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Tim Keller on Missional Church

Spiritually they say the Big Apple (New York) is a rotting apple. It’s one of those cities where churches are backed on the wall with the challenges around them.

How come this guy’s no fancy, traditional church thriving?

I love listening to Tim Keller. He and his church is just amazing.

Looking into numbers

At the moment, we have:

9 campus victory groups in 3 university campuses lead by 13 leaders.

A total number of 49 students attends those groups and 60% aren’t attending services yet.

There is also a good 150 students attending our services.

The numbers aren’t bad. The challenge lies in discipling the students and discipling them well.

Kudos to our student leaders!

Same page team

As a consequence for being inattentive, a high school teacher once   called my attention and asked me to stand and continue reading from where she ended. It was one of those boring reading classes and obviously I got lost along the way. And having me stand and scramble for the exact paragraph where she stopped was just a subtle way of announcing to the class that I wasn’t paying attention. I’m not silly enough to be pretentious and therefore read from a different line or page. The simplest way to deal with it is simply to admit you were adrift.

I have the textbook in my hand but I wasn’t on the same page with everybody else. What they’re reading is foreign to the page I was on-that amidst having the same book in our hands. The teacher may point to the third word at paragraph six and they may all laugh at the word and I could go the opposite–all because I’m on a different page.

I’m impressed with a team that operates on the same page. What we mean by that is we share the same values and ‘DNA’ as a group.  When that happens, there is stronger harmony in emotions and knowledge. Body language sometimes already becomes a suffice communication. You say one word and everybody gets it. The challenge is to get people on that page and keep them there. That may be challenging but it is rewarding. On the other hand there’s a great deal of harm when we sit with the same team week in and week out  but operate on different pages that is, we have opposing or rather different ‘DNA’. The probability for mistakes and errors is great thus it cost us time, energy, resources, not to mention stress.

 

Robert Coleman says let’s get a move on it!

masterplan for evangelism

“The issues of life are life and death, and every day that we are indifferent to our reponsibilities is a day lost to the cause of Christ.”

“There is no place in the Kingdom for a slacker (escapes work), for such an attitude not only precludes any growth in grace and knowledge, but also destroys any usefulness on the world battlefiled of evangelism.” 

Robert E. Coleman, author of The Master Plan of Evangelism

Boracay High!

Boracay isn’t overrated after all. My wife and I got to enjoy our first wedding anniversary last week  lounging, island hopping, snorkeling, biking, strolling, taking pictues and eating at Boracay Island. Doing all those things with my wife makes Boracay a paradise. Happy first anniversary, Mine! Thank you for a lifelong love. I love you!

archie and rianne at boracay

2 year old chain smoker

This kid’s just two years old and he smokes about 40 sticks of cigarette a day. He goes tantrums if he’s not given a stick when he wants to smoke. Worst is his dad thinks it’s really okay and people think he’s pretty cool.
Don’t be dumbed down to think the problem here is ignorance. It’s not. As long as you’re in your senses you know it’s weird when a 2 year old prefers smoke over milk. The problem here is tolerance. How many times do we have to suffer the consequences of tolerating bad stuff early on? Dealing with the next generation involves a lot of disciplining, teaching, rebuking, and correcting. Try not making them acquainted with discipline early in life and you get the fangs and raised eyebrows when they grow older-just the right time for us to regret for not doing our part.