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June 17, 2011


If you’re a pastor or Church staff member or event organizer looking for a great Christian speaker I want to let you know I’m a speaker who’s available for speaking engagements at Churches and other Church-related or Christian events. I’m a speaker more in the vein of Francis Chan and Louie Giglio.  If you love them you’ll love me.  I speak mainly to college students and twenty-somethings and up.  My topics are mainly centered on living for the glory of God and, I use a lot of humor.  For the past 10 years I’ve spoken at various camps, youth groups, conferences, Churches etc. etc.

Usually my fee is upwards of  $1,000, but for 2011 I am offering Churches and event organizers a discount of more than 80% off my regular fee, at a special price of only $200, plus travel.  Yep, only two hundred dollars plus travel to anywhere in the U.S.  In some cases I’d be more than happy to speak for free, just drop me line and we can talk about it.

Some of my topics include, “Who Am I That I Should Go” & “Glorious Rescue” (A message on grace based on the life of David)

If you’re interested and would like more information feel free to contact me at:

Thanks for stopping by the “210 LIFE//: Awaken Generation Blog”.  Hope you enjoy the posts.


June 17, 2011

With Us Hillsong Lyrics


Before the world
You knew the plans for me
Before my heart believed
You came to my rescue
And now I’m found in love
There’s nowhere else to run
You keep my life within
Your mighty hand
Oh God

There’s no end to Your love
There’s no end to Your love
You’re with us
You’re with us
There’s nothing in this world
That could take You away
You’re with us
You’re with us


Before I call
I know You’ll answer me
You’ll make a way
Beyond what I could imagine
What could separate
From the love You give
I put my hope in everything
That You are
Oh God


There’s no end to Your love
There’s no end to Your love
You’re with us
You’re with us
There’s nothing in this world
That could take You away
You’re with us
You’re with us


You reign in our hearts
You reign above all
Be lifted on high
You reign in our hearts
You reign above all
Be lifted on high
You reign in our hearts
You reign above all
Be lifted on high
You reign in our hearts
You reign above all
Be lifted on high


There’s no end to Your love
There’s no end to Your love
You’re with us
You’re with us
There’s nothing in this world
That could take You away
You’re with us
You’re with us

June 17, 2011

Rebecca St. James marries in San Diego (Photos)

Christian GRAMMY Award-winning singer Rebecca St. James whose voice and personal story of dedication to purity behind her self-written signature song “Wait For Me” encouraged millions of young people worldwide since its release a decade ago, said “I do” this past weekend to the man she’s been waiting for.

Rebecca married Jacob Fink on Saturday (4/23), in a ceremony held at the picturesque Junipero Serra Museum in San Diego, CA. The noon wedding vows, including self-written commitment vows the couple wrote to each other. Both Rebecca’s long time pastor, Rick White of the People’s Church in Franklin, TN, and Chris Schmaltz, the youth pastor who influenced Jacob’s decision for Christ as a teen and later provided ongoing spiritual guidance including marriage counseling for the couple, officiated at the wedding.

Born in Sydney, Australia, St. James has used her celebrity in music to become a passionate “voice,” speaking openly and often on the subject of Christian faith and values agendas with national and international media as well as authoring a series of bestselling books based on her presence and influence as a role model and advocate for purity before marriage. She has been equally vocal about the meaning of “unity” in her definition of marriage.

Rebecca noted in a recent interview with a writer from the Christian Post who asked her for a description of the meaning of an ideal marriage: “I believe both people can be stronger in their calling because of each other. I really see that in Jacob and my individual lives—we are stronger together. We have a real desire to be glorifying to God in our life and coming marriage.”

June 17, 2011

Rise Hillsong Live Lyrics


All the earth come alive
Lift your eyes to the morning
Let our hearts beat again
With a lifeblood that never fails
Your love it will never fail


Breaking down the divide in a holy collision
The Divine in disguise
Took the cross for our sin and shame
Our God You will never fail


See the lost in return
Swing the doors ever wider
See the tide as it turns
Love and mercy is on the rise
As the world folds into Your light
All creation will see Your light


Hear the sound of freedom rise
As our song breaks the silence
Echoing the angel cry
Let us lift up Your holy Name
Hereafter to sing Your praise
Forever and ever


We will hold, we will love
We will fall in surrender
We will rise, we will run
We will live to declare Your Name
Forever to bring You praise
Forever we’ll lift up Your Name


The universe on its knees
See the stars in surrender
God above kings and queens
Every idol will bend and break
But our God You will never fail
Forever and ever


We will hold, we will love
We will fall in surrender
We will rise, we will run
We will live to declare Your Name
Forever to bring You praise
Jesus, Jesus
We will hold, we will love
We will fall in surrender
We will rise, we will run
We will live to declare Your Name
Forever to bring You praise
Forever we’ll lift up Your Name


Swing the doors wider
Sound the praise louder
All our hearts cry out
For the glory of Your Name
Our God You will never fail
Lift the Name higher
Shine the light brighter
All the earth cry out
For the glory of Your Name
Our God You will never fail
Forever we’ll lift up Your Name

June 17, 2011

Albert Mohler On Why Conservative Churches Are Growing: David Brooks and the Limits of Sociology

R. Albert Mohler Jr.

By the late 1960s, liberal Protestants began asking a rather difficult question.  Why were the conservative churches growing? In retrospect, one aspect of the liberal Protestant crisis was reflected in that very question. The mainline Protestant denominations would have been better served by asking why their own churches were declining.

Commissioned by the National Council of Churches, researcher Dean M. Kelley set out to find out why conservative churches were growing, even as the more liberal churches were declining. In his 1972 book, Why Conservative Churches are Growing: A Study in Sociology of Religion, Kelley argued that evangelical churches grow precisely because they do what the more liberal congregations and denominations intentionally reject — they make serious demands of believers in terms of doctrine and behavior.

“Amid the current neglect and hostility toward organized religion in general,” Kelley noted, “the conservative churches, holding to seemingly outmoded theology and making strict demands on their members, have equalled or surpassed in growth the early percentage increases of the nation’s population.”

With amazing insight and candor, Kelley spoke for mainline Protestantism when he noted that it had been generally assumed that churches, “if they want to succeed, will be reasonable, rational, courteous, responsible, restrained, and receptive to outside criticism.” These churches would be highly concerned with preserving “a good image in the world” — and that meant especially within the world of the cultural elites. These churches, intending to grow, would be “democratic and gentle in their internal affairs” — as the larger world defines those qualities. These churches will intend to be cooperative with other religious groups in order to meet common goals, and thus “will not let dogmatism, judgmental moralism, or obsessions with cultic purity stand in the way of such cooperation and service.”

Then, Kelley dropped his bomb: “These expectations are a recipe for the failure of the religious enterprise, and arise from a mistaken view of what success in religion is and how it should be fostered and measured.”

Kelley then presented his considerable wealth of research and reflection on the phenomenon of conservative growth and liberal decline. “Strong” religious movements make demands of their members in terms of both belief and behavior. These churches demand adherence to highly defined doctrines that are to be received, believed, and taught without compromise. They also understand themselves to be separate from the larger secular culture, and the requirements of membership in the church define a distance from secular beliefs and behaviors.

The liberal churches are, by their own decision, opposed to these very principles. The mainline Protestant churches desired to be taken seriously and respected by the intellectual elites. They wanted the benefits of cultural acceptance and esteem. They lowered doctrinal and behavioral requirements and made membership more a matter of personal preference than of theological conviction.

Kelley concluded: “To the person who is concerned about the future of the ecumenical churches, this theory can offer little encouragement. The mainline denominations will continue to exist on a diminishing scale for decades, perhaps for centuries, and will continue to supply some people with a dilute and undemanding form of meaning, which may be all they want.”

In a recent column in The New York Times, David Brooks raised similar issues, this time in the context of a review of “The Book of Mormon,” a popular production on Broadway. In Brooks’ view, the show “ridicules Mormonism but not the Mormons, who are loopy but ultimately admirable.”

In the course of his column, Brooks made this observation:

Many religious doctrines are rigid and out of touch. But religion itself can do enormous good as long as people take religious teaching metaphorically and not literally; as long as people understand that all religions ultimately preach love and service underneath their superficial particulars; as long as people practice their faiths open-mindedly and are tolerant of different beliefs.

Hang in there — David Brooks is headed somewhere with this argument. He noted that many Americans “have always admired the style of belief that is spiritual but not doctrinal, pluralistic and not exclusive, which offers tools for serving the greater good but is not marred by intolerant theological judgments.”

And he is right, of course. This is an eloquent description of the religious disposition so well documented by Dean Kelley almost 40 years ago. This describes the mainline Protestant aspiration — to be seen as serving the public good without the taint of theological judgment.

But then Brooks dropped a bombshell of his own:

The only problem with “The Book of Mormon” (you realize when thinking about it later) is that its theme is not quite true. Vague, uplifting, nondoctrinal religiosity doesn’t actually last. The religions that grow, succor and motivate people to perform heroic acts of service are usually theologically rigorous, arduous in practice and definite in their convictions about what is True and False.

Further: “The religions that thrive have exactly what “The Book of Mormon” ridicules: communal theologies, doctrines and codes of conduct rooted in claims of absolute truth.”

Note that Brooks defined the “strong” profile of belief with terms such as “rigorous,” “arduous,” and “definite.” With considerable insight, Brooks informed his readers that rigorous theology “provides believers with a map of reality,” “allows believers to examine the world intellectually as well as emotionally,” “helps people avoid mindless conformity,” and “delves into mysteries in ways that are beyond most of us.”

Meanwhile, arduous codes of behavior and conduct “allow people to build their character.” Brooks explains that “regular acts of discipline can lay the foundation for extraordinary acts of self-control when it counts the most.”

Brooks concludes with a look at Africa, where conservative Protestantism is thriving. The Broadway show portrays the Africans accepting the liberal form of belief that would comfort the cultured antagonists of religion. Brooks knows that it is not so:

I was once in an AIDS-ravaged village in southern Africa. The vague humanism of the outside do-gooders didn’t do much to get people to alter their risky behavior. The blunt theological talk of the church ladies — right and wrong, salvation and damnation — seemed to have a better effect.

In the span of just a few paragraphs, David Brooks made the same argument that Dean M. Kelley made in his book-length report on research nearly four decades ago.

There is a wealth of insight in both analyses. In the present context, evangelical Christians face many of the same questions asked by the liberal Protestant denominations in the 1960s and beyond. The main question is always deeply theological: Do we really believe that the message of the Gospel is the only message that offers salvation?

At this point, the limits of sociological research become clear. A sociological analysis can distinguish between stronger and weaker forms of faith and belief and can measure qualities such as rigor, ardor, and definiteness. Sociology can trace developments and offer research-based predictions about the future.

What sociology cannot do is deal with the most important question of all — the truth question. That is where Mormons and evangelical Christians part company. Orthodox Jews, Jesuits, and Jehovah’s Witnesses all fall on the “strong” side of the sociological divide in their own way, but each has a completely distinct worldview based upon very different understandings of the truth. Mormons and Methodists have very different theologies, to say the least, but it takes a theologically informed Mormon and Methodist to know the difference.

Dean M. Kelley and David Brooks, each writing for a very different audience, have much to say to evangelical Christians. But, in the end, sociology can get us only so far and no further. The rigor, ardor, and energies of evangelical churches must not be held merely in a desire to hold to a form of religion that will grow, but in a biblical commitment to hold fast to the truth of the Gospel and to share that saving truth with the whole world.

We are left with what David Brooks described as the “blunt theological talk of the church ladies” in that African village — “right and wrong, salvation and damnation.” Such is the Kingdom.

June 17, 2011

David Platt Secret Church (Interview)


David Platt is very uncomfortable when someone refers to him as the rising star in the evangelical world. Indeed he is very uncomfortable when any focus is on him. Nevertheless, I must acknowledge, to the chagrin of David I’m sure, that he has indeed become one of the most quoted and noted figures in evangelicalism. His New York Times bestseller, Radical, has increased his visibility. His next book, Radical Together, will be released in April. I just read a preview copy and I think it’s even a better book. God is indeed doing a great work in David Platt. In my interview with him, I asked him about the phenomenon called Secret Church.

How did Secret Church get started?

David Platt: Secret Church began at Brook Hills based on time I had spent with our brothers and sisters in underground Asian house churches. In those contexts, they gather together at the risk of their lives for 8-12 hours at a time simply to pray, worship, and study the Word. It’s simple, raw, dangerous, and satisfying…all at the same time. So when I came to Brook Hills, some of our leaders sat around one day saying, “Why don’t we do the same thing?” So we decided to try it. We set up a Friday evening where we would gather from 6:00 p.m. until midnight for two main purposes: to worship through intensive study of the Word, and to identify with our persecuted brothers and sisters by praying intentionally for them. Just a simple six hours of straight teaching and prayer. The first night we did it, we had about 1000 people, and after that it began to grow. We now have “Secret Church” a couple of times a year, and soon we had to start taking reservations because our auditorium at Brook Hills was packed full (tickets, which simply cover the cost of a study guide for the night, sell out every time now in a couple of minutes). That’s one of the many reasons we are so grateful for this partnership with Lifeway on the simulcast/webcast. Anyway, one of my favorite sights as a pastor is to look out across a room packed with people at 12:30 a.m. (we never finish right at midnight!) with their Bibles open just soaking in the Word of God.

To what do you attribute the massive interest in Secret Church?

David Platt: People are hungry for the Word. There’s really nothing special or creative about it. It’s just the study of the Word and then prayer for our persecuted brothers and sisters. The Word itself does the work!

How do you go about choosing a theme for Secret Church?

David Platt: One of our goals in Secret Church from the beginning has been to study not just for our own sake, but for the sake of the nations. I want to pastor a church filled with people who are equipped to make disciples in all nations, and so the purpose of Secret Church is to equip people in ways that they will then be trained to go into other contexts of the world to teach the Word. I also want to serve our brothers and sisters around the world who don’t have access to a lot of biblical/theological training. So we are in a process of taking all the teaching from Secret Church and translating into the top six languages in the world. That way, we can go into underground locations in other countries with hours worth of biblical/theological training we can give them mp3 players or notebooks with a plethora of biblical/theological training in their own language. So the goal is not just what happens each night at Secret Church in this context. The goal is the equipping of the church to make disciples in contexts around the world.

What do you hope will happen in the lives of people who attend a Secret Church event?

David Platt: The more we taste God’s Word, the more we desire God, and the more we want to multiply God’s Word to the ends of the earth. So my prayer is that whether someone is at Brook Hills, in a simulcast at another church building, or doing a webcast with a small group in a home, each person who attends Secret Church will see the wonder of God’s Word and be compelled to give their lives making it known around the world – particularly in places where it is most costly to follow Christ.

June 17, 2011

This Latest Passion Worship Album “Here For You” May Be Their Best One Yet

I don’t know if you’ve had a chance to hear some of the songs off the new Passion album, “Here For You” —I watched the live stream of Passion 2011 so I had heard some of them already—but last night I hopped on over to the album’s listing on amazon to listen to a preview of  all the songs in their final version and I have to say, I was just blown away.  I don’t know what it is but there is something special about this record.  I mean I’d heard most of these songs before, but listening to them in their final form just took my breath away.  I don’t know what you may call it—anointing or whatever— but there’s a special blessing on this album.  And I am even tempted to say that it might just be the best Passion album yet,  and this is coming from someone who loves all their previous projects, especially the last 3 albums.

The new album “HERE FOR YOU” is due to hit stores and iTunes in about 3 weeks on March 8, 2011.

I’d love to know if you get to listen to the samples of the songs what you think and if you feel it too.

June 17, 2011

Incredible Andy Stanley Quote On What To Do If You Ever Want Your Kids To Abandon Church When They’re Older

Andy Stanley and Craig Groeschel at Catalyst

“If you want your kids to abandon church when they are older, force them to attend a church you secretly wish you could abandon now!”

All I can say is wow. wow. wow.

I know there are many Christians who believe that the way to raise kids are to force them to go to Church every week, which usually just means they’ll bail at the earliest opportunity in life to stop going.  And, worst of all, that horrible experience of Church will remain with them.  That’s why I love this quote.  But more than anything this quote is a massive charge to pastors saying, “you should create the kind of churches that families (especially children) would want to attend, and can’t wait to attend each week.”

June 17, 2011

Donald Miller On Rob Bell (VIDEO)

Donald Miller spoke out recently on the whole Rob Bell “Love Wins” controversy.  Below is his review in its entirety.

Love Wins

I confess I read this book because of all the hoopla on the internet. John Piper hates it, Mark Driscoll wants to say how much he hates it but is tired of launching his enemies onto the New York Times bestsellers list so he talks about it without talking about it. People everywhere are talking about it.

Man, I’m a sucker for controversy so I placed my order. Surprisingly, the book has been out of print for a while and I could only get this used, battered copy, and it cost me more than the sale price from twenty years ago. Two words: WORTH IT!

Love Wins is a romance novel by Barbara Cartland (who knew John Piper read this stuff? So few men talk about it even though we ALL read them ALL the time! John Piper and I are SO BESTIES NOW!)

Love Wins: Caught in a fierce love triangle, Joan June is torn between her dentist and her chiropractor. The dentist has more money, obviously, but is less open to the spiritual ideas and natural practices of the chiropractor. One gives her security and the other pops her back for free and introduces her to the ancient practice of smelling plants and rubbing oils and bird poo on her face. And whale music. What ever shall she do?

Thinking she’s made her choice, and on her way to tell the Chiropractor he’s the one, June doubles over on the street with a severe tooth ache? Is it a sign? You’ll have to read the book to find out that, in fact, she chooses the dentist! And the chiropractor turns out to be two-timing her anyway. Occasionally she looks back on a life that could have been, but each time she thanks God in heaven for the good man she’s found, even if in moments of temptation she spreads a little dried bird poo on her cheeks to keep her looking young.

Man this book was good. With all due respect, John Piper has no idea what he’s talking about. Read it. Love it. Feel it. Live it. Thank you Barbara Cartland.

June 17, 2011

10,000 Students Gather For PASSION 2011 Ft. Worth, TX!


Coming off the heels of more than 22,000 university students gathering in Atlanta this past January, Passion 2011 opened Friday at the Fort Worth Convention Center in downtown Ft. Worth with 10,000 students and leaders in attendance representing 13 countries and 47 states.

Teaching and leading the prayer gathering was Passion founder and Pastor Louie Giglio as well as renowned speakers John Piper and Francis Chan. Leading worship were the critically acclaimed artists Chris Tomlin, David Crowder*Band, Charlie Hall, Christy Nockels and Kristian Stanfill, with special guest LeCrae who also performed a late night concert Friday night. The massive crowd sung songs from the latest release Passion: Here For You, which debuted at No. 1 on the Christian Albums Chart and No. 11 on Billboard’s Top 200, the greatest first week sales on a Passion album to date. Also performed in Ft. Worth was “Waiting Here For You” sung by Christy Nockels, the latest single featured on Passion: Here For You.

Passion 2011 Ft. Worth challenged students in a massive way to leverage their lives for the glory of God. As part of that challenge, Passion founder Louie Giglio pointed students toward a people group found in Mali, Africa with no access to biblical Scriptures.

Prior to the start of Passion 2011, Do Something Now leaders set a goal of raising $220,350 toward the translation of 90 biblical stories in the heart language of the people in Mali over the next five years. By Day 3, attendees had given $227,418 to fully fund the translation project.

“They don’t have one verse in their heart language,” says Giglio. “And what an amazing thought that in the unfolding of history, God chose us to put Scripture in the hands of 500,000 people in Mali.”

Students donated more than 5,700 towels and 31,200 socks to the homeless community in Ft. Worth and $14,091 to purchase and send mosquito nets to people in Africa.

Putting faith into action, Giglio gave the crowd the opportunity to be the first people on the planet to hear about the latest cause at Do Something Now:

Over the next 60 days, the students and leaders that attended Passion 2011 in Ft. Worth have been given the charge to spread word about a new endeavor – helping remove the tons of rubble left in Haiti after the devastation left by the earthquake so that the country can begin the rebuilding process. For more information,

For more information about Passion Conferences, visit

June 17, 2011

Craig Groeschel Busting Barriers with Mindset Changes


Craig Groeschel.jpg


Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. – Romans 12:2

  • One of the big momentum killers is wrong mindsets.
  • Mindsets can propel you forward or hinder what God wants to do.
  • When when multisite, one of the challenges that came up was keeping their team unified.
  • Sometimes it’s easy to miss things that are small and very obvious.
  • Organizations love to settle.
  • Asking people to leave with compassion is one of the most important things you can do.
  • Start having the right conversations early.
  • Give defined, specific expectations with a timeline.
  • In the church world we are too blunt… we don’t have the right conversations early.
  • Churches are no exception.
  • People like what is known, predictable, and what used to be.
  • Known in comfortable.
  • What you did last year is safe.
  • Doing what you did is easy.
  • Doing something new is hard. It takes faith and risk
  • The longer your ministry is flat, the more aggressive moves it will take to break out.
  • Objects at rest stay at rest.
  • You don’t need something better, you need something totally different.
  • We need to think differently.
  • No matter what you are doing, where you are isn’t where God wants you to go.
  • The more successful you are the harder it is to do something different.
  • We have to think differently.

Think differently about your church cultureWhat people do, what they think and how they behave.

  • Change the mindset: Our people won’t ___________. Fill in your own blank.
  • To: We haven’t LED them to ___________.
  • Are you practicing what you want your people want to model?
  • What our church won’t, we don’t.
  • Have you modeled and worked toward what you want your people to do?
  • It’s not that are people won’t, it’s that we haven’t led them.
  • Whenever you say they can’t or they don’t, ask yourself if you’ve led them.
  • You can lead up if you serve well under.
  • You can gain permission to lead over.
  • Step into the authority and gift of leadership God has given you.

Think differently about programming.

  • We’ve been trained to think: We have to do MORE to reach more.
  • The truth is: We can reach more by doing LESS.
  • Rate of increased activity was proportional to the decreased rate of life transformation.
  • Look at the places you do not have momentum and ask, “why do we keep doing those things?”
  • Look at places where you don’t have momentum and STOP doing them!
  • When you remove something that’s dying, you release life, energy, and resources to do new things that can build momentum.
  • One of the greatest things the church in America can do is to start doing less.
  • To reach people no one is reaching, you have to do things no one else is doing.
  • In order to do what no one’s doing you have to stop doing what everyone else is doing.

Think differently about the mission.

  • Rethink what God is calling you to do.
  • Think about Christ, who He is, and what knowing Him means and what not knowing Him means.
  • The most important thing is people… not buildings, programs, etc.
  • We think: We can’t hurt someone’s feelings.
  • The truth is: We can’t allow someone to hold back the mission of the church.
  • We leave the wrong people in the wrong places.
  • It’s not fair to them, it’s not fair to the organization.
  • Hire and recruit for the future, not the present.
  • Getting the right person in the right place could be one of the most important parts of gaining momentum.
  • You have to be willing to make painful decisions.
  • If you’re not hurting you’re not leading.
  • You’re going to hurt if you are leading well.
  • The mission is more important than people’s feelings.

Think differently about people leaving the church.

  • We tend to think: We can’t let anyone leave.
  • But in reality: We can grow when people leave.
  • Churches can be like “The Firm”
  • Sometimes churches seem soooo needy.
  • When you come off needy, you get people who are there for the wrong reason.
  • One of the best things you can do is bless the wrong people to leave.
  • We are full of spiritual consumers… we need spiritual contributors.

Think differently about limitations.

  • We tend to say all the time in the church: We can’t because we don’t _______________.
  • The truth is: We can because we don’t ____________.
  • Limitation is the breeding ground for innovation.
  • One of the best things God did for us is not giving us what we wanted.
  • God guides by what He withholds.
  • There are times God will not give us what we think we need so we can otherwise see something we would have never seen before.
  • Ask God what He’s trying to show you through your greatest limitation.
  • You do not have what you want because you don’t need it, there’s something greater.
  • God guides by what He withholds, not just with what He provides.
  • A struggling economy can be a catalyst for one of the greatest streaks in the church.
  • We don’t need more money… we need more volunteers, creativity, innovation, and how he does more with less..

Three Assignments

1. Find someone one or two steps ahead of you and learn how they. Most want to learn what they – not how they think.

  • Most people want to learn what they do – not how they think.
  • When you copy the what, you miss the why.
  • Get inside people’s minds… ask them what they think, what they see coming, etc.
  • Don’t look at the what, look at the why behind it.

2. Identify one wrong mindset and ask God to renew your mind with truth.

  • Quit whining and do something about it.
  • Change your mindset and watch what God will do.

3. Identify one painful decision you’ve been avoiding and commit to make the decision no matter what the short-term pain.

  • The difference between where you are and where you want to be is the decision you don’t want to make.


  • A struggling economy gives you permission to make decisions you needed to make but didn’t have the equity to make.
  • Creates opportunities for partnership.
  • In order for the church to survive we need to work together.
  • It forces you to be wiser.
  • When we pull back and tighten up, God sends blessings on the other side.
  • When you are faithful with little, God will give you more.
  • We often underestimate what God wants to do in the short term and overestimate what God wants to do in the future.
  • We need to create a culture that allows for failure.
  • In most places we evaluate too late and let things go on too long.
  • The longer you let something go, the harder it is to eliminate.
  • Longevity can lead to personalizing ministries/programs, where you aren’t cutting something, you’re cutting an identity.
  • Pastors are called to lead and shepherd, not just care for people.
  • Pastors can model symbolic leadership… not doing everything, but doing some.
  • We want to create a culture of entrepreneurial ministry and mission.
  • You have permission to go and do what you feel God calling you to do, but we don’t have to pay for it.
  • God gives you everything you need to reach the people you need to reach.
  • Don’t ask what you don’t have, look at what you’ve got.
June 17, 2011

Thomas Nelson Signs Pastor Mark Driscoll And Wife, Grace To Multi-Book Deal

Contact: Mark Driscoll

Thomas Nelson will publish two trade books by Pastor Mark Driscoll, it was announced yesterday by Brian Hampton, SVP and publisher of Thomas Nelson Publishers’ Non-Fiction Trade Group. The first is a hardcover book about marriage to be co-authored by Driscoll’s wife, Grace. It is tentatively scheduled for release in January 2012 and will be, as is Driscoll’s style, a candid discussion of issues that most Christian books don’t address as directly, including sex and intimacy. The book, as yet untitled, will draw on the Driscolls’ personal story, Scripture, statistics, and cultural analysis to both equip singles and couples for marriage and revive those marriages that have lost or are missing essential connections in their relationship. The book will be launched with a comprehensive ministry campaign, and will include a small-group curriculum package featuring a study guide and video that will also be developed.

Driscoll is the co-founder and preaching pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, with 10,000 people in weekly attendance, and the co-founder of the Acts 29 Network, an organization that has planted over 400 churches. He also helped launch The Resurgence, the most highly trafficked Christian leadership blog online.

“I’m so excited to be working with Mark and Grace Driscoll. The impact of their ministry has been profound and enduring. And I believe people desperately need what the Driscolls’ new book will deliver—candid, real-world, biblical teaching about marriage, sex, and intimacy,” said Hampton. “They don’t pull punches or gloss over difficult issues … and that’s what’s going to make this book unlike any that’s come before it.”

Mars Hill, currently preparing for an Easter service at Qwest Field – home of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks – that could be the largest church service ever conducted in the Pacific Northwest, was named recently by Outreach magazine as one of the country’s most innovative and fastest-growing churches, with more than thirteen thousand people meeting on Sundays, across ten locations in two states (Washington and New Mexico). One of the world’s most downloaded and quoted pastors, Pastor Mark Driscoll was named in May 2010 as one of the 25 most influential preachers of the past quarter century by Preaching magazine.

“It is a tremendous honor and privilege to be working with Thomas Nelson. They have been incredibly supportive, encouraging, and helpful,” said Driscoll. “I am confident that with their help and God’s grace, together we’ll produce life-changing books. This partnership marks a new season of my life and ministry. I’m humbled, honored, and excited.”
Driscoll’s sentiment regarding the deal was echoed by Sealy Yates, senior partner at Yates & Yates, who represents Driscoll’s literary interests.

“This new relationship between Pastor Mark and Thomas Nelson is an important step in the expansion of his outreach and effectiveness. It is going to be especially rewarding to work with him and his wife, Grace, on their book on the subject of marriage,” he said. “It’s just such a privilege to represent them. Pastor Mark is one of the finest leaders in the evangelical church community today and he is making a substantial impact for Christ.”

June 17, 2011

Francis Chan Passion 2011

Francis Chan spoke during Session 3 of Passion 2011.  Below are the notes of his talk.

Living Worthy

  • Let me preface this story with “I love my wife.”
    • We had a little problem a couple days ago, and it might’ve been the first time she hurt my feelings a bit.
    • Christmas is coming, and I’m thinking, “What do I get my wife?”
    • I’m gonna buy her a car for Christmas. That’s romantic. So I did all my research. I just wanted to surprise her.
    • “I was gonna get you a car.” My wife said, “That’s not a present.” (ouch)
    • I thought she was gonna be so pumped up, but her response was such a let down.
    • But I think about this idea of working toward something, and we’re expecting a certain response.
  • Philippians 1:27
    • The Gospel is really good news. The response should be worthy. Our lives are a response.
    • Living a life that is worthy.
    • The idea is, I am on one side of the scale, and the Gospel is on the other side of the scale, and it should be balanced. My manner of life should be worthy, should be a suitable response.
    • You look at the Gospel, and you look at your life, and you ask, “Do the two look the same?”
    • “Let your manner of life be worthy of the Gospel of Christ.”
    • As citizens of heaven, our lives should be like Jesus, where are humbling ourselves, and descending our lives.
    • How does my life look in light of people going to hell?
    • Can people look at your life and tell that you believe in hell?
    • Can people look at your life and tell that you have been saved from hell?
    • Could people look at your life and see that you believe Matthew 25?
    • May God raise up a generation that sees the consumerism in the church today.
    • I’m not asking you to be radical or extreme, I’m just asking you to make your life make sense.
    • The Apostle Paul’s life made sense.