The Generation Gap

The generation gap is not a gap in time it is a gap in responsibility. 

The generation gap occurred when one generation saw their children living out the effects of their own sinful actions and they responded by pretending it was not their fault. They have embraced the greed within their social standing but when their children's embrace goes beyond their social limits they distance themselves from their children.  They pretend like they didn’t raise their children this way. The generation gap is the effect of treating sin like a social faux paw.

 The solution is therefore quite plain. Stop treating the generation gap like a cultural phenomenon and address the difference morally. We must set a fire under the thinly veiled greed of the west. We must address the morality of the situation: our morality.

This is a moral problem.

This is your moral problem. You inherited it and you will most likely pass it on to your children; but there is a path that bridges this gap. The path is repentance. It is the path of obedience.

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Mud Filled Valley – My view of Church Planting

 

Building or planting a church is like being in a large mud filled valley. We all stand in mucky clay looking at at the towers called churches around us. It seems obvious by looking around that we must build a structure tall enough that the flood waters cannot reach the top of them, so we stack bricks on each other, forming our structure out of the clay ground. Soon a structure appears and very quickly we are happy with it’s form.

However, the message that I have for church planting is entirely different. I do not think we should stack the mud to make a structure. I believe that under the mud lies a structure. Years of unabated flooding have hidden the structure. We must take the mud scoop by scoop up to the top of the valley and build a damn to divert this water from our structure. Each scoop must be carried a long distance and the only way to build a structure that is high is to remove the mud and build a large damn in a distant place that at any moment could collapse and destroy the whole thing.

This is how I think about building a church. The delicate, difficult, and distant work of the kingdom is being hidden by small muddy structures built by different groups.

Our structure was already built. We are walking into it after a storm of neglect, so we do not recognize it.

 

People think we're crazy for digging in the mud. They think we are even crazier for sending our people long distances to solve major problems with nothing but a hand full of mud.

-Josh

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Well Tweets for 2011-12-23

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Well Tweets for 2011-10-21

  • Anyone interested in celebrating Sukkot is welcome to join me tomorrow night in my back yard to read scripture in my sukkah. Kids too! #
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Well Tweets for 2011-09-02

  • The Prayer Challenge starts today. Try to pray 300 prayers that you have never prayed before today. Take the #prayerchallenge #
  • Make the commitment to grow your prayer life next month and take the #prayerchallenge #
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Well Tweets for 2011-08-26

  • You can sing a new song, but can you pray a new prayer? Consider taking the prayer challenge this September. http://ow.ly/6bEls #
  • Great 14minute video about Christian Leadership by Regent University's gem Dr. Corne Bekker http://ow.ly/69X1v #
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Well Tweets for 2011-08-19

  • The Well September Challenge: Pray 10,000 new prayers. Challenge yourself to activate some creativity in your prayer life. #prayerchallenge #
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Well Tweets for 2011-07-15

  • The mind may be a terrible thing to waste but it is worse to use it alone. More people are deceived by their own thinking than by propaganda #
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Well Tweets for 2011-07-08

  • I was invited to join the Chapter House Podcast to discuss Church marketing. Give it a listen and tell me your thoughts #
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Well Tweets for 2011-05-13

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