Tuesday, November 26
On behalf of all of us who live in the desert and/or
the tropics, every year I have been noting
the significance of November 26th.
For it was on this day in 1876 that
Willis Carrier, the inventory of
modern air conditioning, was born in
Angola, New York. He died, a cool man, in 1950.
Sunday, November 24
I'm definitely partial but my favorite Advent song for worship is one that my wife Cheryl wrote a few years ago. We were practicing it this morning and I had the MasterPiece Church camera guy record a little video. All of the words and music are available for free at CaminoMercedMusic.com.
Wednesday, November 20
Without fail during the breaks or even during class discussions students will ask me to describe the ministry of MasterPiece Church. This isn't always easy to do since ministers have some pretty strong preconceived ideas about how churches operate and MasterPiece is pretty unconventional. So, anyway, it dawned on me last week, when asked about our congregation, that I should describe us as both a mission and a church. The life of our church is built around our mission to serve immigrants, the homeless, and at-risk children. It's not that we don't do other things but that the other things all seem to be done in the context of our mission themes. It's not that we think that other things are unimportant but that we choose to define our success in terms of mission engagement.
The experience of worship is best understood in the context of mission -- for the God we worship is at his core a missionary. The most effective way of making disciples is to engage people in mission and then help them understand what they are doing by laying down a biblical foundation.
When we invite people to either MasterPiece or Christ we are really inviting them to embrace a mission. You see, Jesus doesn't just invite people to experience his new life -- the forgiveness that was established through the cross and resurrection and which is received by faith in him -- but we are invited, as well, to join Jesus in his world transforming mission -- starting with the most broken and vulnerable -- those most open to him. Indeed, it could be that we can't really grok the cross, the resurrection, the forgiveness, and the new life until we follow Jesus into his mission.
So, I've begun to tell people that MasterPiece is both a church and a mission.
Tuesday, October 22
After years of hands on research and serious testing I've come up with my own leadership model. It's actually rather simple. Leadership is 90% modeling what you want your followers to do; 5% explaining how and why to do it; and 5% holding theirs hands so they can do it.
Wednesday, July 31
Monday, June 10
|Katherine Cole photo -- http://goo.gl/Z3HH2|
Friday, April 26
Saturday, April 20
Guayule is supposed to be an incredible alternative to rubber, an alternative fuel, and the plant that cures much of what ails us. Why is it that Guayule never seems to pick up much traction as a commercial crop? Yes, there are attempts to grow it commercially in Arizona and it is constantly hyped as the crop of the future but it's always in the future. In that sense it reminds me of the flying cars we were promised when we were in elementary school.