I want my cupcake! That’s what I said YEARS ago when I got home from trick or treating as my dad took away the freshly frosted pastry that I had in my plunder. The reason for this confiscation was because some nut jobs the previous year had given out dangerous treats and parents were warned not to take food which wasn’t properly packaged. I was bummed. (I actually snuck back to the trash later on and retrieved my snack.) But every year the question arises as to what Christ followers should do about Halloween. The only time I really get nervous in this quandary is when someone says definitively that everyone who claims to be a Christian MUST take their point of view.
This summer has been much more busy than anticipated and I’ve only had time to post twice since May. For that reason I am slating August 18th as the time to resume blogging. Be sure to check in at that time and also feel free to send in questions or ideas that you want to hear about in the future. Over the next six weeks Robert Tippett and I will also be discussing another run of the “Sunday Night Discussions.” The intent for the second season would involve much more investment and would begin around mid-September. We already have some great potential guests lined up.
So have a great second half of the summer and we’ll see you August 18th.
This Sunday is Father’s Day and for some people that means a powerful time of positive reflection. Dad was great. Others though approach Father’s day with a yawn at best. Either way I typically look at this confused occasion as an opportunity to teach about God’s design for fatherhood and the family. Dads are influential and important beyond measure. When I talk with solid leaders I like to ask them about their fathers and their relationship with them. If I’m studying the life of a great leader from the past or one presently alive that I just can’t get close to I still try to uncover something in connection to their fathers. Almost without exception, the great Kingdom leaders that I know had a good relationship with their dad and he was a tremendous part of their inner formation.
My story is not too shiny in this department. When people ask me about my father I sometimes jokingly reply, “Well, which one”? I suppose I could categorize my journey with dads this way.
Family? Does it matter and what is it? Join Robert Tippett and me for the Discussions this evening as we bring on our WONDERFUL wives for our season finale to discuss the family. We’ll also talk about the Irreplaceable Movie project coming out this Tuesday.
Family? I can’t say I’ve always gotten it right, but I long for it to be right and believe that Jesus can make it right. So make plans now to join us tonight at 8p Central for our last “Sunday Night Discussions” show of the season. Feel free to send in questions early either here or on our Face Book page. You can also send in questions live while the show is on air. Looking forward to seeing you soon.
In the fall of 2001 I wrote a paper for grad school entitled “Being the First Century Church in the 21st Century.” At the time I had no idea how relevant that subject would be today. It reminds me of a statement by Bill Hybels when he noted that “nothing on this planet is more important, more strategic, and more urgently needed than the local church.” I could not agree with that assessment more. But what is the real church anyway? Buildings? Programs? Politics? Social Concern? When you cut through the debates, personal likes, and controversies what does the authentic church actually look like and how can it be realized today? Tune in tonight at 8p central as we dive into the questions about CHURCH.
Feel free to send in your observations, experiences, and questions ahead of time here or on our Face Book Page. You can also send in questions live by one of these medias or directly on the Sunday Night Discussion Google + page.
Tonight on the Discussions Robert and I will be joined by Dow Tippett and Justin Lopez who is the Executive Director of For the City Network in Austin, Texas. We will be taking a look at the ways we are called to practically serve the community in which we have been placed. What does it mean to be the hands and feet of Jesus in the city today? Be sure to join us live on our SND Google + page and share your questions with Justin and the gang. You can also send in questions early on Face Book or the Kingdomology.com blog.
Two months ago we ran a show asking the question of what it means to be a Godly man in our present culture. Tonight we’re turning the coin over and asking the same question of the ladies. Join us this evening with author and speaker, Cindy Dagnan along with Beth Tippett and my favorite person in the world, Debi Hinton as we dive into the question of Godly Womanhood.
How should we look at this major hot topic in our world today? Do we really understand what women go through who are faced with unplanned pregnancies? What exactly is the science on the issue? We’ve heard the hype on both ends of the debate but what are the actual facts? What can we do to help? Join us this evening as Robert Tippet and I talk with our special guests Brittney McLeod and Emily Franks. These two women have worked with ladies of crisis pregnancy situations and are well versed on the subjects and how we can shine the love of Christ into the real issues. Brittney works with Care Net Pregnancy Center of Northwest Houston and Emily works on weekly basis with ladies through The Source For Women. Join us tonight at 8p central as we dive into the Discussion. You can send in questions early here on the blog or our SND FB page and as always send in questions through our Google + page while the discussion is live. We’ll also take live questions here and Face Book as well.
Fred Phelps, Westboro Baptist Church, and the Question of Sin. Join tonight as we look at the question of sin and how to respond to it. As always you can send in questions here on Kingdomology.com, our SND Face Book page, or through our Google + page for quickest results. So grab a friend and we’ll see you tonight at 8p Central. Let the Discussions begin!
News stories began to flow almost immediately about Russell Wilson after his team won the Super Bowl last night. Like many Christ followers I was impressed with his attitude and desire to give God the glory and believing in “the talent God gave him.” Russell was right on as even our breath is a gift from God. But another point that really struck my attention was what Wilson had to say about his father. He referenced his dad a couple of times and specifically noted how his father would purposefully look at challenging situations with the question of; “why not you?” When I heard that it all came together. That kind of fatherly encouragement is something that I’ve observed not only in the story of Wilson’s life, but in many other great leaders. They had dads who believed in them.
Confidence is a foundational building block in leadership development and one that is sorely needed in our day. The principle of speaking about a positive future in the life of a young person by a father or another male leader is of incalculable worth. You just can’t measure how important something like that is to a young boy or man. I know that many people in our day grew up without such a blessing and I can relate to that. But all of us can be encouraged to know that there is a “Father of the fatherless” and one who calls us out of fear and into courage. No matter what our background is, we can know God and know his encouragement in our lives and see a future greater than we’ve ever imagined before.
In addition, as leaders today we can look at those coming behind us and speak into their lives. What we saw passed down from father to son in Russell Wilson’s life is a rarity today. But it doesn’t have to be that way. In addition to my kids, I try to find opportunities to speak even small positive words to kids on my block and around me. Recently I told a neighborhood boy the account of King David and Goliath and then finished my story with; “You know . . . you could be a great king someday too.” Just one man or woman speaking a positive message of potential victory into the hearts of others is just what they need and it might even just be enough to change the world.
So, who are you encouraging today?