Garage Sale Makes It Real

Last weekend we had our final garage sale in El Dorado. We got rid of a lot of stuff and made a little bit of money. It was a great success! Our focus on garage sales each time we have one has been to primarily get rid of things. We try to mark prices that will be reasonable for about anybody who might be interested in the thing to which the price is attached. The innovation this year was to add a “Sack Sale” for children’s clothing. Each item was 25¢ individually or if you filled a plastic grocery sack you could have the whole sack for $2.00. Some people declined the sack, others added some items, and others stuffed it to the brim. We were glad to have people receive clothes for people that were that size – because no one in our household is any more!

This year, we did not move anything back in to the house. Everything that we had for sale was either placed out by the curb with a “Free” sign or taken to Goodwill to be donated or in some cases. Our garage had been filled with items for some weeks as we prepared for the sale, so the physical emptying of the space helped the realization settle in that we are really moving. It is time for our physical belongings to be moved from one place to the next – not only that, but we are moving soon!

We are grateful for a bit lighter load on the way.

Independence Day 2011

As you celebrate Independence Day in the United States today, I invite you to remember. the words of Paul in Galatians 5:1, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”

Live in the freedom of Jesus Christ.

When Cheap and Simple Is Just Fine at Church

I subscribed to Wired Magazine this year and have thoroughly enjoyed it. The most recent issue contains an article that has been influential in the way that I think about church ministry. I highly recommend that you read – The Good Enough Revolution: When Cheap and Simple Is Just Fine by Robert Capps.

Skype, netbooks, Hulu.com and mp3 audio are all examples that Capps uses to assert that more performance, power and fidelity are not always best. The thesis of Capps article is captured in this quote:

Entire markets have been transformed by products that trade power or fidelity for low price, flexibility, and convenience.
Erin Biba

I think that this has applications for the local church. Hollywood level production, high definition screens and handouts for every class are not necessary for people to grow in their faith. Spiritual disciplines are simple, free and can be practiced in many times and places. One difference is that the spiritual life is not one that is convenient. It takes commitment and may often be inconvenient.

What do you think about the article referenced above? What could the church learn from this thesis?

LifeChurch.tv Internet Campus – New Staff (4 of 8)

Tony Steward was recently hired as the Online Community Pastor at LifeChurch.tv. Terry and the team were excited for him to arrive as new staff is a great opportunity to get feedback from a fresh perspective. A new staff member can provide free critical feedback on current processes on the team – free.

I think that it is great that they have hired an online community pastor and commend Tony’s blog to you as well. As to getting feedback from new team members, I think that this is a great practice – both for an internet campus and for any local congregation. It would have to be balanced with getting the new team member on board with standard practices of the team. There is a balance here.

What do you think? Is it more important to gain fresh perspective or to make sure that a team member is on board with standard operating procedures?