What about the Olympics is so Different…

What about the Olympics is so Different…

Have you considered the raging contagion sweeping the globe and particularly in the Western world? Business men, bag boys, hairdressers, and haberdashers all equally afflicted and enjoined. TV networks are putting up half-hearted programming as they realize the juggernaut just cannot be stopped.

Of course, we are talking about the 2016 Olympics held in mosquito free Rio! Between internet updates, late night replays, made for television moments, and the Twitterverse/Facebook reaction, we are experiencing an increasingly rare shared event.

Growing up in the 70’s, our television was occupied by the major 3 networks and the occasional PBS (when we could pick it up.) Everyone saw the same things, experienced much of the same information — nationally and regionally. The advent of cable television followed by the individualizing factor of the Internet has almost ensured that majorities of peoples will have demonstrably few of those shared experiences and emotions so common 40+ years ago.

These facts have been illustrated and debated at length by others and I do not wish to further add to that analysis. If possible, could we learn something vital as we have this wonderfully rare moment of shared experience?

What is it about the Olympics that brings so many together with so much passion?

Nationalistic fervor? Sure. Sports fans? Of course. Non-sports fans? Yes. To be honest, for each noun or adjective one could list, an antonym would fit just as easily. So, the Olympics are not just a unique shared event, they are an anomaly in that those who follow the triumphs and tragedies do not neatly fit any of the typical demographic boxes.

My explanation and the teachable moment for those of us called to leadership roles — one-word “marriage.”

The Olympics is the perfect marriage of head and heart.

It is the back story of overcoming incredible hardships, the abundant statistics for the number lover, the drama of last-second or split second finishes, the what and the why! It is not just an event or a sport, it is the perfect marriage of all that coupled with intense emotion. We feel it. We want it to happen… We are upset to the point of tears for those who lose and jumping around in our pajamas for winners who names we cannot pronounce! We know the schedules, how many medals, who is the underdog, favored, long shot, last time competing — we are overwhelmed with data but the data only furthers our fervor.

Simply put, we must always understand that we are communicating words and data constantly. To be sure, our presentations need polish and our graphics can always be sharper. We may need to take a page from the Olympics and go for the gold in communication by aiming for the head and the heart. Let’s help our volunteers and congregations feel the importance of what they are doing and be motivated by the passion that they belong to something bigger than themselves.


2016 Tech Tips Seminar & Not a Lone Ranger Seminar

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More than Lone Ranger

Presentations from Wednesday

  1. Tech Tips 
  2. Tech Tips Audio 
  3. More Than a Lone Ranger
  4. More Than a Lone Ranger Audio 
  5. From Brandon Roysden –
    1. http://www.alifetolead.com/mange-your-to-do-list-with-todoist/ 
    2. http://www.alifetolead.com/mange-your-to-do-list-with-todoist/ 

Sermons, Bible Study, Logos, Prayer

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Reading for the Head and Heart

This is a list from RZIM ministries. What a way to spend the Summer!

Recommended Reading

Introductory Recommended Reading

John Bunyan, Pilgrims Progress
Daily Light on the Daily Path (collection of Bible readings)
Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart, How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth
Os Guinness, The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life
C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
C.S. Lewis, Screwtape Letters
J.I. Packer, Knowing God
Roger Steer, George Muller: Delighted in God
John Stott, The Cross of Christ
John White, The Fight
Brother Yun, Heavenly Man
Ravi Zacharias, The Grand Weaver: How God Shapes Us through the Events of Our Lives

Further Reading in Apologetics

Norman Geisler, Christian Apologetics
Alister McGrath, The Twilight of Atheism: The Rise and Fall of Disbelief in the Modern World
Esther Lightcap Meek, Longing to Know: The Philosophy of Knowledge for Ordinary People
Amy Orr-Ewing, Is the Bible Intolerant?
Francis Schaeffer, A Francis Schaeffer Trilogy: The God Who Is There, Escape from Reason, He Is There and He Is Not Silent
James W. Sire, Naming the Elephant: Worldview As a Concept
N.T. Wright, Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense
Ravi Zacharias, Can Man Live Without God?
Ravi Zacharias, ed., Beyond Opinion: Living the Faith We Defend

20 Questions for Prospective Pastors

20 Questions for Prospective Pastors to Ask of their Prospective Churches

This is the first of an occasional series about the sometimes awkward interchange between churches seeking shepherds and shepherds seeking flocks.

To be certain, there are many other areas that should be addressed. These include the arenas of doctrine, staff relationships, and the leading of the Spirit of God to call a man to the work. Also, the present way many churches seek a pastor whether it is a “beauty contest” with multiple preachers presented before one is considered, or the “few services and vote” approach, I strongly suggest there is a much better alternative to either of these. Continue reading 20 Questions for Prospective Pastors

Rodney’s Readings 3-11-2016

Here are some things I came across during the past week that were either interesting, helpful, or just … there.

Enjoy my list. Don’t forget to comment

In Memory of Jerry Bridges: A Roundup of Articles and Quotes

Tyler Smith at Logos has done a great job of assembling some of the best of the tributes to Jerry Bridges who just passed away March 6, 2016.

Why You Should: Use Virtual Private Networks

Everyone who travels at all or works remotely (even from a coffee shop) should give the article a thorough reading.

How to Create an Evangelistic Culture in Your Church

Great short video with ideas for creating the culture we all want in our churches.

Top 10 Productivity Tools for Pastors

Several apps and ideas I already use. Good tips as well as few you may not have heard of before.

Walk alongside the elephants of the Samburu National Reserve in Street View

Our new friends and missionaries, the Simmons, are ministering the gospel to these people surrounded by these creatures.

Want to Be an Outstanding Leader? Keep a Journal.

For the first time in forever, I have journaled almost daily since after Christmas 2015. This is a neat article focused on leadership and journaling.

Gary Smalley Has Died

Jim Daly remembers the author who helped so many of us with our relationships.

My Top 10 Takeaways from The Launch Conference

There are many conferences and seminars I would like to attend. I appreciate summaries like this one that give a good bit of what I would have learned (I know, not experienced)

This is How I Set Up Todoist and actually GTD

5 Ways Todoist Changed My Life

Two articles about Todoist, the task manager that I use daily and find to be very helpful.

and finally, just to show you that all the crazies are running for office.

Find “Inner Peace” and “Community” at… Nudist Church?

Don’t miss the name of the church … “White … Tail” <groan>