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Here’s the 1-13-2010 edition of the 642 news.

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Here’s the link to the video from last week’s appearance on The Techology Show.

Check out my review of Rob Bell’s tour here.

My friend, Josh Buck, is featured in Rob Bell’s new book.  Josh and his wife are starting a movement at real time church dot com.

Working on 2 HUGE projects this week on top of blog updates, being a child of God, husband, and dad, youth pastor, Love/Mercy stuff, Fall/May/Mocktober Rally.  Pray for me as I make the final preparations to speak at Liberty Wesleyan Church next week for their fall revival.

Thanks to everyone who has checked out Chase Your Lion dot com and sent such encouraging emails, comments, and Facebook messages.  It is appreciated.

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The past week and a half has been a whirlwind.  Situations, planned and unplanned, have been a source of stress for me and my family.  There have been a lot of “rubber meets the road” ministry opportunities.  Nothing was covered in any class, seminar, or training that have ever been to.  It has made me painfully aware of the grip that sin has on our small town.  I have mentioned before the sense of oppression here.  That things are never going to get better.  That things are the way they are and that’s the way it is.  I have seen and heard things recently that literally blow my mind as to how Satan is attacking out town, our children, and our families.  Stuff you hear on the news is hitting right here at home.  Too often, there is a “no worries” attitude about it all.  I think I want to call it “Bible Belt-itis.”  We live in an area where everyone “goes” to church or knows someone who “goes” to church or used to “go” to church.  This is American Christianity in a nutshell.  It’s like getting your oil changed.  Get it done every once and a while at the cheapest and fastest place you can find and everything will be alright.  The Bible talks very plainly about people who don’t tithe, aren’t active as the body of Christ, sin freely, spend foolishly, engage in sexual immorality, neglect their families, and speak with untamed tongues.  It says those people are lost, foolish, heathen, will not inherit the kingdom of God(Galatians 5:19-21), and are to be chased after like a lost sheep, coin, and son(Luke 15).  I am taking a hard look in the mirror today.  Am I doing enough to shed the love and light of Christ in this town?  What price am I willing to pay to see all 2,000 residents won to the Kingdom of Christ?  You cannot actively rebel against the will of God and be a Christian.  You can’t be living in sin and expect to see the gates of Heaven, pearly or not.  I am too tired and too old to be beating around the bush in regards to the sin that has overcome so many people I know and love.  I want to be a little more like Peter and little less like a pansy.  So, to everyone in Denton, if you’re looking for a youth pastor who’s cool with your kid never having their Bible with them…I’m not your guy.  If you’re fine with your sons looking at porn on the family computer with no accountability…can’t help you.  If it’s okay with you that your daughter dresses like she just walked off of the set of MTV’s Spring Break-Out…sorry.  If you’re looking for someone to cry with you when your child, whom you’ve never modeled the Christian life for or tried to seriously engage with Jesus through an active church youth group, turns up pregnant, drugged up, dropped out, alcoholic, porn addict with an STD you can’t pronounce then I will be happy to hold your hand, answer the “how” question bluntly, and do everything within the power God gives me to see you and your child redeemed by the blood of Christ.  This afternoon, I will be making phone calls.  I will be laying it on the line with lots of kids.  God, forgive me for not doing and being this sooner.  What’s that smell?  Smells like a Revolution to me.  Who’s with me?

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1.  Most people remember Patrick Swayze dancing vs. Chris Farley on Saturday Night Live.  That’s one of my favorite episodes of all time.  From start to finish each sketch was great.  When he and Dana Carvey did the dueling Latin singers’ infomercial.  Please tell me that’s on youtube.  He wasn’t in a lot of movies, but several stand out over time.  I’ve never seen the Outsiders, but now that’s on my to see list.  I still think of Red Dawn when a strange plane flies overhead.

2.  Excuse me Mr. West, but do you know how to tell if an apology is sincere?  If you don’t pull a stunt like that again.  This is not the first time he’s brought an awards show to a stop.  It’s may be hard to spell Kanye, but not D-I-V-A.

3.  What Joe Wilson did was wrong?  Dude, you cannot shout down the President of the United States in the Capital.  Are you serious?  Whether you agree with his sentiment or not, the behavior can’t be excused.  The good thing that has come out of the 2 previously mentioned events is this mashup video.  I’ve heard many on the right come to Wilson’s defense because of the way George W. Bush was treated many times.  2 wrongs don’t make a right.  However, anyone who uses Wilson’s outburst and this weekend’s Tax Reform March on Washington as examples that American civility has reached an all-time low don’t know a lot about American history.  Ever heard of the Burr-Hamilton duel?

4.  The fact is that, at it’s very core, politics is devisive.  Too many times, legislative victory is impossible without compromise and there are some values that must always be uncompromising.  Politics forces you to pick sides.  Independent?  Then you’re on a side.  Politics puts people in categories and voting blocks which somehow seems to go against the concept of all men being created equal.  There will always be a need for policy, but not for the manuvering and back room deals that too often accompany it.  As long as there are politicians and talking heads seeking to divide us into these groups then this will always be a divided country.

5.  Sadly, churches have tended to pick sides in these political battles.  While there a values and principles that we must not waver on we have been to quick to attach our status and stature with one party or the other.  Instead, the church should be about showing people what we have in common.  Mainly, that we’re all lost without a Savior.  Whether you’re rich or poor, black or white, English or Spanish speaking, Yankee or Southerner, prep or redneck, employed or unemployed there is a God sized hole in the soul that can only be filled and satisfied by knowing Jesus as Lord and Savior.

Both men have apologized and seem to be sincere.  Hopefully, Kanye will learn to walk how “Jesus Walks” instead of storming onto and off a stage and Joe Wilson will learn to speak the truth in love instead of shouting, “You Lie!” at the president.

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My First Fantasy Football draft I had a specific strategy.  I would draft players to fill all my starting positions(Quarterback, 2 Running Backs, 2 Wide Receivers/TightEnds, Defense/Special Teams, and Kicker) before drafting bench players.  I would also have a sub for each position.   This strategy worked as I won the championship that year.  I used the same strategy the next year and made it to the finals.  I didn’t tweak the strategy much for several years.  My thinking was:  it’s more important to draft someone who will actually be scoring points than someone who will be on the bench.

A few years ago, I read a Fantasy Football article that blew this strategy out of the water.  The thinking was that it’s better to draft RB’s and WR’s for your bench because, for the most part,(after the top 3 or 4) TE’s, K’s, and Def’s are a dime a dozen.  I started drafting these 3 positions in the last 3 rounds and not having a sub for any of them.  RB’s and WR’s are liable to score more points or have a breakout season.  You can always drop an unproductive RB or WR and pick up a TE, K, or DEF when a bye week hits.  I crack up when I see guys draft multiple TE’s, K, and DEF early in drafts while I’m getting productive RB’s and WR’s.  Now, what does this have to do with church leadership?

First, there should be no bench players in the church.  How are we choosing our leaders and are we putting them in the right place where there strengths will shine through?  Or, are we selecting niche leaders instead of strong leaders?  Are we putting the person who can weave baskets in leadership simply because we want to find a place for them?  Is our church even strategic enough to know what kind of leaders we need and what we’re looking for them to do?  Sometimes, we pick leaders because of their last name or who invited them.  Are we picking people to fill a spot or we actually looking for those who will contribute to the mission and vision of our church/ministry?  Sometimes, I think we are totally unprepared when a new leader emerges.  We are not ready to cultivate and empower them for ministry so that initial burst of enthusiasm goes away.  We have got be more prepared to harness that enthusiasm and have the strategies in place so leaders/volunteers can find that place where they can serve with passion and purpose.  Many people spend their lives going through the motions.  The last thing they want to do is volunteer, lead, or serve in a capacity that doesn’t challenge, stretch, and empower them in their faith.  So, who are you going to draft and who needs to be removed from your team?

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1.  Your Whole Life is a Fantasy Camp.

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1.  I wonder how a pro-life supporter can kill someone(in a church)in cold blood because that person is pro-choice.

2.  I wonder how many pastors(youth pastors especially) we will see get “let go”, “fired”, “inner circle word for getting fired(copyright, Heath Mullikin 2008)” before the Wesleyan denomination steps in and adds some real job protections to the Discipline.  How about when the youth pastor signs a yearly housing lease(because he’s asked to by the board) and shortly after is let go with a pricey out clause?  In the corporate world, that’s a lawsuit waiting to happen.  On the flip side, if the pastor jets in an untimely and unclassey way then he should be penalized like a college basketball coach.  At some point, a DS should step in and say, “nope, you ain’t gonna do that to these good people.  You’re taking a year off.”

3.  I wonder if the John Wesley movie is going to be as bad as I think it is.  I wonder if the 5’4″ Wesley appreciates being portrayed by a guy big enough to be an NFL TE(that’s Tight End for all you non-fantasy football players).  I wonder if, as Wesleyans, we are obligated to promote a substandard product which may do more harm than good.  Of course, the film may be great and I will see it regardless.  I thought “Amazing Grace” was great.  I just don’t see Mr. Calvin getting this kind of theatrical treatment.  When I see the movie(can’t find the release date on http://www.comingsoon.net which isn’t a good sign) I will give it a fair review and probably take a bunch of people to see it with me.  We may even rent out the whole theater.  I’m sure Jam can get us a deal at Cinemark in Asheboro.

4.  I wonder if TLC is “The Learning Channel” then what are they teaching us with season 5 of Jon and Kate(episode 2 is on as I type).  Why would the couple or the network sign on for 40 episodes in the midst of the beginnings of the current scandal(oh wait, I just dropped a dollar, now where was I)?  This season is going to be like Nascar-everyone is watching for the wrecks.

5.  I wonder how I game I am so terrible at(golf) brings me so much joy?  I will break 100 before year’s end.  Just gotta get my arm fixed first.  Is there such a thing as golfer’s elbow/forearm or that just called old man syndrome?

6.  I wonder why I made my wife wait while I finished typing this.  I’m an idiot.

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Weekend Wrap Up

1.  As a Trekkie, I loved the new Star Trek.  I think it was a succesful relaunch of the series and we will probably see at least 2 more movies with this cast.  Hopefully, one of them will involve Klingons.

2.  FUEL was great.  Matt Rhodes and Scott Simmons did a great job planning.  Andy Roy leads worship in a way that puts all the emphasis on God and Josh LeRoy pulled no punches and was very transparent.  Great to catch up with the SC crew.  Last year, we had 170 at the one at HQ.  This year there were close to 300 gathered at the 4 Area FUELS.  Though I like the ones with everyone involved, it seems like we need to do what reaches the most people.  Wherever and whatever we do, I will be there as Matt’s unofficial assistant and late night activities coordinator.

3.  Gonna blog about the Epicenter in downtown Charlotte sometime this week.  Somebody had a vision and has turned it into a fortune.  I have never seen so many youth pastors get carded in my life, but it was for the bowling alley and movie theater.  The night lifestyle costs a lot and not all of it is financial.  For many of the people we encountered, their drunken state was the highlight of their day/week.  We all agreed that if not for the grace of God, that’s where we would be too.

4.  I have to have a hard conversation with someone this week.  I could pass it off to someone else, but I feel like it’s my responsibility.  It’s about Competence more than Character.  They’re just not getting the job done.  I will have to get “permission” to have this conversation, but it must be done.

5.  Had an interesting experience at Mi Pueblo Mexican restaurant yesterday.  Lousy service, but it was the best burrito I’ve ever eaten.  Again, it deserves a full blog later this week.

6.  Got to make some FHTM business calls this week.

7.  I thought Annie Duke got robbed on the Celebrity Apprentice.  Personally, Mr. Trump, I think the only role models you could find on this show were Clint Black and Herschel Walker.  I don’t remember them cursing anyone or throwing anyone under the bus.  Were Joan Rivers 30 years younger and pulling her act, she would’ve been fired much earlier.  It was reverse ageism I think.  She won because she was old.  My son is older than her face though.

8.  Red Sox got a big win against Tampa Bay last night.  I just hope Pedroia’s injury isn’t that serious.

9.  For some reason, my phone’s ear piece isn’t working and I can only hear calls on speaker phone.  Also, my txt’s won’t go to Twitter anymore.  Not a good thing to happen when you’re out of town.

I’m off to Denton Elementary for lunch with the girls.  It’s pizza day!

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