Church Sign Generator

Sometimes I don’t even know how I end up on sites like this:Church Sign Generator… but, alas, I ended up there today. Then I remembered my good friends who have a church plant in Richmond and thought, “They need a sign.” So, I set out to do my best.

Pulling from my experiences on the back roads of South Georgia I pulled out all the stops and came up with what I think would be a really great church sign from my friends church in Richmond.

nice.

The Blog, A Job, and an Update

First, the blog. Well… we’ve finally settled into the new diggs and I’m pretty happy with the results. For those who watched some of the tweeks we’ve made this week, you’ll notice that I have removed the advertisements out of the posts. While I wasn’t too worried about them being intrusive, I did notice that some of the links went to theologically questionable site that I can’t say we at The Daily Burns can recommend to our readers… So, while the idea of making a few bucks off the ads was nice, it isn’t worth people thinking we are associated with the sites it was sending you to. Along those lines, I will miss the ad for “Pastor Ringtones.” What in the heck is a “Pastor Ringtone?”

Ok, second. Yeah, so the other day I was on the website of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. This is one of the most amazing churches in all of the United States. Their passion for the gospel, church planting, social justice, and so many other areas is truly amazing. The stuff they are doing there is really revolutionary. The senior pastor of the church is Tim Keller and he is on of the most amazing pastors alive today. Well, as I mentioned, I was on their site and I was looking for some sermons to listen to when I stumbled across this:

Executive Assistant to Senior Pastor
Redeemer is seeking a high-level Executive Assistant for our senior pastor, Tim Keller. The candidate will take a lead role in working with Tim and his part-time Executive Assistant. The ideal candidate will have a minimum 8-10 years of job-related experience, including significant administrative and/or personal assistant experience. Strong problem-solving and decision-making abilities, proven organizational skills, initiative and multi-tasking are essential. A minimum of a 4-year college degree is required. For more information and a detailed position description, please send a cover letter and resume to Helen Chen Baez

Now, I doubt I’d get the job or that it’d pay enough to support a family in New York, but hey… I’m going to apply just for the fun of it. Who knows… I might get the job. Which would be really freekin cool. To work, hands on, with Tim Keller. To see and be involved in all that Redeemer is doing in New York and around the world. That training and work environment would serve as some serious training for whatever the future may hold for me as a church planter. So, why not… we’ll see what happens.

Third, an update. Now, while I am applying for this job, we are still very much in the throws of getting ready for going to seminary. Jenn sent in her application the other day and I mailed off my deposit for the spring semester. (Exciting news is that I actually get to sign up for classes beginning November 1st). Now, we still have the one big hurdle left to jump in Richmond, namely selling our house. We had a showing yesterday, which is a pleasant change. Not sure how it went, but hopefully our realtor will call and let us know.

So, I guess that’s all I know for now.

Two turntables and a microphone

I was talking to Raymond Goodlett last night about a church plant called Epiphany Fellowship in downtown Philadelphia that is working to take the gospel to those in the hip-hop culture. Looking into what these guys are doing is really amazing.

I stumbled across this video below and was blown away. This is apparently from an outreach that the church put together. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen, personally at least, such a great example of taking the unchanging gospel and expressing it in the language and culture you are trying to reach. I look at these guys and think that this is exactly the see the same passion that drove CT Studd and the Cambridge 7 to take on the traditional Chinese dress, customs, and language in order to take the gospel to inland china (a revolutionary approach in those days).

If you have the time, watch this video. Regardless of whether or not you like hip-hop, this video is worth the watch. Listen to how these guys are preaching the good news of salvation in Christ alone… I was honestly moved to tears during the last minute of this video. The passion of this presentation is amazing. I think that more preachers should take a cue from this guy and preach with the passion and clarity that this guy raps. Take a peek and let me know what you think:

Monday Musings on Sunday Sermons

Ever have one of those Sunday mornings where your brain refuses to pay attention. Well, confession time, that was me yesterday. Not that I think Pastor Doug reads my blog, but in the case that he does, I’m sorry… it was my brains fault.

For those who wonder, my brain, instead of paying attention, decided to think about planting a church in Orlando. That’s right, my brain invest 45 minutes it could have been learning about Daniel to think about what it would be like to move to Orlando and start a church… It was really strange, especially I don’t think of myself as “lead planter” material. In fact, the mental journey was kind of scary.

The funny part was how my brain decided to start the church. It all started with a Sunday morning meeting at this trendy, “un-cool” cool coffee/bar/video store that where my brother and sister-in-law hang out. It wasn’t a church service, but rather a Q&A about Christianity… The shop has a stage and an area where it would work… and my brain decided to run through all kinds of situations from the irate person who storms the stage all the way to it actually working and a church being born… coincidently, if it worked, my brain decided to name the church after the coffee/bar/video store.

Anyway, if you ever catch me staring off into space and you wonder what I’m thinking… just know… I might be planting a church… or thousands of other oddities.

Happy monday.

Why Church Planting

(Subtitle – Why I Want to Church Plant)

Drew Goodmanson posted a video that compiled some of the common stats used in the discussion on the need to plant churches. Since I assume that most of you won’t go to his site and sit through the whole thing, here are some of the highlights:

  • Between 1991 and 2004 the number of unchurched people in the US almost doubled
  • In 1900 there were 28 churches for every 10,000 people in the US… In 2004 there were 11
  • From 1900 to 2000 the US population increased by 269 percent. The number of churches increased by only 65% in the same time period
  • 3,500 to 4,000 churches close every year in the US
  • 1/2 of all churches in the US saw NO growth thru conversion
  • In the US there are 98 million people under the age of 25. Those under the age of 25 are the least likely to attend church
  • Between 2000 and 2004 every state experienced a decline in people attending church except Hawaii
  • The increase in the number of churches in the US is only about 1/4 what it needs to be to keep up with population growth
  • “Dozens of denominational studies have confirmed that the average new church gains most of its new members (60-80%) from the ranks of people who are not attending any worshipping body, while churches over 10- 15 years of age gain 80-90% of new members by transfer from other congregations. This means that the average new congregation will bring 6-8 times more new people into the life of the Body of Christ than an older congregation of the same size.” Why Plant Churches – Tim Keller, Redeemer Presbyterian Church
  • “Planting new churches is the most effective evangelistic methodology known under heaven.” C. Peter Wagner

The stats are sobering… at least for me they are. What do you think?