Archive for 2013

Response Ability

By : October 18, 2013

As human beings we have freedom to act and react to life. We have the ability to respond to the events that happen to us. And how we choose to respond determines the course of our life. When you look back over the arc of your life to date, how you responded to certain situations, […]

Book News

By : October 11, 2013

“For a while when our book Rebuilt came out, I was like a proud first time parent, who just couldn’t stop talking about it and how well it was doing. Then some of my staff had a little intervention and told me to knock it off, and I have (mostly). Nevertheless dear blog readers, it […]

Mustard Seed Faith

By : October 4, 2013

In the 17th chapter of Luke’s Gospel Jesus gives his disciples some relational instructions. Basically he is telling them to forgive one another, and to place no limits on their willingness to do that. It is a hard message for them to hear (as it is for us, if we’re actually listening to it and […]

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By : September 27, 2013

“In our current message series we are looking at what we are calling “breathing room.” This weekend we want to get to the root cause of our problems when it comes to our struggle with breathing room. Why do we gravitate towards a lifestyle that drowns out breathing room? It’s true: Modern life pushes us […]

Coming to Our Senses

By : September 14, 2013

“Probably the most famous parable, or story of Jesus comes in Luke’s Gospel and begins like this: A man had two sons, and the younger son said to his father, “Father give me the share of your estate that should come to me.” So the father divided the property between them.  Luke 15.11-12 More shocking than […]

A Change in Tone / A Change in Time

By : September 10, 2013

“Pope Francis’ blockbuster interview this week pointedly rejects a Church of “small-minded rules.” He said we cannot make the Universal Church a “nest for our own mediocrity.” He said a great many other things as well, including the comment that much of the Church’s civic discourse has become “obsessed” with homosexuality and gay marriage. And […]

Breathing Room

By : September 6, 2013

“This weekend is kick off weekend, one of my favorite of the whole year.  All our kids and student programs are back in full swing, lots of fun stuff on the front plaza, all new music and a brand new message series called Breathing Room. Breathing room is the gap between our current pace and […]

Catholics Don’t Know the Bible

By : August 29, 2013

Let’s face it, Catholics are largely ignorant of the Bible. It’s a sad fact, but a true one. It’s not their fault though. It’s the fault of parish priests and church leaders reaching back generations. It’s the fault of the whole Counter-Reformation approach to Scripture that has characterized the Catholic Church for hundreds of years. […]

Death By Meeting

By : August 23, 2013

“I suppose the title of my friend Patrick Lencioni’s book (see above) came to mind because I just spent the better part of today in a meeting. It was a staff meeting, with our senior team, to discuss a reorganization of our team and some of our meetings. Now I will be the first to […]

Hate Your Job?

By : August 17, 2013

“How many of you have ever had a job that you hated? How many of you have ever had a dumb job? How many of you have ever been working at something and it just felt like a complete waste of time? Probably every single one of us, at some point or another would have […]