kooza_homeLast night, for her birthday, I took Melissa to see KOOZA which is the the Cirque du Soleil performance taking place under the tent at Atlantic Station in downtown Atlanta. WOW! It was very cool and worth the money that I spent on the tickets. If the show ever comes to your city…GO! Or if you are ever in vegas you can see one of their shows there.


You Give Them Something to Eat!

Matthew 14:13-16

When Jesus heard what had happened to John, he left in a boat and went to a lonely place by himself. But the crowds heard about it and followed him on foot from the towns.When he arrived, he saw a great crowd waiting. He felt sorry for them and healed those who were sick.

When it was evening, his followers came to him and said, “No one lives in this place, and it is already late. Send the people away so they can go to the towns and buy food for themselves.”

But Jesus answered, “They don’t need to go away. You give them something to eat.”

During my quiet time this morning I read this story of the feeding of the five thousand, and I was struck my what Jesus said to his disciples. The disciples, as we often do, focused on what we do not have and had grown weary of the crowds of people following Jesus. The crowds had a hunger and desire to be with Jesus and instead of encouraging that by providing for their physical needs, the disciples instead told the crowds to “go home!”

I wonder if we do not feel the same way at times. Ministry is hard and people can be a handful to deal with at times. If the people are cleaned up and have their lives together, then they would have no need for Jesus. But the reality is that people’s lives are messy and when we get into their lives it will require a commitment on our part which will take time and sacrifice. We cannot send them away when ministry becomes difficult.

Jesus’ words to the disciples echo those of what was spoke to Peter, “feed my sheep.” We have a responsibility to feed the people that come to Jesus. Every morning I feed our pets and at times it is a burden and a pain in the #%*! But they are my responsibility and if I do not feed them they will starve. Preaching, teaching, coaching, and leading people who come to Jesus takes a lot out of us as leaders, but we must rise to the task and not waiver in our responsibilities.

Father, Husband, President

Obama Inauguration One of the traits about our new President, that I most admire and want to emulate in my life is that he sees himself as a father first, then a husband, and then as the President of the United States. He loves his two daughters very much and that is quite evident when you watch and listen to him talk about his family. He also loves his wife and understand that his second priority is to be a husband to Michelle. As a soon to be father, I can only hope that I can have our new President’s sense of priorities when my first child arrives later this Summer.

What a day!

captphoto_1232535029856-2-0Looking at the scene of people (all 1.9 million of them) in Washington D.C. yesterday for the inauguration of our new President, I could not help but feeling a tremendous amount of pride and wishing that I could have been there. The stories of people who traveled to be there to witness history was inspiring. I join others in praying for our new President and his family and place my hope that he has been raised up to lead our country at a time of God’s choosing as has occurred in the past.

What are your thoughts from yesterday’s inauguration?

Football Coaches & Pastors

I have been giving this post some thought for sometime, but only until recently did I have the mind to blog about it. I have noticed that football coaches and pastors have a lot in common. Whenever the end of the regular season in football rolls around and the coaches who have not met their expectations and have been fired dominates the news, the talk turns to who is leaving and who is going to be coming in.

Changes in leadership are never easy whether it is in the church or sports. When a pastor is let go from a church or is hired to lead a church, the focus becomes upon his vision and is he the right fit? Turning back to football, I hear the same conversations and musings taking place. In this respect, I see similarities between coaches and pastors.

Another area of similarity that I see is in the area of interviewing. Many coaches are hired simply because of their name or reputation and not because they are a good “fit” for the job or the team. Many talented coached never get the chance to interview for jobs because of their race or because they are bad interviewers. When it comes to hiring our pastors, we often focus on where the candidate went to school, interned, or who they know more than if they are a good “fit.” I think that finding the right candidate who fits the team or the church is crucial. Many head coaches and lead pastors are not cut out for the job! They would be better suited being an assistant coach or focusing on an area of ministry where they are most gifted and passionate.

The people behind the scenes are the ones who must make the difficult decision of hiring a coach or lead pastor and it is in their best interest to take their time and hire the right guy. Far to many pastors and coaches are let go because they were not the right “fit.” As the coaching carousel continues this off-season, I shall watch with great amusement and wonder to myself about the coach and the team while also thinking about the church and people who are leading church and the people who are looking to lead churches and the parells that I see.

what do you think…is there a similarity between coaches and pastors?

How is your faith?

In Matthew chapter 8, Jesus heals a man with leprosy and then heals the servant of a Roman solider. In both instances, those miracles were preceded by the demonstration of great faith by two different individuals.  As I read these accounts this morning, I found myself asking if I had a faith that would be so bold as to ask Jesus to heal my servant from a distance. I think that if many of of us where honest with ourselves we would say that we have just enough faith to believe that Jesus is the son of God, but not enough faith to believe that he can change our lives and is in a better position to be in control of it!

Tomorrow, we will starting a new message series entitled, “ICrave” and it is our hope that through this message series, the  launching of connect groups, and a call to prayer and fasting that our commitment and devotion to God would be renewed and deepened.  I also believe that our faith is tied into our dependence upon God. If we crave God above everything else then our faith in him to have control over our lives will be much stronger.

Join us this Sunday if you are in the area! You can also listen to our pod cast at velocity242.org

I will be posting thoughts and challenges throughout the series, so check back!