Saturday, September 29

3rd man in history to walk on water

Gary Snowden recently challenged us with the following quiz on his blog. See if you can answer correctly...

Who was the 3rd man in history to walk on water?


The first to do so was Jesus (Matthew 14:25).


The second was Jesus disciple Simon Peter (Matthew 14:29).


And then there was this guy...

Thursday, September 27

How missions minded are we really?

IMB reporter, Mark Kelly, has written an interesting news report quoting Gordon Fort, IMB vice president of overseas operation who asks, how missions minded are we really?
RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP)--Many Southern Baptist churches that pride themselves in being "missions minded" might have a hard time convincing an impartial observer, an International Mission Board leader told trustees Sept. 12 at LifeWay Ridgecrest (N.C.) Conference Center...

"As I travel, I hear a lot about how 'missions-minded' Southern Baptists are," said Gordon Fort, IMB vice president of overseas operations. "I often ask, 'How much does your church pay for utilities each year?' Then I ask, 'If you are paying more for your utility bill than you are giving to reach a lost world for Christ, how does that make you a missions-minded church?'"

Southern Baptist churches ought to re-examine just how high a priority missions really is when they claim a total of 16 million members yet have only 5,234 international personnel currently under appointment, Fort said.

"Southern Baptists are great to talk about tithing," he told the trustees. "I want to ask whether a church shouldn't tithe its membership to reach a lost world?" Even if just 1 percent of 10 million active Southern Baptists were to enter the mission force, "we would have 100,000 missionaries. Instead, we have 5,000."

Fort noted that IMB leaders have a vision "for 3,000 more active missionaries on the field.... Adding 3,000 new missionaries might be a difficult task if we were starting out with no resources, but the truth is that those 3,000 new missionaries are already sitting in our churches, and the finances to support them are already in our pockets. It's not a hard task."

Some tough words that cut to the chase about our being a so called 'missions minded' people. Here are some more quotes to ponder along the same lines...

Some people God calls upon to LIVE radically and sacrificially, while others He calls upon to GIVE radically and sacrificially. Which are you? --Maurice Smith

It is amazing how strongly what we do affects how we feel. --Elisabeth Elliot

Let my heart be broken with the things that break the heart of God. --Bob Pierce

Tuesday, September 25

What a difference you've made in my life (Part 2)

Recently I posted the ongoing story of Aneida in a post entitled What a difference you've made in my life. Alan Knox commented, "This is one of the most important posts that I've ever read!" I don't know about "important" but it is definitely one of my favorite "M Blog" posts. This story just keeps enfolding day by day, getting better and better...

Last Sunday, Medardo (Aneida's dad) invited us to his house to help him celebrate his first birthday of being a Christian. (Cake at left reads, "My first year with Christ Jesus.") It was exactly one year ago that Medardo accepted Jesus into his heart for what has become a remarkable transformation, in not only his own life, but in the lives of his entire extended family. Over the past year his wife Mónica, his daughters Aneida and her husband David, Aneida's sister, María, their grandpa, David's brother and sister-in-law, his other brother and his wife--along with so many others that I could never get it all straight...including several neighbors and friends. Then there is an entire family that Medardo works with on his job. He and Mónica are currently discipling them. This family was recently baptized and they have started a house church in their home as well. I know its a lot of people and it gets confusing...but that's the point!

Medardo and Mónica led the house church celebration time. We sang all their favorites out of the green song books we use. Medardo shared his testimony of all that Christ had done for him and his family. We listened to words of exhortation and encouragement for Medardo from all those who had been invited. Prayers were voiced. A few more songs...and then everyone was treated to a big plate of delicious fritada, mote, arroz and onion-tomato salad, with cake for dessert!

There was only one moment of sadness when María shared her grief that her husband (who had not come to the party) was not yet a believer. Tears streamed down her face as she asked us to pray for her husband's salvation.

Without warning her mother, Mónica, fell to the floor and cried out to God to save her son-in-law. The weeping and crying went on for several minutes as all present called upon Jesus to do what only He can do in working the miracle of changing a life. Will you pause a second and pray for María's husband to come to know the Lord?

I know there will be Parts 3,4,5 ... to this story. God isn't finished yet! This is what Jesus is all about. He is an awesome God who is about making all things beautiful...including saving María's husband. Stay tuned!

Sunday, September 23

Church without all the religion

What does church look like without all the religion? Describing house/simple church life can be difficult to explain. It must be experienced. Much of what we try to write about on the "M Blog" often comes across more theoretical and idealistic than something that real people are actually living. The following video "When You Come Together" from House2House Ministries does a good job expressing in sound, images, and commentary much of what it is we seek to express here on the "M Blog". So, what does church look like without all the religion?

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Thursday, September 20

The 3 P's of church planting

Try reading aloud the following lines...
All atouhirty has been gevin to Me in haeevn and on eraht. Go terherofe and mkae dipsiciles of all the notians, bipatizng tehm in the nmae of the Fehtar and the Son and the Hloy Siript, ticheang tehm to osberve all that I cammonedd you; and lo, I am whih you ayawls, eevn to the end of the age.

Even with the atrocious spelling, I am fairly certain that 99% were able to read the paragraph with minimal difficulty and understand the message. Why?

1) you had a pretty good understanding of the general context of the message.

2) the first and last letters of each word are correct and the mind reorders the middle letters to their proper place.

The above paragraph is what our church planting looks like more often than not. It is a jumbled mess, yet somehow, God breaks through and does something beautiful to iron out the wrinkles.

So, if the overall context is important, and the first and last letters are important, how does this translate into the 3 P's of church planting?

The three most important words in church planting are...


Prayer is the most important ingredient for a church planter. Prayer gives us the needed guidance and context for understanding God's ways. Prayer keeps us on course even though we may make a huge mess of things between steps in the church plant.

The second most important words for the church planter are passion and perseverance. If the first and last letters are needed to make sense of a word, passion and perseverance are the equivalents needed to see churches planted. When passion and perseverance are on the ends of each church planting step, a lot can go wrong in between and still come out OK.

I find it reassuring to know that if I will focus upon prayer at the center of my life and ministry, asking the Spirit to fan the flames of passion within, and persevere regardless of the ups and downs along the way, God will take care of the rest. He will reorder the "letters" in such a way that His church gets planted.

You can make a lot of mistakes in church planting but when prayer, passion, and perseverance are present there will be power.

Tuesday, September 18

Ecuador missionaries commissioned to the USA

I never thought I would live to see the day when we would actually commission missionaries from Ecuador to go to the USA. Yet this is exactly what took place yesterday, Monday, as Roberto and Nancy left Ecuador for the United States of America.

Roberto and Nancy Aveiga have been with us for several years. His own testimony relates that he was a discouraged pastor of a tiny church, not having a clue what to do, or how to do ministry. He came to one of our church planting seminars three years ago and has been with us ever since. Roberto and Nancy have pastored churches, planted new works, participated in our TE programs, discipled and baptized new believers, trained pastors of their denomination with materials they have learned from us, and now sensing God's call as missionaries to a distant, foreign land--the USA!

After praying, conversing and counseling with Roberto and Nancy, we feel it is no coincidence that on their FIRST ATTEMPT to obtain the coveted residential/work visas to the USA that millions around the world are desperately trying to obtain, they were not only accepted, but their ENTIRE FAMILY was approved! God doesn't do things haphazardly. There is no such thing as chance when it comes to Kingdom business. We feel this is a "God thing" that He is clearly leading them to go, make disciples, baptize, and teach as "our" missionaries to the USA (Connecticut.)

This past Wednesday at their commissioning service, we heard their testimonies about how God has been preparing them for years. And how crucial their time with the house churches has been. Now they feel the Lord leading them into the next chapter of their walk with Him. God is leading them to leave their country, go to what is the third largest nation on the planet--the USA--and be His witnesses to the masses of lost people coming in the northeastern states.

Roberto and Nancy know it will be a tough road. They aren't expecting things to be easy. They have to first learn the English language. They will have to adapt to the strange foreign foods and cultural ways of the "gringos". Since the house churches here can't afford to support someone living in the USA, they will have to find jobs and work as bi-vocational missionaries. They will lose their network of close family, friends, and brothers and sisters in Christ. They will no longer be able to pick up the phone and call us with their questions, needs and concerns. In short, it will be difficult.

Will you pray for Roberto and Nancy? They aren't going for a "better life" or to live the "American dream". They are going to make disciples, baptize, teach, and gather new believers into NT churches. Just what they have been doing for the past three years locally. As I shared in their commissioning service this past Wednesday night, in the OT, only the best was offered to the the Lord in sacrifice at the tabernacle/temple altars. The same holds true today. Our Lord calls out the best amongst us to serve him. We are sorry to lose some of our choicest workers, but are filled with joy that we can share our best with the lost and needy of Connecticut.

May God bless these Ecuadorian missionaries sent out by the Guayaquil house churches for the Glory of God.

Sunday, September 16

Nine issues concerning CPM methodology (#1 of 9)

Mid America Baptist Theological Seminary's, Journal of Evangelism and Missions, features "Church Planting Movements" (commonly referred to as CPM) in its Spring 2007 issue. Therein is a balanced selection of articles praising, explaining, and questioning CPM.

The first article is probably the most controversial with an IMB missionary, Jeff Brawner, making 9 tough observations about the IMB's CPM methodology. You will either find yourself saying AMEN to what he writes or watch your blood pressure rise in disagreement!

In AN EXAMINATION OF NINE KEY ISSUES CONCERNING CPM, Brawner's first observation is...

1. The movement often pushes missionaries to plant churches and disciple leaders more quickly than the biblical pattern. Sitting at the IMB International Learning Center a few years ago during my first furlough, a CPM trainer explained to me how to approach discipleship on the field. He used the illustration of a mother duck and her ducklings. The mother duck leads (representing the missionary), and she guides the first duckling. Each successive duckling follows their sibling in front of them rather than the mother duck. Each duck stays a few steps ahead of the other. As missionaries, we should teach our disciples sound principles, and each disciple should begin to pass those principles to others as quickly as possible. In this form of discipleship, each disciple stays one step ahead of the next generation of disciples. I questioned the speaker on the biblical pattern of discipleship. After all, if Christ invested three years in his disciples, doesn’t that mean we should spend a great deal of time with our disciples? In my view, a young disciple is not ready to lead others immediately...Christ was preparing leaders that would go out and start multiple churches around the world. Is that not exactly what missionaries are supposed to do today? can we, in good conscience, not thoroughly pattern our ministries after Christ’s example?...Should we take three years with our disciples? Scripture does not mandate that we spend that length of time; however, one can see from the Gospels that it takes time to mold solid, godly men. From experience, one can see that Scripture holds true-new believers are extremely susceptible to temptation, backsliding, and heresy. Is it not obvious that Paul understood this as he gave us guidelines of who to promote to leadership levels in 1 Timothy 3?
We would fall somewhere in the middle on agreeing with this first of nine critiques. What is the biblical pattern for discipleship? When is a disciple ready to plant a church and/or disciple leaders? From our experience it has little to do with the amount of time one is a believer. We have had new believers who have been Christians only a few months begin new works. Likewise we have seen believers with years in the faith start new churches. To us the key is more about how much the believer obeys and puts into practice that which they know. It doesn't take a lot of knowledge to "go, make disciples, baptize, and teach..." What it does take is obedience. Those who put into practice the little (or much) that they know, will bear fruit.

The idea that CPM "pushes" otherwise unready believers into the harvest fields has not been our experience. What HAS been our experience is that we can't expect ALL believers (new or old) to realistically go out and start new works. It would seem some believers are "wired" to do this kind of work, and others are not. Our task is to find, motivate, equip, and send out those chosen few. To find those few "wired" individuals, we have to train and deal with a lot of people. While not anywhere near exact, it would seem that about one out of every ten believers we train (whether new or old) turn out to be effective church planters/workers/laborers/disciplers, etc. What that means is that if we want to see ten new churches started this year, we are looking at having to spend the time and train around 100 potential willing-to-be-trained workers.

Any comments or observations about #1 above from your own perspective and experience?

Friday, September 14

Reggie McNeal's six tough questions for the church

The longer we are engaged in missional church planting, the more I find myself going back to Reggie McNeal's, The Present Future: Six Tough Questions for the Church. This courageous book first came out in 2003, and has been challenging my thinking ever since. In the book McNeal describes the church in terms of six "new realities." The related questions to each of the realities are ones we find ourselves struggling with in our own life and ministry.

1. The collapse of the church culture.
  • Wrong question: How do we do church better?
  • Tough question: How do we deconvert from Churchianity to Christianity?
2. The shift from church growth to kingdom growth.
  • Wrong question: How do we grow this church?
  • Tough question: How do we transform our community?
3. A new reformation: Releasing God's people.
  • Wrong question: How do we turn members into ministers?
  • Tough question: How do we turn members into missionaries?
4. The return to spiritual formation.
  • Wrong question: How do we develop church members?
  • Tough question: How do we develop followers of Jesus?
5. The shift from planning to preparation.
  • Wrong question: How do we plan for the future?
  • Tough question: How do we prepare for the future?
6. The rise of apostolic leadership.
  • Wrong question: How do we develop leaders for church work?
  • Tough question: How do we develop leaders for the Christian movement?
Of these six, the one we are focusing upon the most in our own ministry is #4. We are passionate about developing followers of Christ who understand the difference between religion and relationship. In our own context there are 800,000+ believers sitting in the pews of churches all across this nation. It is my conviction that "followers of Christ" were not made to sit in pews week after week. Their relationship with Christ calls for a response like that of Isaiah, "here am I, send me." We are actively seeking to deconvert disciples from "Churchianity" to Christianity.

Which of Reggie's six points above resonate with you? What are you doing to address these issues in your own life and ministry?

Wednesday, September 12

21st Century Churches

I first saw Dave Black's description of a Twenty-First Century Church on Alan Knox's blog. Here is Dave's description:

What, then, might the renewed church of the twenty-first century look like?
  • It will be a serving church.
  • Its organizational structure will be simple, unencumbered by bureaucrats and bureaucracies.
  • Its financial priorities will reflect a commitment to missions, local and global.
  • Capital expenditures will be reduced and the savings earmarked for discipleship.
  • Jobs that are currently salaried positions will be filled by volunteer help or eliminated.
  • Denominations will make drastic reductions in funds spent on publications that are a waste of the church’s money (bulletins, Sunday School quarterlies – the Bible will be used instead – and glossy magazines).
  • Church buildings will be used for primary and secondary Christian education.
  • Believers will gladly work transdenominationally and cooperatively, especially at the local level.
  • The church will proclaim the Good News of the Gospel as its first priority while not neglecting the cultural mandate.
  • A full-fledged lay ministry will replace clericalism.
  • Individual believers will be expected to assume specialized ministries according to their giftedness.
  • Churches will provide regular lay training (with the seminaries assisting them) and build voluntary programs of education into their structures.
  • Worship will no longer be confined to a single time or place.
  • Preoccupation with church buildings will be seen for what it is – idolatry.
  • The church will no longer cling to its prerogatives but take the form of a servant.
  • It will refuse any longer to shun the secular.
  • Trained pastors will become humble assistants to the “ministers” – every member.
  • In this renewed church we will encounter disciples who take the going forth as seriously as they do the gathering.
  • New members will be asked to specify a regular community involvement (neighborhood council, PTA, volunteer library staff, nursing home visitation, etc.) in addition to their commitment to a ministry in the church.
Any comments on any of the above? Do you see your church moving in these directions, or are you convinced that the current way we do church is adequate?

Monday, September 10

London Baptist Confession 1644

We celebrated my 51st birthday this past weekend by inviting over some new friends who are missionaries with the British Baptist Missionary Society, one of the world's oldest Protestant mission organizations (founded in 1792 by William Carey, the father of modern missionary movement). In our conversation the subject of "Baptist Identity" came up. What makes a Baptist a Baptist? Is it our traditions and practices? Our programs? Exactly what is it that determines if one is truly a Baptist or more some other group of evangelical believers?

Is it not our convictions and beliefs as we understand the Scriptures teach? For nearly 400 years we have been trying to put into words what it is that makes us Baptists. I Googled one of the earliest Baptist confessions known as the London Baptist Confession 1644/1646. While it is too long to quote in its entirety, I pulled out a few of the articles that caught my attention. It seems to me we have gotten away from several of the original convictions of our Baptist forefathers. After each article are my own comments in italics. Some of my observations are particular to our own context here in Ecuador and not necessarily issues in other parts of the world.

BEING thus joined, every church hath power given them from Christ, for their wellbeing, to choose among themselves meet persons for elders and deacons, being qualified according to the word, as those which Christ hath appointed in His testament, for the feeding, governing, serving, and building up of His Church; and that none have any power to impose either these or any other. Acts 1:23,26,6:3,15:22.25; Rom.12:7,8; 1 Tim.3:2,6.7; 1 Cor. 12:8,28; Heb.13:7,17; 1 Pet.5:1,2,3, 4:15.

"...choose among themselves" seems to be the pattern of those who preceded us. The idea of importing trained professionals from outside the congregation does not fit this article. Those who served are "home grown". The idea of calling a "pastor" is more correctly described as "elders and deacons"--PLURAL--not a single "Senior Pastor" which seems the norm today in most Baptist churches.

THAT the ministers lawfully called, as aforesaid, ought to continue in their calling and place according to God's ordinance, and carefully to feed the flock of God committed to them, not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind. Heb.5:4; John 10:3,4; Acts 20:28,29; Rom.12:7,8; Heb.13:7.17; 1 Pet.5: 1.2,3.

"...ought to continue in their calling and place..." means to me that if they are a school teacher, they are to continue in that profession and not abandon it for the ministry. Our modern idea of having full-time professional church ministers seems out of tune with this earlier confession of Baptist belief and practice.

BAPTlSM is an ordinance of the New Testament, given by Christ, to be dispensed upon persons professing faith, or that are made disciples; who upon profession of faith, ought to be baptized, and after to partake of the Lord's Supper. Matt.28:18,19; John 4:1; Mark 16:15,16; Acts 2:37.38, 8:36,37,etc.

" be dispensed upon persons professing faith..." is the only prerequisite for baptism. In our Baptist context, here, other prerequisites are often added to that of "professing faith"--usually in the insistence that the person requesting baptism be legally married (not living in adultery/fornication) before consideration is given to their profession of faith.

THE person designed by Christ to dispense baptism, the Scripture holds forth to be a disciple; it being no where tied to a particular church officer, or person extraordinarily sent the commission enjoining the administration, being given to them as considered disciples, being men able to preach the gospel. Isa.8:16; Eph.2:7; Matt.28:19; John 4:2; Acts 20:7,11:10; 1 Cor.11:2, 10:16,17; Rom.16:2; Matt.18:17.

The administrator of baptism are disciples. No where in Scripture is baptism tied to a particular church office. Our modern practice (especially overseas where this is an issue) of only ordained, recognized church leaders being the only ones authorized to baptize seems to be out of tune with our Baptist forefathers.

CHRIST hath likewise given power to His Church to receive in, and cast out, any member that deserves it; and this power is given to every congregation, and not to one particular person, either member or officer, but in relation to the whole body, in reference to their faith and fellowship. Rom.16:2; Matt.18:17; 1 Cor.5:4,11,13;12:6;2:3; 2 Cor.2:6,7.

Again, what caught my attention is that "power" is in the Church, and not in one particular person (usually the pastor) like it is in many Baptist churches here in Ecuador where the pastor calls all the shots and no one dare contradict or question.

AND although the particular congregations be distinct, and several bodies, every one as a compact and knit city within itself; yet are they all to walk by one rule of truth; so also they (by all means convenient) are to have the counsel and help one of another, if necessity require it, as members of one body, in the common faith, under Christ their head. 1 Cor.4:17, 14:33,36,16:1; Ps.122:3; Eph.2:12,19: Rev.2:1; 1 Tim.3:15, 6:13,14; 1 Cor.4:17; Acts 15:2,3; Song of Sol.8:8.9; 2 Cor.8:1.4, 13:14.

While meeting in various geographic locations around the city, the "several bodies" are to "have the counsel and help one of another..." How I wish we could get back to this basic practice of understanding that we are all one in Christ and in need of one another. We are to be there for one another and not separate ourselves from our brothers in our own little church kingdoms.

Saturday, September 8

Jesus doeth all things well

If life is a story, chapter 51 begins today, September 8, my fifty-first birthday. I believe the story of our lives is better understood in bite-size segments. The "chapters" don't usually correspond to the day with our birthdays, but are rather like the divisions in a good book. Some chapters are longer and others shorter. Some are filled with action, adventure, and excitement. Others are relatively quiet and uneventful.

As I reflect back on this past year, if there is an appropriate title to Chapter "50" it would be Fanny Crosby's immortal line, "For I know what e'er befall me, Jesus doeth all things well" from "All the way my Savior leads me." What a great hymn.

The lesson of this past chapter has been that nothing--absolutely nothing--is beyond Christ's control and redeeming love. William Cowper expresses this so beautifully in what has to be another of my favorite hymns "God moves in a mysterious way"...

Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take;
The clouds ye so much dread
Are big with mercy, and shall break
In blessings on your head.

Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
But trust Him for His grace;
Behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face.

Everything that happens to us, both good and bad, is fashioned by Him into something good. He has a way of taking all the confusing fragments of my life and somehow puts them together into something truly beautiful.

The bud may have a bitter taste,
But sweet will be the flower.

Blind unbelief is sure to err,
And scan His work in vain;
God is His own interpreter,
And He will make it plain.

Understanding God's works and ways is indeed a mystery. But it is in the mystery of his ways that He makes everything plain. His ways aren't usually instantaneous, or entirely comprehensible, but faith is teaching me that my Lord has the final word on every situation, person, and longing of my heart. Indeed, Jesus doeth all things well.

My tendency is to get bent out of shape by all the things I can't control. Take, for example our 15-year old son. I can't control his moods, the choices he makes, or what goes on in his mind. I do my best to influence and reach out, but it seems to fall far short, so ineffective. Yet, in the midst of it all, I keep hearing the Spirit whisper, "Jesus doeth all things well."

So as Chapter "50" comes to a close, the song that lingers in my heart is the one I have been singing most of this past year. Instead of wishing me "Happy Birthday" and singing the traditional "Happy birthday to you..." song, will you join me instead in singing this great hymn?

All the way my Savior leads me,
What have I to ask beside?
Can I doubt his tender mercy,
Who thro' life has been my guide?
Heav'nly peace, divinest comfort,
Here by faith in him to dwell.
For I know whate'er befall me,
Jesus doeth all things well.

Thursday, September 6

Success is...

...working yourself out of a job. There are many ways to measure success, but for the missionary, one is when others take over those tasks, roles and responsibilities that we are filling. The missionary is left wondering what to do next. Success is essentially coming to the point when, I (the missionary), am no longer needed.

The following thoughts come from Working Yourself Out of a Job

1. Let them watch you do the job.
This is the step where potential leaders are recognized. In this step, existing leaders notice those who naturally stand out and seem to attract others through natural charisma, knowledge and abilities. These individuals are not necessarily destined to be leaders, but they exhibit leadership traits. It’s at this step that a new candidate is chosen.

2. Teach them to do the job.
At this stage, the candidate helps the leader perform his duties, learning the trade along the way. The leader will impart valuable insight and maturity throughout this process, instructing the trainee as they work together. A good example of this would be an electrician’s apprentice.

3. Make room for them to do the job.
This is where the trainee gets all his practice. A wise leader makes room for failure, allowing the trainee to learn the hard way, by making mistakes, and shape his own philosophies and tendencies. An effective leader will not quench opposing ideas, but will corral these philosophies and traits toward a commonly-held positive goal, teaching the trainee how to use those qualities to have a positive influence on those that are being led.

4. Get out of the way and let the new leader do the job.
This is the final step. The trainee has matured and gained valuable wisdom and insight through the training process. They’ve made mistakes and learned the hard way. They have established a rapport with those they’re to lead, who look to the leader for direction. At this point the leader can step back and allows the protege to do the job without individual restraint. New ideas and philosophies flow into the arena, and the new leader can begin to look among those he leads for people that exhibit the qualities of a future leader. And so the cycle continues.

In CPM (Church Planting Movements) methodology the above four steps are referred to as MAWL (Model-Assist-Watch-Leave).

I confess these steps are easier to write about than to put into practice. Having the attitude of John the Baptist, "He must become greater; I must become less" takes a large dose of spiritual maturity. We want to be the ones needed, recognized, looked to, called upon, invited, and sought out. When others begin to fill the roles we once had, it is a hard pill to swallow.

After all, we gave up a lot to come to the mission field. We're used to being the one people call upon and look to for answers, direction, training, etc. We want our lives to count. Yet, how much more will our lives count when we multiply ourselves into others and they begin filling the roles once held by us? The best we can do for others is model for them what is needed to be done, assist them in doing the task, watch from a distance as they continue doing the task, and finally leave them alone as they take our place and begin doing the task we once did ourselves.

Tuesday, September 4

The Dance

I love the arts. They are most powerful when used to communicate spiritual truths. I first saw this moving video at GodGrown where drama, dance, and music combine to answer the question, "If life is a dance, then who is our partner?" Watch this video to the end. I guarantee you won't be sorry.