May 29, 2010

Book Review: Same Kind of Different as Me

Filed under: Book Reviews,Videos — Neil @ 11:45 am

Best story I’ve read since…I’m not sure.  I began reading it yesterday afternoon & only stopped to eat supper.  Incredible story of the lives of 2 men.  I suggest purchasing it, but only begin reading it when you have the time to read the entire book.

For more about the book visit its website.
Purchase it from Amazon.

May 25, 2010


Filed under: Book Reviews,High School Ministry,Videos,Youth Ministry — Neil @ 3:44 pm

This summer we have a group of our high school juniors & seniors who are going to go through a study on  Radical.  It came out about a month ago & I’ve just finished going through it w/ our summer intern.  Can’t wait to see how a few of our really spiritual mature high school students grow as a result of this study.

If you are looking for a book study for mature high school students, college students or adults I highly recommend checking out Radical.  There is a bible study curriculum that is offered to go along w/ it as well.

Warning:  If you don’t want to be challenged you should avoid Radical.

May 22, 2010

What We Want

Filed under: Uncategorized — Neil @ 9:05 am

We want what we can’t have.

It’s 1 of the sure signs that we are fallen creatures.  Not living as we were intended to live.

Exodus 20:17
You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.

May 19, 2010


Filed under: Uncategorized — Neil @ 7:00 am

Over the past year about 1/2 of the regular readers of this blog began viewing it through Google Reader or another RSS (Really Simple Syndication) reader.  RSS allows for you to subscribe to a blog feed & each time the blog is updated it is automatically sent to your RSS reader.  If you want more info click here.

I use Google Reader.  Most every browser & email client has 1 built in.  If you read multiple blogs using a RSS reader is a huge timesaver.  I follow about 30 blogs & thanks to Google Reader it only takes me a few minutes to read through them each day.

May 18, 2010

Book Review: Louder Than Words

Filed under: Book Reviews — Neil @ 2:00 pm

I recently read Louder Than Words by Andy Stanley w/ a group of guys that I serve with.  It’s a really good read that I highly recommend.  It boils down to a study on character.  Stanley writes that it’s our character that is the backbone for our leadership.

The 1st chapter is 1 of my favorites.  It’s all about change.  He writes that everyday we are changing.  “Your character is not stagnant, but is either developing or deteriorating.  You are not the same person you were yesterday.”

He defines character as “the will to do what is right, as defined by God, regardless of personal cost.”  It’s the storms of life that God uses to develop our character.  The idea of obstacles shaping us is woven throughout the book & how God is more concerned w/ our development than He is in our happiness in the moment.

I’d recommend it to just about anyone.  It would be really good for men’s groups.  It could be used w/ mature high school or college students.  You can order a copy from Amazon by clicking here.

My iPhone Apps

Filed under: Media — Neil @ 7:00 am

What app am I missing that I need to add?

May 17, 2010

Book Review: Church in the Making

Filed under: Uncategorized — Neil @ 7:00 am

The author of Church in the Making is Ben Arment.  I’ve been reading his blog for the past couple of years.  While I’m not a church planter there some valuable tools in this book that can be applied to any situation.

Church in the Making is divided into 3 sections: Good Ground, Rolling Rocks & Deep Roots.  Through these 3 sections Ben tries to identify what it is that makes some church plants successful while others never make it.

Overall, it’s a really good look into what makes a new church successful.  The obvious part of the success is God’s blessing.  The other ingredients are often ignored by church leaders.  Ben gives excellent insight into the social ingredients that play a part in determining rather or not a church makes it.

As someone who serves on staff of a well established church the book provides good insight for how we are to continue to reach people in our community.  The ingredients that make a new church successful are at play w/ established churches as well.

You can order your copy of Church in the Making from Amazon by clicking here.

A few of my favorite quotes from the book:

  • Are you planting the church your community needs?
  • If you do the right thing in the wrong season, you get zero results.
  • Every church thinks their friendly.  They’re not.
  • Sociology can be just as important to a church planter’s plight as theology.
  • Repentance is hard enough without having to jump through hoops we create.
  • The truth is every church plant contextualizes for a particular culture.  It just might not be the culture around it.  Or the same era…Every church contextualizes.  The only question is to which culture.
  • The minute your congregation decides to exist for itself, the church is dead.
  • Coming up w/ a system will force you to kill your sacred cows and identify our true purpose for existing.
  • The church was never meant to be the point of the Gospel, but rather the Gospel was meant to be the point of the church.

May 15, 2010

Football Season Can’t Get Here Quick Enough

Filed under: Sports,Videos — Neil @ 8:00 am

Great story.  You’ll need to watch until the end of the video.

May 14, 2010


Filed under: culture,Media — Neil @ 1:00 pm

From Mashable

Friday Five

Filed under: Friday Five — Neil @ 7:50 am
  1. Strategy, Systems, People, Buildings or Vision? by Tony Morgan
  2. Craig Groeschel has posted a series posts on leadership & the importance of being in the know.
    1. What You Don’t Know Matters
    2. You Don’t Need to Know What, But Who
    3. Shocked By What I Don’t Know
    4. Letting Go of the Know
  3. Do you know a linchpin? If so check out this post by Seth Godin.
  4. Great thoughts by Perry Noble on developing a loyal team.
  5. Catalyst Conference has unveiled the speaker lineup for this year’s event.  Can’t wait for October.
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