Posts tagged Ministry
If you choose this mission field, you must risk everything.

Have you ever wondered why it's so hard to do mission work in your own city yet so easy to spend two weeks in Uganda?

As we sit in our pews on Sunday morning, the pastor mentions a two-week trip overseas and our ears perk up! A two-week trip with my youth group to a foreign country? How much? I'm in! Raising $2,000 might take a little time out of our day, yet after sending a few letters or getting some cleverly-designed T-shirt printed, the money's in our hands in no time. We fly out to a remote village in Africa, spend a few days acclimating to jet lag, don't bathe for a week, eat small amounts of food that we're not used to and LOVE EVERY SINGLE MINUTE! It's almost counter-intuitive.

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A Word to the Men on Discipleship

Men are different.

Very Different.

Different from each other, to be sure, but especially different from women. No surprise there. But that means that women’s ministry and men’s ministries are completely different in the way they look and function. Women go to ministry gatherings and learn about how to be a good wife, or how to be a “Proverbs 31 Woman” and all that mushy gushy stuff. Men go to ministry gatherings that have serious names like Man Church and Men of Faith, and they get hit with the “holy 2x4” of Jesus. They get told how bad they are at life. They get told about their short comings as men, fathers, husbands, brothers, providers… you name it, and we’ve heard it.

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Do you know how to napkin?

Doodles, by their very nature, are non-threatening.

I mean, seriously... doodles? Rather than have religious doctrine laid out in front of you in all its complexity and depth for the first time, wouldn't you rather your friend buy you a cup of coffee and ask the barista for a few extra napkins to doodle on? See, here's the cool part about it - no one expects doodles to convey the complexities. No one sketches a Rembrandt and expects the viewer to stand in awe or examine the play of light and color or admire the details... because you can't. So if you ask an art aficionado to give you a beginner's lesson on Rembrandt and he pulls out a napkin and his sketch pen, you don't freak out. You expect simply to hit the highlights - to ski the bunny slopes. In the same vein, when you pull out a napkin to share the Gospel, your listener doesn't expect incredibly daunting theology to be thrust upon them but rather a crash course. With a napkin, the concept is so utterly familiar that you feel like, at least on a rudimentary level, you can understand it! No one is afraid of a napkin.

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The 2 Keys to Leaving Your Legacy

Have you ever wondered what contribution that person who plays video games all day is making to the world? Or how about this: have you ever wondered what contribution that person who works a tedious 9-5 job, plays golf with his buddies on the weekends, takes his 5 vacation days to go to Disney World once a year, and spends his paycheck paying off a car note and mortgage is making to the world? Yikes. That's like... 80% of America or something.

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