Interview with Justin Narducci

Interview with Justin Narducci

Justin Narducci

Justin Narducci has been a longtime friend of mine. We have traveled through many different seasons of life together. Justin has a unique insight into the Kingdom of God and I love being challenged by his perspective and dedication. Justin started at Boeing and later worked for Life in Abundance where he saw how he can encourage the American church into action for the world. He now serves as the CEO of Lifewater, an organization designed to “provide water, health, and hope.”

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Why Are Christians So Mean?

"Why are Christians so mean? Well, there actually is an answer to that question. And we must face this answer and effectively deal with it or Satan will sustain his stranglehold on spiritual transformation in local congregations. Christians are routinely taught by example and word that it is more important to be right (always in terms of their beloved vessel, or tradition) than it is to be Christlike. In fact, being right licenses you to be mean, and, indeed, requires you to be mean--righteously mean, of course. You must be hard on people who are wrong, and especially if they are in positions of Christian leadership. They deserve nothing better. This is a part of what I have elsewhere called the practice of 'condemnation engineering.'"

Dallas Willard

Worship Night – Makers

If you want to be a maker of new things, your hands must glorify God.

Thank You, Dad

If you watched any of the Olympics the last few weeks you likely saw an inspiring commercial from P&G called “Thank You, Mom.” I love the premise behind the commercial but I cringe at the conclusion. The premise is that behind all of the success we watch at the Olympics are the hero moms. I realize this is likely true the majority of the time. And I’m grateful for all of those moms.

But the obvious issue is that we need more dads to fill this role.

Moms shouldn’t be carrying the responsibility by themselves. It saddens me to think of how these types of videos add to the already deep perception of deadbeat, nonexistent dads. It’s time we offered encouragement to the dads out there to step up and play their part.

So if you had a dad who was present, who gave you encouragement, who helped you become the person you are today… I encourage you to tell him thanks. You were one of the rare blessed ones. I know that I was in this category and I’ve never lost sight of how much my dad challenged me to become the person I am today.

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Who Do You Say That I Am?

Jason Clark - Prone to LoveThis is a guest post from Jason Clark. Read below to see how you can win a free copy of Jason’s new book, Prone to Love.

Jesus pressed his disciples asking, “And how about you? Who do you say I am?”

Peter said, “You’re the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

Jesus responded, “…You didn’t get that answer out of books or from teachers. My Father in heaven, God himself, let you in on this secret of who I really am.

Can you imagine how excited Jesus was about Peter’s revelation? Everywhere Jesus went, every breath He ever took, every smile, every tear, every gesture, every word was meant to reveal the Father. He said, “If you really know me, you will know my Father as well (John 14:7),” and “I am in the Father and the Father is in me… (John 14:11)” Jesus life was an expression of the Fathers perfect love. But the disciples, and everyone else for that matter, never seemed able to really get it.

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Mattresses, Money, and Misperceptions

Mattresses, Money, and Misperceptions

My wife and I had an interesting experience this week. We are currently shopping for a new mattress and thought we’d hit up a few stores to get a feel for what’s out there. Our first stop was the RoomStore and while we immediately had a greeter start a conversation with us, she had a bizarre, passive-aggressive style. When she asked us what we were looking for we replied that we were pretty open and were shopping for something that fit us. Her answer was that if we didn’t know what we wanted then she couldn’t help us. She then led us to the mattress section and walked away. I was surprised and bothered at the same time. Worse yet, she watched us from a distance. Now I only worked sales for a few years of my life, but I’m pretty sure that when someone is open you take that opportunity to guide them to something they will fall in love with. Not happening with our lady.

I looked at Michelle as we walked out and said, “That was weird, right?” She agreed.

We walked a few stores down to another mattress store. At this one, we saw a salesman again as soon as we entered. He was coming from somewhere in the back and after he said hi to us he sat down at a desk up front. The rest of the conversation we had with him, in which we asked him a few questions, he responded to us without making eye contact. He just continued to stare at his screen. We decided it was time to go again.

I looked at Michelle as we walked out and said, “I’m done shopping for mattresses, let’s get dinner.”

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