Chick Fil A is my favorite fast food restaurant. Not because of their ideological leanings though I appreciate those. But because the food taste great, the employees are kind, the restaurant is clean, and the atmosphere is cheerful. I am getting hungry just thinking about a number one sandwich dipped in chick fill a sauce!
This popular restaurant was the idea of a great man. Mr. S. Truett Cathy thank you for bringing the idea of quality food and fantastic service to our country! Here are some lessons I have learned from this wonderful man and his business model:
1. Let the money you make change the world and not you.
Wealthy people aren’t greedy selfish snobs who don’t care about the world. Some are. But some poor people are greedy selfish snobs. Money and success doesn’t have to change you. In fact the more money power and influence you have the greater your opportunity to reach the world. Truett Cathy was a man who used his money to change the world rather than letting his money change who he was.
2. Value your community
How can you help the people you live with? Chick fill a has all kinds of special nights for local groups to raise money. They invest in their employees education. They give away free sandwiches to all types of organizations. They are constantly concerned with helping their community. This help-your-neighbor mentality always inspires me to love the people I do life with!
3. Treat your employees with grace and dignity and they will love their job and the people they serve.
I dislike ordering at fast food restaurants. Sometimes I feel like I just entered a Charles Dickens novel and I am Oliver Twist asking for more food. The looks I get range from you want what? to how dare you ask me for that? Of course there are many wonderful fast food employees but, far too often workers are frustrated with their job, don’t know how to use the register, and in some cases are rude or clearly just hate being there. I feel bad for these employees because many times they are reflecting the attitude that the management has passed on to them. They are good people who are over worked, under trained and almost always undervalued.
On the other hand Chick Fill A employees are some of the kindest upbeat workers. I love ordering there. The servers are always ready to help, are capable of working and it is their “pleasure” to serve you. The friendly helpful attitude at Chick Fil A comes from the top. Thank you Truett S Cathy for reminding all of us that: the way you treat people is many times the way they will treat others.
4. We all need a break some times
Perhaps one of the worst things that can happen to any one is pulling up to a Chick Fill A with a hanker’n for some waffle fries and a grilled chicken sandwich only to remember it is a Sunday. For more on this terrible tragedy watch comedian Tim Hawkins song on the subject.
But we all need a break. Perhaps more companies should hit the pause button for just one day. I know I need to do this more. It might make a difference for everyone that works for them and for everyone they serve. Because we all need a break sometimes.
Thank you Truett Cathy for teaching me some great life lessons and for creating a restaurant I have enjoyed for almost my entire life! Rest In Peace.
What is wrong with Millenials? Why are they rushing from the church like frosty the snowman from a summer heat wave?(you might be surprised to find they aren’t leaving the church in the droves that some flawed research indicates but that’s another article) I found that everyone has an answer…
Hollywood, Television, the internet, and social media are distracting Millenials from Christ.
LIberal college professors are deceiving millenials with psuedo-intellectualism. We have taken prayer and God out of Public schools,
Substituting shallow entertainment for spiritual worship.
The hypocrisy of church members. legalism, legalism, did I say legalism? Giving standards instead of love. Conditioning the outward while ignoring the heart. Spiritual Abuse. Becoming irrelevant to culture. Refusing to modernize.
And on the list continues. So why are millenials leaving the church is? Which one is it? Is it because of the church’s refusal to modernize and relate to a fast changing culture? Is it because of legalistic mentalities? Is it because shallow entertainment is being substituted for speaking the truth in love?
The answer. In the opinion of someone who has not only done in-depth research on the subject but also interacts with Millenials by the thousands all over America my answer to the above is, Yes.
Every one of these things has played a role in the exit of Millenials from the church. And there are many more unlisted reasons.
I don’t think we need another article on “why Millenials are leaving the church.” But we may need to realize that other paradigms of ministry might have a point. Perhaps instead of fighting over THE reason we should understand that there are many reasons.
We need to think through the Millenial exodus. But coming to the conclusions that there are 1 or 2 main reasons may limit your ability to reach all Millenials. There is multiple problems facing this group. They have experienced everything from a shallow Christianity to spiritual abuse.
We as a church need humility to realize that:
1. As long as there are sinners in the church there will be problems in the church. A paradigm shift won’t change the fact that we are broken.
2. Evaluating culture, modernizing and changing are not always sinful. God called the church to present God’s truth to the world. The world is not coming to the truth on their own.
3. It is not loving to avoid truth. It is not loving to only give truth. The truth must be spoken with love.
4. We must, above all others, seek to follow the guides that God has left us. His Word and the Holy Spirit.
5. We can learn from people different than us.
6. There is more than one issue that has driven Millenials and others away from the church. Rather than fighter over which reason they left, we must evaluate the way we reach others constantly and with humility.
Your thoughts on the matter are much appreciated. What are some of the problems you see with Millenials?
Encouraged and a little tired as I write this exciting report of Ask or Think on this bumpy plane ride. Our world has no greater need than the love of Jesus and the truth of His word. Sharing Jesus love from the truth of the Bible has been exactly what we have been doing.
The following has happened since July 14…
The second half of the summer was even busier than the first! (you can read the first half report here: Ministry Update) In one period of 21 days I spoke at 5 different ministries 34 times and traveled over 3,000 miles! Specifically I preached at 4 Camps: Amazing Grace Baptist Camp Kansas, Camp Calvary Bernville, PA; Highpoint Camp Geigertown, Pa; and Rock River Bible Camp, IL. Also one youth conference, one apologetics seminar, one Pure. Truth Conference, filmed an episode of the Creation Today Show, and preached the Spiritual Emphasis Week at Trinity Baptist College! As the message of the gospel, the hope found in the alive-again-Savior Jesus Christ was given, many were saved, others were restored, renewed and encouraged to walk with their Savior.
Here are just a few stories of how God used His word in lives:
1. Every one of these young men (pic below) made a decision to reach their friends with the gospel after a message on loving others that I shared. They will attend the same 8th grade middle school this fall with a purpose even greater than learning, reaching their friends with Christ. Their counselor told me that they already were planning specific ways that they could talk to their friends about Christ. Can’t wait to hear in heaven about the souls that will come to Jesus because of their witness!
2. At the same camp a young lady accepted Christ on the final day. She returned home to a household with two moms and no dad. Please join me in praying for her in this challenging situation.
3. On the first night of a different camp after the service a young lady gave me a razor blade. She had planned to cut herself with it that week. But she wanted to come to Christ and leave that habit behind!
4. A young man who was strongly doubting the existence of God testified at a campfire service that he had restored the broken fellowship with the God he had almost stopped believing in!
5. I especially enjoyed seeing the response at Trinity Baptist College on the second day of chapel as the alters were filled to thank God for his amazing sacrifice on the cross, to begin the semester worshiping Him, and to pray for those who needed to be reached with the gospel! (pic below)
There were many, many more decisions at these camps and the other places I was able to speak. We don’t report the numbers of spiritual decisions (read why here) because like the wind you can’t see them. (Jn 3:8-10) God knows exactly the hearts that were changed and touched through the power of His word.
Thank You. To those who pray and support our ministry. God worked this summer. Unfortunately there is not space in a single blog to talk about the many salvations and restorations that God did through these times of preaching and teaching His word.
Pray that fruit will remain and that faithful pastors, parents and mentors will follow through on the work that was started in lives. I am looking forward to a fall with eleven Pure. Truth conferences (www.puretruthconference.com), speaking, filming more episodes of Creation Today and our official Launch event for Ask or Think Ministries! (Now moved to November 21, 2014 in Pensacola, FL www.askorthink.com)
Because the honorariums and gifts for speaking do not cover all of our ministries needs (especially the conferences and camps), maybe you would consider partnering with us both through prayer or giving! God could use your effort in the workplace to make a difference in others lives through your financial investment. You can click the donate button on the left. (or here) maybe you would be willing to give just 5 or 10 dollars a month or perhaps a one-time gift. Every little bit helps!
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“Now unto Him that is able to above all that we could ask or think, Unto him be glory in the Church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages world without end Amen!” Ephesians 3:20-21
Glory to the king!
I just saw a billboard promoting a particular church that said “church for the rest of us.” The sign also contained a picture of a very tattooed and pierced person. The idea that the sign was communicating was that the fringes of society not usually accepted in the church can find a place at our church. At first glance this might be an attractive way to let unchurched people know they are welcome at your church. But is this the idea that any church should be communicating?
There is a danger with this type of advertising. There is currently a divide in the church over what is acceptable when it comes to reaching the de-churched, the unchurched and the non-church attenders. But I think we can all agree that throwing our Christian brothers needlessly under the bus is not the way to reach others with the love of Christ.
First of all the church isn’t “for” anybody. The church “is” the body of Christ. A called out group of believers. If anything the church is the bride of Christ and should be “for” Christ alone. But we know what they mean, the church service or the corporate worship time of the church is geared “for” this rest of us demographic.
The idea behind this marketing might seem good to you. Some people do have preconceived ideas that the church is against people with tattoos or won’t accept someone who doesn’t look churchy. The problem is, if they were wondering this, your sign just confirmed their suspicion. The concept of “church for the rest of us” implies that there is a “rest of us” a supposed unwanted group that the church refuses to accept. According to the sign this unwanted group is tattooed and has piercings. There is no doubt that there are condescending, legalistic, pretentious, unwelcoming people in the church. However the steretype that most church people are condescending to the unchurched is a fallacy. The vast majority of churches I have seen and been to are filled with broken people who love each other and their Savior and anyone who walks through the door to worship with them.
Why spend money on a sign that only confirms this tired stereotype?
But lets say your clever ploy works. Let’s say they come to your church because they feel your church is a safe, condescension free zone. They won’t be judged.
Even better let’s say they come and accept Christ into their life. This is truly great! But what about their future life in Christ. Have you created a person that loves Jesus but has a negative view of their brothers in the church down the road?
Now what? Are you going to break the news to them that Christians aren’t as hateful as you insinuated and it was just a marketing ploy to get them to attend your church. Or do you just encourage them to continue to think that your church is better than all the others because you are the only one that loves “the rest of us.”
Look I am glad that there was and is a movement in the church that wants unsaved and unchurched people to feel comfortable when they enter church. We need to continue to think through this. But throwing other churches under the bus through passive aggressive signs should be off limits. Why can’t the sign read “church is for all of us.” Because it is.
In the last five weeks I have been privileged to preach to thousands of souls across the United States including four camps in Tennessee, California, Michigan, and Wisconsin. I am looking forward to the next four weeks where I will be attending four more camps and a youth conference! During a “week off” we filmed 2 episodes of the Creation Today Show that included an interview with Ken Ham! (you can watch that here “Strawman Arguments” is the episode title)
While publishing numbers of spiritual decisions is not my policy I do want to let you know some specific ways I saw the Lord working. (if you would like to know why we don’t publish spiritual decisions you can read this article)
Each week of Camp was filled with life-changing decisions from so many of the young people. There are two of the messages that have really resonated with the camp crowd this summer. One is a message on salvation where I clearly explain the gospel from the garden of Eden and original sin to the “second” Adam Jesus Christ who took our place on the cross and rose again. Many young people made decisions to accept Christ as their personal Savior and still many more were burdened to share the gospel with their friends and family.
A message explaining the error of relativism ( the idea that all philosophical ideas are equally true ) and explaining that the Bible is accurate through verified truths has been very helpful to many young people. I am finding an overwhelming rejection of universal truth from this generation. I am so thankful that God gave us His word the Bible so that we can know Him better. There were many kids who expressed to me how they had been questioning God and the Bible and I have heard many testimonies like “this week of camp has been used to restore my faith.” That is only something God can do!
Thank you so much for your prayers and support. Remember that camp time is so vital to many young people but most camps are not able to cover our living and operational cost for the summer. If you would like to support the work God is doing through our ministry as we reach these young lives across the country email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or click the donate button in the sidebar.
After reading the Declaration of Independence again for part of my 4th of July celebration I found some shocking phrases. I started wondering, what if the founding fathers consulted with a politically correct correspondent when they wrote the Declaration of Independence? My guess is the conversation would have gone something like this:
Founding Fathers: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…”
Politically Correct: “The word creator seems to have tones of an omnipotent being. This would probably be harmful for school children to read because they might think that these men believed that God was our maker. Also the idea of being “created” equal seems to point people to a religious conclusion that God loves all of us and our rights come from Him. Better to say that we don’t have rights and there is no God just to be on the safe side. That way if the elderly become useless we can euthanize them and if babies are unwanted we can murder them before birth.”
Founding Fathers: “That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it…it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
Politically Correct: “Somebody put the authors of the Declaration of Independence on a Homeland Security watch list. ‘It is their right or duty to throw off such a Government.’ It sounds like these men might use their guns for something other than hunting. Where is gun control when you need it? Words above war please. We can resolve ALL our problems through dialogue and peace. No need for drastic measures like “overthrow” and “abolish.” Freedom will come without a fight. And if freedom does not come pretend like what you have is freedom. Let’s begin this revolution with the resolve, “Give me liberty or give me the next best thing on the menu.”
Founding Fathers: “Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren…They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must,therefore…hold them…enemies in War…”
Politically Correct: “‘Enemies in War’ sounds like someone is refusing to reach across both sides of the aisle and work together. We just need to come to a consesus. Standing half way between a good idea and a bad idea will always be the best way to get to a great idea. The bigger government becomes the better it becomes. We just need to figure out how a bigger Britain can be a better Britain.”
Instead our founding fathers put together a document that has been a beacon of freedom throughout the world. This document began the most economically prosperous civilization in world history. I love every word of it. Exactly how it was written. I don’t think it needs any editing. Especially the ending:
“We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States”
Happy Fourth of July! Happy Independence Day! May freedom ring! Today. Tomorrow. Forever!
Also check out this article: Does God still love America?
There are two things that stick out to me as we re-assess Christianity and its connection to the American culture. I think its important as Christians to be aware of the way our culture views our faith. It is changing and if you approach culture with an antiquated model you will be shocked at how you are received. Here are two things worth learning from this milestone case.
1. Living “Christian” has gone from unpopular to financially burdensome. We can agree that the popularity of being a Christian has pretty much left our culture. In case you are wondering just ask Tim Tebow. However this case involving Hobby Lobby has shown a new level of disdain for Christianity in society.
Christian businesses standing publicly for Christian values have typically been well-received by the American public. However Chick Fil A, the Robertsons, and now Hobby Lobby have had to deal with the financial fall out of their “Christian” choices. We are beginning to see a new America that no longer provides financial incentives for living Christian but rather a public that de-incentivises business choices made from religious convictions. This case has demonstrated that Christian business owners can no longer where there religion on their sleeve. Even if their case is won in court they will pay the price of public scorn and a damaged brand.
2. Personal Preferences are revered by society above religious rights. The choice to enter a gay union is not a religious one it is a personal one. In fact many would argue that it is an anti-religious choice. However that particular personal preference seems to have far more political popularity than a person who believes that they are murdering children by providing certain types of birth control.
If you want the public to agree with you don’t appeal to your religious convictions but rather declare that these are your personal preferences or “just the way you are” It is clear that the American public no longer sees “religion” as a valid reason for participating or refraining from a particular practice.
What are some things you have learned about Christianity in America from the Hobby Lobby case?
Red white and blue will garner our auditoriums, speeches of patriotism will sound from the platforms, and with hand over heart we will pledge allegiance to our flag.
Perhaps their has been an inordinate connection between our churches and our country. Perhaps conservatives have been deceived by political candidates who call themselves “born again” just for the extra votes. Perhaps their is too great a connection between the stars and stripes of the flag and not enough appreciation of the stripes by which we are healed. No doubt the American church loves America but does God still love America?
Can God love America?
Can He love a country that allows its citizens to murder innocent children? Can God love a country with an abundance of wealth that allows some to languish in poverty? Can God love a country that legalizes drug use while banning prayer? Or usurps the term marriage from the Bible and reassigns it to any union it deems worthy? Can God love a country that forces businesses to work against their religious convictions? Can God love a country who hates Him? Or worse doesn’t even want to believe He exists?
Can God love a country that has walked so far from His Holiness? That applauds the unrighteousness of its athletic heroes while sidelining those whose testimony shines bright? Can God love a country who has turned their back on Him?
There is no reason for God to love America. And it seems that every day we give him fewer and fewer reasons. However strange, or illogical, however unreasonable or unfathomable, God still loves America! Not for who America is but for all those who make up her citizenry.
He loves the unlovely and the lovely. The legal and the illegal. The straight and the twisted. The sinner and the saint. The rich and the poor. He loves Miss America. He would love Captain America if he were real. He loves the abortion doctors, and the gay rights activists. He loves the democrats and the republicans. He loves the ones in the tea party, the green party, and the ones that attend Kardashian parties. He loves us all with an everlasting love that reaches beyond borders and status and down to our very souls. God loves America!
Does God love America? With an unconditional certainty he loves every American. And that to me is the real America. Not our government with its corrupted laws and misguided policies. America is our people. And for those people God’s love is deep and His mercy is wide.
And while He sent His son to redeem every American He will be returning to set up a kingdom far greater than the stars and stripes.
An eternal kingdom with out political corruption. One where the taxes have been paid already by the King. And one where peace will reign forever. Hail to the Chief…King, The King who loves America.
“Don’t cast the first stone” doesn’t mean what you think it means. This Biblical account has become the foundation for a pop-culture criticism to “not cast the first stone.” But what our society means by this phrase is, “because you have sin you can’t accuse others of wrong doing.” That is not what is being taught here.
The context: An adulterous woman is taken before Jesus by the religious leaders.(John 8:1-11) These leaders point out that according to the law she should be stoned but, they wanted to get Jesus perspective on the matter. The trap was set. They knew that a condoned stoning would be an unpopular choice however letting this woman get away with adultery would also be wrong. (The hypocrisy here of only bringing the woman is so ridiculous its unbearable.) Jesus wins the day with grace and mercy by saying, “Let whoever has no sin cast the first stone.” The religious leaders leave the woman standing before Jesus who tells her, “go and sin no more.”
1. Jesus never condemned the pharisees for their making an accusation of sin.
2. Jesus joined the religious leaders in calling the woman’s behavior sin.
3. The stones the religious leaders were about to throw were real. These weren’t figurative or metaphoric accusations of adultery that they were hurling at this woman. These men were about to take her life.
So what is the conclusion or the takeaway from John 8:1-11? Don’t throw actual stones at people who are adulterers. (Perhaps we should stop executing murderers but that is a blog post for another time) The bigger picture is deal kindly when punishing wrong doers. The story is not teaching to stop accusing others of sin.
Jesus does address making accusations of others behavior. But he doesn’t condemn the accusations. He does however say that you should take care of yourself before you start accusing others.
Somehow people think that Jesus taught it was wrong to accuse people of sin. Nothing could be further from the truth. Jesus accused people of sin throughout His ministry. He was calling Israel to repentance. He accused the Pharisees of hypocrisy, the cities of the Galilee of having unbelief, and he accused this woman caught in adultery of sinning. The lesson of John 8 is one of how we should handle people once they have sinned.
Grace and Mercy have been redefined by a post Christian society as ignoring and accepting sin rather than accepting the people who do sin with an understanding that sin itself is still wrong. There is punishment for sin. That punishment has been paid for through the blood of Christ. So the only reason we can stop throwing stones is because the stones intended for us were taken by the Savior.
Stop throwing stones doesn’t mean stop judging me. Literally it means if you catch someone in adultery don’t stone them. The take away is to have grace with those who have obviously done wrong. When you say, the choice to tell a lie is a sin. That is not throwing a stone it is stating a Bible truth.
When you make any accusation of sinful behavior you aren’t throwing stones you are merely pointing out sinfulness as the Bible teaches us to do. Grace can only be extended to those who are in the wrong. However our society has asked us to stop pointing out the wrong. That is not what happened in this account in John 8. Jesus stilled called the woman’s behavior sin. He just didn’t throw any actual stones at her.