on chapter 7 verses 1-14.
  • The message was entitled, “Practical Wisdom for Daily Living.”
  • It was a first for me…I had 12 sermon points!!!
  • I let the church know that ahead of time and everyone laughed…then I told them I was serious.
  • Usually, the messages I preach have 3 points but there was no way to distill the verses into that few of points.
  • I am also not a big list person when it comes to preaching.
  • I am always concerned that people will take the list (5 Ways to Have a Better Marriage, etc.) and try to follow it without truly grasping the why behind the list.
  • Solomon spent the previous chapters of Ecclesiastes highlighting the truth that life apart from a relationship with God is pointless.
  • We may seek to find meaning in any number of things but they will never satisfy the deepest longings of our heart.
  • Jesus is the only one who can fill that void.
  • If you take the 12 points I walked through and divorce them from a relationship with Jesus as the foundation of life, you will miss Solomon’s true point.
  • All of those truths that were mentioned are impotent without a solid foundation.
  • If you are so inclined you can listen to the message here.
  • I started reading James Patterson’s novel, The President is Missing, last night.
  • This is a book he co-wrote with former President Bill Clinton.
  • All the reviews say it is fascinating and a real page-turner.
  • I could hardly put it down last night but finally did for my sanity!
  • Well, I’m off to get in a little bit of exercise.
  • Everyone loves a 3-mile run when it is 92 degrees.
  • Gotta love Southwest Florida!

Monday Musings (7-2-18)

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  • Happy Monday friends!
  • I dropped off our girls at Winshape Camp this morning.
  • They were excited to start the week.
  • This is the first year that they will participate but we have heard great things.
  • We have quite a few kids from our church attending.
  • Speaking of church…we had a great day of worship together yesterday.
  • There is nothing I love more than gathering with my church family.
  • What a great privilege to live in a country where we can freely gather to worship the Lord.
  • I continued our sermon series through Ecclesiastes yesterday and we worked through chapter 6.
  • The focus of our time was on 3 questions:
  • What good is great wealth if you can’t enjoy it? (v. 1-6)
  • What good is great hunger if you can’t satisfy it? (v. 7-9)
  • What good are great questions if you can’t answer them? (v. 10-12)
  • The main idea I left our church with was: A relationship with Jesus makes life worth living.
  • We will never be fully satisfied (have a life worth living) until Jesus is enough!
  • We have an exciting opportunity with regards to our building project at NRC that I am not able to share at the moment.
  • Let’s just say it would be amazing if it materilized.
  • Will you join me in praying for God’s provision?
  • I’m so excited about finally having a permanent home for North River Church.
  • In other news…we only have 61 days left until UGA plays their first fall football game!
  • Let’s suffer through the heat of July and August so that we can enjoy fall football!
  • Well I’m going to get back at it.
  • Have a great week!