Top-of-Mind Mondays

  • Is anyone going to Catalyst West this week? I am. Can’t wait. First trip to Irvine EVER. Want to know why I’m really excited? Go here.
  • Rob Bell has gone rogue. Or at least that’s what his critics (read: Calvinists) want you to believe.
  • Lady Gaga becomes more intriguing to me as the days go by. She just released her video for “Born this Way” exclusively online. (Note: This is not for the faint of heart. Use extreme discretion before watching.)
  • Here’s a thought: If you speak more highly about yourself than the community who surround you does, you’re headed for a fall. Get some perspective.
  • I married a very good woman. My wife is all the things I never knew I needed: Smart, sassy, organized and fun. Here’s to you, my Sweet.
  • Des Moines was host to capitalC, led by Chris Kretzu from Gateway Church here in Des Moines. I appreciate Chris’ desire to the see the Church (hence, “capitalC”) in Des Moines come together, free from the fetters of denominationalism.
  • Just had a conversation with Tim Schraeder about a potentially game-changing project we want to bring to CFCC. It’s fun, fresh and will get you in touch with some of the brightest minds out there. Stay tuned.
  • Speaking of bright minds, I’m helping my friend, Drew Goodmanson, gather some data for how people use (or don’t use) church websites. Can you take a look? It’s a short survey and will you have you on your way in no time.
  • My car has been in the repair shop for three out of the past four weeks. It’s almost comical at this point. For those wondering, it’s a Saturn VUE. There’s a reason why they went out of business.
  • Sometimes I feel guilty for buying almond butter that costs $11 per jar. Then I eat a spoonful of Justin’s (not me) Almond Butter and the guilt vanishes. This stuff is like almond crack.
  • Get to know Sam Mahlstadt. If you don’t know his name yet, you will. Soon. In fact, he may come knocking on some of your doors soon, and very soon.
  • Watch this. Right now.
  • What’s the latest and greatest in your world, deviants?

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5 Responses to “Top-of-Mind Mondays”

  1. Michael February 28, 2011 at 10:58 am #

    I just accepted my first pastorate position.

  2. Kyle Reed February 28, 2011 at 11:56 am #

    Sam=awesome
    now to get him to move to Nashville and steal him from your area :)

  3. Brooklyn Cravens February 28, 2011 at 1:36 pm #

    Congrats, Mike.

    I called an atheist a smart*** after he wouldn’t stay on topic of a debate (like most amateur atheists do). I did apologize, but only just before he finally admitted I was right about that certain topic.

    About Rob Bell, Calvinists aren’t the only one criticizing him. Anyone who reads Scripture knows hell is real. Yes, many are jumping on him too quickly before his book has been read, but based on his past compositions being a slippery-slope for so many years seems to be a little alarming when you’re a pastor. On that note, the blog post you linked labeled him more of a communicator or an artist — not a theologian or a Biblical scholar. And that’s what makes me wonder: should an artistic communicator be shepherding masses spiritually?

    What is also funny about the whole ordeal is so many people are being judgmental about people being judgmental about Rob’s book. It doesn’t matter who you’re throwing stones at, but that you’re throwing stones at all. How contradictory.

    I have some serious issues about Rob, but I will hold back my opinions on his new book after I read it.

    By the way, I’m a Calvinist.

  4. Brooklyn Cravens February 28, 2011 at 1:37 pm #

    *until* after I read it. Sorry!

  5. Sam Mahlstadt February 28, 2011 at 5:00 pm #

    1. Yahoo!

    2. Thanks, Kyle. Aaaaand, Nashville’s weather is pretty seductive right about now… ;) I don’t like the cold as much as Justin does.

    3. Brooklyn,
    I once heard it said, “screw the glass house, just don’t throw stones!” I think this applies here. I will say, people jumping on Bell seem to be doing so under the guise of condescending theologians; those jumping on the jumpers seem to be doing so in the name of “hey guys, quit being jerks (pharisees).” Appreciate you holding your tongue until you’ve actually read the book.