Archive for January, 2008

Why is this blog’s url "CzarThoughts?"

Well, its a great question I’m glad one of you asked! Well…no one asked BUT I figured I’d share anyway.

Czar is defined as “any person exercising great authority or power in a particular field.”

The goal of this blog is to be a place that people who are exercising great authority (czar)in their respective arenas – ministry, culture and leadership, etc – can meet, converse, engage and exchange ideas (thoughts)as these worlds collide with the rest of culture for the purpose of promoting Christ. (TALK ABOUT A RUN ON SENTENCE! Jeesh!)

Plus, another definition for Czar is “an emperor or king.” 1st Peter 2:9 declares that those that are in Christ are royalty. So Christ made you a Czar.

So for all of you Czars (and future Czars) out there, I’m glad you’re hear. If you are reading this, then you are a Czar, so share your thoughts. I’ll discuss cultural issues (music, movies, race, TV, technology) , ministry topics as well as some leadership stuff that I learn along the way. So again, share your thoughts, I’ll be sharing mine.

Why is this blog’s url "CzarThoughts?"

Well, its a great question I’m glad one of you asked! Well…no one asked BUT I figured I’d share anyway.

Czar is defined as “any person exercising great authority or power in a particular field.”

The goal of this blog is to be a place that people who are exercising great authority (czar)in their respective arenas – ministry, culture and leadership, etc – can meet, converse, engage and exchange ideas (thoughts)as these worlds collide with the rest of culture for the purpose of promoting Christ. (TALK ABOUT A RUN ON SENTENCE! Jeesh!)

Plus, another definition for Czar is “an emperor or king.” 1st Peter 2:9 declares that those that are in Christ are royalty. So Christ made you a Czar.

So for all of you Czars (and future Czars) out there, I’m glad you’re hear. If you are reading this, then you are a Czar, so share your thoughts. I’ll discuss cultural issues (music, movies, race, TV, technology) , ministry topics as well as some leadership stuff that I learn along the way. So again, share your thoughts, I’ll be sharing mine.

New Music!!

Not mine (though I DO have some new music I recorded recently 🙂 ) Instead, I figured I’d share with you the new Gnarls Barkley Song “Run.” Just remember, after the song has been BLASTED all over the radio that you heard it on MY BLOG first!

And don’t fret, new music coming from The Czar VERY soon.

Miracles still happen

Folks, God is MAGNIFICENT!!!

I had a REAL lift of my faith Sunday morning with a true to life miracle. Not like something you see on inspirational TV and then you find out the person was never really healed. No, this is a medically verified miracle.

We have a young lady that goes to our church that was born with a heart defect. Not just any normal heart defect but a MAJOR heart defect. With her heart being enlarged and the numerous holes in her heart, at the age of 25, the doctors said she has the physical heart of an 86 year old.

Well…HAD the heart of an 86 year old.

She joined our church last year and gave it all over to God. We prayed for her healing a few months ago. Meanwhile the doctors scheduled for her to have one of her valves replaced about 1 week and a half ago. She held on to God’s word and continued to believe for her healing. Now, she’s know about God her whole life, but she dedicated her life to him just last year. She’s had her heart issues since birth and even has dealt with cardiac arrest and even cardiac FAILURE.

When it came time for the surgery she kept telling her doctors that she was healed and didn’t need the surgery any more. The doctors told her not to get her hopes up and that they were going to do it “just in case.” Remember the doctors told her she HAS the heart of an 86 year old.

But like I said, she HAD the heart of an 86 year old.

The doctors went in to do the surgery on Jan 15. They cut her open and found that her heart – that had been damaged and getting worse since birth – had been completely healed. No holes, no enlargement, nothing out of the ordinary for a 25 year old female.

Her PHYSICAL heart was made new!! She had been COMPLETELY healed. The doctors were amazed at what they found and the DOCTORS told her “You were right, God DID heal you!” GLORY TO GOD!!!!!!!

Normally, stories like this end with a nice little wrap up. All I can say is – GOD IS GOOD!

Pop Goes the Church – DON’T READ IT…

… if you don’t care about reaching the lost. If your church is only concerned about the saved – don’t read this book. If your church is not concerned about fulfilling the marching orders given to us by our Savior via the Great Commission – don’t read this book. If you don’t care that the people in your community are dying and going to hell without ever having heard the truth about the Savior – don’t read this book. If you are happy with your church being an ireelevant relic, hoping that the town’s conservation committee will spare your building by considering it a “landmark” instead of touching the lives of people who are in desperate need – don’t read this book!

This book, ultimately is anthropology for the church. It helps the reader to study the culture of the community to reach that community for Christ.

Before reading the book, I was concerned that the book wouldn’t be cross cultural. While the book is about crossing the culture of the church with the culture of the people it hopes to reach, I wasn’t sure if he would present principles that could translate in urban, suburban, rural or beach communities. Since Newport, RI is kind of a blend of all 4 of those, I was DEFINATELY looking for something I could apply in Newport, RI and not just South Bend, IN. Well, I found them! This book can be used South bend, IN, Detroit, MI, Newport, RI, Tulsa, Oklahoma, from Fargo to Fayetteville and Portland, ME to Portland, OR. Its not something confined to the luxuries of suburban large churches. These are ideas you can use no matter your church’s size or location.

The day you can, preorder it for your entire church staff, youth staff, staff infection what ever staff you have – order it for them!

Pop Goes the Church – DON’T READ IT…

… if you don’t care about reaching the lost. If your church is only concerned about the saved – don’t read this book. If your church is not concerned about fulfilling the marching orders given to us by our Savior via the Great Commission – don’t read this book. If you don’t care that the people in your community are dying and going to hell without ever having heard the truth about the Savior – don’t read this book. If you are happy with your church being an ireelevant relic, hoping that the town’s conservation committee will spare your building by considering it a “landmark” instead of touching the lives of people who are in desperate need – don’t read this book!

This book, ultimately is anthropology for the church. It helps the reader to study the culture of the community to reach that community for Christ.

Before reading the book, I was concerned that the book wouldn’t be cross cultural. While the book is about crossing the culture of the church with the culture of the people it hopes to reach, I wasn’t sure if he would present principles that could translate in urban, suburban, rural or beach communities. Since Newport, RI is kind of a blend of all 4 of those, I was DEFINATELY looking for something I could apply in Newport, RI and not just South Bend, IN. Well, I found them! This book can be used South bend, IN, Detroit, MI, Newport, RI, Tulsa, Oklahoma, from Fargo to Fayetteville and Portland, ME to Portland, OR. Its not something confined to the luxuries of suburban large churches. These are ideas you can use no matter your church’s size or location.

The day you can, preorder it for your entire church staff, youth staff, staff infection what ever staff you have – order it for them!

Can he do it????

Well, today is the day. The deadline for the Tim Stevens book was moved up to today and I still have roughly 40 pages to read…and I’m at work…and I have a hockey game to take my wife and brother in law to after work…and my brother in law is sleeping over (he’s 12 and I love the kid to life!).

Can I do it? Can I finish the book by the deadline and still have a productive day at work?

Think I can? Think I can’t?

Place your bets!

Last Night

Last night’s youth service was GREAT…mostly. We actually hit conference level type energy during our song section (I would call it worship time, but aren’t our lives supposed to be acts of worship?). It was great. The youth seemed to connect with the message. I wasn’t necessarily excited about the prospect of doing a 2 part series about The Bible, but I think god gave me a great way to communicate it in a way that young people can grab it and run with it. So far, its working.

BUT, I always say you never know the true impact of a message until its a month after you’ve preached it.

Another great thing I’m seeing is that new people are STAYING and some of our kids who don’t usually invite people are inviting people. Momentum is brewing, I beleive.

Christians say the darndest things part 2


OKAY! This one is a doozy! I discovered this on Mark Shilling’s blog and figured I’d share this with you.

Holyghosttees.com has put this product up for sale. Tongues Shirts!! That’s right folks, shirts with tongues written on them! And check out this description of the t-shirt:

“I-See-La-La-Hun-Da”

Best known for its wide exposure and Pentecostal Flava by “HolyRollers”. Kids and adults can find an inner connection to this popular phrase and its charm.

And all this for only $37! That’s right folks, $37 for this tee-shirt! And $8.95 shipping and handling.

WOW!! Just plain fun or blasphemy? What do you think?

Happy MLK Day

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. (I know, I know, I’m a day late.) I figured in recognition of the day, I’d share with you all the speech that moved a nation. As delivered on August 28, 1963.

What’s your dream?

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