Buy THIS! A message on Slowing Down


We all hate to wait. We have been so accustomed and conditioned by our culture that we can have anything we want, right here, right now.

And that creates a problem because we miss out on experiences and expertise. We overextend ourselves. We plummet further into debt.

But God gives us another choice, an alternative to the message that says, “Buy this!”

James Reardon: “Buy THIS” 10-30-11 from First Baptist Church on Vimeo.


IYIM #5 – Something Worth Reading

I didn’t write an article last month for our newsletter.

Which is odd, because I’ve been writing a lot lately. I’ve been writing between 300-500 words almost every day.

Which isn’t odd, because there was a time when I’d write over 4,000 words in one sitting.

Which is a weekly difference of 1,500-2,000 words less now than I was writing before.

Why the switch, and how does this apply to you?

Madison's Copy Of Volume 3 Of Jean Nicolas Démeunier's Économie Politique Et Diplomatique, As Depicted By Sculptor Walter Kirtland Hancock In The Library Of Congress James Madison Memorial Hall (Washington, DC)

I’ve decided to start writing something worth reading. Each day that I write, the message I want to communicate needs to be clear, and so I take a writing of mine and edit it, whittling it down, much like a sculptor. Some phrasing looks great, while other phrasing is convoluted, wordy, and weak.

Essentially, I write less to communicate more. My writings need to be worth reading. And even more important than that, you should write stuff worth reading.

The eloquent and precise doctor, Luke, writes,

“Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. Therefore, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, it seemed good also to me to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.” Luke 1:1-4

Luke took great care in what he wrote. He investigated everything, and he wrote an orderly account.

And here’s why: “so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.” Luke took great care to make sure that he wrote something worth reading. In fact, he did it twice (his companion book, Acts, is simply stunning).

You have an amazing story: your life with Christ. And whether you intend to or not, with your life, you’re writing something that others are reading. The question is, “Are you writing something worth reading?”

A Sea without a Shore

Tonight we’ll finish up our series A Sea Without A Shore, an Easter series based in Mark about hope and life.

And particularly about the love of Jesus.

Tomorrow I’m going to post a look at the creative process behind crafting that series (believe me, it was elaborate).

Until then, enjoy this song from David Crowder, Sometimes.

(it’s where we got the idea for this series, kinda)

What words are you aching to hear this Easter season?