This is the first post on the new site I launched this week (TheMajestysMen.com). Though the blog covers different roles that Godly men fulfill, none of them are called “Leaders” and there is good reason for that. We as men are always leaders in some regard, you’re either a good one or a bad one. I suggest you give it a read… :)
It occurred to me recently that people who blame God for bad things in their life are kinda like the people who blame fast food restaurants for bad health. You could call it “doubting God” if it helps you relate. It’s not always a conscious, outright, blame, but we can all relate to wanting to blame him can’t we?
So the analogy: You may think that sounds funny, but let’s consider the parallels…
It’s no secret that I’m into maximizing my time here on earth.
I believe time management and productivity is not only a major struggle, but also that most of us choose to be busy and don’t have a good account of where I time actually goes!
Also related, just my beliefs, it’s even a spiritual issue and yet I struggle with this as much as the next person!
If you’re like me and you’ve been known to give away more time than you have to give, and you can tend to live your life in “time-debt”, then you might really benefit from doing this super simple exercise.
I originally developed this for myself while in full time ministry, but I’ve also used it with different guys I mentor to help them get a realistic grasp of their time constraints and set priorities wisely.
While this is one of the most simple methods you can use, it may still shock you how effective it can be.
If there lurks in most modern minds the notion that to desire our own good and to earnestly hope for the enjoyment of it is a bad thing, I suggest that this notion has crept in from Kant and the Stoics and is no part of the Christian faith. Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that our Lord finds our desires, not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling around with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.
I recently had an awesome opportunity to travel with my wife to the state of Washington to study a fairly young collegiate church plant known as Resonate Church. This church is currently a pace setter in the U.S. for collegiate church plants.
My work with CrossPoint Church connected me to a mover and shaker, Brian Frye, who works with the North American Mission Board and we soon found ourselves interested in seeing what God is up to out west. The mission was to observe all they’ve done, are doing, and how God is using them to influence abnormally large numbers in relatively small communities. We felt super blessed with this opportunity and took every minute we could to ask questions on methodology, ideology, theology, and everything in between.
Since this kind of work is likely in our future, and will no doubt relate to many of you as readers in relation to your ministries, I’d like to process some highlights of things I’m convinced this Resonate bunch is doing right after spending some days scribbling notes on everything they do and think. I believe we all can learn from their strengths…
Now that March is over halfway through with itself, I thought it would be a nice touch to give a February update. Being in ministry, and raising support too, I often have people who wish to keep tabs on what I’m up to. I call these my Mission Partners.
However, March simply hit with a full force blitz and we have barely had time to reflect or hardly even realize the months changed! In fact, I’m writing this while on the road… But that’s for next month’s update. So, on with the February recap…
This currently stands as the longest post I’ve ever written. Hey, it’s not easy to do an overview of all these great options, and I wanted to provide this all in one stop. So feel free to scan for what you want to know and then ask for any specifics in the comments! I’d love to help you strategize and get going in a direction that suits your needs! Also… I’ll keep updating this post as needed.
I’m rather known for being a “blogging evangelist”. No, not the “I share my faith through my blog” kind of thing (though that’s kinda inevitable), but the “you should blog” kind. Yep, I try to convert people into bloggers!
I think anyone can benefit from blogging, and especially if you’re in ministry! Because I believe this so strongly, I’ll soon be posting some top benefits of blogging. In fact, I’ll be doing a whole series for beginner bloggers. However, I want to discuss something I’ve been asked many times already, “Which blogging service should I use?”
Recently, my lead pastor was telling the many campus pastors they should consider blogging even if only for an archive of their answers and counseling they have to give often. I thought, “he sounds like me now.” Then one asked, “Well which platform would you recommend?” and I realized it was time I finish this post.
With so many options out there (literally hundreds) it is hard to know which one is worth your time and fits your needs best. There’s no “front porch” for deciding which of these doors to enter. I’ve blogged for over a decade in one form or another, so with that experience, I can give an objective view on some major platforms as well as tell why you might choose one and not another. Let’s do this!