Emergent seems to be a group of people who have put a new book cover on liberal orthodoxy. They are social activists who have goals worthy to be applauded, but unfortunately leave people dying eternally separated from God. Let me make this clear poor people can go to heaven, homeless people can go to heaven, HIV persons can go to heaven, starving people can go to heaven. They cannot get there by filling their wallet with cash, building them an Extreme Makeover Home, inventing a vaccine to solve our human immunodeficiency virus, or planting gardens to provide food. The only way to exchange our disgusting filthy rags sopping with blood is through the substitutionay atonement of Jesus Christ. I believe in helping others, but I also believe in accurately depicting the only way for someone to meet the King of kings and Lord of lords.
I could go on, but I will save for later.
I left this morning for a quick trip to Jacksonville, FL (NJV is an abbreviation not a new Bible translation) representing PBC at the Awana Summit 08. I appreciates AWANAS commitment to excellence. They are incredible organizers who spend months preparing for 2000+ persons (about 1200 are teenagers). Prior to the college fair, I ate lunch two admissions counselors Jen (Baptist Bible College Clark Summit) and Tim (Philadelphia Biblical University). Both are amazing individuals who obviously love our Lord and what He accomplished on the cross. Tim and Jen both have amazing futures in the Lord’s work. I count it a privilege just to fellowship with two people grateful for Jesus’ work on the cross.
I had a little time tonight, after catching a little nap (my flight left at 6:00 this morning meaning so 4:15 was the start time), to visit a few places after participating in the college fair. My hotel recommend that I visit St. Johns Town Center about three miles from the hotel. I went to this beautiful outdoor mall stretched out over several acres. Yea, the only store that interested me was DICK’s sporting goods. Nevertheless, I was more taken back by the apparent phoniness of the setting. Kent and Barbie would have fit in well collecting toys for their hollow lives. How can this hollowness sometimes be so attractive? Is it nice walking around beautiful shopping areas (i.e. St. Johns or Short Pump in Richmond, VA) and feeling a little pompous about our stature. It can make you feel a tid-bit cocky knowing you have the cash to purchase that t-shirt, shoes, suit, rocking chair, bed, etc. Everything seems so perfect, but wait is it? There is something shallow about this lifestyle. You can see it in the eyes of shoppers, but they simply do not know that the only thing that can feel the vacuum of their soul is the person of Jesus Christ. The gorgeous buildings are a concoction distracting thousands into endless unhappiness and eternal separation.
More culture news (at least to me)…I picked up dinner from Dave & Buster’s tonight, which is a restaurant dedicated to “fun, food, and entertainment” all in one place. I ordered mine to go and found a spot to people watch(Don’t laugh, you do it too.); right beside the .25 crystal ball machine several children paying hear the mystic’s advice. This massive restaurant (hosts business parties up to 2000) merges children and adults in a public setting with lots of alcohol and a multiplicity of games. It was one of the strangest things I have seen where you have a bar setting directly next to the video games shop with children and adults all mingling. Maybe I live in the cave, but this seemed extraordinary to me. Oh yeah, two young kids
A review of Execution The Discipline of Getting Things Done by Larry Bossidy & Ram Charan.
Execution gives a penetrating analysis of why some businesses do well in the marketplace and others do not. They examine why some companies were able to revive from business slumps while others resorted to continue sliding. Their most important point is companies have strategy and leadership, but they suffer in ‘execution’. The authors explain how you and I can develop the art of execution. This is beyond strategy and leadership training, it is what will cause the company to soar or cause the company to flop. Strategy and leadership only work when the strategists and leaders execute their strategy and leading.
Here is an important segment of the book…
Execution is a systematic process of rigorously discussing hows and whats, questioning, tenaciously following through, and ensuring accountability. It includes making assumptions about the business environment, assessing the organization’s capabilities, linking strategy to operations and the people who are going to implement the strategy, synchoronizing those people and their various disciplines, and linking rewards to outcomes. It also includes mechanisms for changing assumptions as the environment changes and upgrading the company’s capabilities to meet the challenges of an ambitious strategy. In its most fundamental sense, execution is a systematic way of exposing reality and acting on it.”
Execution will be a fun read for the aggressive person who wants nothing less than the best.