Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
"Night of Worship" on Facebook. Sign up HERE.
Important Bullets about the night:
- Student Impact Room will open at 5:30PM for students 6-12th grade
- College Students are invited to our house (Chris and Angie) after the service from 8-10Pm for pizza. We want to get as many of you as possible together. I want to personally share our heart and vision for college students at Ridge.
- NO CHILDCARE will be provided for this event. We are asking people to plan ahead to arrange childcare for infants & toddlers so that our amazing children's volunteers can participate in this night without responsibilities!
- Morning--YES! We still have our 11am service that day. Part 2 of "He's Still* Got the Whole World in His Hands"
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
I should start this post by saying that I am praying for my President. Without a doubt his task is one that requires divine guidance. That being said: In the live presidential news conference President Obama said that reducing the charitable giving tax would have virtually no negative effect on charitable giving bottom lines. Before you accept that as fact you need to consider this study by Indiana University. I can't bear the thought of how negatively this could affect churches. Many of them would likely cease to exist:
Obama Administration Considers Reducing Charitable Gift Tax Deductions
"The Obama Administration is considering reducing the deduction high income taxpayers can take for charitable gifts and increasing the top personal income tax rate.
The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University recently looked at how givingwould have been affected in 2006 (the latest year for which itemized deduction data are available) if the Administration's proposals for charitable gift deduction rates and personal income tax rates for taxpayers with income above $250,000 had been in effect at that time. The Center estimates that the two changes combined would have resulted in a reduction of total itemized giving by the highest income households of 4.8 percent in 2006, or...
a drop of $3.87 billion in itemized contributions by those households. Total itemized giving by households in the highest income categories in 2006 was $81.26 billion."
Monday, March 23, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
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Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Man oh man this little excerpt from Guy really struck a chord with me. I have been thinking about it since I heard it. Here it is:
"In the first part of my career I really thought that the key to my success was the brilliance of the idea...the second part of my career I've come to believe that good ideas are easy and it's all about IMPLEMENTATION [emphasis mine]. Good ideas are easy. Implementation is very hard."
Coming from a guy (no pun intended) that has been around the block a few times with success at almost every turn. This is a brilliant observation that we must consider! It's not enough to have a brilliant idea. We have to be able to bring them from concept or dream into reality. That is what the real difference makers do. I agree with Guy--"Implementation is the tough part." I've seen some brilliant ideas emerge for sure but I really love how well the leaders at Ridge Church are implementing! I'm thinking so much more but will stop here. It's a fact "most people don't read long blog posts"
Monday, March 16, 2009
Part One: Where are you?
Part Two: Polaroid picture
Part Three: Direction determines Destination
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Up until I really began to leverage all my time and energy into casting vision and forming a core team for Ridge Church in 2006 I maintained a pretty consistent itinerant speaking schedule. I will have the privilege of hitting the road again and speaking four times in one weekend for a retreat with the high school students of Silverdale Baptist Church. Though I'll miss Ridge I am really looking forward to hanging out with the group. Julian Drive will be leading worship for the weekend. It should be an all around great time. My hope and prayer is that God inspires and draws many students to move passionately and recklessly toward him during this time. I pray he inspires them (us) to greatness!
Friday, March 6, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
I don't frequently listen to Greg Laurie but I heard a brief clip on the radio recently and I thought it was a simple but phenomenal reminder. It was so challenging to me that I thought I would pass it along. He made the simple but accurate case that according to Scripture a man is responsible to God (at least on some level) for the spiritual life of his wife and children. Wow! That's pretty surreal and I've found myself reflecting on it for a couple of days now. If I succeed as a pastor yet fail at encouraging spiritual growth in my family I still fail. I can't afford not to be intentional in this arena and neither can you.
We talk often as a staff about positioning ourselves to do what we alone can do. Well, I am the only one who can be husband to Angie and dad to Brayden, Josie, and Maddie. I can't fail there!