creating culture

16 04 2007

Mark Batterson always challenges me – this is a guy that you must add to your RSS feeder or Bloglines list if he’s not there already.

Below is a quote from his blog today – this is timely and timeless information.

Church and Culture

As I see it, the church has four options when it comes to engaging culture: 1) ignore it, 2) imitate it, 3) condemn it, or 4) create it. And each option leads in polar opposite directions.

We can ignore culture, but the byproduct of ignorance is irrelevance. The more we ignore culture the more irrelevant we’ll become. And if the church ignores the culture, the culture will ignore the church.

We can imitate culture, but imitation is a form of suicide. Originality is sacrificed on the altar of cultural conformity. If we don’t shape the culture, the culture will shape us.

We can condemn culture, but condemnation is a cop out. Let me just call it what it is: condemnation is spiritual laziness. We’ve got to stop pointing the finger and start offering better alternatives. If the church condemns the culture, the culture will condemn the church.

Those three options will lead the church down a dead-end road to irrelevance, but there is another option–the only option if we’re serious about fulfilling the Great Commission and incarnating the gospel. We can compete for culture by creating culture.

In the immortal words of the Italian artist and poet, Michelangelo: criticize by creating.

At the end of the day, the culture will treat the church the way the church treats the culture. And we’re not called to condemn. We’re called to redeem.

Enough said…


comic relief and sunday night download

15 04 2007

first, really need to give a shout out to our first impressions teams, our care teams, and our children’s teams-today they executed with love and excellence…our worship team was on target today with a great worship set…pastor mel’s sermon was overwhelmingly on target from everyone i’ve talked to – i’ll be listening to it tomorrow in the am…so, to all the cotn volunteers and staff – thanks!

second, time for some comic relief …tony is a church planter meeting down at the mall of georgia…just found out that he is the one that married a key couple in our church…keep your eye on millcreek!

third, we’re in the final stretch of fpu…really glad…this has been a great group of people and i really think they’re getting it!

fourth, had a great discussion with guy and todd…i love dreaming with people that know how to do so out of the box…i believe greater days lie ahead for cotn because of the things He’s putting into the hearts of people…

i’m watching the apprentice right now…i really want to do this show! donald, if you ever read this, at least consider me…i’d love to do this show…i told pastor mel this last week one day at lunch and he totally agreed that he could see me on there…hmmmm, think that’s a good thing or bad one…i’ll take it as a good one (that was his intent). plus, i really believe that the greatest message in the world, deserves the greatest marketing and promotion in the world…why not let the platform be a national one?

finally, it’s going to be a great week…

(portable sounds)

12 04 2007

edited: (friday)

just got back in a while ago from seeing the (portable sounds) tour…incredible!

josh and i were 4 rows back from the orchestra pit and the stage.

Family Force 5 kicked things off with a four-song high octane set…never had heard of them, checked out their myspace site and liked what i heard – no idea what they’re saying, but i like the energy! here’s the kicker, when i get home, i google them and find out that 3 of the 5 (or 6, check out wikipedia for the mystery member) are the sons of jerome olds…here’s where a reality check (and an “age check”) kicks in – jerome olds is a ccm artist from the 80’s and 90’s and i remember hearing about his kids (they were called the brothers then) and how they were pursuing a career at a young age – wonder if this is what dad had in mind?…interesting…

then building 429 was next with a short 4 or 5 song set using the same drum kit and virtually leaving the stage intact from FF5. what i really liked about this group (sounded like randy jackson with that statement didn’t i?) was their heart…these guys are the real deal – very genuine in their worship and their desire to give God all the glory.

following building 429, thousand foot krutch took the stage with force…really love these guy’s music…lots of energy, lots of passion and very simple music – yet really heavy and hard hitting.

finally, t-mac took the stage with 3 other bgv’s/dancers, guitarist, bassist, dj, keys, and a drummer – really entertaining set! toby did enough from the old cd’s to satisfy – jesus freak, in the light…then threw in some old school disco (play that funky music white boy…one of my favs, freak out and a medley of other 70’s disco) – if you get a chance to check out the (portable sounds) tour – do so! (and get really good seats, it pays off!).

josh also got toby’s autograph…so cool to see toby hang out after the show and meet the kids. the other bands hung out as well and there were a few kids hanging around to see them…ran into larry and jennifer (former staff members with larry – he was the yp @ cop), also ran into henry (a former cotn member going to free chapel now) – really great to see some of our youth and kids there from cotn (as well as chuck – kept waiting to see chuck flinging his head back and forth…never happened)…

perhaps the best thing about the night was hanging out with my son! i love spending time with him (and all my family), but there’s something special about when we take in a concert together – good memories!

teary-eyed and rattled

12 04 2007

it’s not my intent on this blog to simply promote the content of other blogs all the time…

however, this post by perry this morning brought tears to my eyes and conviction to my heart – it rattled me in a really good way…this post is priceless and the timing of it for me personally is perfect…

more later on the purpose of this blog…get rattled!

check out time…

10 04 2007

Just came across this on NewSpring’s website – what a great thing!

Yet another church opening up their experience and their resources to serve the Body of Christ – I love it!

If you have time, check out the two main sessions that Perry teaches on video, there’s also some of their music and prayer time on there if you want to enjoy it. Thanks Tony for making us aware of these things…really, and I mean REALLY appreciate the heart that these guys at NewSpring have for the Body of Chris.

Here are the two video links:

Morning Session

Afternoon Session

And, here are a ton of resources that are pdf’s available for download – as I always say, skim over the top of it and pick up the nuggets that are best for your situation:

Breakout Session PDF
Blogging and Communications
Creating Excellent Experiences for Children
Creating Community in a Large Church
Financially Equipping Your Congregation
Production Team FAQ
Senior Pastors Only
Staffing for Success
Student Ministry
The NewSpring Experience
The Volunteer Experience

Easter is here…almost

7 04 2007

Late getting in tonight…headed down to the middle part of the state and spent a couple days with my dad and other family down there – really cool to hang out with my sister and brother in law – my nieces are growing SO quickly – and soon we’ll have another one.

Strange thing…my brother and his wife seem to only know how to have boys, my sister and her husband seem to only know how to have girls – we, however, have struck the perfect balance! – what can we say! – (thank you God…for all my nieces and nephews).

I think I see the Easter bunny…it’ll be an early morning tomorrow to see the goodies – the Easter bunny knows how much I love Reeses Easter Eggs – the eggcelent!

That’s all…i’m tired – Easter day is in 45 minutes…

Thanks Father for sending you Son to die the perfect death to provide the perfect gift of eternal life.

so stoked!

5 04 2007

so stoked about several things:

  1. easter’s just 4 days away – i believe God is bringing breakthrough as He did that powerful day!
  2. this has been a great week of keeping in mind all the Christ went through to pay in full the price of my (and your) salvation
  3. my kids are on spring break which means we stay up later and life is funner…get over the grammer
  4. easter is soon upon us – their is hope, their is life, their IS resurrection – let us not forget!
  5. michael hyatt read my post yesterday and commented – wow! – the wonders of the internet. seriously, he did comment (which is cool), but I really meant what I said about his blog – always consistently solid material – sub to it now!
  6. easter sunday WILL be powerful – the set, the drama, the music are crazy cool – BE HERE!
  7. i just found out that I’m in the top 200,000 blogs that technorati is tracking – ok, my blog rank was 104,993 – that’s almost the top 100,000 – oh, how i remember the days of not even being able to break the 500,000 mark – btw, technorati is more than likely hope michael was able to track my comments – really cool though that he took time to comment though
  8. in case you missed it, easter sunday is just 4 days away – i look forward to this powerful time of year where we remember the sacrifice of our Lord and the life He made possible
  9. life is full – quantity and quality of life is really great right now – that’s what Christ brings because He brings “life more abundantly”
  10. easter in 4…see you then…