Monday, March 5, 2012


I have heard a lot recently about the heresy of the health and wealth gospel.  I want to set the record clear.  I concur that  the good news of Jesus is all about Health, Wealth, and Prosperity.  We have been healed of our brokenness and spiritual demise.  Healed may not be the best word.  Perhaps better are the words raised from the dead and remade, recreated, restarted!
As for Wealth and Prosperity, there are two realities we have in Christ.  WE are fellow-heirs with Christ and heirs of God Himself (Romans 8:16 & 17).  Better news than this, God is going to inherit us (Ephesians 1:18)
Beyond this, God has given us Himself already.  WE have the Spirit of Christ living in us.  He is present to empower and embolden us to proclaim the good news and testify as to the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus and the ways He has changed our lives.  He is present to construct the character of Christ in us.  He is present to gift us so we can be useful tools to serve and build up the body of Christ.  He is the very presence of The Almighty Creator, Everlasting Father, King of Glory, LOVE HIMSELF!
HEALTH, WEALTH, AND PROSPERITY!  Far more than here and now in the physical!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Blutterfly Circus

Outstanding. Moving. Inspiring. Encouraging.
If you haven't seen this, get ready for one of the best 20 minute viewings you have ever had!


Monday, March 21, 2011


It is that time of year again - the Tulsa Workshop ( and I am heading there Tuesday. God has been good to allow me to go Tuesday to Tuesday this year. Even better is to have two of my kids there - and one of them gracious enough to put me up for my time there. Not that Jess isn't gracious to do that; she would if it were possible --- but with a house full of female housemates, it just isn't practical.
This year I have been asked to lead two classes - both concerning evangelism. One on anchor points of evangelism and the other on how to stay on fire for sharing the good news! I am pretty stoked about this opportunity because of the 35 years of the workshop's existence, I have attended 33 of them. This one event has been one of the greatest things God has used to shape, motivate, and grow me into the man I am today. It is at the workshop I fully committed myself to do whatever it takes to help others come to Jesus, grow in Jesus, and send them out for/with Jesus to reach others. It is at this workshop that God healed a lot of my brokenness and broke some of my arrogance. It is at this workshop God trained and focused a lot of my kids' desire and abilities to share Jesus with others. It is at this workshop that 1,000s and 1,000s have been challenged and changed. It is at this workshop relationships have formed and reunions with friends have occurred. I thank God for the Tulsa Workshop.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Organizational Communication

This year I have undertaken a new endeavor. I am teaching an intersession class, Organizational Communication, at BSU. We meet every day (Monday - Thursday before Christmas, Monday - Friday for two weeks after New Year - 9:30 - 12:15). I only have 8 students - 4 men, 4 women. It is a great opportunity for me to explore and develop new understandings and insights about how communication works within and without organizations.
Of all the theoretical perspectives describing organizational communication, I believe that Systems Theory makes the most sense. Systems considers organizations as organisms interacting with its environment. The basic concepts involve input-throughput-output, boundaries, entropy, feedback, adaptability, goals, homeostasis, equifinality, and equilibrium. Equifinality probably fascinates me the most. It is the concept that there are a number of ways to reach the same goal.

Too often in families, groups, churches, organizations, etc. the members become myopic seeing only one method of accomplishing a particular goal. This precludes the ongoing direction of God and excludes those who have chosen another means of accomplishing the exact same goal.

Sunday, March 28, 2010


I am sitting in a coffee shop in Tulsa, OK Sunday afternoon after a good time at the Tulsa Workshop. I appreciate the tremendous work Jason Thornton and Shane Coffman did to put it together and make sure it all ran smoothly. Very encouraging sessions especially from Patrick Mead. And a great worship session led by Kyler Erwin.

Though the workshop classes and keynotes were good, what made this one great for me was staying with my son in his new house with Jessica and Tricia coming up from Louisiana and Texas together with my nephew and niece (Matt and Brittany) coming up from Norman. What a great blessing and experience with a full heart that nearly burst with love and thanksgiving.

The personal challenge to me from this year's workshop is to trust God; I mean really trust Him to work through me and beyond me! I have for way to long depended on flesh-based strategies and resources to accomplish God-sized tasks. I believe that the Spirit is leading me to trust Him far more than in the past -- I can't wait to see how He will be working this next year as I learn to "depend more on Him than myself." (2 Cor 1:8-11) I truly believe that one man on fire for Jesus can reach an entire valley of around 1/2 million people. How much more with an entire church of over 100!