Monthly Archives: September 2005

Am I A Powerpoint Christian?

 All Blow and No Go I was reading an article this week about a technology company that had finally moved from the boardroom to actually building something, the president of the company made a simple remark that got me thinking.  He simply said, “We’re not a PowerPoint company anymore…we’re a hardware company…”[1] I was struck immediately with the significance of what he said as it applied to more than just his company but to me as an individual; really to all of us – not as a congregation or a group – but as individuals.  The concept of moving from a PowerPoint company to a hardware company was meant to convey that until this moment of product testing, for the last few years everything they had done existed only on paper.  They had attended meeting after meeting, and endured one “collaborative design” session after another but hadn’t yet produced a product. How long can a company remain a company if all they ever do is meet in the boardroom?   At some point in time, the idea swapping and focus sharpening that happens in the boardroom has got to translate into a product coming off the factory floor or the investors are going to drop you like a hot potato. As […]

Never Give Up on a Lost Cause

We all know someone who fits the mold of the lost cause.  For each of us someone comes into our mind when we say the word “impossible”  Think about that person for a moment that you have tried a million times to work with and they do nothing but make your life and your job miserable.  Or what about that person from years ago that knew you when and now doesn’t respect your faith because of how you used to be.  Think about that person that you have given the gospel to a dozen times and yet they still won’t believe. The gospel of Jesus is communicated and Refused.  Love is offered and rejected.  your heart feels ripped out and your own faith feels shaken, you finally come to the conclusion that this person will never fully comprehend the power of God and will never be able to share your joy. You feel like you’ve done everything you can to bring about change in their life and yet you find yourself still rejected and ridiculed.  You believe you have found a lost cause, a hopeless case. And sometimes we feel like giving up. But God never gives up on a lost cause.  God doesn’t see it the way we do.  […]

Remembering Christ

Paul records for us the words of Jesus in 1 Corinthians 11. Verses 23-26 Jesus tells us that when we eat the bread we are supposed to eat it in remembrance of Him. And when we drink the cup, we are to drink it in remembrance of Him. Furthermore, as often as we eat the bread of Christ’s broken body, and as often as we drink the cup we are proclaiming the death of Christ. Remember Christ. What does it mean to “remember” Christ? Four Years ago today, over 3000 Americans were killed in an Islamic attack on The Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and more still in a Pennsylvanian field – where a third attack -probably headed for Washington DC was averted. Flags will be flown at half staff and people will pause again to remember those who died on that day. These observances give us a glimpse at what it means to remember Christ in the Communion service. Why do we want to remember the events of 9/11? Because remembering them – reminds us of the reason for so much of what we are doing today! Do you remember the feeling in your gut when you heard a second plane had hit the World Trade Center? Instinctively we recognized […]