The Week in Review

The Kingdom Impact for the Week of December 11th

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The Week Ahead:

St. Nicholas, otherwise known as Santa Claus, has been abolished by Roman Catholic officials with one majestic sweep of forty-one saints that “may never have existed,” according to an announcement from Vatican City.

The announcement said that some of the abolished saints had attained their standing more through legend than truth and the decree was to set the record straight.

Included among the scratched-out names was St. Christopher, the patron saint of travelers.

—Moody Monthly[1]

Reflect on that notice this week.  Looking ahead.

 

Monday: TED Talk: How Urban Agriculture is Transforming Detroit

There’s something amazing growing in the city of Detroit: healthy, accessible, delicious, fresh food. In a spirited talk, fearless farmer Devita Davison explains how features of Detroit’s decay actually make it an ideal spot for urban agriculture. Join Davison for a walk through neighborhoods in transformation as she shares stories of opportunity and hope. “These aren’t plots of land where we’re just growing tomatoes and carrots,” Davison says. “We’re building social cohesion as well as providing healthy, fresh food.”

 

Tuesday:  The Light in the Dark Days of Depression

Everybody has dark days.  You know those days you don’t want or can’t get out of bed. You’re afraid to face the world.  You are so scared to face your anxiety, your depression, your grief, your demons.  You don’t feel like it’s worth the effort.  You just want to throw in the towel.  You don’t want to see anybody nor do you want anybody to see you.  Holidays make those days seem even blacker.   We all go through dark days, a season like this.

In this series of post leading up to Christmas I want us to look today at the light of Christmas for our dark days.

 

Wednesday: How to Cultivate a Welcoming Heart at Christmas

The story of the Bethlehem Inn reminds us once again about preoccupation, about being unaware, and about inhospitality to the highest. And the innkeeper calls to our attention the importance of opening the door when the knock comes.

 

Thursday: How to Create a Church Multiplication Culture

Over the next three months, this series of posts will lay out the critical components needed to launch a culture of multiplication.  It comes not from me but from years of study and observation.  It is my prayer that it will help the church regain its missional sea legs.

 Looking back on the week that was on: The Light Breaks Through.

 

Monday:  TED Talk: Courage is Contagious

https://revheadpin.org/2017/12/04/ted-talk-courage-is-contagious

When artist Damon Davis went to join the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, after police killed Michael Brown in 2014, he found not only anger but also a sense of love for self and community. His documentary “Whose Streets?” tells the story of the protests from the perspective of the activists who showed up to challenge those who use power to spread fear and hate.

Tuesday: Taking a Closer Look at Generation Z

https://revheadpin.org/2017/12/05/taking-a-deeper-look-at-generation-z

Take a look at this generation that is making Millennials nervous and the church hopeful. 

Wednesday: The question of the Ages: Was Jesus the One

https://revheadpin.org/2017/12/06/was-jesus-the-one

It is a question that John the Baptist posed as he faced execution.  He needs reassurance his life and ministry was not sacrificed in vain.

Thursday: Five Ways to Expand Your Leadership Capacity

https://revheadpin.org/2017/12/07/five-ways-to-expand-your-ministry-capacity

What this post will provide for leaders are the Five C’s to expand your leadership capacity.  Craig Groeschel shared these five points at Willow Creeks Leadership Summit in 2015.  He also shared this quote, “You are the leadership lid on your organization.”

A bonus Read: How Facebook Could Ruin My Relationships

https://revheadpin.org/2016/05/24/how-facebook-ruined-my-life

Disclaimer

The information in this weblog is provided “AS IS” with no warranties and confers no rights.

This weblog does not represent the thoughts, intentions, plans or strategies of the Northern Illinois District. It is solely my opinion, and if you know me or follow this blog long enough, you will learn I have many. Some profoundly insightful some may be the result of too much Cajun spice in my diet.

Feel free to challenge me, disagree with me, or tell me I’m completely nuts you would not be the first to do so. In the comments section of each blog entry, but I reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason whatsoever (abusive, profane, rude, or anonymous comments) – so keep it polite, please. It’s just a blog. It is designed to be a place for people to come and be encouraged. And don’t we all need a little more sunshine in our lives?

[1] Tan, P. L. (1996). Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations: Signs of the Times (p. 1168). Garland, TX: Bible Communications, Inc.

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The Week in Review

The Kingdom Impact for the Week of December 4

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The Week Ahead and in review.

Danger Inside!

Could it be that we should put a sign on the doors of our churches: Danger Inside!? Then the worship folder might have a heading that says, “This is a warning. In this service, you may actually encounter the holy God who has awesome power, and an intense interest in a relationship with you. You may be totally changed here. You may have to leave your worries and anxieties here. (Then what will occupy your time?) You may be emboldened to live a courageous, victorious life, fearful of nothing, able for anything.

You may also find the most loyal of friends who wear you out with their concern and love, who seem to want to have a steadfast relationship with you to the point where you may say ‘Enough already!’

Finally, in this place, you may receive so much joy you simply won’t know what to do with it except to share it with others wherever you go. What a dangerous bore you may become! This is indeed a hazardous place and we have warned you.” -author unknown

 

It is my prayer that this week as you read this blog you have that same sense of danger inside.  God’s word may touch you in some surprising and powerful ways. And isn’t that the way God’s Word should operate?  It should change us.  The word should transform us, our minds, our lives our attitudes.  God’s word should make us more like Jesus a bit more every day.

 

Monday: TED Talk: Courage is Contagious

When artist Damon Davis went to join the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, after police killed Michael Brown in 2014, he found not only anger but also a sense of love for self and community. His documentary “Whose Streets?” tells the story of the protests from the perspective of the activists who showed up to challenge those who use power to spread fear and hate.

Tuesday:  What Generation Z Wants in a Church?

“Gen Z was born between 1999 and 2015, making the oldest of them 18 this year. Most of them are in their teens and childhood years. Gen Z is the second largest generation alive today. In the U.S. there are 69 million of them, compared to 66 million Millennials, 55 million Gen Xers and 76 million Boomers. The parents of Gen Z are Gen X and Millennials. They are most ethnically diverse generation alive today, and they have, for better and worse, grown up with technology at their fingertips. The smartphone was invented before most of them were even born.” – Barna Research Group

Wednesday: Three Barriers to Move your Ministry from Addition to Multiplication

Every congregation wants to see growth.  However, there are some simple yet powerful barriers holding you back.  In this post, we will examine three: 1. fear, 2. scarcity of resources, and a 3. flawed understanding of the role of church planting.

 

Thursday:  Four Ways to Expand your Ministry Capacity

You are the leadership lid on your congregation’s capacity.  How do you expand and better leverage your God-given abilities?

The Week in Review on The Light Breaks Through.

Many have wondered why Revheadpin?  I am a bowler at my core.  To be successful at it you have to consistently hit the headpin. The blog underwent a major redesign this week check it out and give me your feedback.

 

Monday: TED Talk: How Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google Manipulate our Emotions.

https://revheadpin.org/2017/11/27/ted-talk-how-amazon-apple-facebook-google-manipulate-our-emotions/

 

The combined market capitalization of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google is now equivalent to the GDP of India. How did these four companies come to infiltrate our lives so completely? In a spectacular rant, Scott Galloway shares insights and eye-opening stats about their dominance and motivation — and what happens when a society prizes shareholder value over everything else. Followed by a Q&A with TED Curator Chris Anderson.

Tuesday: Three Essential Qualities Every Leader Must Have

https://revheadpin.org/2017/11/28/three-essential-stages-every-leader-must-travel/

The role of the leader is not to do it all but instead to equip others to share in the ministry.  Every leader goes through three growth moments in leading his ministry. In this post, we will examine each.

 

Wednesday: How the Resurrection Impacts our Grief

https://revheadpin.org/2017/11/29/how-the-resurrection-impacts-our-grief/

 God does not intend for us to weep continuously.

“If you know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him.”- Jesus

 Thursday: In Rural Ministry Relationships Are Critical.

https://revheadpin.org/2017/11/30/in-rural-ministry-relationships-are-your-lifeline/

 

With that distance and lack of proximity, relationships take on a new level of significance. To effectively minister in this setting, you need to shift your attitude and mindset. It can be very tempting since people are not always around to interact even check in with you that think there is not a real ministry to do in these smaller communities.

A bonus read about how God is moving in my life today:

https://revheadpin.org/2017/10/19/our-time-is-now/

 

Disclaimer

The information in this weblog is provided “AS IS” with no warranties and confers no rights.

This weblog does not represent the thoughts, intentions, plans or strategies of the Northern Illinois District. It is solely my opinion and if you know me or follow this blog long enough you will learn I have many. Some deeply insightful some may be the result of too much Cajun spice in my diet.

Feel free to challenge me, disagree with me, or tell me I’m completely nuts you would not be the first to do so. In the comments section of each blog entry, but I reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason whatsoever (abusive, profane, rude, or anonymous comments) – so keep it polite, please. It’s just a blog. It is designed to be a place for people to come and be encouraged. And don’t we all need a little more sunshine in our lives?

The Week in Review

The Kingdom Impact for the Week of November 27th

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The Week Ahead:

As we move into the Christmas season, we shift our focus from Thanksgiving to joy.  Here is a quote from C.S. Lewis about joy.  I pray this holiday season is filled with joy for each and every one of you.

Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered to us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in the slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at sea. We are far too easily pleased.

C.S. Lewis.

 

Monday: TED Talk: How Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google Manipulate our Emotions.

The combined market capitalization of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google is now equivalent to the GDP of India. How did these four companies come to infiltrate our lives so completely? In a spectacular rant, Scott Galloway shares insights and eye-opening stats about their dominance and motivation — and what happens when a society prizes shareholder value over everything else. Followed by a Q&A with TED Curator Chris Anderson.

Tuesday:  Three Essential Qualities Every Leader Must Have

The role of the leader is not to do it all but instead to equip others to share in the ministry.  Every leader goes through three growth moments in leading his ministry. In this post, we will examine each.

Wednesday: After Mourning… Comes Joy

God does not intend for us to weep continuously.

“If you know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him.”- Jesus

Thursday: In Rural Ministry Relationships Are Critical.

With that distance and lack of proximity, relationships take on a new level of significance. To minister efficiently in this setting, you need to shift your attitude and mindset. It can be very tempting since people are not always around to interact even check in with you that think there is not a real ministry to do in these smaller communities.

The Week in Review on The Light Breaks Through.

Many have wondered why Revheadpin?  I am a bowler at my core.  To be successful at it, you have to consistently hit the headpin. The blog underwent a significant redesign this week check it out and give me your feedback.

Monday: TED Talk: What I Learned While in Prison

https://revheadpin.org/2017/11/20/ted-talk-lessons-i-learn-in-prison

In 2011, Teresa Njoroge was convicted of a financial crime she didn’t commit — the result of a long string of false accusations, increasing bribe attempts and the corrupt justice system in her home in Kenya. Once incarcerated, she discovered that most of the women and girls locked up with her were also victims of the same broken system, caught in a revolving door of life in and out of prison due to poor education and lack of economic opportunity.

Tuesday: What Millennial Parents Want in a Christian School

https://revheadpin.org/2017/11/21/what-millennial-parents-want-in-a-christian-school/?wref=tp

 The challenge Christians schools will need to address is how do you reconnect faith with character development?

This post had over 1,000 reads and shares this week.  If you know someone who has a Christian school and would be blessed by this feel free to share.

Wednesday: Which Leper are you this Thanksgiving?

https://revheadpin.org/2017/11/22/which-leper-are-you-this-thanksgiving/?wref=tp

Have you noticed how infrequent gratitude is expressed these days? It seems like people have just come to expect everything to be given to them.

Thursday: How to Pray with a Thankful Spirit?

https://revheadpin.org/2017/11/23/how-to-pray-with-a-thankful-spirit-2

A grateful spirit becomes more challenging during times of oppression, persecution or grief than during periods of bliss.

 

Disclaimer

The information in this weblog is provided “AS IS” with no warranties and confers no rights.

This weblog does not represent the thoughts, intentions, plans or strategies of the Northern Illinois District. It is solely my opinion, and if you know me or follow this blog long enough, you will learn I have many. Some profoundly insightful some may be the result of too much Cajun spice in my diet.

Feel free to challenge me, disagree with me, or tell me I’m completely nuts you would not be the first to do so. In the comments section of each blog entry, but I reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason whatsoever (abusive, profane, rude, or anonymous comments) – so keep it polite, please. It’s just a blog. It is designed to be a place for people to come and be encouraged. And don’t we all need a little more sunshine in our lives?

 

The Week in Review

The Kingdom Impact for the Week of November 20th

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The Week Ahead:

German pastor Martin Rinkart served in the walled town of Eilenburg during the horrors of the Thirty Years War of 1618-1648. Eilenburg became an overcrowded refuge for the surrounding area. The fugitives suffered from epidemic and famine. At the beginning of 1637, the year of the Great Pestilence, there were four ministers in Eilenburg. But one abandoned his post for healthier areas and could not be persuaded to return. Pastor Rinkhart officiated at the funerals of the other two.
As the only pastor left, he often conducted services for as many as 40 to 50 persons a day–some 4,480 in all. In May of that year, his own wife died. By the end of the year, the refugees had to be buried in trenches without services. Yet, while living in a world dominated by death, Rinkart wrote this timeless prayer of thanksgiving for his children.  It has become a Thanksgiving classic hymn.
Now thank we all our God

With hearts and hands and voices;
Who wondrous things hath done,

In whom this world rejoices.
Who, from our mother’s arms,

Hath led us on our way,
With countless gifts of love,

And still is ours today.

 

Monday: TED Talk: What I Learned While in Prison

In 2011, Teresa Njoroge was convicted of a financial crime she didn’t commit — the result of a long string of false accusations, increasing bribe attempts and the corrupt justice system in her home in Kenya. Once incarcerated, she discovered that most of the women and girls locked up with her were also victims of the same broken system, caught in a revolving door of life in and out of prison due to poor education and lack of economic opportunity.

 

Tuesday:  What Millennial Parents Want in a Christian School

The challenge Christians schools will need to address is how do you reconnect faith to character development?

 

Wednesday: Which Leper are you this Thanksgiving?

 

 

The Week in Review on The Light Breaks Through.

Many have wondered why Revheadpin?  I am a bowler at my core.  To be successful at it you have to consistently hit the headpin.

 

Monday: https://revheadpin.org/2017/11/13/ted-talk-dare-to-disagree

 

Most people instinctively avoid conflict, but as Margaret Heffernan shows us, good disagreement is central to progress. She illustrates (sometimes counterintuitively) how the best partners aren’t echo chambers — and how great research teams, relationships, and businesses allow people to deeply disagree.

 

Tuesday: Rural Ministry has unique Challenges and opportunities

https://revheadpin.org/2017/11/14/rural-ministry-has-unique-challenges-and-opportunities

So, far this year, we have written about millennials, racism, urban ministry, and heaven.  My next test is to start a conversation on doing ministry in a rural context.

 

 

Wednesday: Leaders Need a Spirit of Humility

https://revheadpin.org/2017/11/15/leaders-need-a-spirit-of-humility

 

When leaders are armed with enough humility they are in a position to learn from others; the young leaders in their midst, the seasoned believers, the saints in the pew, even non-believers.

 

Thursday: Is Hip-hop the Key to Reaching Today’s Teen?

https://revheadpin.org/2017/11/16/is-hip-hop-the-key-for-todays-teens

Every generation has music that their parents dislike or just don’t understand.  It is the allure of that something new.  The question for the church is how do you use that musical medium to connect with the heart language of that generation.

 

 

Disclaimer

The information in this weblog is provided “AS IS” with no warranties and confers no rights.

This weblog does not represent the thoughts, intentions, plans or strategies of the Northern Illinois District. It is solely my opinion and if you know me or follow this blog long enough you will learn I have many. Some deeply insightful some may be the result of too much Cajun spice in my diet.

Feel free to challenge me, disagree with me, or tell me I’m completely nuts you would not be the first to do so. In the comments section of each blog entry, but I reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason whatsoever (abusive, profane, rude, or anonymous comments) – so keep it polite, please. It’s just a blog. It is designed to be a place for people to come and be encouraged. And don’t we all need a little more sunshine in our lives?

 

Congregational Life and Ministry, The Week in Review

Kingdom Impact for the Week of November 13th

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The Week Ahead:

On Sunday our country was hit with another shockwave.  A man with a gun and a history of mental issues in his life went into a church in a small Texas town and killed or wounded nearly 50 of the members of that church.  The fallout from that event has the church considering tearing down the building and relocating.  How can you enter that building again with all the pain and sorrow attack to what once was a place of peace and comfort?  God will heal their wounds, but healing takes time and loss leaves a hole in the human heart.  I ran across these words that struck me in this time of grief.

 

Out of the dark forbidding soil

The pure white lilies grow.

Out of the black and murky clouds,

Descends the stainless snow.

Out of the crawling earth-bound worm

A butterfly is born.

Out of the somber shrouded night,

Behold! A golden morn!

Out of the pain and stress of life,

The peace of God pours down.

Out of the nails — the spear — the cross,

Redemption — and a crown!

 

Monday: “Dare to Disagree” A very insightful TED Talk.  Most people instinctively avoid conflict, but as Margaret Heffernan shows us, good disagreement is central to progress.

Tuesday:Rural Ministry Has Unique Challenges and Opportunities”

Ministry in rural America is about relationships and patience.

Wednesday:  “Leaders Need to Humility”

One of our greatest gifts as a leader is humility.  If we are armed with enough humility a leader is open and willing to learn from others.  This post examines this in more detail.

Thursday:  “Using Rap and Hip Hop Music to Connect with Today’s Teens”

Rap music is not just genera for African American teens.  It is widely popular with many teens.  I will share an interview with a Christian teacher who is using it to connect with young people.

 

The Week in Review on The Light Breaks Through.

Monday: “The Danger of Silence”

https://revheadpin.org/2017/11/06/finding-your-courage/

“We spend so much time listening to the things people are saying that we rarely pay attention to the things they don’t,” says poet and teacher Clint Smith. A short, powerful piece from the heart, about finding the courage to speak up against ignorance and injustice.

Tuesday: “Creating a Family-based Ministry Environment in your Church”

https://revheadpin.org/2017/11/07/creating-a-family-based-ministry-environment/

 The Family-based model is the last model left to explore. What makes this approach unique is that Family-based ministry isn’t a program, it’s a mindset. It returns the church back to its biblical foundation and the Deuteronomy understanding of the role of parents.

Wednesday: “How We Handle Grief is a Reflection of our Understanding of Heaven.”

https://revheadpin.org/2017/11/08/12308

The devotional theme for today is “Blessed are they.”  I am not here to glorify their accomplishments or lift them up because these saints are especially kind and good people. This was by far the most popular post in the wake of the Texas massacre.  Our prayers go out the family and that community.

Thursday: “Three Key Components of Leadership”

https://revheadpin.org/2017/11/09/three-key-components-of-leadership/

A good leader leads the people from above them. A great leader leads the people from within them.”–M. D. Arnold

 Disclaimer

The information in this weblog is provided “AS IS” with no warranties and confers no rights.

This weblog does not represent the thoughts, intentions, plans or strategies of the Northern Illinois District. It is solely my opinion and if you know me or follow this blog long enough you will learn I have many. Some deeply insightful some may be the result of too much Cajun spice in my diet.

Feel free to challenge me, disagree with me, or tell me I’m completely nuts you would not be the first to do so. In the comments section of each blog entry, but I reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason whatsoever (abusive, profane, rude, or anonymous comments) – so keep it polite, please. It’s just a blog. It is designed to be a place for people to come and be encouraged. And don’t we all need a little more sunshine in our lives?

The Week in Review

Kingdom Impact -November 6th

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The Week Ahead:

This weekend many congregations we will celebrate All Saints Day on Sunday.  One this day Christian celebration of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day stems from a belief that there is a powerful spiritual bond between those in heaven (the “Church triumphant”), and the living (the “Church Militant”). Take time this week to stop and give thanks to God for the Great cloud of witnesses He placed in your life.

 

Monday: A TED: Talk: The Danger of Silence. “We spend so much time listening to the things people are saying that we rarely pay attention to the things they don’t,” says poet and teacher Clint Smith. A short, powerful piece from the heart, about finding the courage to speak up against ignorance and injustice.

Tuesday:  The post on Modern Family ministry options continues.

Wednesday: A devotional message on the Power of the Ressurection in our daily lives.

Thursday: Three Key Components for Leaders. Good leaders can be developed and refined with experience. Great leaders are born with that extra something.

 

The Week in Review on Revheadpin.org.

Many have wondered why Revheadpin?  I am a bowler at my core.  To be successful at it you have to consistently hit the headpin.

Monday: 

https://revheadpin.org/2017/10/30/ted-talk-why-arent-people-more-compassionate/

A TED Talk. Daniel Goleman, the author of “Emotional Intelligence,” asks why we aren’t more compassionate more of the time.

Tuesday: 

https://revheadpin.org/2017/10/31/is-a-family-equipping-model-right-for-your-church/

What is the one thing the church can never have too much of?  Answer.  Young families! How do you go about making this wish a reality?

 

Wednesday:  

https://revheadpin.org/2017/11/01/the-500th-reformation-500-years-later-is-still-about-grace/

This week we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. It was a world-shattering movement that began with Dr. Martin Luther and his 1517 work The Ninety-Five Theses. Here is a reminder of what the movement was all about at its core.

Thursday:  

https://revheadpin.org/2017/11/02/god-aint-done-with-me-yet/

I am writing this to encourage each of us regardless of age, stage, or situation to run your race.  Persevere because God ain’t done with you yet!

Most Popular Post for October:

The posts on What Millennials want in a Church? Those were a big hit in October.  If you want to catch up on what you missed here they are for review.

Millennials Want a Courageous Church.

https://revheadpin.org/2017/10/17/millennials-want-a-courageous-church/

Millennials Want a Community Church.

https://revheadpin.org/2017/10/10/millennials-want-an-engaged-church/

Millennials Want a Mentoring and Discipling Church.

https://revheadpin.org/2017/10/24/millennials-want-a-mentoring-and-discipling-church/

 

Every week I meet someone who has been touched by what God has placed on my heart to write.  It such a humbling experience.  Thank you all for being a source of encouragement to me.  I pray this blog a source of encouragement to you.  I pray it inspires you and moves you to desire a deeper relationship with a God and Savior Jesus Christ who both love you with an everlasting love.

 

Disclaimer

The information in this weblog is provided “AS IS” with no warranties and confers no rights.

This weblog does not represent the thoughts, intentions, plans or strategies of the Northern Illinois District. It is solely my opinion and if you know me or follow this blog long enough you will learn I have many. Some deeply insightful some may be the result of too much Cajun spice in my diet.

Feel free to challenge me, disagree with me, or tell me I’m completely nuts you would not be the first to do so. In the comments section of each blog entry, but I reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason whatsoever (abusive, profane, rude, or anonymous comments) – so keep it polite, please. It’s just a blog. It is designed to be a place for people to come and be encouraged. And don’t we all need a little more sunshine in our lives?