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I am a Baptist. I've always been pretty proud of that. It's been who I am for a long time. While I recognize that not all of what Baptists do is great (we do have some flaws) I support and love most of what we do. I am not, however, one given to following the 'party' line, which sometimes creates some problems for me.
All that was just to say that I think Ed Stetzer and I are kindred spirits. I really love his blog post titled, "Baptists need to get out more." You can read it in full right here.
Here's an excerpt:
Sometimes I feel that I live in two worlds.
First, there is the SBC world. It is big, powerful, and tribal. SBC world is so big that you can live your life in that world and never know there is a broader Christian community. In that world, almost every pastor would know who Junior Hill is, but I am guessing many of my non-SBC readers do not.
Second, there is the broader Christian world. And, there are some movements in that world that impact the SBC world. More on that in a moment.
This week is a mix for me and it prompted this blog post.
In just a few hours after posting this I will be speaking at the New Mexico SBC Evangelism Conference. To them, I will be the "progressive" guy. But, they bring me in to shake things up. In SBC life, I am the guy that they consider "safe enough" because I am in the family and really do believe the doctrine, but "dangerous enough" that people will come to watch me get myself in trouble.
The next day I am at the Innovation3 conference and many will think of me of the guy who is stuck in the past because (for example) I think "Internet Church" is like "United Baptist," two words that won't go well together.
And, of course, when I am at the Vineyard National Leadership Forum on Thursday and they will not know what do to with me, but they are always nice and I am glad they would think to invite me.
But, Baptists have their own world. One big SBC guy writes a book and soon every other big SBC pastor endorses it. And, that's not bad. But, if we don't get out sometimes we end up a little too inbred.
My favorite player in Major League Soccer, Dwayne De Rosario, formerly of (my favorite team) the Houston Dynamo has been traded to Toronto FC. I'm happy for him, but man - we are gonna miss that guy next season!!
Here are a couple of articles with all the details:
Mark Batterson is one of the most creative pastors I know. He's a pretty sharp cookie and serves up a great reminder for us right here...
A few years ago I read a book by R.T. Kendall titled The Anointing. I memorized something he said because it's so true: "The greatest opposition to what God is doing today comes from those who were on the cutting edge of what God was doing yesterday."
One of my greatest fears is that I would lose my innovative edge. I never want to become a closed-system. That's why I read like crazy. That's why I go to conferences. That's why I doreconnaissance at other churches. It boils down to this: you never arrive. And if you think you have, it's the beginning of the end. One of my fall back verses is I Corinthians 8:2: "He who thinks he knows does not yet know as he ought to know." Translation? The more you know, the more you know how much you don't know!
Sacha Kljestan had a hat trick as the United States national team beat Sweden 3-2 in an international friendly at The Home Depot Center on Saturday night.
Kljestan, who spent a week in Scotland on trial with Celtic, scored on a free kick in the 16th minute and converted a penalty kick in the 40th minute and added a late insurance goal moments after Sweden scored.
The game helped the U.S. open its busy 2009 calendar with a triumph and now the Red, White and Blue will focus on their World Cup qualifying match against Mexico at Columbus Crew Stadium on Feb. 11.
**Dear Reader: This sort of thing isn't something I do too often, but it is probably something I should do a little more of, so occasionally, as my fancy dictates, I am going to post a verse of scripture that speaks to me. I'll try to keep the 'preachin' to a minimum :=)**
So... I was reading along in John 14 this week and I came across this verse:
Jesus says,"I am leaving you with a gift -- peace of mind and heart. And the peace that I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don't be troubled or afraid."(John 14:27)
Isn't that a great reminder? He promises us his peace ...and there is no one else, or nothing else that can give us exactly that. So, if you've been wanting to find some peace, or you've been really stressed out, or you have been worrying about something, maybe its time you looked to Jesus.
In the words of my lovely wife... "If the story works, I guess you just keep on telling it." I heard about this little video at my screenwriting meeting last night... Funny, and very true. They are the same movie!
I've met Gary a couple of times, and I read his blog and twitters. He's a freak of a church planter, and someone I really admire. I don't always agree with him, but I have a huge amount of respect for him. Gary's all consuming passion is to reach people who are far from God - which makes him a "good guy" in my book.
Even though I'm the Pastor of Crestview Baptist Church they don't officially "approve" my blog posts. Just because I say it, don't assume they endorse it - occasionally I am even wrong - shocking and rare - but true! My views are my views ...so chill!