Sunday, April 20, 2014

...The End.

Friends,
    On August 12 of 2005 I started a blog and this week I will end it. 1,371 Posts, lots of words, and even more thoughts my blog has chronicled an incredible time in my life. First jobs, marriage, kids, new jobs, new callings, growing in grace and the gospel. I hope it's showed me wrestling with some big theological issues as well as practically how life and ministry are realities.
   My reasons for ending it are simple. My plate is full. With other blogs I'm responsible for as well as the new church plant I'm heading up my time has become limited.
     Who knows what the future holds? This might turn out to be a brief pause or a permanent halt. The old blog might resurface elsewhere or might just spin off into internet purgatory. I guess only time will tell.    

If you'd like to keep up with me you can at twitter.com/dlibbon , www.AnglicanYouthMinistry.com , or at St. Andrew's Park Circle's website www.StAndrewsParkCircle.com

Peace be with you through Christ.
David R. Libbon

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

You Got Something Smeared On Your Forehead

It's time for the annual Ash Wed Joke...

Every year I pull this joke out and every year it's funny...

A priest went to give ashes to a middle school student with the words "You are but dust and to dust you shall return"

the student cracked up and said back...

"No way, I don't want any butt dust on my face!"


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In other Ash Wednesday news here's a good article on Lent from Eric Metaxas.


"During Lent, Christians, as a friend of mine once put it, “rehearse — in the most basic meaning of that word — the story of our salvation, starting with the Fall and culminating in Good Friday.” And in this rehearsal, “a consistent picture of God emerges: the God who takes the initiative in reconciling us to Himself.”
Lent is only “gloomy” if you think that being reconciled to God is “gloomy.” It’s only “gloomy” if you think that we are so wonderful that reconciliation didn’t cost God all that much."

Found This Helpful for Young Leaders....

This came across my reading list last week from the folks over at The Resurgence. It's a great article that gives some practical tips for new leaders looking to lead. Walking the paths of student ministry and church planting I come across a bunch of young guys who have this desire. It's a privilege I don't take lightly to be able to speak into their lives. These 5 principles are solid and what I would encourage any of them to embrace.

1. Learn to really love people

D.L. Moody said, “God’s work can not be done without love,” this includes leadership. It is easy to overlook this. It is easy to deceive yourself here. You can get passionate about the idea of loving people or even have a tremendous theology of what it means to love people, but that is not actually loving people.
You must love people in order to lead them (John 21:17). You might be able to get by for a period on skill or personality, but leaders who last have a deep love for the people they lead. In faithfully loving people, God cultivates a heart of empathy in you, a mind that sees clearly the needs of people, and the courage to act on their behalf.

2. Be bold about starting conversation

It is an incredibly practical step, but being willing and able to just reach out to new people and make connections is critical to your leadership. Much of ministry is just taking the first step to engage people who might be new or wanting to feel included.
In a sense, this is also the first step in growing at evangelism. The tendency here is to excuse ourselves from this by saying things like, “Well, I am an introvert,” or, “I am not comfortable with that.” To be honest, it really doesn’t matter and most of starting new conversations is just practice. It is also a value, believing that as a leader you should lead in overcoming the awkwardness or whatever anxiety there may be in building relationship and influence. Start small and just get in the habit of striking up conversations with employees at the places you shop and new people in your church. Be willing to go first.

3. Lead where you can

There is a place for you to start leading right now—where is it? Is it a small group, on a ministry team, or even something in your community? The point is to actually begin leading. No amount of leadership theory, articles (including this one!), or conference talks will make you a leader or equip you like actually getting up there and leading. Churches, families, and businesses need real leaders who have paid the experiential tuition of leadership development, not just read about it. Start paying the leadership development tuition right now and in the places God has put before you (Luke 16:10).

4. Develop leaders

This is often the most overlooked but most critical parts of being a leader. You have a sacred responsibility to help raise up more leaders and workers as you lead. It is truly what separates the leaders who can make something successful for a period and those who can lead something that will outlast them. The Apostle Paul wove this into his ministry from the start, taking Timothy along with him to learn (Acts 16:1–3). Yes, your job as a leader is to cast vision, love people, and give direction, but it is also to replace yourself. The great part about learning this is that it also keeps you humble. It reminds you that God has gifted others to lead as well, and you get the great privilege to play a role in their development.

5. Start today

I get that all of these items are somewhat intuitive and obvious to most natural leaders. That is why for most of us execution will be everything. Rather than just thinking about your legacy and all the things you want to do to make your life count, ask yourself,
  • What is the one thing you can do by the end of this week to grow as a leader?
  • Who are the people God has given you to shepherd that you need to love?
  • Who are the people that you can reach out to right now?
  • Where is God asking you to lead and influence this week?
  • Who can you invest in and help grow today?
These are the questions that will make all the difference. Begin now, as God is in the business of taking our steady faithfulness to create great movements.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Luther on Studying Scripture


“First I shake the whole tree, that the ripest may fall. Then I climb the tree and shake each limb, and then each branch, and then each twig, and look under each leaf.”
                                                                          ~Martin Luther on studying scripture.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas


He Knows When You Are... In Doctrinal Error Part 11 of 11

A few years ago I posted about my favorite Christmas story. No, it has nothing to do with a snowman or a red nosed reindeer instead it's this... "The story goes that he got into a heated debate with Arius himself about whether there was a time when the Word did not exist. Nicholas strongly disagreed.The debate ended suddenly when Nicholas punched out Arius then and there on the floor of the council!"

So to honor this season here are 11 days of my favorite internet memes celebrating St. Nick...

Monday, December 23, 2013

He Knows When You Are... In Doctrinal Error Part 10 of 11

A few years ago I posted about my favorite Christmas story. No, it has nothing to do with a snowman or a red nosed reindeer instead it's this... "The story goes that he got into a heated debate with Arius himself about whether there was a time when the Word did not exist. Nicholas strongly disagreed.The debate ended suddenly when Nicholas punched out Arius then and there on the floor of the council!"

So to honor this season here are 11 days of my favorite internet memes celebrating St. Nick...