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Another youtube clip from Brian Mclaren on his forthcoming book Everything Must Change: Jesus, Global Crises, and a Revolution of Hope.

OK, this is a crazy phenomenon. Steven Furtick who is a pastor in NC has landed the number one spot on Technorati. Ahead of American Idol, Paris Hilton etc.

How in the world did this happen? Absolutely crazy. And it’s all because of this post. Go figure.

I posted this Rob Bell Interview at the end of Nov. Since then I’ve gotten over 600 hits to my blog because of this post. Needless to say, Rob is very popular dude 🙂

Interesting article about Whole Foods CEO John Mackey. Whole Foods got its start here in Austin and needless to say its become a huge business. I love the example that is being set…Maybe in the future we shall see more CEO do the same?

Of course the cool factor in all this is the fact that I will now be making more money then John Mackey next year. Ya!

“I no longer want to work for money.” – John Mackey – Whole Foods Markets

The second part of today’s announcement has to do with my own compensation…. The tremendous success of Whole Foods Market has provided me with far more money than I ever dreamed I’d have and far more than is necessary for either my financial security or personal happiness…. I am now 53 years old and I have reached a place in my life where I no longer want to work for money, but simply for the joy of the work itself and to better answer the call to service that I feel so clearly in my own heart. Beginning on January 1, 2007, my salary will be reduced to $1, and I will no longer take any other cash compensation…. The intention of the board of directors is for Whole Foods Market to donate all of the future stock options I would be eligible to receive to our two company foundations.

HT: Mark Waltz

Bruce Chant who blogs at hismethod discusses the issue of change: Part 1 & Part II.

Very cool Web 2.0 (ish) Bible Map that utilizes google maps. Effective study tool that may be beneficial.

Bob Hyatt is frustrated over his preaching rut. If you’ve ever had to preach EVERY Sunday, you know the feeling. Thanks for being real Bob. We’ve all been there.

Guy Kawasaki points folks to some great pulpit communicators: Evangelism: Eternal Life, Forgiveness, and Operating Systems.

I love his last paragraph:

“Even if you’re not a Christian, you should watch these sessions out as examples of great speaking and evangelism although this isn’t a fair comparison because eternal life and forgiveness are far better products than most operating systems.”

I was saddened when I read Perry Noble’s: I Am A Little Fired Up!!! post. Perry uses an over-generalization (see below) of the “Emergent Church.” I respect Perry, and I love that he is protecting the vision that God has given him…but I see no honor in putting down the vision of others to protect ones own vision. IMHO, we pastors have to really seek wisdom in the words we choose to use while blogging. The very thing we love, “the church” is often the very thing we tear down by being “bold” and “honest.” Thin fine line for sure. I’ve had plenty of bonehead blog posts…Here is my philosophy: “If I’m not willing to say it on Sunday morning, maybe I should not blog it on Monday morning?

“One of the chief critics of churches like NewSpring is the whole “emergent” church movement. I just love that–here you have 15-20 people…usually guys, who sit in rooms smoking cigars and drinking beer, debating theology while the world around them goes to hell…and somehow they think they’ve “got it!” In my opinion the only thing that needs to “emerge” from the emerging church is their head out of their rear ends so that they can better listen to God and fulfill the Great Commission.” Perry Noble

But I did gleam wisdom from Craig Groeschel’s post: I Don’t Want to Be Popular.

Fact is leaders have to deal with criticism, and how we respond to our critics truly shows our character. Plus, we must realize that there are different ways and methods to reach different people. Why can’t we embrace “diversity in ministry?”

My friend Tim Condor has a new article out dealing with the issue of being missional. It’s strange that this word is now the “buzz” of the evangelical world. Tim left the comforts of the mega church to start Emmaus Way in Durham, NC. He is also the author of The Church in Transition: The Journey of Existing Churches into the Emerging Culture.

Check out his article here.

Quick thoughts from the article:

“In essence, missional churches seek to align their identity, activities, and hopes with God’s redemptive mission on earth. This is a tall order for churches that brim with cultural and programming expectations, resource abundance, iconic labels (like “evangelical” or “mainline” or “Pentecostal”), and visions of grand ambitions. The temptation is always to have a grand scheme to which we incessantly try to woo or invoke God’s presence rather see ourselves fitting into God’s agenda. “

 

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So it seems that Jay Baker’s new documentary “One Punk Under God” is making a media splash. Anyhow, I just saw the podcast today. It gives a little snapshot into Jay’s philosophy and “why” behind the documentary. Enjoy!

0787985201.jpgSo I started reading  Earl Creps book Off-Road Disciplines: Spiritual Adventures of Missional Leaders. So far, it’s good. I like it. Earl has a creative writing approach. I enjoyed the following quote:

How can I be changed so that others will find me worth following in mission? The way to develop a missional ministry, then, is to be transformed into a missional person, “so that everyone may see your progress.” In the end, my best practice must be me.

I love that type of thinking. My greatest responsibility is me. At this stage in my life, I so resonate with that statement. I have so much vision and passion. Yet, my priority is always making sure that I’m healthy and connected to God, that my life is filled with balance, wisdom and accountability. Every leader must lay a foundation that is strong, wise and Godly.

Shalom

UPDATE: Challies has reviewed the show and was not happy with Jay’s theology. Check it out!

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One Punk Under God is a new TV series about the life of Jay Baker. Jay is the son of Jim and Tammy Faye Baker, (In case ya didn’t know-which is doubtful) he is also the pastor of Revolution Church.

I’m looking forward to watching this. I get so frustrated how the media portray most Christians. So maybe this will be different?

Steven, my friend who is serving God in S. Africa, just blogged some ASTONISHING information about wealth and poverty: Perspective on Wealth.

Simply sad and amazing. Below are some quick numbers from Steven’s post:

# The top 2% own 50% of global household wealth
# The bottom 50% own just 1% of global wealth
# Assets of $2,200 place one in the top half of global wealth owners
# The top 10% of the global wealthy own assets worth at least $61,000
# 25% of the top 10% ($61,000 – remember?) live in the USA. 20% of top 10% live in Japan. The rest of the top ten percent – 8% in Germany, 6% in the UK, and 4% each in Spain and France. That’s 67% of the top 10% living in 6 countries.

Wow. Did you get that? The richest 2% own 50% of the world’s wealth and the bottom 50% own just 1% of the world’s wealth. Puts some things in perspective… Does the gospel have anything to say about this situation? Or not? And what is the answer? Massive global redistribution of wealth can’t be the solution. I guess it depends on whether you’re a neo-communist or not.