Sunday, January 29, 2012

Monday Funday—Surviving Driver's Ed (Again): A True Story

I picked up my fifteen year old son from school. When he got into the car, he announced, "I can drive now."

Having been through this with his older sister, I saw the teachable moment and tried to lean into it. "Just because the state of Illinois gives you a permit and says you can now start driving with your parents in no way means that you can actually drive."

Unrelenting, my son spit back, "I'm a great driver."

Just as unrelenting, I shot back, "Driving the riding lawn mower at home in the yard and driving a car between the lines without actually hitting another car, stationary object, or a person are two different things."

"But I took a test in Driver's Ed today and passed. See, I'm a great driver," he affirmed waving a piece of paper in his hands.

"Passing a written driving test in a classroom in no way whatsoever means that you can actually drive a real car on a real road with other real cars around you. Really."

Then he threw down the challenge. He played the ace in his hand. "What's wrong old man? Afraid my driving is better than yours?"

The teacher/trainer in me kicked in. You see, when the learner is not getting the obvious point, the teacher/trainer may opt for "creative" teaching measures. This would be a good time to call his bluff and attempt to bring him back to reality. I calmly pulled the car over into a McDonald's parking lot. Put it into park. Got out and walked around to the passenger side front door. Opened it and said, "Let's go Mr. World's-Greatest-Driver-whose-never-actually-driven-a-car-before. Show me what you've got." 

He looked stunned, but he quickly got out his seat and situated himself behind the driver's side of the car. He adjusted the seat, the mirrors, and fascended his seatbelt. So far so good. Then he stopped and looked down at the floor for what seemed an inordinate amount of time. I entertained the thought that he might be praying. Then suddenly he looked up at me with complete seriousness and asked, "Now which one of these pedals is the brake?"

I rest my case.

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Girl Scout Cookies: Coincidence or Satanic Conspiracy?

Good news!
You've lost weight in January!

Bad news!
In February, sweet little girls are looking you expectantly in the face and asking you to purchase Girl Scout cookies.

Coincidence or Satanic conspiracy?

You decide.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Get Equipped in Central, IL!

This par-tay is gonna be C-R-A-Z-Y… and you won't want to miss it… especially if you volunteer in any capacity at your church! People from all over the state… and all the surrounding states will be there. I kid you not. What am I talking about?  I'm talking about…
It's all going down on February 24-25 at Peoria Christian School. Complete details here.  

Here's what Cadre Ministries is bringing for encouragement and equipping for the two days:


Turning Pew Potatoes Into Passionate Participators
by Bill Allison, 9:15 AM, Choir Room
About 20% of churchgoers volunteer their time and talents in their church. That means about 80% of the people in our churches are pew potatoes. This is not only unhealthy, it's unbiblical. How can we cooperate with God in turning pew potatoes into passionate participators? Come and find out.

Disciplemaking Is Relationships
by Bill Allison, 10:45 AM, Choir Room
Jesus-like disciplemaking isn't a program, it's a way of life. If you're interesting in developing a Jesus-like way of life, then this workshop is for you. Bring you Bible, pen, notebook, and some friends because disciplemaking is relationships.

The Teaching Genius of Jesus
by Bill Allison, 2:45 PM, Choir Room
It's time to take your teaching cues from the greatest teacher who ever graced the planet—JESUS! Come to explore, discover, and apply The Teaching Genius of Jesus to your life and ministry as a volunteer teacher or small group leader. Bring your Bible!

The Challenge of Finishing Well
by Bill Allison, 4:30 PM, Choir Room
The spiritual racetrack of life is littered with the broken lives of those who had great starts. Many of these folks were smarter, stronger, more talented, and even more pious than most of us—but for one reason or another—they did NOT finish well. Does that concern you? It should. To truly finish this life well, you must run strong all the way to the end. That's exactly what we'll explore together in this workshop.


Time Management for Painfully Pooped-Out People
by Bill Allison, 8 AM, Choir Room
This is NOT your typical time management workshop! You won't leave this training with more to do in your already overloaded life. Instead, you will learn to wrestle with what God wants you to say yes to—and then how deal with the rest. You can expect lots of interaction, Bible study (bring your Bibles and schedule planners), and FUN.

The Disciplemaking Genius of Jesus
by Bill Allison, 11 AM, Choir Room
Jesus is the master disciplemaker. He commanded you to make disciples like Him. This session is for those who would like to explore the disciplemaking genius of Jesus and what that looks like for us today. Bring your Bible, pen, notebook and some friends.

Your First and Most Important Job as a Volunteer in the Church
by Bill Allison, 2:30 PM, Choir Room
What's the most important thing you can do as a volunteer in church? You might be surprised at what you find out in this workshop. If you're a volunteer, this is for you!

Seven Biblical Ways God Wants You to Encourage Your Pastor
by Bill Allison, 4 PM, Choir Room
Your pastor, by calling, is an encourager. But who is encouraging your pastor? While pastoring can be tremendously rewarding, it can also be daunting, demanding, and disheartening. Make no mistake about it: Your pastor needs your encouragement. And God's Word shows YOU at least seven biblical ways to encourage your pastor. This workshop is for you... not your pastor.

Come to take in the training and then hangout with Bill and the lovely Stacy Allison (and probably baby Ivy) at the Cadre Ministries booth in the exhibit hall.  And bring a few friends from your church/ministry with you.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Monday Funday

I told my family I never want to depend on a machine and fluids to keep me alive… that's when they took away my computer and coffee maker.

(From Mikey's Funnies)

Thursday, January 12, 2012

God, You, Us—How much fun is this?

"My relationship with God just wasn't happening and the harder I tried the more…." The rest of this story is here below…. click any image below to enlarge for reading. For a two page PDF, go here.
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Monday, January 09, 2012

Cadre Missionary Adventures...

Sometimes as missionaries, God makes it possible for us to take Jesus-like disciplemaking encouragement and training to potentially hazardous places. This is the story of how God took us…

Behind the Cheddar Curtain
Last weekend, I had the honor of being a small part of the student ministries conference for the Evangelical Free Church in WI. (Pictured below: Rob and Nancy Weise, along with lots of well coordinated volunteers, make this student ministries conference happen… and happen well.)
Cadre brought training and coaching to some of the 3,800 students and youth leaders who attended. Did I mention the conference was in Green Bay? Yeah, that's where the Packers play. I felt alone… so alone behind the Cheddar Curtain. And then the first of many miracles happened….
I found another Bears fan!  It's true: God has his people everywhere… even behind the Cheddar Curtain.  (Note: I have this same jersey, but I didn't have the guts to wear it to Green Bay… especially THIS year. Thanks for inspiration and encouragement Zach!)

Many students trusted Jesus Christ as Savior and many others indicated that God spoke clearly and directly to them concerning their relationship with him.

One of my personal favorites from this year's districts conference was spoken word poet, Propaganda.

Two of my favorite missionaries, Dave and Rennie Garda, also did training and coaching at the conference.

We also facilitated a time of celebration, questions, answers, and prayer with volunteer youth leaders.

Only Jesus can make a Bears fan and a Packer's fan enjoy working together for His kingdom. It's nothing short of miraculous.  But that's how Jesus rolls… in the miraculous.  And we like being along for the ride.

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Disciplemaking: An App or Operating System?

In your life, is Jesus-like disciplemaking one of many different apps on your screen—or is it the operating system?

Think about that for a minute.

Your answer to that question has HUGE ramifications.

If you've got the wrong operating system, then it doesn't really matter how cool your apps are.

If you're interested in a Jesus-like disciplemaking way of life as your operating system, go here.

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