Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Exponential07 reflections

Exponential07 is very similar in spirit to the "National Pastors' Conference" I attended in San Diego. It is clearly non-denominational and corporate sponsored (NPC= Zondervan, Exponential07= Generous Giving & Crown Financial). Their purpose is inspirational versus connectional. Music is waaaaaay loud. Their lead guitarist is a superb pro, great to listen to, impossible to sing along with. But some of the quotes were priceless and preachable:
*Jesus Christ did not die on the cross to make us wise consumers, but to fulfill his purposes on earth, to live faithfully for him.
*“There’s never been a person in history who pursued a life of leisure whose name has been remembered in history” Teddy Roosevelt
*We buy what we cannot afford with money that we don’t have to impress people we don’t know.
*The problem is not management, but a problem of the heart. We are just pain greedy. The secret to getting out of debt is generosity. Generosity is the antidote to greed, it unlocks the chains of debt.
*How can we not be generous to a God who is so generous to us?
*Generosity is not just about money
It’s a spirit that does not readily implode
When it invades a church it is a culture
Your church never looks more like God than when it exudes a generous spirit
These were some of the nuggets I picked up today. Tomorrow I get to hear Rick Warren preach to us, and I'm not a little excited about that. What really made the impression on me today was not some formula for unlocking giving, but personal stories of transformation from the real lives of these men and women who shared. Generosity is best when it's close and personal.


At 8:58 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you bump into Forrest Reinhardt?

At 9:13 AM , Blogger donnjohnson said...

Not yet....


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