Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Why Follow?



The people did not follow Moses because they thought he had a good idea. The people followed Moses because they sensed that God truly sent him, that his mission was God inspired. They believd that God was behind the mission, and so they followed the one who articulated God's call.
                                                              - George Cladis, Leading the Team-Based Church (p51)

Friday, September 27, 2019

Mastery


Success is not a matter of mastering subtle, sophisticated theory, but rather of embracing common sense with uncommon levels of discipline and persistence.

                                                                             - Patrick Lencioni, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

Monday, August 19, 2019

The Very Best Cell Phone Plan for your Child

I found this awesome new cell phone plan for kids! I wanted to just let
people know what a great investment it is! This is only a partial list of its benefits:
1. No monthly fee (one time charge only)
2. No hidden fees, late fees, or any other fee!
3. It rings when you want it to (just press one of the buttons). It does
 not ring when you don't press the button so you have complete control!
4. It is really easy to resist texting while driving
5. It is very colorful
6. The screen won't break if you drop it (so you won't need a screen
 protector, or a case)
7. No crank calls
8. No one can use this to steal your identity
9. The NSA cannot track you
10. It blocks sexting, 100%
11. Your kid can't ask you for money using this phone
12. No Youtube in bed
13. Prevents screen addiction
14. Encourages outside activities
15. Doctor recommended (I'm a doctor and I recommend it)
16. Can be used by any age child! 
17. Blocks access to extremist web sites of all flavors (though there is
 a one-eyed monster as you can see; you have to deal with that one)

I am sure you can add to this list (please do!). I highly encourage the
dollar store cell phone plan for your child!


Monday, July 15, 2019

to whom?




If you write, unless you write to someone, you write to no one.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Art




To reduce works of art to their ideational content is to rob them of their power, distort their true nature, and make them finally unnecessary.

                                                                              -Leland Ryken, Liberated Imagination, 128

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Love and Respect Message

This is a message I shared at the Olympia Chinese Christian Church on June 23, 2019.  Some people asked for some of the slides for reference so here they are. Much of the material is obviously from Dr Eggerich's book and seminar, Love and Respect I highly encourage reading the book or getting in on on of his seminars.

A few of the slides:



Click HERE to download the entire power point file.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Faithfulness





Long-term faithfulness to its calling, rather than short-term relevance to culture, should be the church’s goal.

                                               -Millard Erickson, Christian Theology (3rd ed, p988)

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Community





Christianity is a corporate matter, and the Christian life can be fully realized only in relationship to others. 

While acknowledging the distinction between the visible or empirical church and the invisible or spiritual fellowship, we should do whatever we can to make the two identical.

                                                           -Millard Erickson, Christian Theology(3rd ed, p969)
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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Our Problem with Limits




Reinhold Niebuhr sees the problem of sin as arising from human finitude on the one hand, and freedom to aspire on the other.

Humans seek to overcome the resulting insecurity in two major ways. The more common is by asserting the will in an effort to gain such power as oversteps the limits of the human creature’s place. A more intellectual form is attempting to deny the limited character of human knowledge and perspectives. This intellectual pride and assertion of will to gain undue power disturb the harmony of creation.

Adam and Eve’s sin consisted in yielding to the temptation to try to be more than what they were created to be, human. They tried, in effect, to be God.

                                 -Adapted from Millard Erickson, Christian Theology (3rd ed), p 535-6
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Friday, May 3, 2019

What kind of doctor do I want to be?





If we use the language of business to describe medicine, it changes who we are and what we do as providers.

                                                                           -Richard W Sams II

Friday, April 19, 2019

God




God is not a bureau


                                    -Millard Erickson, Christian Theology

Monday, April 1, 2019

Who is this About?


When you read the Bible, you are going to be tempted to think that this or that passage is about somebody else.  Let me just warn you: don’t go there. Let the word of God plunge deeply into your heart. Let it expose things that are uncomfortable. That’s the only way you’re going to grow. That’s the only way you’re going to become like Jesus.

                                                                 -Phillip Miller