Links I Like

Links I Like is a collection of blogs, articles and books I’ve come across recently and thought they were worth sharing. Click here for past Links I Like
  1. Leaders must slow down when things speed up. Great reminder.
  2. Jeff Vanderstelt on What a Christian man is to be.
  3. The life of an NFL undrafted rookie. This is simply interesting, especially if you love football.
  4. Walt Mueller on Kids and viewing pornography.

Top Posts of 2011

In case you missed them over the last 11 days, here are my top 11 posts of 2011:
  1. My Review of Love Wins
  2. The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs
  3. Sin, Adultery & Falling out of Ministry
  4. Having Too Many Kids
  5. Practicing Greatness
  6. Living in Gospel Centered Community on Mission
  7. My Journey of Losing Weight
  8. Leadership & Criticism
  9. How You Know You are Being Divisive (And Sinning)
  10. Gospel Intentionality Everyday
  11. How Do I Get my Husband to Lead? (And Some Other Things Katie I learned in 9 years of Marriage)

Top Post of 2011 – #6: Living in Gospel Centered Community on Mission

Over the last 11 days of 2011, I’ll be posting the top 11 posts of 2011. Here is #6: Living in Gospel Centered Community on Mission.

Here is a video profile of an Acts 29 church in Seattle, Soma Communities. I’m actually going to Soma in a few weeks to spend  a week with their leaders and learn from them. I’m so excited about this idea of being a community on mission and what is ahead for Revolution.

This is a picture of what is ahead for Revolution Church. In the coming months, I’ll be sharing about what God is doing behind the scenes at Revolution and preparing us for the future here in Tucson.

Get ready Revolutionaries.

HT: Holiday at the Sea.

*UPDATE*

We have since made this transition at Revolution and it is going great. If you’d like to hear more about it, here is the video from our vision night in August.

Links of the Week

  1. Jeff Vanderstelt closed our series Uprising at Revolution and what spiritual power means, how to tap into it and how it can change a city. Definitely worth a listen.
  2. Hollywood is suddenly hot for the Bible.
  3. Does Joel Osteen not know or not care?
  4. Tony Morgan on Knowing who should be on a senior leadership team.
  5. Involving children in a missional community.
  6. Rick Warren on 3 ways to overcome loneliness in ministry.
  7. On mission this Halloween.
  8. Ed Stetzer on What to do with “issue Christians.” Great advice here.
  9. Church attendance ceilings.
  10. Grace Driscoll on Being a Pastor’s wife.

On Mission this Halloween

Found this on Jeff Vanderstelt’s blog about how to be on mission for Halloween. I’ve already heard some of Revolution’s missional communities and how they are planning to serve their neighbors on Halloween. Don’t miss this great opportunity to be the gospel in your neighborhood and build relationships.

Here is some great advice from Jeff:

This coming Monday offers a great opportunity for many to engage in new relationships with those around us or to revisit some old relationships with new missional intentionality. Regardless of what you think of the holiday and it’s roots, the culture we have been sent by Jesus to reach is going to celebrate Halloween this Monday. We all have in front of us a wide open door for missionary engagement in our neighborhoods. I want to encourage you not to miss out on the opportunity.

If you are looking to be more intentionally engaged this year, I want to present you with a few ideas for how you can more effectively walk through the open door that Halloween presents to us as Jesus’ missionaries.

BE HOSPITABLE…Don’t just give out candy

  1. Give out the best Candy. Please, don’t give out tracks or toothbrushes or pennies…kids are looking for the master loot of candy. Put yourself in their shoes.
  2. Think of the Parents. Consider having some Hot Apple Cider and pumpkin bread or muffins out for the parents who are bringing their little kiddos around the block. Make your entry-way inviting so they want to come closer and hang for a bit if possible.
  3. Be Present. Don’t hide out all night. Come out to the door or hang out on the porch and if they stop to have some cider, get to know their names and where they live in the neighborhood.
  4. Be Encouraging. Tell the kids you love their costumes and to have a great night. Practice building others up with words.
  5. Party. If you’re really into it, you may want to throw a pre-Trick or Treating party. Provide dinner and drinks. Then, send the dads out trick or treating with the kids while the moms continue hanging with some hot apple cider, coffee or tea. Then reconvene with the parents and kids together to examine all of the loot (kids love to show their parents and other kids the loot).
  6. Learn the Stories. If you are out T or Ting with the kiddos or staying back with the other parents, ask questions…get to know their stories. Pay attention to their hearts and their felt needs. Look for opportunities to serve them later. This is how I first got to know Clay (while Jayne was hanging with Kristi and the other moms). I learned his story while we were with the kids and Jayne got to know hers. This led to both of them eventually coming to faith in Jesus.

GO TO THEIR PLACE…Join what is happening elsewhere

  1. Attend the Party. If others are throwing parties, you may want to join them. If so, bring drinks, food or whatever is needed. Then, serve by helping to clean up.
  2. Join the Community. If your community has key events, join them and invite some neighbors to go with you (then get to know their stories along the way). Our area has a trick or treating event on a main street where all the businesses give out candy, the firemen give tours of the fire engines, etc… We go with a group of friends to this each year and consistently meet more people to reach out to.
  3. Head to the “Watering Holes”. If you do not have kids or are not going to engage in the Trick or Treating activities or events, consider going to the local pubs, restaurants or clubs near you for their events and get to know the people there. Make it your goal to learn the story of at least one person who needs Jesus and walk away with some next steps on how to serve them. You will want to do this with others so that you don’t go it alone.

BE PRAYERFUL…Ask for the Spirit to led, guide and work

  1. Pay Attention. Ask the Spirit to open your eyes and ears to the real needs around you.
  2. Stay Dependent. Ask the Spirit to help you listen, care and serve those around you.
  3. Open Doors. Ask the Spirit for open doors for new relationships and gospel conversations

SHARE YOUR IDEAS…Let us know what you’ve done or are going to do. Please share your ideas with us…what have you done? What are you planning to do? Let’s learn and prepare together…

This Weekend @ Revolution: How we see God

It is an exciting time at Revolution Church. We wrapped up our series Uprising on Saturday with a good friend and mentor to Revolution, Jeff Vanderstelt. Jeff gave a great message to our church from Ephesians 3 on what can happen in our lives, our church and the city of Tucson when we live in the power of the Holy Spirit. If you missed it, I’d encourage you to listen to it here.

We launched 7 missional communities in the past 4 weeks, with more coming this winter and spring. If you have questions about them or how to get into one, email Mike Miller. We are celebrating baby/child dedication this Saturday in our gatherings. I’ll also be sharing this Saturday about our 2011 Christmas offering that we do each year, in this offering we give away 100% of what our church family gives.

We are also kicking off a brand new series this Saturday on the book of Titus called Manifest. For the next 6 weeks we will look at how the gospel manifests itself in our culture, our homes, work places, church and in our lives. To start off, I’ll be preaching from Titus 1:1 – 4 and looking at how we see God. If the gospel is from God, starts with God and is about God, who He is will drastically affect that and how we live. We often have ideas about who we think God is, but what is He like really? Caring and compassionate? Wrathful and angry at our sin? Can we trust him? What about when life falls apart, is he there? When it comes to the gospel, the bigger question is do we believe that God is better than anything else we give our lives to.

These are just a few of the questions we’ll look at as we kick off Manifest. 

So, do whatever you have to do to be at Revolution this week (and bring someone with you, you never know how a simple invite can make an eternal difference). An easy way to invite someone is to send them an e-vite.

Remember, we meet at 4:15 & 6pm at 6620 E 22nd St.

See you Saturday.

My Notes from Together for Adoption Conference

Last week, I went to the Together for Adoption conference. Below are my notes from the weekend:

T4A Main Session 5: Jeff Vanderstelt

Jeff Vanderstelt was the 5th main session speaker at the Together for Adoption conference. Jeff is one of the pastors at Soma Communities, an Acts 29 church in Tacoma, WA. His talked was titled “Gospel Motivation for Missional Living.”

Jeff spoke from 1 Peter 2:9 – 12, 3:15.

Here are some notes:

  • There is no such thing as missional living without talking about Jesus.
  • Jesus’ mission is that he would be glorified through his church in deed and word.
  • Our lives should make no sense apart from the gospel.
  • We love because we’ve first been loved. That’s the motive
  • The method is to how we’ve been loved.
  • Love is our motivator and our method.
  • The way God loves us is the way we love, but we only do it because we’ve first been loved.
  • My hope of the gospel is not in what I do or what I’ve done but in what he’s done.
  • Our actions are an exhibition to the world of what God is like.
  • Do you live in such a way that it is obvious that you are loved by God?
  • How would you love the world as if they were your sons and daughters?
  • Our lack of love for other people is because we lack an understanding of God’s love for us.
  • Do you see your life that every moment is an opportunity to be an advocate for those who are not being cared for in the world?
  • We advocate for others, because Jesus advocated for us.
  • Don’t let needs motivate you, let the gospel motivate you.
  • You will never care for the least of these the way Jesus cared for the least of these until you understand that you are the least of these.

Together for Adoption Conference Starts Tomorrow

Starting tomorrow, Katie and I will be at the Together for Adoption Conference in Phoenix. If you aren’t able to make but would like to follow along, I am one of the bloggers for the conference and will be posting my notes for all the sessions and breakouts I attend at My World. You can also follow me on Twitter or on Facebook for instant updates and pics.

Here is the rundown of main sessions:

  • Darrin Patrick | The Church and Social Justice
  • Tullian Tchividjian | Surprised by Adoption
  • Dan Cruver | Adoption and the God Who Gives
  • Bryan Loritts | The Church as the Theater of Transracial Adoption
  • Jeff Vanderstelt | Gospel-Motivation for Missional Living
  • Tim Chester | Relaxing in Trinitarian Love
I will also be at the pre-conference with Tim Chester tomorrow on Missional God, Missional God, Missional Story.