Big Idea: God owns everything. I’m his money manager. In the spring of 1994, I held a small piece of paper that would forever change the way I lived. I had just started my first real job, where I was a food service technician (i.e. waiter) at an upscale retirement home. Never changed a bed pan. Just needed to say that. The piece of paper I held was my first paycheck. I had busted my tail for two weeks at… Read more

Big Idea: God owns everything. I’m his money manager. In the spring of 1994, I held a small piece of paper that would forever change the way I lived. I had just started my first real job, where I was a food service technician (i.e. waiter) at an upscale retirement home. Never changed a bed pan. Just needed to say that. The piece of paper I held was my first paycheck. I had busted my tail for two weeks at… Read more

Books rarely start with a tutorial on how to remove your clothes in a bathroom stall. This book does. The trick apparently, is to start with your shirt. Doing a drop test on a door hook is an absolute must. Trying to balance something on the back of the toilet? Forget about it. These words of wisdom let you know from that outset that this isn’t going to be like most other books. Jon Acuff was a serial quitter. He… Read more

Books rarely start with a tutorial on how to remove your clothes in a bathroom stall. This book does. The trick apparently, is to start with your shirt. Doing a drop test on a door hook is an absolute must. Trying to balance something on the back of the toilet? Forget about it. These words of wisdom let you know from that outset that this isn’t going to be like most other books. Jon Acuff was a serial quitter. He… Read more

If you missed church this weekend at Mt Vernon Church, then you missed a faux wedding for the ages! When you walked into our worship center for the services, you encountered ushers wearing tuxedo tshirts, Pachelbel’s Canon in D playing lightly over the speakers, and the stage decked out for a wedding. After choosing either the bride’s or groom’s side, you watched as the wedding party made it down the aisle, until it was just me (as the minister) and… Read more

Have a great weekend! Thanks for reading this week. If there are any topics in particular you’d like me to write on in the future, email me at josh@mtvchurch.com Will Someone Please Lead Us? – Frustrated by the political climate in Washington? You’re not alone. One Christian leader’s angst expressed for all of us. Three Ways to Nourish and Cherish Your Wife – Great advice that CJ Maheny would give you if he were sitting down with you at Starbucks…. Read more

In a dusty village in the middle of the African bush, my American arrogance was destroyed forever. While living in Africa over a decade ago, I worked in the country of Botswana with college students. While there, I had several opportunities to take excursions into the bush. For one week, I had the opportunity to be a part of an advance scouting mission to the remote village of Diphuduhudu. (It’s fun to say, try it: ‘Di-poo-doo-hoo-doo.’ See, wasn’t that fun?)… Read more

BIG Idea: Our work isn’t over until everyone hears. This is the last installment of the “World Mandate” series I preached back in January. In Acts 1:8, Jesus gave his disciples the World Mandate that has changed the course of human history, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Today we’re going to talk about the ends… Read more

While Deep & Wide most likely won’t be the last book that Andy Stanley writes, it will most certainly be his coup de grace, his apex. His other books have looked at individual topics such as leadership, finances and grace. Deep & Wide looks at the big picture behind North Point Community Church and the philosophy that drove North Point to create a church model that has inspired thousands of pastors (like me). In other books and talks Stanley has… Read more

While Deep & Wide most likely won’t be the last book that Andy Stanley writes, it will most certainly be his coup de grace, his apex. His other books have looked at individual topics such as leadership, finances and grace. Deep & Wide looks at the big picture behind North Point Community Church and the philosophy that drove North Point to create a church model that has inspired thousands of pastors (like me). In other books and talks Stanley has… Read more

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