A Great Story

Take time this weekend to read this article

A great story regarding Courtney Hawkins- a story of hope and leadership regarding a struggling high school football team, a poverty stricken community in Michigan, and a former ex NFL player looking to re-establish pride, a program, and winners in his hometown. 

Thanks to Joshua for turning me on to this great story.

Matt Chandler Interview

Check out the latest Catalyst podcast that features an interview with Matt Chandler, the lead pastor of The Village Church in metro Dallas. You can grab it at itunes or stream it live here.

Why Fundraising is a Blessing

If you work in a not-for-profit environment and/or are assigned in any way to raising money, then you need to read this. Thanks Seth for the heads up on this. And thanks Sasha for writing it

This is inspiring!

Young Influencers List- October edition

Here it is, the October edition of the Young Influencers List. You can see the archives here.

In no particular order:

1. Daley Haketalented musician and photographer from CA. Check out his work and some recent shots he took at Catalyst. He makes Carlos Whittaker look like a runway model! Daley- help me!

2. Steven Furtick– you’ve probably already heard about Steven and the incredible work happening at Elevation Church in Charlotte. Make sure to subscribe to his Sermon podcast. Prepare to be challenged. 

3. Justin Dillon visionary and Director of the recent rockumentary Call and Response. Also a musician and former member of the band Dime Store Prophets. His work in fighting sex trafficking and slavery is inspiring.

4. Danielle Bennett– Virginia native, a Junior at USC (that’s Southern Cal), and the most recent addition to the Catalyst team- our West Coast Catalyst intern. Danielle is gonna be president of something substantial someday. 

5. Aaron Keyes– gifted worship leader, and a fresh voice to worship leaders all over the world. Aaron has forgotten more scripture than I can remember. His approach to leading worship is fresh and extremely Biblical. 

6. Jonathan Bostic– if you need motion graphics, amazing videos, or just basic branding/graphics, Bostic is your man. Jonathan did the recent opening video and motion graphics display on the screens at Catalyst. He also helps out with Orange Conference, Passion Conferences, and does work with several bands and musicians.

Who to Vote For?

Yeah, I’ve already decided who I am voting for in this upcoming election. However, I don’t think it is my responsibility to tell everyone via blog, email, facebook, podcast or any other medium whom YOU should vote for. 

This was the context of Kevin Myers teaching this morning at 12 Stone. In 20 years of the existence of 12 Stone Church, he has never even preached on politics. And he wasn’t about to tell anyone who to vote for, or which party to line up with today. But, he did lay the wood down in regards to how we as Believers should view this election, and our involvement in politics in general. His main points:

– Jesus is bigger and greater and much more highly ranked in the “Kingdom” than the President of the US. 

– The Church is bigger and greater and much more highly ranked in the “Kingdom” than America. 

– Our primary (1st) citizenship as a follower of Christ is the Kingdom of God. With this citizenship comes platform. 

– Our secondary (2nd) citizenship as humans is to our country- in my case the United States of America. With this citizenship comes “pallet,” meaning that it is important and provides influence, but when you put a wooden pallet on a platform, it doesn’t compare. 

– We have to be aware of the difference between rights and responsibilities in both the Kingdom of God and here in our country. Focusing on RESPONSIBILITIES is more important. We have lost that in our country. We tend to focus today much more on “what is my right?”. 

– Daniel is a great example of how to be properly involved in both the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of man. 

– God doesn’t need our country. God has worked, and the Kingdom of God has continued to prevail, whether in dictatorships, democracies, communist regimes, or whatever political system. 

– Ultimately, he challenged everyone to do their homework, vote based on God’s values, and pray. Three good steps.

Weekend review

– Oklahoma can score at will, but can’t stop anyone on defense. 

– Oklahoma State might be the best team in the state of Oklahoma this year. It pains me to admit that.

– Flying to the west coast and back in a matter of 48 hours is tough on the old body.

– Fall has officially arrived in Georgia this week, with temperatures down in the low 40’s. 

– You can find some great interviews, articles, and videos on the American Express Open Forum site. Several featuring Seth Godin and Tom Peters

– I am joining the ranks of phone hipsters today by purchasing the 3G iphone. Yessir!

Chad Johnson from the Catalyst team officially got engaged to Kim Williams on Wednesday night at Pebble Beach. Way to go Mr. Johnson!

Hulu now has most major tv shows on their site that you can watch on demand.

West Coast Fever

Got to hang with some friends from the West Coast earlier this week. Mike Foster, Jud Wilhite, Eric Bryant, Charles Lee, Mike Erre, David Chrzan, Kyle Zimmerman, Kym Andrews and many others. Also got to see a great ministry up close. Attended Generate on Wednesday night, a high school and college ministry in southern California at Crossroads Church in Corona, CA. Tony Wood, who leads this ministry, has captured the attention of students in this area. Over 1,500 were in attendance on Wednesday night, with great worship, challenging teaching from Tony, and connection with each other. It reminded me of 7:22 here in Atlanta during its early years. Tony is doing an incredible job. Stay tuned to this influential ministry.