>Could be most important 3 minutes and 28 seconds of your life:

>http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=jacksjots-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1433501295&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrYes, I realize some people have “issues” with Mark Driscoll (is it not amazing how much more we expect of other people than we expect of ourselves?)…but this 3 minutes plus video is a crisp, clean, complete presentation of the gospel…refresh yourself with it, examine yourself by it, and share it with others:

>Let’s Not Use This Tool for "Decisions" or Full Altars – Please

>Jane and I had the privilege of seeing a pre-release screening of “Courageous” last night.

The film, to be released in September, is the latest project of the church who brought us Firefly, Facing the Giants, and Fireproof.

And it is, by far, their best.

Built around the friendship of law enforcement officers and their interaction with evil and fathering, the film is convicting, and thus challenging. It’s purpose – to provoke fathers to treat seriously and passionately their duties, responsibilities, and privileges as fathers.

It works – dramatically but not with a slice of cheesiness. Parts of the film are absolutely hilarious. Parts require the quick use of kleenex.

But it is tied together with a direct challenge to, well, man-up.

And there are a host of resources available, both for before seeing the film and after.

And I fear too many will use the film, take off on the dramatic conclusion, do the altar call thing without strategizing (and, duh, praying) how to get men from the moment of conviction to the disciplined weeks, months, and years of follow-up.

Showing the film and giving an invitation is the “easy” thing. Putting in the planning and praying to segue men into a group that will help them flesh out the challenge of the film is the grunt-work that distinguishes discipleship from momentary “events.”

I beyond-heartily recommend “Courageous,” and see it as a wondrous tool…but like any tool it needs to be used wisely, and long-term.

And, personally, I want to do all I can do to get this film shown in every prison in the country. The plot parallels the lives of most inmates; and the challenge to man-up, to make peace with your own not-involved father, will significantly impact inmates. Appreciate prayers as I knock on doors…

>Heartbreaker

>I was looking through a series of photographs of the tornadic destruction of Joplin, Mo when this shot teared me up…
Here is a man who, based on his cap, fought in Korea half-a-century ago…no idea what he saw or went through there; but here he is in his retirement and, according to the information, just lost his entire home and contents…
Stinks.
And I pray the gentlemen kneeling in front of him is offering hope in Jesus!

>Youth Worker? Vitally Important Sentence

>If you serve Jesus as a youth worker…regardless of what the Board says, regardless what parents want (usually to pass their parenting responsibilities on to you), regardless of what is easier and shows quicker “results” (though they may vaporize the next day, week, month)…read and remember this, from Brett Kunkle of Stand To Reason (if you are not using this website, do so). 

If you are not directly involved in youth work, pass this on to those who are.


I noted that my PREVIOUS BLOG was one of the most important I’ve ever passed on; this is of equal importance…perhaps even moreso:

“Youth groups are good at telling kids how we should behave but undermine those efforts by failing to address what we should believe and why.”

And…if you want to do something to “address what we should believe and why,” you need to order and pass on several copies of this:http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=jacksjots-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0830834222&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr

>Being Formed, or Forming God?

>What’s bigger? God…or our theology? Am I being conformed (however slowly) to His image, or am I http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=jacksjots-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1434768511&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrstriving to conform Him to my idea of who He is and what He should do?

I would absolutely love to have the opportunity to sit down with Frances Chan one-on-one for a day or two..I think if you look up “humble” in an accurate dictionary his face would be there. (if you are not familiar with him, buy the book Crazy Love by clicking on the link to the left…buy it, read it, if you don’t like it contact me and I’ll reimburse you)

And this is perhaps the most important clip I’ve seen/read by him. I urge you to invest 8 minutes: