Thursday, December 23, 2010

God Loves You More Than That by Dandi Daley Mackall

I wanted to take some time and read this book, "God Loves Me More Than That", to my kids, and let them give me feedback. Because I think it's fantastic, with wonderful illustrations, and a great message. My kids, 7 & 4, love the story. My son was struggling a bit with self-esteem issues, and this book gave him a kind of a boost, a clarification of the love of God for him. My daughter just adored the drawings. She too thought it was pretty cool hearing how much God loves her. This is my first time reviewing a kid's book, and I made an excellent choice. I highly recommend this one. You will know how much God loves you. Enjoy.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

A Review Of A Multi-Site Church Road Trip

Before I started this book, my view of multi-site churches was negative for personal reasons. I thought the idea of a message presented on a screen was impersonal. I don't even like watching our pastor on the screens at our church, and he is right on stage. I thought it was about churches growing just to make a name for themselves. And I thought church should be one building, one pastor, one crowd. I was a fool.
Geoff, Greg, and Warren have presented some churches that have made great strides in the setup and execution of excellent multi-site churches. I especially like places like Fellowship Bible Church in Little Rock, Arkansas, with their 3-in-1 setup. Or Healing Place Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where any new location doesn't follow a template, but caters to the area it is planted in.
These ideas would have never occurred to me before. And although I'm still not totally sold on video pastoring, the fact that churches are doing the rest of the service live, like worship, prayer, intro, there would still be a community worshiping together, which I believe is very important.
I also like that the authors went to different churches around the country and personally experienced each one. They could have easily mailed it in and just talked about each one, but instead they visited, and through their times there, relayed those encounters to us. That shows a real passion, which shows throughout this book.
Overall, I liked it. I would definitely recommend (I already have), especially to anybody considering or just starting the idea of a multi-site church.

I hope you enjoy!

Monday, February 22, 2010

A Review of 'The Gospel According To Lost' by Chris Seay

It took me a while to finish this book. I was able to put it down, and come back to it after periods of time. Each chapter is separate from the others, which is good, because some of the content was deep, and I couldn't always give a lot of time to reading.
I came to this book as a fan of the show, Lost. If you are not a fan, some of the content will be hard to follow. The chapters are each based on a character or characters from the show.
It is a very interesting book. Chris does a great job of tying things from the show to the Bible. He makes some interesting points, and although some of them seem a bit of a reach, I really enjoyed it.
Although I think some of the content may be hard to understand or see in the show, I think this is a good book, and I would recommend it.

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Live. And Live Well.

This is an excerpt from an unfinished sermon by the late Kyle Lake, who passed away October 30, 2005. I haven't taken this from a book called "The Gospel According To Lost", by Chris Seay.

Breathe. Breathe in a nd breathe deeply. Be present. Do not be past. Do not be future. Be now.
On a crystal clear, breezy seventy-degree day, roll down the windows and feel the wind against your skin. Feel the warmth of the sun.
If you run, then allow those first few breaths on a cool autumn day to freeze your lungs and do not just be alarmed, be alive.
Get knee-deep in a novel and lose track of time.
If you bike, pedal hard...and if you crash, then crash well.
Feel the satisfaction of a job well done-a paper well written, a project thoroughly completed, a play well performed.
I you must wipe the snot from your three-year old's nose, don't be disgusted if the Kleenex didn't reach it all...because soon he'll be wiping his own.
If you've recently experienced loss, then grieve. And grieve well.
At the table with friends and family, laugh. If you're eating and laughing at the same time, the you might as well laugh until you puke. And if you eat, then smell. The aromas are not impediments to your day. Steak on the grill, beans freshly ground, cookies in the oven. And taste. Taste every ounce of flavor. Taste every ounce of friendship. Taste every ounce of life. Because it is most definitely a gift.

I apologize if I should not have reprinted this. I just thought it was spectacular.