Be our Guest

5 02 2008

I picked up Be our Guest by Disney yesterday. Wow! I could not put it down! Here is a killer quote. Think about this for a moment and the impact on the church.

“In The Experience Economy, B. Joseph Pine II and James Gilmore suggest that we seen the demise of the Industrial, which is focused solely on the efficient production of goods, and are past the peak of the Service Economy, which wrapped products in bundles of services to make them more attractive to customers. Now, say the authors we are entering a new age of competition that they call the Experience Economy. Goods and services are simply props to engage the customer in this new era. Customers want memorable experiences and companies must become stagers of experiences.

Pine and Gilmore make a point of describing the ephemeral nature of experiences. “However, while the work of the experience stager perishes upon its performance (precisely the right word), the value of the experience lingers in the memory of the any individual who was engaged by the event,”……They go on to use Disney as an example of a notable experience stager. “Most parents,” they continue, “don’t take their kids to Walt Disney World just for the event itself, but rather to make the shared experience part of the everyday family conversation for months, and even years afterward.”


Book: Going all the Way.

12 12 2007

goingallthewayFirst off I would like to say that I received this book for free from Craig and his publisher. I was not told nor encouraged to say positive things. They simply said read the book write about it on your blog. So here goes.

What I liked:

Loved the candor. I have read a decent amount dating books and have even done some premarital classes. I love the fact that Craig tells it like it is. He was honest. He shared areas where he found success and areas where he failed.

Loved the humor. I don’t laugh or cry often when I read a book. I found myself laughing out loud a few times. I was totally blind-sided. I had no idea Craig was that funny (this is the first book I read by Craig).

Loved the practical and biblical application. He offered practical ways to deal with the singleness issues. I loved how he brought out that we should find our fulfillment in christ before we find it in someone else.

What I didn’t like:

I wish there were more questions and things where you could you this book as resource for premarital class.

I wished it would spent more time on the communication skills needed for a healthy marriage.

I wished he would have delved a bit more into expectations. They are huge. What does he expect and what does she expect.

Overall I loved the book, it was fresh easy to read and I have already borrowed it to a single friend of mine and recommended it to a few others. I think that it is balanced and well written for todays 20 somethings. gets it.

20 11 2007

When it comes to church marketing gets it.

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I received about two weeks ago a FREE book from they are promoting Craig’s new book Going all the way. All I have to do is blog about the book. They didn’t tell me what to say. They didn’t say it had to be positive. I love what they are doing here.

There is something about free that gets people talking. understands marketing.

1. Give away what you can.
2. Keep in mind who you are trying to reach and How to reach them.
3. Perception is reality.
4. You reap what you sow.

Thank you Lifechurch for your contribution to the church as a whole. Thank you for modeling how church  and marketing can coexist.

The Transformation

8 11 2007

Excerpt form my daily devotional from a couple of days ago. I thought it was excellent.

“The incarnation of the Father’s freedom calls us beyond admiration to transformation. A recent convert to Jesus was approached by an unbelieving friend: “So you have been converted to Christ?”
“Then you must know a great deal about him. Tell me, what country was he born in?”
“I don’t know.”
“What was his age when he died?”
“I don’t know.”
“You certainly know very little for a man who claims to be converted to Christ.””You are right. I am ashamed at how little I know about him. But this much I know: Three years ago I was a drunkard. I was in debt. My family was falling to pieces; they dreaded the sight of me. But now I have given up drink We are out of debt. Ours is a happy home. My children eagerly await my return home each evening. All this Christ has done for me. This much I know of Christ!”

“To know is to be transformed by what one knows.”

Tradition vs. Compassion.

6 11 2007

One last thought on the wisdom of tenderness. I read this story and it really impacted me.

“In the winter of 1947, Abbe Pierre, known as the modern apostle mercy to the poor of Paris, found a young family almost frozen to death on the streets. He scooped them up and brought them back to his own poor dwelling, already crowded with vagrants. Where could he house them? After some thought, he went to the chapel, removed the blessed sacrament, and placed it upstairs in a cold, unheated attic Then he installed the family in the chapel to sleep for the night When his Dominican confreres expressed shock at some irreverence to the Blessed Sacrament, Abbe Pierre replied, “Jesus Christ isn’t cold in the Eucharist, but he is cold in the body of a little child.”

What traditions, what things are we holding on to that are keeping us from reaching people for Christ? Do we value what is valuable to God?

Book: Wisdom of Tenderness

5 11 2007

One of my favorite authors is Brennan Manning. I haven’t read a book of his in a while so the other day I picked up one I haven’t read yet. It’s called “The wisdom of tenderness.” This book talks about the radical power of God’s mercy in our lives.


Some of my favorite quotes from the book:

“None of us has ever seen a motive. Therefore, we don’t know , we can’t do anything more than suspect what inspires the action of another. For this good and valid reason, we’re told not to judge.”

“The point is quite simple: most of the time (because we can’t see motive) we are wrong in our judgments about others. The tragedy is that our attention centers on what people are not, rather than on what the are and who they might become.”

“How I treat a brother from day to day, how I react to the sin-scarred wino on the street, how I respond to interruptions from people I dislike, how I deal with normal people in their normal unbelief on a normal day – all this may reveal my reverence or irreverence for the Abba of Jesus more than the anti-abortion sticker on the bumper of my car.”

“It is effortless for God to forgive God delights in forgiveness, because his forgiveness generates new life in us”

“When we deny our inherent spiritual poverty, when we get too affluently involved with ourselves, danger lurks. We may begin to make demands on God for things that we think we deserve, often leading to anger and frustration.”

Halloween and Pseudo-Transformation.

1 11 2007

transformation-sI have been thinking a lot about the whole Halloween debate. I think where the chips fall for me is what would Jesus do. I know he did a lot of things that angered the “evil” Pharisees. It is easy to point to the Pharisees and say how they represent all the things we disagree with and our position is represented by Christ. But you know what sometimes I find myself being a Pharisee. I do not love what Jesus loves I do not hate what he hates.

A Pharisee to me is someone who has the outward appearance of the values that Jesus came to model with none of the inward convictions he lived by. Love God Love others simple if you Love God and Love Others then either go Trick or Treating or stay home.

I think we need to take a hard look at what is meant when the Bible calls Jesus a friend of sinners.

In his book “The life you’ve always wanted” John Ortberg talks about Pseudo-Transformation. It is powerful. I think to some people Halloween has become a “boundary marker of salvation”. Here is a short excerpt from his book, powerful stuff.

The great danger that arises when we don’t experience authentic transformation is that we settle for what might be called pseudo-transformation. We know that as Christians we are called to “come out and be separate,” that our faith and spiritual commitment should make us different somehow. But if we are not marked by greater and greater amounts of love and joy, we will inevitably look for substitute ways of distinguishing ourselves from those who are not Christians. This deep pattern is almost inescapable for religious people: If we do not become changed from the inside-out – if we don’t morph- we will be tempted to look to external methods to satisfy our need to feel that we’re different from those outside the faith. If we cannot be transformed, we will settle for being informed or conformed.