One More Thing

Hi Five Oakers, The weekend's coming and there are a few things I want to share with you.


The Weekend

Everybody is greater than somebody. Really!

When we band together as a church to proclaim the gospel and demonstrate it's transforming power and love to each other and to a lost world, we are unstoppable. Jesus said the church, the church, built on the confession of Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God, is a prevailing church (Matthew 16:13-18). The gates of hell won't prevail against it.

That's why, when we gather as the church and each person does their part in being the church to each other, the result is incredible. We're going to look at that result this weekend in Acts 6. It might surprise you. You make a difference in a prevailing church.

Next weekend we resume our series, "The Gospel According to Joseph."



Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra on "Introducing the Bible! Now with Less! Delete the chapter and verse numbers. Kill all the notes. Make it one column. Make a million bucks.

If you watch Adam Lewis Greene's Kickstarter campaign page for more than a couple of seconds, you can see the number of pledges pop higher. With two days left, Greene's goal of raising $37,000 to print a Bible "designed and crafted for reading, separated into four elegant volumes, and free of all numbers and notes" has been met several times over. In fact, it just surpassed $1 million.

Yancey Yarrington on Indoctrinate Your Kids? Yes!

Even parents holding a negative view of indoctrination indoctrinate. Suppose a father and mother who pride themselves as intellectual progressives that disdain indoctrination in any form confidently proclaim they’ve withheld themselves from pushing their personal belief systems upon their kids. They chose to instruct their children to discover what’s true for themselves. However, they fail to see this also is indoctrination. They are attempting to deposit into their children the “ideology” or “principle” that truth is relative.

One More Thing

The Leadership Summit is half over as I write this. What a great first day. Here are a few highlights captured by my son Aaron who is working sound for the event here at Five Oaks:

// Bill Hybels: "People join organizations; they leave managers."

// Carly Fiorina: "Leaders never accomplish anything worthwhile when acting on their own."

// Jeffrey Immelt: "A [rising leader] questions authority, drives change."

// Susan Cain: "Restore quiet to your culture."

// Bryan Loritts: "I can't claim to have God's heart and do nothing for the least of these."

// Patrick Lencioni: "I'm tired of hearing about servant leadership; I don't think there's any other kind."