We’re streaming today’s executive board meeting over on the Texas Baptists’ web site. Check it out at http://www.texasbaptists.org.
Archive for May, 2010
LifeTime Fitness has started running ads amidst the music they play throughout the facility. Most of the time, they go unnoticed by me, but this one was a self-promotion about cycling groups and it caught my attention.
The point of the ad and the cycling group is to encourage participation, involvement and personal challenge toward fitness goals. The end of the ad focused on the participant joining and “never having to do anything alone.” Personally, there are times I enjoy being alone or even riding alone – it’s great quiet time.
What really caught my attention though is that they are focusing on people wanting to be a part of something for encouragement and sense of belonging. If we as humans, social beings, are looking so hard for ways to belong and fit in, why isn’t Christianity growing faster? No, seriously, I’m looking for responses, discussion and answers.
I’m to blame for the BP oil spill.
Actually, chances are you share the blame too. While I didn’t do anything to cause the oil spill that is threatening gulf coast shores, estuaries and wildlife I do use oil and oil-based products every day. I drive 20 miles to the nearest DART station then use DART light rail to get to downtown Dallas. I paid for the ride using a credit card and walk to the office on shoes with rubber soles. Then I drink coffee that had to be shipped in on boats and/or trucks and type on a keyboard made of plastic while looking at two different computer monitors. That’s all before 7:15 am.
Let’s face it, the broken rig that is causing the oil to spill into the gulf wouldn’t be there if I, we, the USA, the world, didn’t have an insatiable appetite for oil. Gasoline/fuel is one of the major users of oil that we all know about. However, there are far more oil-based products we use. A random sampling is below.
- Guitar strings
- Golf bags
- Credit cards
- Food preservatives
- Electric blankets
I’m not calling for a boycott of oil-based products or anything like that, just taking an introspective view on the mess that is happening in the Gulf.
Yesterday during the Texas Baptists monthly staff chapel service, Executive Director Randel Everett cast a vision for the next several years of convention ministry and gave the characteristics of healthy, missional churches. Click on the link below to hear what he had to say.