Just a few of my favorite posts from some of my favorite blogs of 2010. Enjoy!
â€œAdults Are Better â€¦ Students Are Bestâ€
This is Luke. He spoke recently at our Life Groups Praise & Worship nights.
He did a great job, especially considering heâ€™s a sophomore in our high school ministry. As I was reflecting on all that he did, I began to think about how other students are involved in our ministry on a regular basis. This weekend, students will help teach the message. Every weekend, students lead the music and play in the band. Without fail, our Shake It ministry team is there to setup, tear down and greet at every service. Lights? Run by students. Sound? Students. The cameras are run by students, too. This weekend we even did a song that wasÂ written by a student â€“ and it was awesome!
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â€œHappy Friday Dance Partyâ€
As some of you know, for the last few Fridayâ€™s Iâ€™ve been holding a Happy Friday Dance Party. It has been great fun, but the truth is itâ€™s lonely without you and I donâ€™t want to dance alone.
So, hereâ€™s the big question: Will you join me!?!?
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â€œBack it Upâ€
â€œDo you have any Scripture to back that up?â€
I find that to be one of the most irritating questions on the planet.
Do I have a disdain for Scripture? Hardly. Thereâ€™s not a day that goes by where I donâ€™t find myself immersed in it in some fashion.
The question irks me because most of the times, the people asking want to prove a point. They want to trip you up. Nab you. â€œAh-ha!â€ They say when you come up empty in your Scripture memory banks. They seem to believe that the Holy Scriptures are nothing more than a reference book, with all the right answers to life neatly cataloged in a easily-referenced index.
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â€œThe Woman Prophetâ€
It seems like the Church might never find a clear answer to the question, â€œWhat role should women play in the church?â€ Â Iâ€™ve been reading and discussing this, as well as many other gender issues, over the last several months, and I wanted to continue the discussion hereâ€”with ministry leaders. Â A foundational verse for my understanding has been Acts 2:17:
â€œâ€˜In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.â€™â€
In many circles, Iâ€™m considered a liberal for even suggesting that women have and should utilize their spiritual gifts. There are many that engage in this conversation that would reference 1 Timothy 2:11-12 in order to prevent women from using their gifts.
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â€œMaybe itâ€™s Not Supposed to Feel Rightâ€
As Iâ€™m writing this, Iâ€™m on an airplane en route to Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Itâ€™s a long flight starting from Seattle and making stops in Chicago and Fort Lauderdale before arriving in Haiti early Friday morning. Iâ€™ll write about thepurpose of the trip to Haiti in my next entry.
But I wanted to share a bit with my blog community about the ongoing tension of balance, priorities, schedules, focus, goals, joy, etc.
Minhee and I have started three organization in the past 9 years â€“Â Quest,Â Q Cafe, andÂ One Dayâ€™s Wages. Not small things but ventures that have required a great amount of time, commitment, sacrifice, energy, funds, courage, stupidity, prayers, and collaboration.
On top of that, my marriage and my family are very important to me. Not just important on paper or for the sake of sermons but important for my heart and soul. Having said that, I donâ€™t want to hold marriage or family as idolatries in my life. Or in other words, my desire to serve God certainly includes my identities as husband and father but is not encompassed by only these two things.
Marriage is not my God. Family is not my God. They areÂ some of the means by which God expresses His love for me and means by which I serve and honor Him but they are not my gods.
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