Why We Kicked the Kids Out of Church and How It’s Don Miller’s Fault

We kicked the kids out of church this Sunday. They’re just too aggravating. Just kidding. Well, sort of. Although we normally keep everyone in the same room for church, we’ll be kicking the kids into another room for a more kid-centric service for a few weeks. That way, as we’re working through Don Miller’s Blue Like Jazz study the adults will be free to talk about things like partying, sex, drugs, alcohol, and…what? You mean Christians are allowed to talk about those things at church? Yes, they are. We’re trying to get away from the normal church practice of “You mean, those things don’t just go away if we ignore them?”

So, yeah, we’re getting into some very touchy stuff in the coming weeks with our discussions. I hope you’ll join us. It’ll be embarrasing and interesting.

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Now, onto more updates…

Creation Magazine is offering a free digital issue. It’s a magazine I subscribe to and read. You can get your free one HERE.

Check out Faith Street if you’re looking for a church while travelling. We actually had some cool visitors come to us because of our listing. Type 29575 into the zip code locator and you’ll see us.

A couple of us just attended the recent Global Leadership Summit. For my write-up on that, click HERE and another one from me that was posted on someone else’s blog HERE.

Don’t forget our Wednesday night studies at the Denny’s in Surfside on the bypass at 7pm. We’re working through Jack Canfield’s Success Principles.  We just finished a great lesson on building personal mission statements. A friend of mine sent me a great article by Richard Branson on the very same thing. You can find it HERE.

Despite what you think about his politics or his movies, George Clooney is doing some great things for South Sudan in relation to their coffee industry. HERE is the link to an article on his latest endeavor.

And I’ll wrap up this update with a great quote. I’ve been catching a lot of criticism lately on my job as a Pastor by a person that doesn’t even attend our church. I’m getting pretty used to the criticism. If I didn’t get any criticism, it could mean that I’m not working hard enough. Even so, since this person doesn’t darken the hallowed doors of the building we hold church in, a quote from Teddy Roosevelt seemed very applicable.

“It is not the critic who counts;

not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena,

whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly;

who errs and comes short again and again; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions;

who spends himself in a worthy cause;

who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst,

if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.”

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