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Calvinism v. Arminianism

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Warning… you might consider this post to be flamebait. You have been warned.

Recently, Nathan a church planting friend of mine sent me a link to a very interesting site.

The site is called Calvinist Gadfly and located there is a video post of a quartet at Pensacola Christian College singing the virtues of human free will. Here’s the link.

Watch the video if you have a chance and then read a few of the comments. Continue reading

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What I believe about God’s Revelation

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I know that some people are especially interested in the bigger details of faith, so I decided to post here my full “Doctrinal Statement.” This is the first post in this series, and it reflects the “short form” of my Doctrinal Statement. If you wish to download my entire Doctrinal Statement in either short form or its more detailed version, I will have those links posted soon. The rest of the posts in this series will be filed under the “What I Believe” category. Continue reading

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Hot Chocolate Day was a success!

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southside mug on table

Last Friday, we experienced a great success in ministry. We served people free mugs of hot chocolate and coffee in front of Wal-Mart. It was a great experience.

It came to me on Black Friday

The whole idea came to me last year on the day after Thanksgiving (“Black Friday” as it has been called) while I was standing in line at a Best Buy store in the bitter cold of November in Chicago. Continue reading

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sharemytestimony.org

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A new website has recently been created by Justin Carboneau called sharemytestimony.org with the primary purpose of giving people a place to share their personal testimonies online. It’s an interesting concept, and his web design isn’t half bad, but I’m personally unsure of the value such a site might have. From the website:

This site was started to encourage people to share their testimony about how they came to have faith in Christ. It is also meant to inspire people to grow in their relationship with God, by seeing how God has worked in the lives of people across the world. My hope is that every Christian who visits this site will share their testimony, because everyone who accepts Christ as their savior has an incredible story to share with the world.

What do you think?

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“Thanks for being obedient”

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I was driving around today running an errand for the church, so I decided to make some phone calls to try to connect with some people. There’s one fellow that I have been trying to get in touch with for a while, and as I was going through my address book, I saw that he was the next one on the list.

I wasn’t interested in calling him at that moment, though because I had been thinking about getting in touch with the head of Purdue’s Campus Crusade ministry, and that was on my mind, but this fellow was the next one on my list, so I just decided to call him anyway.

He picked up the phone and as always seemed very excited to hear from me, but this he was even more excited and told me about a couple guys he’s been sharing his faith with. One of those guys was there with him and wanted to talk to me! I talked with him for a bit and suggested that he go through our Bible 101 program. He seemed interested, and I said that maybe all four of us could get together sometime to start it.

He passed me back to the first guy who then asked me, “So why’d you call me? Were you just thinking about me or what?” I told him that actually I had been calling to see if he would be willing to let me lead a Bible study at his house for him and some of his friends, and that it seemed like he already had some guys who would be interested. He said, “Well, that seems like something God wants me to do!”

Then, just before we both hung up, he said, “Thanks for being obedient.” There’s no way he could have known what an encouragement those few words are, but they were. I hadn’t really felt like making that call at that time, but it was just about the perfect time for the call, and he knew it, so he said, “Thanks for being obedient.”

So let me be the first to say to you, if you have been struggling with something and you aren’t sure whether you should follow God’s promptings or not, do it, tell me, and I’ll say to you, “Thanks for being obedient!”

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Our Information Meeting

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It has been a while since my last post here, but that’s been for a good reason. For the past month, I’ve been working on getting ready for Southside Church’s first public information meeting. We held it last Sunday evening at McCutcheon High School here in Lafayette.

For the past month, we have been putting together marketing materials, soliciting donations, securing the location, and organizing the service. We passed out by hand maybe 800 invitation postcards and mailed about 100 to our mailing list. We put flyers up at local businesses, we sent out email invitations, and we talked about it to everyone we knew.

It ended up being a really good evening. Here are the details:

  • It was September 10, 2006, 6:30pm – 8:00pm in the choir room at McCutcheon High School.
  • Tarah Kitchell of Tender Loving Childcare (TLCC) provided the children’s program.
  • Doug Griffin, Kurt Kincanon, and Chip (?) provided the music.
  • Buffalo Wild Wings donated 250 wings.
  • Euro Cafe II donated about 6 thermal carafes full of gourmet coffee.
  • LA Fireworks donated table coverings and such.
  • Chick-fil-A donated 150 brownies.
  • The Carpenter’s Son bookstore donated at least $100 worth of merchandise!
  • One count had over 40 (43 I think) people in the main meeting room and we also had 11 kids and 3 workers outside with the children’s program. That put our total at nearly 60 for the evening which was exactly what we wanted in terms of numbers.
  • Special guests were Brad Bush, pastor of Maple Ridge Community Church and chairman of TEAMM (Tippecanoe Evangelical Association of Ministers and Ministries), Gregory Hackett, pastor of First Assembly of God, Justin Hutts, associate pastor at Battleground Bible Church, and Gary Rohrmayer, director of Midwest Church Planting. My coach Rich Wollard wasn’t able to make it so he sent us a video clip that got lost somewhere in the tubes of cyberspace.

We sang some songs, some guests spoke for a few minutes, I gave a vision message, and then I entertained some Q&A. After that, everyone filled out a “level of interest” survey, we had a closing song, and Greg Hackett gave some final encouraging words and a closing prayer.

All in all, it was a great evening! I plan to post some video of it soon.

Thank you for your prayers.

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The 28 Day Evangelism Tract

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While reading The Purpose Driven Life tonight, I had the thoughts run through my mind that went something like this:

  • If I really want this book to affect me, I need to ponder it through my day.
  • If I want to ponder it, I need to have it condensed into ponderable form.
  • I really appreciate the small ponderable devotions in books like that of Oswald Chambers’ My Utmost for His Highest.
  • Why should that way of life change be limited to devotionals?
  • Why not create an evangelism tract that is designed like 28 days of Utmost?

I’m thinking it might be a really worthwhile project. Just give people a verse or passage of the Bible and a little thought to ponder for a day, spend some time with them personally to work through any questions, and let God speak to them on His own schedule. Honestly, why would we think that major life transformation would really come about in 5-15 minutes with a gospel tract? Isn’t that why statistically, it takes a person 7 times hearing a gospel presentation before it really sinks in. What if we had an evangelistic tract that was simple, ponderable, and created to sink in over time?

I think I’m going to do it!

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How to be a wise blogging pastor?

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Colossians 4:5 says this:

Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.

As a pastor who’s got a blog, I’ve been thinking about how this verse relates to blogging. I’ve been blogging for over a year, and I don’t yet have a “manifesto” like this guy on what my blogging policy should be. However, I’ve been prompted this week by some friends to consider it, so I’m thinking through the issues.

As I see it, there are three ways for a pastor (or anyone for that matter) to do a blog.

  1. Use the blog as a personal journal where you “get naked” (according to a book on blogging by Robert Scoble the guy I linked to above.) in front of your virtual audience and basically share anything and everything. Of course, there is some room for discretion, but in general, it’s your personal journal viewable by the world.
  2. Use the blog as a “content management system” which basically means you maintain your own online magazine with articles essays and whatnot and use a blog mechanism to manage your content and people’s comments on your content. One example of that is The Resurgence.
  3. Use the blog as a hodge-podge mix of the two—blogging about whatever seems to come to mind. (I’m not sure it fits, but I’ll link to it anyway.) See Tim Challies’ blog for an example of a blog that attempts to be personal & academic though it weighs more toward the academic side.

As I’ve been around the net a while, it seems to me that the majority of “Gen X” church planters who blog opt for version 3 with a heavy leaning on option 1.

I’ve been using this site as mostly #3 so far. As you can see from my categories on the sidebar, I’ve got sermons, Bible studies, personal journal entries, exposing my own spiritual life, computer issues, and even some posts on internet fraud. You can see it is all over the map like a Christmas tree with every kind of ornament ever invented showing up on it.

In fact, it seems that my posts on self examination and internet fraud are my most popular. Are people even reading my blog to grow spiritually?

So the question I’m asking myself now is this: What kind of web presence should I have? If you have any comments on this, I’d like to read them. Or you can give me a call on my cell at 765-404-0807 to tell me what you think personally. If you want to think this through with me, check out the links I placed above or my links in the sidebar of my .

What kind of blog helps people grow spiritually?
X
transparent academic

Where would the X fall for you?

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