Archive - December, 2007

I don't like Christians with Big Butts!

As I am winding down 07’ one of the things that I like to do is to set some clear goals and directions for myself and my family.  This year we will reflect on what God has done in our lives in 07’ and make plans for 08’.   

I generally make some New Years resolutions; one of which always seems to be getting into better shape.  I examine the little areas, as well as the really big areas of my life, understanding the importance of both of them.  I make a list of the things that I like; as well as the things that I don’t like.  This year if I am being candid, one of the things that I don’t like is….. “I don’t like Christians with Big Butts!”   

Many of you that read this blog have Big Butts and you know it; 08’ is time for you to do something about it.  You know what I am talking about…. I need to be a better husband, better leader, more generous, spend quality time with my family, write a book, sever some relationships, rekindle some relationships, get my finances in order, be bold, forgive so and so, loose weight, quit smoking, kick addictions, read the Bible daily, get more involved, apply for that job, have that conversation, ask those questions….. but I don’t have the time, but I’m not ready, but I don’t have what it takes, not today but maybe tomorrow, but, but, but, but! 

There are many areas of my life in which I’m a Big Butt Christian.  We need to begin replacing the word but, with the word and.  I need to do___________ and that’s what I’m going to do.  “I don’t like Christians with Big Butts and I cannot lie, you other brothers can’t deny!” LOL 

Are you a Big Butt Christian?  What areas of your life do you need to replace the word but with the word andBigIsTheNewSmall

Friday Drive-by (11)

RANDOM BULLETS: LAST DRIVE-BY OF 07’ 

LifeChurch.tv NW Oklahoma City Campus

  • We kick off a brand new series this weekend entitled “Unstoppable”
  • I will be preaching at the “N-dub” for Week 1 “Unstoppable Vision”

Life

  • Excited about 08’, We will have a family meeting by the New Year, to outline goals for 08’ as well as reflect on all that God has done in 07’

Sports

  • Bowl Predictions:  The Big 12 will sweep their Bowl Games
  • BCS Bowl Predictions: Illinois, Hawaii, OU, Kansas, Ohio State

Top 10 Posts of the Year

Unstereotypical    Get Rid of Church Members    It’s a Bloggy Blog World   

Size Does Matter    My Pleasure    Success vs. Excess    Abortion is Murder

I Really Don’t Care What People Think    No Sex Offenders Allowed   

To Drink or Not to Drink

Blogs Who Have Recently added Scott Williams/BigIsTheNewSmall to their blogroll:

apriddyblog    beggarsbread    natile witcher    bo bray    ReadScott

If I am missing your blog, let me know so that I can add you to the list. 

The Best of 07′ 

Quotes:  The Best Quote of the year!

  •  “Don’t tase me bro!” Andrew Meyer

Got Questions:

Is it just me, or is one of your NewYears Resolutions every year “to get in shape?”  What are some of your New Years Resolutions for 08′?

Thanks for reading and thanks for all the LinkLove!

Policy before People

I am one of those individuals who is all about having rules and following them; well I kinda am.  I understand the importance of rules and policies, except for those gray areas that can allow for some flexibility.  In other words, don’t always put “Policy before People.” Last week I went through the McDonald’s Drive-thru to get my boys some nugget Happy Meals, before I dropped them off at their Nana’s.  I placed my order and the conversation went something like this:

  • McDonald’s Lady: Welcome to McDonald’s, order when you’re ready.

  • Me: I need two six piece nugget “Happy Meals” w/ Orange Drinks and Sweet and Sour Sauce.

  • McDonald’s Lady: I am sorry sir but we are not serving lunch.

  • Me: What time does lunch begin?

  • McDonald’s Lady: at 10:30

  • Me: It’s 10:29

  • McDonald’s Lady: Sorry!

  • Me: (LOL) Ok, I will drive around and come back through!

I proceeded to drive around the parking lot and come back through and place my order.

  • McDonald’s Lady: Welcome to Mcdonald’s, order when you’re ready 

  • Me: “I need the same thing that I ordered 1 minute ago!” 

Are you kidding me, did this just happen…? LOL 

Have you experienced some moments of Policy before People?  Is a rule a rule and that’s it; or do some situations allow for a degree of flexibility?  Share your thoughts!

Dear Lord Baby Jesus…

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I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas; I thought that I would kick off some post Christmas Cheer w/ a not so funny, funny moment. 

This past Thursday night we had a Christmas Party at my house with all of my team members, their spouses and kids….  We had a great time and in the PG-13 movie room; some of us watched “Talladega Nights.”  We were quoting some of the movies’ one-liners; especially the classic prayer at the dinner table.  That movie is rediculously stupid and just plain funny. 

On Friday night, we had our first of eight Christmas Weekend Experiences.  During the end of this first experience we were having this holy moment, while singing Silent Night and I busted out with a prayer that went something like this: “Father, thank you for sending Dear Lord Baby Jesus…..”  Are you kidding me, had I really prayed that prayer…?  BTW- Half of the faces in the room were smiling, laughing or attempting to hold back their laugh. 

What are your thoughts on the movie “Talladega Nights” or my prayer?  Do you have any blooper moments from 07’ that you would like to share?

Friday Drive-by (10)

RANDOM BULLETS

LifeChurch.tv NW Oklahoma City Campus:

  • We will begin our Christmas Experiences tonight.  Our experience line-up is Fri. 7:00pm, Sat. 5:30 & 7:30pm, Sun. 8:30, 10:00
    & 11:30am, Mon. 1:30 & 3:00pm.  Craig will be speaking on the “Prince of Peace.”
  • I am excited about this weekend!

Twitter:

  • Check out my Twitter (Top right of Blog) throughout the weekend, I will be sending regular updates of all the Christmas weekend happenings.

Life:

  • Last night my entire team, their spouses/significant others, kids…. all came over to our house for dinner and fellowship.  My team is awesome, next week I will do a series on: Lessons I have learned from each of my team members.
  • My wife will begin wrapping up Christmas Shopping today. 

Sports:

  • How about my Sooners in B-Ball; they beat Gonzaga last night.
  • I am ready for they real deal College Bowl Games!

Links Worth The Ink:

Quotes:

  • “Although the grass may be greener on the other side of the fence, that doesn’t mean it will stay green.” Scott Williams

Christmas is the New Easter:  Questions

  • When and where will you be attending church this weekend?  This is an easy question; everyone chime in and share!
  • Participate in the Poll regarding Santa Claus at the bottom of the blog.
  • Does your family celebrate Christmas on Christmas Day or Christmas Eve?

Merry Christmas and Thanks for Reading!

Get Rid of Church Members (Rewind)

I have been in full-time ministry with LifeChurch.tv for going on two years now. I have recently come to the conclusion that it’s time to get rid of church members. I had this epiphany as my team, a Starbucks manager, and the principal of an impoverished elementary school were meeting to talk about our upcoming endeavors. As we visited, the manager made reference to the role of Starbucks partners.  When I asked for clarification, she stated that partner is the new term used to refer to a Starbucks employee. This just further confirms for me how ingenious Starbucks is. It now refers to every individual who makes our coffee experience amazing as partner. Though this is a subtle shift, I believe it will have lasting results.   

It’s time for us to get rid of our church members and make them our ministry partners.  When we empower the people who walk through our doors to be partners, it increases their sense of commitment and ownership. I consistently meet volunteers who feel the need to be frequently reminded of the importance of their contribution. Allowing the Church to be our ministry partners reinforces the importance of everyone’s contribution to the mission. Personally, I have several memberships – to clubs, gyms, organizations, Netflix – in which I ask the question, “How can you benefit me?” I have only a few partnerships in which I ask the question, “What can we do daily together to achieve our desired mission?” Read the definitions below, and then ask yourself this question: Do we need to get rid of church members and begin to develop ministry partners? 

member – a person, animal, plant group, etc., that is part of a society, party, community, taxon, or other body. 

partner – a person who shares or is associated with another in some action or endeavor; associate; a husband or a wife; spouse. 

Ministries around the country are evolving, changing, becoming more relevant; it’s now time get rid of the dated idea of having church members and instead develop ministry partners.   What Do you think, share your thoughts!

It's a Bloggy Blog World!

Wow, has blogging became the newest, hottest, freshest thing or what?  Having a blog is like having a myspace, maybe I should start a community called myblogspace, oops someone beat me to it.  The funny thing is that blogging isn’t new at all; as a matter of fact it has been around since the 80’s.  There have obvious advances throughout the history of blogging.  You can check out the boring history of blogging here.

My question today is for everyone, yes even those of you reading through your rss reader.  If you enjoy reading blogs, then you can definitely answer this question:

What blogs are you currently reading? 

You can share your entire blogroll, just a few links, what you like about specific blogs…..   I enjoy finding new blogs to read and I would like to see if you guys/gals are reading some of the same blogs that I am.  Everyone jump in and at-least share a couple!  Holler!

Safe Toilet Syndrome

I know that this post sounds very random; well it is.  I think that it is definitely worth reading and it answers the question that many of us have asked ourselves.  BTW- This random thought was inspired while watching Oprah with my wife last night.  That is definitely not part of my daily regimen; it was one of those random moments. 

Oprah had “Dr. Oz” on her show to answer a number of random questions.  The question that caught my attention was: “Is vacation constipation normal?  Does it hurt my body to hold in poop for so long?”  Dr. Oz’s response was that vacation, or traveling constipation was quite normal and is called “Safe Toilet Syndrome.”  I wonder how they came up w/ that name “Hmmmm Bob what do you think, I don’t know, well let’s call it STS or Safe Toilet Syndrome.”  LOL!  According to Dr. Oz and other research, here are the reasons for constipation when you are away from home:

  • A Change in diet, not enough fiber
  • Not drinking enough water
  • Long periods of sitting down
  • Change in circadian rhythms
  • Autonomic nervous system goes into safe mode, because of unfamiliar or “unsafe” environment

I always wondered what the deal was when I traveled or went on vacation.  I thought this might be helpful information with all the traveling for the Holiday Season.         “Happy Holidays!” 

Have you ever suffered from “Safe Toilet Syndrome?”  That’s an awkward question, let’s try another one!  Was this post helpful or insightful?  

Many of us have “Safe God Syndrome,” we love to play it safe!

Unstereotypical

I posted a guest blog on Swerve today entitled: “Unstereotypical.”  Check it out and post your comments there!

Friday Drive-by (9)

RANDOM BULLETS:

LifeChurch.tv:  NW Oklahoma City Campus

  • Attendance was down last week due to the horrible ice storm.  We have 100% chance of snow today and tomm.
  • Child Dedications are this weekend.
  • I will be rolling out campus vision/goals for 08′,  in a couple of weeks.

Life:

  • Wesley and Jayden are both signed up to play B-ball.  Jayden’s team currently does not have a coach.  I might coach so they won’t cancel the team, you can’t break the hearts of 4yr. olds.
  • I think my wife is going to do the Christmas shopping this weekend, depending upon the weather.  I don’t like Christmas shopping, gift cards are the best.

Poll:

  • Participate in the poll question about Santa at the bottom/right of my blog.

Sports:

  • I don’t know what to think about the Mitchell Report, dealing w/ MLB and steroids.  I am beginning to think that the people really don’t care.  If you have a positive tests great…. who knows, there were obviously a bunch of people who used performance enhancing drugs either knowingly or not.  See fan reaction here.

Quote:

  • You can either follow history, or make history.  Scott Williams

Worthy Links:

Question:

What do you think about Barack Obama and Oprah’s endorsement of him?

If you don’t like to talk politics: Is your Christmas shopping is done, or do you wait til’ Christmas Eve? 

Thanks for reading, have a great weekend!

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