Mosab Hassan Yousef is the son of one of the founders of the terrorist organization Hamas. He converted to Christianity, and he tells the startling and profoundly unsettling story in his book Son of Hamas. There was an excellent commentary about the MSM’s (mainstream media) willful ignorance about Hamas’ true nature and objectives in its conflict with Israel. Watch Yousef’s two-minute CNN interview:
Elders as Disciple Makers
Our church has a “Leadership Board” which is what we call the role of the elder. On it are seven exceptional servant-hearted men, one of whom is a campus pastor for us at another site. If you add me in, there are eight of us altogether. We’ve articulated our role through the acrostic DAMP (we’re not ‘all wet’) – deciding, advising, monitoring and praying. We gleaned these four indispensable roles for elders from Gene Getz’s helpful book Leaders and Elders. Ours is a staff-led church, with the elders serving the church by ensuring that our staff are biblically-grounded and Christ-saturated.
An article by Jeramie Rinne called Elders—The Church’s Lead Disciple-Makers resonates deeply with me, and I’ll be sharing it with our team this week.
Are you an elder in your church? Then you should be one of the church’s lead disciplers… Elders tend the flock in such a way that believers develop from spiritual infancy to full-grown Christ-likeness. Overseers labor in hope that the sheep will move beyond a needy, self-focused, toddler Christianity to an adulthood of serving Jesus and leading others to Jesus.
Caveats to the #IceBucketChallenge
With everyone from sports stars to political leaders dousing themselves with ice water for ALS awareness and fundraising, two important considerations have arisen, that at first glance, may strike one as inconsequential. They both merit thought:
- It’s a waste of water.
- The ALS Association may be an advocate for embryonic stem cell research.
Actor and activist Matt Damon posted a helpfully practical video of his own dousing (in toilet water) to explain the first.
The Southern Baptist’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission posted an article explaining why the second is a concern.
Derek Loy of Asheville, North Carolina tried the hipster lifestyle – scarves and all – and went broke. He quit it and reverted back to main stream. Very funny article here.
“Do I miss hanging out at a brewery, drinking with a scarf on and talking about Radiohead tattoos? Actually, no. No I don’t. I’m finally free to go to a Buffalo Wild Wings and watch sports on Sunday, while drinking a giant Budweiser.” said Loy ecstatically. “The ironic thing is if I didn’t make this change, I would have been close to living out of my van, which would have made me a god among hipsters.”
After his profound endorsement of his common lifestyle, Loy proceeded to dip a corndog in chili and said, “This is the best I’ve felt in years.”
The new face of the International Mission Board
Again a shout out to Southern Baptists.. The Twitterverse was abuzz this past week with news that David Platt would be stepping down from psatoring the Church at Brook Hills to become president of the International Mission Board. Platt is a well known preacher and author in most Christian circles. His passion for missions is undeniable. Some staunch SBCers were less than enthused about the choice for various reasons.
Hershael York, pastor of Buck Run Baptist Church summarized their objections and responds to them well in this article, in which he says:
I am convinced that no one will excite and energize a young generation for missions and, by extension, the Cooperative Program like David Platt. Perhaps instead of fussing and fuming about the young Southern Baptists who don’t support the Cooperative Program we should ask why they aren’t excited about it and have not bought into it. I do not mean to be unkind, but I can’t help but notice that many of the ones whose recriminations ring loudest are the very ones who have presided over our precipitous decline in giving, missions, and baptisms. David Platt was 5 years old the last time Cooperative Program giving went up! Maybe it’s time we allow some of the disenchanted, disaffected but deeply devoted young leaders to share the burden of leadership.
I’d encourage you to watch this short video from David Platt about the process and his joy in serving in this new capacity.
The Other Side of the Ocean
Check out mentalfloss’ great graphic about, well, what’s on the other side of the ocean (from the US perspective):
- ‘Nuff said: Surviving Christmas Shoes, Sexy Christianity, Strange Fire, War on Christians
- ‘Nuff said: Fake friends, wrecking friends, loss of interaction, Hello-my name is Church
- Nuff said: Extroversion vs Introversion, Are you naked?, Christian resolutions, Recommending books.. and more
- Nuff said: Majestic Hotel, smartphones and sleep, church signs, church history, imperialist Christian missionaries
- Nuff said: Noah and Tim Tebow, Repenters, Driscoll’s apology, Let it go-please, abortion speech, Urkaine, and help for those who don’t want to raise their hands in worship
- Nuff said: Social media help, smart phones and dumb people, ministry to youth on social media
- Nuff said: Bad news believers, hashtag diplomacy, silver bullet of discipleship, single and satisfied?, kids sports, Kid President
- Nuff said: 10 commitments, the power of definitions, leaving your church well, ways you’re doing Twitter wrong, NO!, and more
- Nuff said: Trusting scripture, a Gospel without words, a Trader or a Christian?, Does Powerpoint help?, Be a people person, Selfies Anonymous
- Nuff Said: Son of Hamas, Elders as Disciple Makers, Hipster Quitter, Caveats to the #IceBucketChallenge, the new face of the IMB,
- ‘Nuff Said: Improving Your “Do,” Things to pray for your kids, 20 things you shouldn’t do if you’re over 20, 30 things you may already be doing that impress others, when a cult repents, too much phone? and Star Trek
- Nuff said: Fix annoying iOS 8 tidbits, charts!, the world’s largest religion, why working from a coffee shop may not be a good idea
- Nuff said: Saving Daylight, the church “stand and greet time,” the iPhone cone, why go to church and more
- Nuff said: #1 Bible translations, Cause of Divorce, Donald Miller spirituality, coffee mugs, trusted professions
- Nuff said: Cool air, on the wrong side of history, iPhone history, utilitarianism, Gmail helps, a heavenly visit?
- Nuff Said: Demise of blog commenting, Small Groups make a BIG difference, Questions for sleepy Christians, & 11 books we lie about reading
- Nuff said: A week later with the same-sex ruling
- Nuff Said: Why Churches Should Stay Home on Halloween, Photoshop Alternatives, Dumb Ideas About Jesus, The Power of Next, Discipleship DNA, What Ben Carson would do first if elected President
- Nuff Said: Bonhoeffer too popular? When $17.38 changes a life.. Churches & communication… The death of cultural Christianity… A college president stands up… Star Wars cast acapella
- Nuff said: Impractical Jokers save the day, Watch Pompeii get destroyed, How to deal with crisis, How to reach millennials, Blacksburg Winter Storm aerial footage, 9 reasons the church need to reach college students
- Nuff said: Pastor ponderings
- Nuff said: A tribute to millennials as college starts again
- Nuff Said: Tech companies trumping Trump, Helping authors, Pastors who ignore phone calls, ways for busy moms to be in the Bible, Frankfurter Sandwiches and more