Month: May 2011

Paraprosdokia

One of our Elders, Greg Quinn sent me this today…

A paraprosdokian is a figure of speech in which the latter part of a
sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected in a way that causes the
reader or listener to reframe or reinterpret the first part. Check out the
following for
examples:

I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn’t work that way. So I stole a
bike and asked for forgiveness.

Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you
with experience.

I want to die peacefully in my sleep, like my grandfather.
Not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car.

The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it’s still on the list.

If I agreed with you, we’d both be wrong.

War does not determine who is right – only who is left.

Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a
fruit salad.

The early bird might get the worm, but the second mouse always gets the
cheese.

A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops.
On my desk, I have a workstation.

I didn’t say it was your fault; I said I was blaming you.

Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but
always check when you say the paint is wet?

Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a
bald head and a beer gut and still think they are sexy.

You do not need a parachute to skydive. You definitely need a parachute to
skydive twice.!

Always borrow money from a pessimist. He won’t expect it back.

I discovered I scream the same way whether I’m about to be devoured by a
great white shark or if a piece of seaweed touches my foot.

I used to be indecisive. Now I’m not sure.

When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the Fire Department
usually uses water.

You’re never too old to learn something stupid.

To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the
target.

Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be.

A bus is a vehicle that runs twice as fast when you are after it as when you
are in it.

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Random Thursday

1 – I went to see Pirates of the Caribbean last night… it was good.

2 – Scotty won A.I. – didn’t watch it (see #1) I think this may be it for me and A.I.

3 – Oprah preached a message for her final show.

4- Have you noticed there are no longer any floppy disk companies?

5- Went to a conference about a week ago and Eric Bryant made a couple of challenging statements in his 15 minute speech and I want to share them with you here in a moment.

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7 – Thank you to FBC's Awana workers for a great year!

8 – "Do you make changes in your church because of who has been there the longest or based on who is not there yet?" Eric Bryant

9- Pete Wilson has a great blog post today called “the offended”.

10 – I felt like God was telling me “Why would I let you speak to 1,000 people when you will not speak to the one person in front of you that has a need?” Eric Bryant

11 – Have you noticed the absence of floppy disk companies? Is that because they could not change with the times? Why couldn’t they switch over to CDs and external drives? Its still storage just in a different way. Storage that is packaged to meet the current needs? Why do we have so much trouble doing this with the gospel?

12 – “A lot of times I make decisions on how it will effect me… what would happen if we made decisions based on how it would impact others?” Eric Bryant

13 – Our Summer Spec Site is up.

14 – “Innovation has to be tied to reaching people. We shouldn’t just innovate for its benefit to us.” Eric Bryant

15- I can’t believe it is summer time… now I know it’d not officially summer until mid June but in my mind Memorial Day Weekend kicks off Summer.

Day 1

I have been thinking about the R U Ready Post? and the question how does one remain ready for Jesus to return… everyday?

Do you remember when you started your current job? I do. It was about 3 years ago. On day one I was asking a few questions about Farmington Baptist.

Where was she at?

What needed attention?

Where does God want Her to go in the future as well as today? What do I need to do today to follow God in that direction?

Then I went at it.

What if we treated everyday we lived as Day 1?

I think we would be more likely to remain ready for Jesus’ return.

Maybe that is the secret of keeping the ol lamp burning.

R U Ready?

My family will go on vacation this summer…. just like everyone else’s family. We have the date set and the plans in motion. We are excited about it but our bags are not packed, sunscreen is not bought, nor is the food we will eat.

We are not ready to go.

We plan to go.

But we are not ready to go.

It would be kind of “dumb” for us to have our bags packed right now with the trip being a few months away. We know the date, we know the hour and we will act accordingly. It would be very hard to be ready to go this far in advance… even for me.

I think it is harder to be ready for Christ return. No one knows the date or the hour(that was proven on May 21st @ 6pm) and it seems like its later rather than sooner. It is hard to think, this maybe the day, when your kids are taking EOGs, when there is work to do at work and home and when life is still rolling on.

It is hard to remain ready for something day, after day, after day, after day. When an event continually doesn’t occur it dampers expectancy. Kind of like the kid that keeps asking to go fishing and the parents keep promising but it never happens. Before to long the kid quits asking, he quits being ready.

But Jesus says, stay dressed and ready to go. Keep your lamps burning so when Jesus does come you are ready to open the door when He knocks.

I can’t say I am always ready. Don’t get me wrong I want the Lord to return, I am looking forward to that. But I am not always ready for it.

Its hard to keep your bags packed when you are not sure when it is going to happen….

the funny thing is…

that is the very reason we should be ready.

My desire is to be awake and ready to go “with my lamp burning” (Luke 12:35-41)

Lord help me to live that way today.

Diversity and Difference

What if we started looking at diversity as difference? Would that change things?

I think it would.

Diversity is something you promote. It closes down the ability to do something different outside of its ethnicity, ideas are shut down to keep an identity and it shuts down open communication, which limits the ability for people to be heard.

Diversity is about us, who we are and who we are not.

Diversity has never changed anything….

…its often the thing that needs to be changed.

Difference on the other hand is another animal all together. When we embrace difference we make a difference.

Difference is something that requires leadership… you wrestle with it.

Diversity on the other hand is managed.

Difference hears every idea and doesn’t leave any concept/idea unturned. It considers options and makes decisions based on what is best for the direction the organization is headed in.

Difference unifies us in ways diversity can’t.

When we lead difference it takes us to something new. A new direction. A new focus. A new day. A new place.

Difference causes people to listen to each other, producing a different way of thinking and doing.

It focuses on what we can become not what we already are. It is open to change… the right kind of change.

Leaders understand that difference equals life.

Great leaders understand that to accomplish something bigger than ourselves, collaboration must occur. Collaboration embraces difference. Collaboration is what happens when difference is lead

So maybe the question should be…

Are you managing diversity in your origination or are you stepping out and putting forth the effort it takes to embrace and lead difference?

Travis Masson said it best. “Diversity brings people to the table, difference allows them to have a voice. We need to be leaders of difference…” that is the only way things change.

Backyard

A few weeks ago my wife and I bought a new grill. Over the past 6 years we have bought a grill on the average about every 14 months.

This time we wanted to get a better grill that would last a bit longer. So we did some “grill research”. Here is what we found out.

1. The grills we had owned were cheaply made. They had a lot of features, but they were made with flimsy materials. This is why they did not last very long.

2. They were all made in China.

3. Lowes Hardware quit carrying our last grill because it had a major flaw…. it would blow up on people. (we were lucky it never happened to us! We grill 4 to 8 times a week!)

4. We needed to stay away from cheep grills that were made in China. So we started looking for something made in the USA.

Have you ever looked for products that are made in the USA? They’re scarcer than a politician who understands budgeting.

It seems we import everything. Toys, glass ware, plates, stoves, computers, cars, lights, tires, clothes, etc… most of these items are made somewhere else. It seems like the industrial revolution has been reversed here (a de-revolution) and has moved to another country.

We even import our food… the food we used to raise.

I think we need to go back to making things at home…. growing things at home.

My question is… has the church fallen into this trap when it comes to missions? Has the church stopped growing at home because it is more concerned with sending missionaries and taking trips to foreign countries?

Now don’t take me wrong… I am not speaking against foreign missionaries and their work. I have plenty of good friends that have outstanding ministries across the globe and I am in support of taking the gospel to the nations because Jesus said to do just that.

Jesus however also told us to take the gospel to our neighbor, to our neighborhoods, the ones that live beside us ( and the church).

Are we going there?

Here.

Reaching out…

taking the church to the community….

where we live.

Yes…there is a harvest field that is ripe right here, right now, across the street, and on each side of us. You do not have to fly across the world to find someone who needs Christ. They are right beside us… day by day.

So…

We need to make sure our church is “growing at home”.

We need to make sure our church is a force for missions….

in our backyard.