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More Sun Stand Still Nuggets

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* “…audacious faith never cowers in the darkness”

* “The opposite of audacity: complacency”

* “If there is no limit to what God can do, then there is also no limit to what we can dream or pray or accomplish in his service”

* “If your problem is too big for you, it’s just the right size for God.”

* “Your faith does not control God—in fact, human faith on any scale can never put divine providence in your back pocket”

* “Our audacity must be in sync with God’s purposes”

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October 8, 2010 at 2:07 am

Sun Stand Still Chapters 2-5

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— “Each of us is called to be a Joshua—each in our own way, in our own circumstances, with our own God-given personality.”

— “If you’re going to ask God to do something impossible in your life, you’ve got to have some clarity about what you’re asking for.”

— “Accomplishing the impossible is all about seeing the invisible.”

— “When God speaks, he does not stutter.” (BOOOYAAAAH!!!)

— “…audacious faith starts with sanctified naivete”

— “extraordinary moves of God begin with ordinary acts of obedience”

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September 30, 2010 at 1:58 am

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Sun Stand Still: Chapter 1

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Some highlights from my NOOK version of SST:

  • “….if you’re not daring to believe God for the impossible, you’re sleeping through some of the best parts of your Christian life”
  • “…if the size of your vision for your life isn’t intimidating to you, there’s a good chance it’s insulting to God”
  • “Faith isn’t a Get Out of Hell Free card. It’s the most vital building block of your relationship with God.”
  • “…faith is not a drug to sedate you through the life you hate.”

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September 26, 2010 at 7:07 pm

The Book Report: Sun Stand Still

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I just ordered the e-book of Steven Furtick’s Sun Stand Still and will be posting highlights from each chapter as well as some personal insights about the chapter.

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September 25, 2010 at 11:34 pm

Disciple: A Ruined Word?

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I am loving Dave and Jon Ferguson’s new book Exponential. Dave makes a very provocative statement about the word “disciple”:

“I intentionally use the word apprentice as opposed to disciple. While disciple is a brilliant word (and a word used by Jesus himself), it often does not mean to us what Jesus meant when he used it. I believe that disciple is a ruined word. When Jesus called people into discipleship, he was calling them for and preparing them to accomplish a mission.

When people use the word disciple today,though, it has almost nothing to do with our mission. Discipleship in the church today has more to do with consuming and absorbing cognitive content than it has anything to do with missional action” (p.45).

Is Dave on to something?

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May 27, 2010 at 6:09 pm

Arthur Miller’s The Crucible & the Church

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I’m currently teaching The Crucible. Although I strongly suspect that Miller had his own axe to grind with fundamentalists of his day (i.e. McCarthyites who still swear to this day that a Commie was under every bush—especially in Hollywood), there are important themes that are emerging as our class finishes up the first two acts. I won’t share any until we’re done with the book but there is one question that I asked my class to expound upon and I’ll leave it to you.

There is a scene where Rev. Hale asks John Proctor to recite the Ten Commandments to prove the authenticity of his faith. This “test” comes up elsewhere in the story. My question is simple:

Does right theology equal godliness? Is determining whether someone has memorized a particular passage of Scripture the ultimate litmus test for a professing Christian?

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February 28, 2009 at 4:40 am

Four Obsessions and Church Leaders

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The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive and Church Leadership

Patrick Lencioni has made his mark in the world of business management help by conveying simple principles through a short but memorable fable. His approach and ideas have also resonated with pastors and other church leaders over the last several years. In Lencioni’s 2000 book The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive (New York: Jossey-Bass), the author uses the fable involving two fictional CEOs to demonstrate the four principles or obsession that an extraordinary executive of an organization will have.

The Four Obsessions
1. Build and maintain cohesive leadership teams. Teams are tight enough and comfortable enough with one another to fight. They know each other’s strengths and weaknesses and are not afraid to deal with tough issues. They make sure resort to personal attacks but are always willing to ask the tough questions.

2. Create organizational clarity. This is the place where the group knows who does what, what the organization does and why it does what it does. In other words, everyone is supposed to be on the same page.

3. Over communicate organizational clarity. Communicate OC repeatedly in different ways. And do not complicate the message!

4. Reinforce organizational clarity through human systems. Everything from the hiring and performance to rewards and recognition and yes, firing should be done with the baseline, the OC, in mind.

Implications for the Church
Pastors and church leaders can learn some powerful principles to help them build better pastoral staff teams:

1. Build and maintain cohesive leadership teams. Pastors should be responsible for building and encouraging community among the pastoral staff. Whether it’s having them over for a cookout or meeting up at a Starbucks, pastors need to take the initiative. A transparent pastor is also a plus he or she is encouraging the supporting staff to follow suit. Trust is important because all ministries and churches will have to ask tough questions. Pastors who don’t want tough questions addressed aren’t worth following. If you can’t take the heat, get out of the ministry.

2. Create organizational clarity. Churches know who they are, what they do and why they do what they do. In other words, the “one thing” your church does should not be too complicated. How many churches are struggling because no one understands the purpose and mission of the church? Every ministry of our churches should be on the same page with the vision God has given the pastors and their staffs. Know what you do and do it.

3. Over communicate organizational clarity. In other words, cast the vision repeatedly in different ways throughout the organization. Andy Stanley does it. Bill Hybels wrote of casting the vision of Willow Creek repeatedly so that members remember what their church is called to do. Face it: people have bad memories. Too often, we forget God’s plan and become distracted by the “next big thing.”

4. Reinforce organizational clarity through human systems. Bottom line: you hire, assess, reward and even fire based on the big idea or mission of your church. Why bring in people who have a competing agenda simply because he or she is charismatic? There are staffs I wanted no part of simply because I knew I would not buy into the vision and mission of that church. Why waste that church’s time? Doing #4 helps a church stay healthy, focused, and committed to Jesus and what Jesus wants to do through the local church. To reinforce organizational clarity, however, takes courage and the willingness to stay the course and not stray from the vision.

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June 16, 2008 at 11:41 am