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BEYOND RELEVANCE MUSINGS ON CHURCH, STRATEGY, AND CULTURE

BY RICHARD REISING

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RT @DailyKeller: “It is not the strength of your faith but the object of your faith that actually saves you.” Tue Jun 16 03:14:27 +0000 2015
RT @DailyKeller: “Truth without love is harshness; it may be right but you ignore it because of it's bite. Truth and love together transfor… Thu Apr 09 13:12:00 +0000 2015
RT @DailyKeller: Love is never primarily defined in the Bible as a feeling. At its foundation love is at least a commitment and a promise. Fri Mar 27 19:12:01 +0000 2015
RT @CSLewisDaily: “#Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance, the only thing it cannot be is modera… Tue Nov 11 03:47:45 +0000 2014
First 5k ever. First selfie without my daughter. :) #secondrunselfie http://t.co/TNe5SK6w9q Sat Nov 01 15:25:31 +0000 2014
RT @DailyKeller: “Anxiety is a daily statement to God saying, ‘I don’t think you have my best interest in mind’.” Thu Oct 09 14:01:58 +0000 2014
RT @timkellernyc: The heart of the gospel is the cross, and the cross is all about giving up power. Wed Sep 17 00:58:27 +0000 2014
RT @CSLewisDaily: "I don’t believe that good work is ever done in a hurry." ~ The C. S. Lewis Bible Sat Sep 13 12:57:25 +0000 2014
RT @mattedmundson: Our captivity to teach should never take precedent over our capacity to learn. #traidcraftAGM14 Sat Sep 13 12:57:04 +0000 2014
RT @DailyKeller: “You don't fall into love. You commit to it. Love is saying I will be there no matter what.” Sat Sep 13 12:56:38 +0000 2014
Very excited to be asked to speak this coming Wednesday on "Marketing God's Way" at Gateway Church http://t.co/PVKc31cGWB Sat Sep 13 12:55:03 +0000 2014
RT @CSLewisDaily: I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everyth… Fri Sep 12 00:41:41 +0000 2014
RT @DailyKeller: “If you don’t preach like there are lost people present, there won’t ever be any.” Mon Aug 18 05:06:29 +0000 2014
RT @timkellernyc: Jonah stands as a warning that human hearts never change quickly or easily even when someone is being mentored directly b… Sat Aug 16 02:19:46 +0000 2014
RT @DailyKeller: “Putting our faith in Christ is not about trying harder; it means transferring our trust away from ourselves and resting i… Sat Aug 16 02:17:19 +0000 2014
In life, there are people you can count on to DO THINGS & people you can count on to GET THINGS DONE—how exactly do you describe the rest? Thu Jul 03 03:07:02 +0000 2014
Excited to share some unique principles on Kingdom Influence next week. Visit if you can. Gateway Church: http://t.co/hlsoLtg05i Fri Mar 28 18:54:21 +0000 2014
Apr 08

PC Logic

Apr 08
Apr 08

Pardon my deep, verbose interjection. I know this post seems about 5 years too late, but I am feeling quite pensive and need to brain dump... If you know me, you will see this as my need to analyze everything... well?

As a former Windows PC user (I am still one via Parallels on my MacBook), I recently began to identify the roots of MY previous Mac hatred. I do not suggest that these are the roots of other Mac-haters—but they rang true for me. When I was a PC user (6+ years ago), I was the answer man. Problems came—I fixed them. Confusing and troubling things took place—I was the one they called. Build a network, or upgrade a video card—I was your man. I had adapted my logic to flow with PC logic—stair-stepped, regimented, process-based logic. I had the “If this, then that” flow chart embedded in my brain. The longer I used PC’s the more I knew advanced levels of PC logic that I used to impress others and prove my (perceived) superior intellect.

I realize now that I had developed a large amount of my self worth from the problem solving that came as a result of my PC mastery. What is fascinating, is that now that I use Mac, I do not ever get those calls. I am not the “go-to” guy anymore. I cannot begin to describe how liberated I am from that grind—the grind that used to define my self worth. As a Mac user, the problem solving I do and the building I do is in using the computer as a tool and mastering the end result. The tool has become a solid instrument, like a vice grip in my hand. PC used to be the thing I worked "on". Mac is what I work "with". This helps me to understand the PC IT person dilemma. When no one needs to fix the computer, how am I still important? 

Now if you read that as a shot aimed at PC IT people, please rethink. What made me write this is that I (for some random reason) was thinking about PC's and realized how much of my previous self worth came from my knowledge of them. It is a shot at how we find our value in anything that is subject to change.

Have you ever placed your value in something that was changing on you? Do you know the feeling of having your job be replaced by a computer, or of your industry becoming obsolete—or maybe—just maybe—of being a pastor who sees his church dwindling while all these "new" churches are now thriving in your community. There is only one thing that we can find our value in that does not change. It is in Christ alone—not in what we do and not in how we do it. He will never be obsolete. He alone makes us valuable. All the jobs might be moved offshore to another country, the worship style you lead might be replaced, but He will never leave you and thus you will never lose your value.

Our true value is in the person He has made us. How we use that should always be a work in progress. And for all the Mac-lovers out there—one day, even Apple will be outsmarted and outsimplified.

p.s. Funny thing. While I was typing this, my Mac crashed. True story. Go figure.

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