“Tim Keller’s Successful Succession-The Wesleyan Potluck Episode 10”
by Tim Kirkpatrick and Heath Mullikin

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The Wesleyan Potluck
March 6, 2017

Welcome to episode 10 of the Wesleyan Potluck: here’s a rundown of what we’ll be covering today:

In the Lineup we’ll be catching up with each other,

The meal will feature some thoughts on the pastoral succession following the resignation of Tim Keller

The Dessert Table will feature a great John Wesley quote to chew on,

and the cleanup is where we will tell you how to become a part of the Potluck community.

The Lineup-

The Meal-
http://www.christianitytoday.com/gleanings/2017/february/tim-keller-stepping-down-nyc-redeemer-senior-pastor.html

The Dessert Table:
“Beware you be not swallowed up in books! An ounce of love is worth a pound of knowledge.”
― John Wesley, Letters of John Wesley

The Cleanup
Twitter-@tpkirkpatrick and @heathmullikin

The Facebook Group

www.wesleyanpotluck.com

“The Wesleyan Potluck Episode 1”
by Tim Kirkpatrick and Heath Mullikin

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The Wesleyan Potluck
January 23, 2017

 

Recorded:  January 23, 2017
Welcome to the Wesleyan Potluck where we give you only the best news and commentary on what’s happening in and around the Church.  Tim Kirkpatrick and Heath Mullikin are Pastors committed to the advancement of the Kingdom of Christ and this is where we share our hopes and dreams for our denomination.
Welcome to episode 1 of the Wesleyan Potluck.
The Lineup
Any new year’s resolutions?
What have you been reading and why?
Tim – Bibliotheca.co Bible from the Kickstarter project.Also finishing up Benjamin Franklin’s Autobiography & Thomas Paine’s Common Sense

The Serial Reader App 

The Meal* ​Former district superintendent honored by governor 
* Thoughts on Wayne Schmidt’s first 6 months as General Superintendent

The Dessert Table
“What one generation tolerates, the next generation will embrace.”
― John Wesley

The Cleanup
Twitter-@tpkirkpatrick and @heathmullikin
The Facebook Group 
www.wesleyanpotluck.com

5 Lessons We Can Learn from Elf

Elf has become a Christmas classic over the years and a movie that my family watches multiple times during December(and sometimes other parts of the year).  There are so many things that make this movie great and appealing.  Here are 5 lessons we can learn from Elf.  Yes, there will be spoilers, but if you haven’t seen Elf by now then more than likely you’re a Scrooge.

  1.  “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”  Who doesn’t like belting out Christmas carols?  Is it possible to feel bad after singing “Jingle Bells”, “Silent Night”, or “Snow, Snow, Snow?”  I think this also applies to faith in general.  Even in the tough times of life, endured with faith, can bring joy and peace to others.  The stories of God’s transforming power in our lives are meant to be shared and used to encouraged others.
  2. A job can be more easily replaced than family.  James Caan, in the end makes the difficult choice to quit his job to go look for Buddy.  It’s a job he had lost his passion for as the quality of his work had diminished along with his relationship with his boss.  I know that in real life things don’t work out as nicely like they do in the movies with Walter starting his own publishing house and Buddy’s first book being a huge success.  Sometimes the choices are hard and we have to count the cost, but relationships last longer than a paycheck.
  3. Everyone can do something.  Buddy did not fit in with the Elves.  He put them way behind on Etch-a-sketch construction.  He could change the batteries in the smoke detector though.  Sometimes we give up on people because they can’t do what we want them to do.  Maybe they’re not good at that.  Find something they’re good at.  This philosophy works on things from assigning household chores to kids to building ministry teams in a local church.  God made us all to do something, and there is great joy in helping people discover what their “something” is.
  4. Don’t believe all the hype.  “World’s Best Cup of Coffee?”  Slogans and pronouncements like that are all around us.  We have to filter through what’s true and what’s not.  Companies spend billions of dollars trying to convince us we can’t live without what they’re offering.  Too many times our excitement is met with a mediocre cup of coffee.
  5. There is no Christmas without faith.

Michael:  Hold it… if you’re really Santa Claus,  Then we can just get some news cameras in here,  And everyone will believe in you,  Then your sleigh will fly, right?

Santa:  Christmas spirit is about believing, not seeing.  If the whole world saw me, all would be lost.   The paparazzi have been trying to nail me for years.

John 20:29 says, “Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

The angel’s message.  The virgin birth.  The magi.  The inn.  The entire Christmas story calls us to believe in what man would deem impossible.  To hope that the improbable is fact.  Whether you’re enjoying eggnog, Christmas movie traditions, exchanging gifts, or houses lit up for all to see you owe it all to faith.  This entire season is built on faith.  Sometimes, it feels like we spend 11 months out of the year losing our faith in humanity.  Christmas reminds me that there was great faith even in the act of God sending Jesus to earth.  Faith that Jesus would redeem his people.  Faith that all was not lost.  Faith that you and I would come to believe.

So, let’s sing a little louder, hold our families a little tighter, and believe that a little faith goes a long way.  Especially in these days of uncertainty and division, may the Spirit of Christ, which is the Spirit of Christmas, give us all the hope we need to make a better tomorrow.

 

The God of 1,000 reboots

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This Macbook Pro is 6 years old.  I’ve replaced the hard drive.  It is filthy on the outside.  It has dents and scratches.  It still works well, but occasionally I have to perform the most basic of computer tricks to keep it working.  Turn it off and back on again.  For some reason, it’s system needs to reboot to get going again.  I haven’t given up on this computer and plan on using it for a while to come.

I can’t tell you how many stops and starts I’ve had in my life.  Renewed commitment that eventually wanes.  An exercise routine that fades away.  Healthy eating habits that revert to the way things used to be.  Each time brings more guilt than the last.  A more complete feeling of failure and misery.  That I don’t deserve another chance and yet…

You and I are in good company.  Adam.  Abraham.  Moses.  Jacob.  David.  Jonah.  Peter.  Paul.  All great men that at some point(or many points) needed a reboot.  Something happens that causes us to need to reset things.  To find our True North.  What makes it much harder these days is that each of our failed restarts has been documented on Social Media.  Everybody knows we didn’t write that book, keep that blog going, start that business, meet those goals, lose that weight, get that promotion, make that list, amount to anything, etc.  I think we would be surprised how few people are keeping score on us because they are experiencing the exact same thing.  There’s nothing to be ashamed of when it comes to rebooting, restarting, or repenting.  On the contrary, it’s a shame when we don’t do these things.

“I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.”  I believe Jesus meant those words.  I believe our God is one who allows 1,000 reboots to get us to that fulfilled life.  He’s patient with us, forgiving with us, gentle with us, and above all He is FOR us.  As I type this I am looking at a list of life goals I made for my 40th birthday.  At first glance, it is terribly depressing.  I missed the mark on so many.  However, there are so many great things I’ve been able to do the past 2 years, dreams come true, that weren’t even on the list.  That list is not a failure to me now.  It’s simply a missed deadline, and God is giving me an extension.  Do you need to reboot?  Are you afraid that you’ve used all of your chances?  Are you embarrassed by the prospect of announcing to the world that you are trying again?  Today is a new day.  Lamentations 3: 22-23 says,”Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”  Sounds like God is giving you a 2nd(or 1000th) chance.  Seize it.  Own it.  Reboot.  You won’t regret it.

PS.  If you’re trying to figure out how to talk to people about Election 2016 then listen to our episode of the Double Dropkick Show doing just that.

“Booking Brock Lesnar to Wrestlemania 2017”
by Heath Mullikin and Mark Whitman

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The Double Dropkick Show
September 26, 2016
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“JD Walt and Andrew Dragos from Seedbed and the New Room Conference”
by Heath Mullikin and Jeremy Summers

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Groundswell
August 22, 2016

“Groundswell Conversation with JR Woodward, author of Church as Movement”
by Heath Mullikin and Jeremy Summers

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The Groundswell Podcast
August 15, 2016

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In this FREE 3-hour online conference, you’ll hear from national leaders and local practitioners on some the most current research and best practices in the church today.  We’ll be discussing a variety of topics like… how to build a discipleship culture, the lost practice of class meetings & group life, the power of story, formation through social media & technology, multiplying leaders, discipling the neighborhood, and much more.

Date: March 15, 2016
Time: 11:30-3:30 pm
Event: Missional Discipleship Live!
Topic: MIssional Discipleship
Sponsor: Church Multiplication and Discipleship Division of the Wesleyan Church
Venue: Online
Registration: Click here to register.