Monday, September 30, 2013

Making Lifestyle Worship a Reality

Worship is more than singing. It is a lifestyle. More to the point, it is a surrendered lifestyle. A lifestyle of obedience to God. True worship doesn't just happen on Sunday for 20 minutes while we sing 4 songs.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Two Ways We Approach the Christian Life

As a kid I couldn't wait to have a job because I was sure it would mean tons of money in my pocket.  Around 12 years of age I started mowing lawns. For me it was more than a boy and his mower, it was a thriving business, Lane's Lawn Service, to be exact. 

Friday, September 27, 2013

Four Things that Motivate Us that Shouldn't

I was talking to some guys recently about the realities of work and family and how to keep it all in balance. There was a general consensus that there is not enough time to meet the demands of work and still give enough attention to the family. 

Many of these men expressed how difficult it is to keep from bringing work home with them, putting in excessive hours, and filling the weekend with work. Many of them said they often tended toward workaholism.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Why Pastors Are Lonely (Part 3 of 3)

This is the third of a three-part blog post responding to Thom Rainer's article on the loneliness of pastors.  Click to read part one or part two of my post.

4.  I can't speak for every pastor, but I'm not judging you.  

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Why Pastors Are Lonely (Part 2 of 3)

[This is the second of a three-part post responding to Thom Rainer's article on the loneliness of pastors.  Click to read part one of my post.]

2. Pastors tend to want to please people, especially those in their church.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Why Worship?

This week at CBC we kicked off our series on worship called, "Satisfaction Guaranteed." In this series, we are focusing on worship through the lens of what truly satisfies.

Monday, September 16, 2013

XLM Freestyle - A Look Back at Our Summer Teaching

School is well underway and all of the Fall activities are in full swing, but I wanted to share the teaching in our student ministry from this summer.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

XLM Vision - The "What" and "Why" of XLM

These last two Sundays at XLM we've taken some time to talk about... XLM.  Why we do things the way we do them.  What our philosophy is behind everything we do.  What we are trying to accomplish and why.

My purpose is to remind the students that they're part of something bigger than them... part of a work that God is doing.  They play a role in the work he's doing at XLM and CBC.  

A few highlights of what we talked about:

1) XLM exists to fulfill it's part in the mission of CBC which is "to glorify God by making fully devoted disciples of Christ."

2) The way we do our part at XLM is to Reach, Grow, Serve and Connect.

3) Reaching students for Christ is something we're all about.  This is not only the responsibility of the student ministry leaders, but of the students themselves.

4) Spiritual growth is an expectation for our students.  We are intentional about our growth and sanctification (looking more like Christ).

5) Our ministry believes and seeks to practice Ephesians 4:11-12.  This means our ministry is designed to equip our students for service and give them opportunities to use their gifts.

6) Connecting with one another in biblical community is the only way to successfully live the Christian life.  We facilitate this through community groups, XLM Connect, Sunday morning d-groups, and our various events.  

7)  XLM is not their church, CBC is.  XLM is designed to specifically address issues they face and connect them in community with other students, but should not be a replacement for involvement in the church as a whole.  I told them that if they had to choose between coming to the student ministry on Sundays or going to the church service I would rather they went to the church service.  

These are just a few things we highlighted in this two-week emphasis.  You can check out the videos below:

Monday, September 9, 2013

Why Has Dancing Been a Controversy in the Church?

Our "Since You Asked" series has been over for awhile, but I still have not answered this question.  Better late than never, right?  Okay, so why has dancing been a controversy in the church?  Here's goes...