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reckoning

Chilly —  May 2, 2016 — 2 Comments

reck·on·ing   [rek–uh-ning]

the avenging of past mistakes or misdeeds.

reckoningDo you ever wonder what we’re really doing or at least supposed to be doing? Why are our methods, passion, and approach all greeted with such resistance, fear or doubt? Why are people in the community more intrigued by and engaged in transformation than people in the church? Why no one seems to be able to find the correct phrase or word to describe us? Are we nameless?

I’ve been thinking a lot about this…

What makes us any different from previous pioneers, revolutionaries or trailblazers of the faith?  Are our ideas so unique? Are sermons more inspiring? …hardly. Is it our tech toys, websites, blog pages, crazy videos, or loud music? … no, I don’t think so. Maybe it’s our jeans & t-shirt Sunday attire.  Ha, that’s not it either – but it’s definitely a perk! 

So, what makes us different? Why all the books, conferences, articles with words like: engaging, convergent, relevant, next generation, influential, mosaic, story-telling, etc.? You know what, I don’t know either…

Maybe the labels and titles came from the rigid, controlling, established, religious, on-their-way-out, leadership of organized churches & denominations. We tend to fear what we don’t understand, and a label always helps us sum up something we don’t really get… was that offensive – I’m sorry – that’s not my intention. Honest. I’m not picking a fight.

You see, I don’t think we’re really that unique. From the first century church to where we are today, there has been a need for individuals or groups of believers that stand up and bring radical correction to the waywardness or blandness of the church Jesus planted. Throughout history there has been a need to get back to the main thing:  Salvation, discipleship, and community.

When we stray from the foundation, we tend to take ourselves too seriously and the results are tragic: religion replaces relationship, selfishness replaces simplicity, lust for power replaces love for people, control replaces compassion, greed replaces grace, jealousy replaces joyfulness, conflict replaces courage, and frustration replaces freedom. Has this happened in your church (or mine)? Oh man, just the thought of this makes my heart hurts…

It’s easy to fall into this and hard to climb out – but, we must!  [Warning: Rant in 3, 2, 1 …] And, I don’t think the answer is to abandon ship – kick dirt on your church, or walk away because ‘they’ won’t change and only YOU know what authentic Christianity is – and, then use social media and toxic small groups to validate your righteousness & meekness (receiving applauds & pity from every ‘hurt’ leader) – grow up, shut up & move on – gracefully. [end of Rant]

For the rest of us, still in it to win it, let’s begin our adventure back to truth & life TODAY! It’s time for a holy reckoning to happen in and through you. I want a better church for my kids and the generations to follow – better doesn’t mean “new” – actually it’s just getting back to the book of Acts and living it in the 21st century. It may be simplifying: Love God, Love Others & Love Life.

Yeah, labels will come… judgments will be made… shunning could happen. Embrace it. And do what you’re made to do – be who HE made you to be. The message IS sacred, the method is not... keep that straight and LISTEN, LEARN, LIVE, and LOVE!  The lost are all around us – they’re looking for something genuine & trustworthy — someone to help them find the truth. Making disciples is still the Great CommissionYOU ARE NEEDED.  It’s time.

                                one to be reckoned with,
Chilly

Q: What needs a day of ‘reckoning‘ in your life or leadership today?

Living a Riddle.

Chilly —  February 2, 2016 — 50 Comments
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Have you ever found yourself absolutely lost right in the middle of God’s perfect will? It’s like you totally know that He has you where He has you for a purpose — there’s obvious signs that there’s destiny in your existence — and yet, there’s so much uncertainty and wonder. It’s not a fear thing, or even a confusion thing; because God’s right there. And yet, you still find yourself holding your breath at times as you stare into space searching for significance and some sort of structure that puts everything into perspective.

LifeIsRiddleYou are confident of God’s calling but you can’t seem to find the job description, title, position or opportunity to do the things that make you come totally alive. You feel like you’re close… really close but, then again, you’re not even sure that you would know it if you ran right into it. Like lava churning in your heart, when you try to explain what’s happening, even to God, it blows like a volcano in all directions, loudly, quickly and recklessly.

So, you press on. Serve. Listen. Wait…

I don’t want those who read this to think I’ve lost my mind, but then again, I certainly don’t want them to think I’ve got it all together either. In the last year I’ve been called ‘pastor’ at two great churches, I’ve also been called: husband, father, son, brother, leader, minister, presbyter, entrepreneur, mentor, speaker, coach, friend, neighbor, director, reverend, staff, evangelist, barista, discipler and captain. That’s a lot of hats to wear! And, I’m still not sure that I’m doing all that I’m supposed to be doing (or not doing). Continue Reading…

ThrowDown Thursday!

Chilly —  January 28, 2016 — 12 Comments

6a00d8341c652b53ef01910481ee2a970c-800wiOk, so I’m really trying to make my blog fun, creative and relevant to you (my friends & readers).  So, I’m going to attempt to make my Thursdays super interactive.  We all need places where we can rant or be totally random!  I’ll host and entertain the chaos each Thursday! Fun, right?!

For “ThrowDown Thursdays” I want to make it wide open to your questions, topics or ideas and then I’ll do my best to respond! This means I need YOUR help!

So, in the comments, ask a question, request a topic or  post something else totally random.

I’ll be checking the comments throughout the day and respond as quickly as possible! Cool??

Ok, now it’s your turn:

  1.  Respond however you like in the comments!
  2. Subscribe to the comments (so you know when there’s responses)
  3. Invite a bunch of friends to join you here:  http://ichilly.com/throwdown-thursday << cut & paste on twitter, IG, etc.

Too Much Me

Chilly —  June 8, 2015 — Leave a comment

my FIVE heroesSo, here’s some random stuff about me – in no particular order … for the most part, this is an absolutely pointless, random blog  – so many things that you simply DON’T want or need to know. Enjoy (or not)… it’s entirely up to you!

 

    1. I love seafood and hate cinnamon.
    2. I try to run and eat right every day (don’t laugh).
    3. I’ve jumped off 80′ cliffs but never parachuted from an airplane or bungeed off a bridge.
    4. I’ve been to 49 states – still waiting on Alaska – hmm, you know, I’m not sure IF I’ve been to Oregon – I think I was… so, maybe 48!
    5. Three MUSTS for my vacation: Sun, Surf and Sand. LOVE the beach & ocean!
    6. I’ve almost died a few times – high fever as child – killer bee sting as adult.
    7. I was healed of deafness at age 5.
    8. I started for my college baseball & golf teams (now I hate golf)…
    9. I love single-origin coffee, sourced through artisan roasters, precision brewed via multiple methods (pour-overs, cold press, chemex, etc). And, I’ll still drink Starbucks too!
    10. I’ve shared Christ’s love with people on 4 continents… perhaps more someday.
    11. When I was in Bible College, I was told by a faculty member that I should quit because: “I wasn’t ministry material”…
    12. I’m an Apple guy (MacBook, iPad, iPhone, etc) – never going back to PC.
    13. I get up each morning BEFORE my wife and AFTER my wife… confused?!
    14. The states that I have lived in are: Ohio, California, Tennessee, Iowa, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Michigan.
    15. When I was a junior in high school I weighed 105 lbs and was only 5’4″ tall. Then I grew 8″ and put on 60 pounds over the summer before my senior year.
    16. Last year I read almost 60 books (plus Bible) … I have lots of eBooks but still love to hold the ‘old school’ paper page books!
    17. I hate reading.
    18. I have over 500 people listen to my podcast each week – I can’t stand to listen to myself for more than 5 minutes – how do the rest of you take it?! Seriously!!
    19. I have only worn a neck tie (aka: noose) 8-10 times since May 2002… weddings…
    20. I buy just about anything/everything on eBay, Amazon or other internet sites – I rarely shop in stores and when I do, it’s an outlet.
    21. A passage that I’m loving right now is, “The whole point of what we’re urging is simply love—love uncontaminated by self-interest and counterfeit faith, a life open to God. Those who fail to keep to this point soon wander off into cul-de-sacs of gossip. They set themselves up as experts on religious issues, but haven’t the remotest idea of what they’re holding forth with such imposing eloquence” 1 Timothy 1:5-7 msg.
    22. I journal a lot … I think it’s essential to my sanity.
    23. I lived and served in Detroit for ALMOST 11 years — that’s longer than I’ve lived anywhere my entire life! I now live in Lansing, Michigan…
    24. I’M IN LOVE: Jesus, Netta, my kids, my family/friends, my church and my city! I will FIGHT for any of them!!
    25. You’re cool.

Well, that’s it!  I’m done.  Comment about any of these items
or none of them… not sure why I even did the list…  I’m on vacation!