Archive for May, 2009

I DARE you to Pray this!

Posted in Church Planting, Fathers of Faith, Leadership, Lilfe, Religion, Thoughts on Christianity on May 29, 2009 by themousas

A little lesson from Francis Chan

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Religion in the US

Posted in Church Planting, Religion on May 28, 2009 by themousas

Came across these two map resources…..must see’s for those questioning the deminishing trends in Christianity and why I believe in church planting. If you’re thinking about church planting this is a must see in determining where to go!

1st–Percentage of population attending a Christian Church (click map for a larger version)

Church Attendance Map

2nd–Want to know where the various religions are dominant in the US? Click on a link below to see a map.

Taken…A Must See

Posted in Church Planting, Leadership, Lilfe, Religion on May 28, 2009 by themousas

Over my vacation week I got to watch Taken! WOW, great film from storyline to camera shots it was impactful. A summer in Thailand opened my eyes to this industry and the desperate need for God’s people to intervene. Here’s a quick look into the current trafficking trends in our world.

  • There are an estimated 27 million slaves in the world today…more than at any other time in history.
  • Slaves generate approximately 13.6 billion dollars for slave holders per year.
  • Child soldiers are being used in more than 30 countries around the world.
  • In India 60-75% of all prisoners are still awaiting trial.
  • In North Korea, an estimated 150,000 to 200,000 people are believed to be held in remote detention camps. Their government continues to deny the existence of such camps.
  • Approximately 80% of the people trafficked across international borders each year are women and girls, up to 50% are minors.
  • One million new children become victims of trafficking each year.
  • In South Africa 40% of women would characterize their first experience of intercourse as “forced”.

What can we do to help the organization fighting this problem?

Unplugged

Posted in Church Planting, Lilfe on May 27, 2009 by themousas

Last week was a vacation week for me. My first family vacation since having Cadence. My first week off since, well….that’s interesting I can’t remember. We didn’t go anywhere to special, just up the lake to retreat (We’re church planters and it was cheap). Here’s one big thing I learned. I have a really hard time unplugging and relaxing. My mind constantly races, add to the mix an influx of friends and family over the week and well, I didn’t unplug! Better luck next time! I’m going to have to begin to infuse specific things into our vacations to make sure this doesn’t happen again. As well as finding mornings or afternoons each month to do the same. We must practice sabbath, the rhythm of life demands it!

The Furious Longing of God

Posted in Fathers of Faith, Leadership, Lilfe, Religion, Thoughts on Christianity on May 21, 2009 by themousas

Continuing this week–Thoughts from Brennan Manning

How Small is your God?

Posted in Fathers of Faith, Leadership, Lilfe, Religion, Thoughts on Christianity on May 20, 2009 by themousas

Continuing the life and teachings of Brennan Manning and his forging of my faith.

Forging my faith

Posted in Fathers of Faith, Leadership, Lilfe, Religion on May 19, 2009 by themousas

One of the great men who helped shape my spiritual life is Brennan Manning. This week is dedicate to his life. His story has impacted my life and given me hope of living a ragamuffin faith. His thoughts have forced my faith forward…

“For love of you I left my Father’s side. I came to you who ran from me, who fled me, who did not want to hear my name. For love of you I was covered with spit, punched and beaten, and fixed to the wood of the cross.”

“Once you come to know the love of Jesus Christ, nothing else in the world will seem as beautiful or desireable.” 

My hope is you would at least one of his books listed here and be challenged!

  • Above All
  • Abba’s Child
  • A Glimpse of Jesus: Stranger to Self Hatred
  • Journey of the Prodigal
  • The Wisdom of Tenderness
  • Ruthless Trust: The Way of the Ragamuffin
  • The Boy Who Cried Abba: A Parable of Trust and Acceptance
  • Lion and Lamb: The Relentless Tenderness of Jesus
  • Signature of Jesus
  • The Ragamuffin Gospel
  • Reflections for Ragamuffins: A Daily Devotional
  • Posers, Fakers and Wannabes
  • The Rabbi’s Heartbeat
  • The Importance of Being Foolish