Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Tough Transitions

Just wrote a blog about the leadership transition which Central is going through now. Check out the full blog here.

In summary though:
“What should a church accomplish during a leadership transition?”

1. Lean in to God

2. Missionally Focused

3. Servant Minded

4. Dependent upon the Holy Spirit

Spirit of God, I open my heart to you this day. Come and do in me and Central Assembly that greatest of your works — to reveal Christ’s reality and person to me and our world. Answer in me what Paul prayed: “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.” (Ephesians 1:17).

Friday, March 13, 2009

A Long Trip

After watching two sunrises from our plane, Kyle, Steve, and I are so happy to finally be on the ground for the first leg of our mission. Our first two days in Sri Lanka will be filled with shooting video footage for upcoming conventions and meeting with missionary Dwight Dobson. It’s Saturday morning here in Sri Lanka. We will be leaving Sri Lanka Sunday evening (Sunday morning for you) and returning to Bangalore, India. Starting Monday we will teach 3 classes a day for 5 days straight. We feel quite safe and our trip is starting well. Thanks for your prayers for us.

Monday, March 2, 2009

High School Dating Revisioned

Sunday night Daisy and I participated on a dating panel where high schoolers were allowed to ask whatever question they wanted on dating. Here are some highlights from the panel:

High School Dating Goals: 1) get someone hot 2) get intimate 3) dont be controlled

All of the above goals were dumb.

I got asked the question, "is dating is a sin?"

I do not believe that dating is sinful, I view dating in a similar light as I view fast-food restaurants--it's not wrong to eat there, but something far better is available. There is a better way of romance, a way that might spare many heartaches and regrets. Dating (1) leads to intimacy but not to commitment; (2) skips the "friendship" stage of a relationship; (3) mistakes a physical relationship for love; (4) sometimes distracts from the responsibility of preparing for the future; and (5) creates an artificial environment for evaluating another person's character.

"So how should we date," said one student.

To begin with, we must stop abusing the word love. Our meaning is far below God's, yet it is His blessing we want and his best we pursue. Understanding what God calls love is our first step.

Dont cheat!

- If a young man (or young lady) is not prepared to seriously consider a lifelong commitment, he is better off to avoid monopolizing another person's affections and isolating himself from other valuable friendships.

- Finding the right life partner is a matter of working to become the right life partner, trusting God to cover the "who" and "when" issues.

- IT'S POSSIBLE TO KNOW ALL THE RULES AND STILL NOT KNOW GOD AND FAIL. Your relationship with Christ always will and should be the most important relationship you have.

Thank you to Fusion Students and the leadership who make learning fun!