Thursday, January 29, 2009


There is maybe nothing more humbling than realizing that I am not good enough to be complete in life.  Well, maybe having some other tenants from our coffeehouse building come down to the basement to make sure everything is ok because they hear me wrestling a friend…  Humbling.  Besides that, it is hard to stomach falling short in any area of life.  I have been focusing on those areas in the current series “Unqualified.”  The reality that we need to understand is that we do fall short and that’s ok.  It is ok because of our living God.  He fills our given void.

Check out this week’s message as I deal with the issue of fixing people.  We are incapable of truly fixing people, and that’s OK.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Do We Have Something Unique?

I have found it very easy to dismiss God’s hand in building His church.  What does that really mean anyway.  Are we taking that too literally or not literally enough?  Jesus loves the church.  He is interested in putting it together.  I have no doubt of this.  I do wrestle with the reality that it is possible to “screw up church.”  We can.  That has to be a hard one for Jesus to swallow.

This said…  I am blown away by the people at Corner Church.  AMAZING.  How can a “random” group of people be so intriguing, interesting, talented, visionary, influential, genuine…  As I continually get to know our growing church family more and more, I ask the question, do we have something unique?  I am confident God is building our church.  Not a building, not a system, not an organization, but people.

I guess I am feeling honored to be a part of what Jesus has, is, and will do at Corner Church.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Future Questions

I have a couple of questions about living the life God has for us.  Sometimes seeing where something is, is more easily done by seeing where it is not…

1)  Do you think we miss God’s plans for our future more often by moving to quickly or by moving to slowly?

2)  Do you think we miss God’s plans for our future more often by trying to hard or by not trying hard enough?

3)  Do you think we miss God’s plans for our future more often by risking to much or by not risking enough?

4)  Do you think we miss God’s plans for our future more often by thinking and planning to much or by not thinking and planning enough?

5)  Do you think we miss God’s plans for our future more often by talking about them to much or by not talking about them enough?

I would love your feedback.  I am continuing to work on the series “Unqualified.”  I am focusing on the idea that we can’t fill the shoes of our future, and that’s OK.  If you have a minute, give me some feedback.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009


This week I continued on with the series Unqualified: I Can’t Fill These Shoes and That’s OK. This week we looked at the truth that we can’t fill the shoes of being a pleaser in life. Listen in on Sunday’s service as we talked through two things to get over and a realization about being a PLEASER.

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Little Annoyances

This morning I had to run out of downtown to have coffee with a friend and I was reminded of the weight of little annoyances.  Not only their weight on me, but their weight on us all.  I think little annoyances have more impact on our world than we would like to admit.

As I was driving on the interstate out of downtown Minneapolis on the crazy cold morning the roads were spotted with black ice and were quit treacherous, but there were still a few drivers weaving in and out of traffic.  Annoying.  When I got to the coffeehouse that I was meeting at I saw a lady try to get in a door that was an emergency exit and when she realized her mistake she threw up her arms in visible disgust.  In this coffeehouse the door was hanging up on the rug and staying open.  I saw the same person get up and pull it shut at least five times.  On my way back to downtown I got behind a person that did not believe in making right turns on red.  No cars coming.  I could see that she was not even trying.  I was filled with road-rage.  On the interstate again I saw four cars spun on the side of the road.  As I creped by them, the drivers all had the same facial expression.  An expression I understand.  Defeated, annoyed, humiliated, trapped, and now late.  When I got back to our condo I drove into our parking garage and instantly the windows totally steamed up.  This happens when it is twenty below outside.  I crawled through the garage with my head hanging out the rolled down window.  Annoying.  Then finally after dropping our girls off at school I was trying to merge right in order to make a turn and a car visible accelerated in order to make this merge impossible.  Annoying.

I bet if I spent a whole day counting and recounting annoyances I could write not just a book, but volumes of books.  The reality that I am feeling is that it is easy to focus on the annoyances and that same focus compounds as I spot them and brew over them.  Have you ever felt sorry for the person that comes along innocently and feels the wrath of this focus?  I am sorry.  The list of people that have felt that from me is long. 

I need to quit taking little annoyances so seriously.  Laugh more.  Be more flexible.  Realize the scale of annoyance.  Stop grumbling…

When I get these out of balance I find it ruling my world.

Am I alone in this?  From what I saw today… I don’t think so.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009


This past Sunday I started a new series called “I Can’t Fill These Shoes, and That’s OK.”

I started out talking about the business of our lives.  Our culture embraces the idea that if we do more and more and more it will be better. What we find in that mentality is that we can’t fill the shoes of the constantly growing expectations. 

We can’t fill the shoes of life’s business, and that’s OK.

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Sunday, January 4, 2009

I Can't Fill These Shoes... and That's OK

Today I am starting a new series at Corner Church called “I Can’t Fill These Shoes and That’s OK.” I am the first to admit that it is very easy to try to be self sufficient. Talk about how we need God, but in action live as if He is a side note. When we see that we can’t fill the shoes of life fully without Him we are on the edge of a genuine faith. I am definitely learning.