Arby’s: Changing the Mood of Fast Food

When I think of fast food, the last thing that I usually connect with it is a personal experience. Usually I feel like a herded animal: after waiting in line for what seems like years, I am “greeted” by a grouchy employee who takes my order as fast as he can, gives me my number and shoos me off in order to “help” the next person in line. This seems to be pretty consistent no matter what fast food chain I visit (with the exception of Chick-fil-A of course).

You can imagine my surprise one day a few months ago when I got to the front of the line at Arby’s and was greeted by an employee who was more polite than usual. After placing my order, I was asked the following question that caught my attention:  Read more of this post

Skipping Thanksgiving: The Newest Holiday Trend

Why did the turkeys cross the road?

“What if you woke up today with only the things you thanked God for yesterday?” -Anonymous

Not only are the decorations coming out earlier, Black Friday deals don’t even start the Friday after Thanksgiving anymore. Retailers, like Amazon, are starting to offer specials as early as the Monday before Thanksgiving. Walmart is opening at 10pm on Thanksgiving Day this year to try to attract as many brick-and-mortar shoppers before the actual Black Friday event starts.

Has anybody else noticed that the Christmas season seems to start earlier and earlier each year? I noticed that Christmas decorations started to pop up in my local Walmart in mid-October this year. Mid-October! Halloween hadn’t even happened yet…

In the midst of all the commercialized hustle-and-bustle, Americans seem to be forgetting an important holiday: Thanksgiving (you know that holiday that happens between October 31 and December 25). Read more of this post

“We’re on a Mission from God”

This blog post was adapted from a sermon that I gave at the Harvard Avenue Student Ministry youth group on Wednesday, November 16, 2011. To see tweets related to this sermon from students in the audience, click here.

Principle Passage: Luke 4:14-30

Premise: Jesus’ mission from God is our mission from God.

After coming out of the wilderness where he was tempted for 40 days without food, Jesus begins His earthly ministry. He’s been baptized and tempted, now it’s time for Him to reveal and fulfill His mission. However, the mission didn’t stop with Jesus. We have been called to the same mission as Christians. As the Blues Brothers put it, “we’re on a mission from God.” There are three Ps necessary to complete our mission that we see in this passage from Luke’s Gospel: Prepare, Proclaim, and Persevere.  Read more of this post

Listen Series, Part 3: Listening for God’s Will

Listen

This is the third of three lessons in the “Listen Series” about listening to God that I put together for the Harvard Avenue College Ministry Fall Retreat a few weekends ago. 

God’s will. Something everybody wants to know. Where will I live when I grow up? Where will I work? Who will I marry? The list goes on and on.

Why do we want to know all of these things anyway? Probably because we want “peace” about a decision or want to have a life free of uncertainty and with minimal risk. While that’s understandable, it’s not necessarily the way God’s will works. Romans 12:2 gives a hint as to what it means to listen for God’s will:

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Often when we seek God’s will, we like to wait for the “signs to line up” so that we can feel “at peace” about a decision. Taking this approach as a believer indicates a misunderstanding of how God’s will works. Read more of this post

Listen Series, Part 2: The Importance of Listening

I'm listening

This is the second of three lessons in the “Listen Series” about listening to God that I put together for the Harvard Avenue College Ministry Fall Retreat a few weekends ago. 

Listening is an important part of any relationship, especially our relationship with God. Often we come to Him with a list of wants and demands, but don’t take time to sit silently before Him. Imagine if your friends did that to you…

Why can listening be so powerful? What is important about disciplining yourself to listen to God on a regular basis? The writer of Ecclesiastes offers some insight in Ecclesiastes 5:1-2 (ESV):  Read more of this post

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