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So yesterday as I was looking for a good quote for a video, I came across something interesting. Ellen White talks a lot about exercise, but she makes it clear that it should be outside, not in a gym. She also talks about how we should have balance and that we shouldn’t just exercise just to exercise but that there should be a point to the exercise.
Do we have things backwards?
Why do we exercise? Are we doing it to get buff? Are we dong it to lose weight?
It seems to me that the real reason we should be exercising should be more to strengthen our relationship to God, so that our mind and body are in better shape to listen to Him. That’s not something I would have thought about yesterday, but today, after reading what Mrs. White had to say about it, it makes perfect sense. Not only that, but if we are doing it to strengthen our relationship with God, it changes the motivation to do it.
For me, I am a social exerciser. I exercise with people but have a hard time moving myself to get outside and move on my own. Will this new outlook change my actions? Let’s find out together!
So if you know me, you know that I’m very involved in something called “Pathfinders”. It’s a youth ministry group from our church that focuses on young people from 5th to 10th grade. Every 5 years, there is a big event up in Oshkosh, WI, where they have 35,000 people show up for a week-long get-together.
For me, part of the fun of going to Oshkosh is the trip there and back. So today I put together my ideal trip. Where would I want to go? What would I want to see? So here it is, my ideal Oshkosh trip:
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In my playlist for today – March 12, 2013
Why do you go to church? Is it because of the culture or the content?
I’m working on how to redesign our church website and came across an article today that really got me thinking.
So many times as we design (or redesign) a church website, it’s very colorful, nice fonts, pictures, etc. But it’s not really content-first, which is really the direction it should be. We put up an image for this week’s sermon. We put in complementary background, a pretty picture up at the top. But if you really think about it critically, isn’t that just a lot of fluff?
Don’t get me wrong, I think that there should be balance. A church website shouldn’t look ugly, especially if you have a professional web designer that goes to your church. However if the professional isn’t available to continually work on the site, it shouldn’t look like someone threw it to the dogs.
At church, we have content. Lots of content. Different things are going on all the time. At our church, every week we hear about how we are a “church on the move”. However that doesn’t seem to translate to the website. So many times (and it VERY much happens at our church) you have one or two people that can post things up on the website but that’s it. A few things happen in those situations.
Maybe what we need to do is to have people share what they do. Instead of the website being this static thing have it to where at least 2-3 people a week are sharing what’s going on in their area. If we were to split it up to where each department posted at least one thing per month, we’d have gobs of content. Instead of just having a single page for women’s ministries, give them their own blog, allowing them to be able to throw stuff up on the website whenever they want to promote what they are doing or just want to share something encouraging. It’s crowd-sourcing. Kinda.
If we give everyone the ability to have a voice, would it help people to build better relationships? I’d argue maybe. Either way it would make the website a destination for people to go to so that they can keep up with the things that are going on.
The hard part isn’t the technical side though. It’s the motivational side. Getting people to post up on the website has been the hardest thing for me in all of this. Do I have an answer to it? I wish I did. However I truly believe that if a church is going to have a meaningful website, it takes more than just the designer to do it. It takes people posting real content rather than fluff. It takes dedication. It takes time.
So this is where we are at. I really want to see our church website as a tool to help spread the gospel, to help evangelize rather than just looking pretty and sitting there possibly a bit outdated in our content. I want it to be current, not have the newest story / article / post be from 2009.
This is act 2 from “Lifted Up”, a video we shot for the youth rally of the same name, February 10-11, 2012. Enjoy!
Today was a beautiful day. Did I go out and enjoy it? Nope. Why is that? I even commented about how it was a beautiful day and that we should go out and do something.
So why did nothing happen? Because I got too busy doing work. Should that have happened? Ahh, the real question, the one about priorities.
What should take more priority?
I work as an independent contractor in the mornings and with my own company in the afternoons. So should I get out and spend more time outside while it’s beautiful and when it gets darker and cooler go back inside and do work? I need more sunshine and exercise (or so the doctor tells me) – should getting more sunshine and exercise take more priority over getting work done?
What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments section…
So over the last couple of years I’ve been really trying to learn more about what the Sabbath is really about. I grew up Adventist and going to church on Sabbath (Saturday) was normal. After I got married I found that my wife’s family (also Adventist) felt that some things were okay for Sabbath and other things were not – things that were different than what I had grown up being told were okay or not okay.
What I’ve really been trying to find out is how much of what I do (or don’t do) is because of how I was raised / tradition and how much is really what God says is acceptable / permissible / encouraged.
My wife and I got to listen to a great series of sermons by Jonathan Henderson about the Sabbath and it’s really changed our perspective a bit, about how the Sabbath is really about rest, like a weekly holiday. He also talks about how it’s not a day of worship, that we shouldn’t confine worship to one day but worship every day; that’s one of those things I had never really thought about but really makes sense. It’s not that we can’t or shouldn’t worship on that day, it’s that God never asked us to specifically worship on the Sabbath. Instead the call to worship comes from our fellow men (and women), calling us to worship and praise God. He also talks about how the day is a day of holy convocation, that we get together on that day to encourage each other, to lift each other up. If you get the chance to listen to the series I highly recommend it.
So as you go about your Sabbath, ask yourself – is what I am doing today because of how God intended the Sabbath to be or just because of tradition. If you can’t answer that then maybe it’s time to dig into the Word and see what God really said.