Category Archives: Coffee

A Quad Espresso and A Man Hug

I walked into a coffee shop a few moments ago and got a man hug from one of the baristas.

This is the first time I’ve eve been here. It’s a pretty cool place.

Soft chairs. Good espresso. Free wifi.

But I don’t want to come back because of any of this things. I know of other soft seats and other places with good coffee. I have wifi at home.

I will come back because I got a hug. A man hug.

I’ve been here once//but I feel like I belong here.

I’ve known the barista since I moved here almost 2 years ago. I never got hugs back then. But he learned my name. Learned about my job and my wife.

When I came in today we asked me about all those.

I will come back because HE CARES!

I will come back because HE LISTENS!

I will come back because HE HUGS!

That’s how I want my ministry and life to be.

Overheard Church Observations

Here are a few “overheard” observations that a few couples were having around me as I was doing some event planning @ Starbucks…

  • “Church is better when your tired cause then your just glazed over and don’t have to be distracted.”
  • “You go or you don’t go…just deal with it!”
  • “You don’t like it, don’t go next time…”
  • Son to Father…”I hate church, it’s boring, and I don’t want to go anymore.”
  • ” You control your own destiny…so you should go to church.”

It breaks my heart when people talk about church that way…. I wish they would be saying…

  • “Church is best when your wide awake…cause if your not you could miss something, something worth seeing.”
  • “Sunday is the best day of the week!”
  • “Church is so exciting…I never want to miss a Sunday!”
  • Son to Father…”I love church, it’s so cool…can I go to small group?”

What do you wish you heard people saying about church (not just your church but the church as a whole)?

Week in Review…

War Week…

  • I got to be a part of one of my favorite events every year-War Week
  • I got to see some of my favorite people- Pastor Chilly and Brendan
  • I got to see my students grow from the teachings of people like- R.T. Kendall
  • I got to be in one of the greatest cities in the world, with one of the best church teams- Real Church.
  • My students served their butts off, loved others, learned, and grew-nothing better than that combo!

Reading…

  • Pop Goes the Church- Tim Stevens

Just started this a few nights ago, I love the way Tim writes! It’s been challenging to think about how I can better leverage culture for the gospel. I’ll write about this more later.

  • The Counselor-A.W. Tozer

I could read Tozer’s work any day, but his work on the Holy Spirit is my favorite. If you haven’t head this book yet, you definitely should pick up a copy or borrow mine =). Tozer is able to explain and examine what it means for the Holy Spirit to truly fill our lives and churches, not just be something we name as part of God.

Ministry…

  1. How do you measure spiritual growth vs. numerical growth?
  2. How do you measure spiritual growth in the lives of people, especially students?

Quote of the week…

It seems that I can hear the God of the universe smiling and speaking to this church, saying, “You are a great church because I was hungry and ye fed me. You are a great church because I was naked and ye clothed me. You are a great church because I was sick and ye visited me. You are a great church because I was in prison and ye gave me consolation by visiting me… And this is the church that’s going to save this world.”
-MLK:1954:”rediscovering lost values”

Coffee..

My favorite coffee place in town Kairos is now closed. As of 10pm Saturday August 2nd, they will no longer be open…

What will I do…the closest Starbucks is 20 minutes!!!!! ahhhhhhh!

Life…

Even though it’s always awesome to be in Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park-it’s always hard to go places and leave my wife, Jenn, behind. She is amazing and held down the fort while I was away this week. I haven’t seen her in 5 days, and it feels like way more. When I got married I didn’t think I could love her more, but after 2 years of marriage…and 5 days without hugging or kissing her-I am reminded of how much I do love her.

@ B and Joel's wedding...

She is Hott!

A Little White Box…

My thoughts…as of 5 minutes ago…

Life: I love my wife! She rocks! I get the privilege of spending everyday with her…She shows up @ home with coffee for me! And she is the most encouraging person I know. She serves without waiting for someone else to do it…and she makes me want to know God more and to love more

Youth Ministry: What if we formed youth ministries that connected students to the church as a whole rather than taught them how to play games or sing really good?

Music: Snow Patrol and Future of Forestry

Discipleship: What if it was less of a program our ministries had and more of lifestyle we lived? What if we began truly being mentors not consumers?

Movies: Indiana Jones: The Crystal Skull–was soooo lame. I wasted money for aliens!

Books: I’ve been reading some R.T. Kendall lately…the dude is smart! Meekness and Majesty is rocking my world.

Wii: I am a big fan of the Wii. I think it’s a great system, but Wii Fit…??? Come on! I think this video sums it up perfectly!

(ht: Collide Magazine and BMaid)

Surfer Jesus

We are continuing a series in youth on Sunday Night simply entitled…Jesus. We’re taking a look at what Jesus said, who followed Jesus, what Jesus did, and why it matters. In the process I found some interesting pictures of Jesus…even Surfer Jesus!

Surfing Jesus....?

I didn’t know Jesus was a surfer…but hey I guess you learn new things everyday! I’ve found the picture we form of Jesus in our hearts and minds is the Jesus we tend to follow. Some of us have a white Jesus, a republican Jesus, a social-justice Jesus, or even a black Jesus. A friend once told me the picture of Jesus she has constantly makes her think of a controlling man staring down at her. So often she finds her self praying to a god she cannot please.The truth is our interperation of Jesus has a lot do with how we live out that relationship…so what kind of Jesus do you see?

    • What picture of Jesus do you have?
    • Has it affected how you follow Jesus

*Oh yeah. You need to try Starbucks new Organic Sumatra Peru…it is pretty amazing!–thanks Jenn for the coffee =)

Coffee and a Confession

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I was at Karios Coffee and Tea House getting my usual: Quad Espresso (yup, no milk, no sugar, just give it to me straight up) and had the opportunity to not only enjoy 4 espresso shots from a La Marzocco but to have a really cool conversation with one of the employees. We’ve talked several times, even exchanged names…you know the normal coffee shop kind of stuff, he knows where I work (even has stopped by before). But today the conversation was different then normal. We exchanged our polite hello’s, and our how’s it going, and then it got exciting. I felt my heart start to pump faster and faster as my $2.15 espresso became a confessional.

  • In our world it’s easy to let the ordinary stop us from experiencing the extraordinary.

He asked tough questions; questions about doubts, sin, selfishness, holiness, faith, hope, righteousness, and love–you know the kind not easily answered by the traditional “I’ll pray for you” or the semi-religious “Just trust God”. He’s a Christ-follower…it’s even how he began his confession. But his doubts, fears, and questions rang deep in my heart…they stirred within me and I listen to him. I was late for work…but the confession held my ears, and now it has my heart. We exchanged numbers and are setting up a time to meet to look deeper at the Bible and what it has to say. But I can escape the questions.

It reminds me of my mission! Of my call! Of my purpose!

Sometimes all it takes is a cup of coffee and a confession to remind you that the God of all creation, the creator of the universe, is alive and me and wants to share the same love he has for me with the world around me. Beginning at a coffee shop, over coffee, with a employee who dared to confess his fears, sins, doubts, and questions.

Kairos Coffee and Tea House

I am sitting at a local coffee and tea house in Butler,Pa. There’s a pretty cool acoustic artist playing mixing in some beat boxing in a very cool way. I’m sitting here reading a book…I got distracted (happens often) and thought “I wonder why this place is called Kairos”…

“Kairos”- (καιρός) greek meaning right or opportune moment. The word kairos was used to refer to a moment of undetermined period of time in which “something” special happens.

“Chronos” and “Kairos” are the two Greek words for time. We get the word chronological from Chronos and in the NT we find Kairos being used often to refer to the time when God will act.  Kairos is used 85 times in the NT. One of the first things Christ says includes the word kairos…

Mark 1:15After John had been put in prison, Jesus went to Galilee and told people the Good News of God. He said, “The time has come, and the kingdom of God is near. Change the way you think and act, and believe the Good News.” 

TRANSLATION“The moment in time (the span of the universes existence), has come for God to act, heaven is about to enter earth…so shape up, repent, turn your lives to God…stop pretending to be religious!”

Maybe that’s the unique thing about Christ, he’s God acting-God showing up in our world and he calls us to do the same. To allow God to kairos through our lives…maybe it’s why we miss out so often on the importance of the moment. That God in this moment can act, supernaturally (cause not God-acts are natural) and change the course of human history, personal history, and world happenings. Maybe it looks like this:

  • The Great Commandments + The Great Commission=Kairos (God ACTS)

Our loving God and loving people plus making disciples equals God-acting in these moments of time doing the supernatural…the things we cannot do.