We’re just a few days away from Superbowl XLVII and I’ll probably watch the match even though neither my favorite team nor quarter back is in the game. If nothing else, I’m sure there’ll be at least one good million dollar commercial in the mix. But in thinking about these and other great teams, I’m reminded of another great leadership pointer we can learn from this spectacular sport. The lesson being that it’s really not all about the quarterback. Both Flacco and Kaepernick are great players, but the thing about them and other leaders on the gridiron is that the QB rarely makes the touchdown. Rather, they hand off or pass the ball to someone else. It’s that person who takes the ball across the line and puts the points up on the board. The truth about authentic Christianity and the true CHURCH is that we are all involved in a team effort. In the CHURCH, leaders are not to “do the work of ministry” but to equip the Saints for “doing the work of ministry.” The immediate context of Ephesians 4 refers to apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers, but the principal is the same in every leadership situation. So whatever your leadership responsibility is, make sure your hand offs and passes are right. Get the ball into the hands of others so that the team can advance the ball. Let them carry the ball across the line and put the points up. Let them celebrate the victories and simply be excited that they and the team won the day.
So, who are you pulling for in this game? More importantly, who are you equipping in your life to carry the ball across the line?
Well we’ve come to the conclusion of another year. I’ve thought about a number of ways to close things up for 2012. I’ve pondered a few ways to kick off 2013, but nothing really resonated. Then I came across this video link below. It has some huge application for my leadership friends and followers of Christ in general. There is also implication to the American society as a whole. The take away challenge I’d give from this clip toward the New Year is to intentionally invest in the lives of others. The particular challenge would be for older godly men to purposefully take 2013 as a year to build into the lives of two or three younger men with the hope that they would do the same in years to come. This is so fitting for the Church and the culture at large today. The answers that our world is looking for are not found in government, but in Christ and the Kingdom mentality He called us to. The answer is to actually do what Jesus said . . . “go and make disciples.” (more…)
Ok I’ll admit it; I’m a Tebow fan. Yup, despite all the hype, I’m in. Is he the best quarterback in the league? Probably not. Is he good enough to even be in the league at all? Some of his fans say yes even though they don’t know a thing about the game. On the other hand some of his critics say no even though Tim is better than other quarterbacks already in the NFL. If I had my pick, I’d trade him off to Dallas instead of NY. Then my favorite team would now have my favorite QB. Sorry Romo; nothing personal. Just business you know. But with the huge divergence in opinions on the guy, it would seem that there’s more to the story than just football. Even if he’s not that good now, he’s still early on in his game with time to improve. So why the fuss? The answer is obvious; he’s an “outspoken” Christ follower. Yes, there are other Christians in the NFL. But Tim seems to have taken the spotlight because of his starting in the 6th game of the 2011 season for the Broncos and winning while still living for and speaking out for Christ in a public way. That’s the rub that people don’t know how to handle. People ponder about how outspoken a Christian should live today. Some believe he ought to just keep it to himself as this is a “private” matter. Unfortunately those who believe and teach such things really don’t understand the essence of being a disciple of Christ at all. Actually, the actions and spoken message of Tim really illustrates for us the second part in this study of Ancient Evangelism. (more…)
I’m not a fan of the growing church campus movement. Yes, I know there is some value in these works and Deb is quick to remind me that there are indeed a lot of people getting connected to Christ through some of these campuses. I have a great friend that works with the campus model in my area. My brother; have mercy on his soul, attends one of these campus churches. Yes, there are people being saved and discipled at these campus churches. Yes, I know all the positive arguments for campuses. But I still just don’t like the idea. At its worst, I feel like campuses are more about Empire building than Kingdom expansion. I sense at times that much of this simply comes down to control issues. On my bad days I even want to liken the whole phenomena to the BORG from Star Trek. You know; assimilation of all worlds is the plan and resistance is Futile.
Before you get the idea that I’m just a scrooge, please know that my caution is not just emotional. (more…)
Have you seen this clip? It was made a couple of years ago. But I came across it again the other day while researching a church planting organization. Though the clip is not new, I believe it’s worth checking out again. Jeff Maguire did a fun job describing the authentic Kingdom life which he refers to as Missional living. The point being that authentic Christ followers are all called to live out the Kingdom of God in their own daily lives. Sharing the message and love of Christ is the call of every Christian and not merely the domain of the decorated. Remember, the CHURCH is not a building; but the people. So whatever your niche in the Kingdom, be sure to be “missional” about it today. Enjoy and implement!
Help! My wife is taking over my website and blog. Ok, maybe not. But she is contributing her third installment today from her resent project in Costa Rica and Honduras this past month. In the post, Deb is actually reporting on a missionary family in Honduras that is engaging in a unique mission strategy. The Family is actually following the lead of a great pioneer missionary from the 19th century named William Carey. It was the strategy of Cary to live off the land in India and work with the people. In doing so, Cary became fluent in the native languages and thus translated the Bible in to these mother tongues. So thanks again to everyone who prayed for Deb’s work and enjoy the report! (more…)