Wrapping Up and Looking Ahead….!

This week, we’ll be wrapping up our series on the book, “Don’t Waste Your Life” by John Piper.  Chapter 10 is your assignment for this week.  Please come to our “virtual gathering” with your thoughts on the book:

  • What chapter and/or theme stands out most to you?
  • How will you take some of Piper’s concepts and apply it to your life?
  • What questions do you still have about not “wasting your life?”

As with last week, our gathering will take place using Zoom.  Zoom meetings for our group will kick off promptly at 7:45 am ET and conclude around 8:30 am ET or so.  Mike will be leading this week’s lesson.

We’ve created a page on the Starting Friday website that walks you step-by-step using Zoom.  Please note the meeting number for this week is: 933 121 523

CLICK HERE for the Zoom Instructions page or simply CLICK the image below.


Action 1: Looking ahead, please purchase your copy of the book, “Sticky Faith” by Dr. Kara Powell and Dr. Chap Clark.  We’ll start that 8 week series on April 17th.

Action 2:  Please pick a Friday or two to lead a chapter of the new series at our SIGN UP GENIUS page.

Two Week Series: Easter and the Resurrection, Parts 1 and 2

I’ve added a two part “quick” series for us to meet and talk about the Easter message.

  • Part 1 will be on Friday, April 3rd (Matthew 27: 32-61).
  • Part 2 will be on Friday, April 10th (Matthew 27: 62-66 and Matthew 28: 1-10, 16-20)

Leaders needed for both days…..leaders focus on those scripture passages and come prepared to lead the Zoom discussions.  Sign up at our SIGN UP GENIUS page.

Lastly, given the current restrictions on gatherings, we’ll continue to meet weekly via Zoom through the end of April.  I’m optimistic that we’ll be back meeting in person by the beginning of May.  Of course, we’ll be flexible on when we can gather in person.

“See” everyone this Friday!


Nearing the Finish Line Tape….!

We’ve got two chapters to go….and who would have thought we’d be in the situation we’re in now….when we first started the book!  COVID-19 (aka “the coronavirus”) has changed our world, temporarily, and more than likely, for a long time!  We will get through this…..!

Given the constraints and guidelines on social distancing, we’re going to have “online” gatherings for the next couple of weeks.  Separately, you should have received an email from me on using Zoom.us for video conferencing meetings this Friday.  If you haven’t received that message, please reach out to me (or comment at the bottom of this post) and I’ll follow up with you.

We also have a “test meeting” on Thursday at 8:15 am ET in advance of Friday’s virtual gathering if you want to test out Zoom then.  The test meeting link was also sent out earlier via email.

Now, back to this week’s homework…..Chapter 9 of our current study, “Don’t Waste Your Life”.  Ironically, this week’s chapter focuses on God’s calling for us to do mission work.  We’ll compare and contrast mission versus evangelism.  Great stuff!

Mike leads us this week via the Zoom web-conference.  Please join the Zoom link at 7:45 am ET.  Again, let me know if you need that information.

Be safe, check on neighbors/family, share…..and wash your hands!


AUDIBLE at the Line of Scrimmage…..change to meeting location this week!


Cornwell Center, our weekly meeting location, is closing (temporarily) due to COVID-19 concerns.  So we will have to meet at an alternate location for this Friday, and possibly a few more Fridays after that.

For this week (tomorrow), let’s plan to meet at 7:45 am at Park Road Soda Shoppe in the Park Road shopping center.

No other changes.  David Parker will still lead tomorrow.

I’ll see you then!



Talking “Jesus” by the Breakroom Water-cooler

Okay….take a deep breath!  This week we’re talking about “talking about” God in the workplace!  Yikes….who does that anyway?

Well, the answer is probably more than you might think.  And that’s not just because we live in the Bible Belt….

Homework this week is Chapter 8, “Making Much of Christ from 8 to 5”.

Last week, I mentioned the online study guide to our current book.  Here’s the link to that document and I’d recommend using it to support your preparations this week:


David Parker leads us this week.  Here’s a few points to get you started:

  1.  Many people in the church divide vocations into two types: secular and sacred.  Here’s a thought; is one type of vocation more spiritual than the other?
  2. Read ahead scripture: Colossians 3:23-24 and 1 Corinthians 15:58

Lots to unpack this week.  Think about how you’re “talking Jesus” at work this week. Are you getting deep stares or deep conversations….or neither?

I’ll see you on Friday beginning at 7:30 am.  Lesson starts sharply at 7:45 am!


Matthew 6:21 “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”

Hopefully, you’ve heard that passage of scripture from the book of Matthew before.  As I was reading this week’s assignment, Chapter 7 “Living to Prove He is More Precious Than Life”….I was reminded of that line from the apostle Matthew.

Maybe it’s coincidence (or not) that last week we took a break from our book to talk about “mission trips”, specifically Mike Lenhart and Bryan Brooks shared stories and pictures from their recent trip to Uganda.  And this week’s chapter certainly hints on the importance of mission trips.  However, on a broader sense, our author this week discusses how we are demonstrating the value and worth of Jesus Christ.

Here’s a leading question to ponder in advance of this week:

“If someone who did not know that you were a Christian observed the way you spend your money, the kind of clothes you wear, the way you spend your free time, and how your raised your family, would they notice a significant difference between you and the world?”

Mike leads us this week, discussing possible responses to that question and others.  Also, study the following passages in advance:

Mark 10:21, Luke 6:20, 24 and Luke 18:25

We’re back at the front parlor room of The Cornwell Center this Friday.  Please gather starting at 7:30 am.  Lesson starts at 7:45 am.



Recap of Uganda Mission Trip

Gents…this week, we’re taking a break from our book in order to hear Mike’s recap of his 10-day mission trip to Uganda.  So, put the book down this week and come prepared to hear “the good, the bad….and the amazing”!

Next week, we’ll pick back up with Chapter 7 of the current series.

Oh, and don’t forget that this Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of our Lenten Season!

Gather at The Cornwell Center beginning at 7:30 am.  Mike will share his stories and pictures of Bududa, Uganda promptly starting at 7:45 am.


Two Weeks Ahead of Time…..Uganda-be Kidding me!

I’m excited and a little nervous about heading out to Uganda this week for mission work at the Bududa Learning Center.  Excited about what lies ahead….nervous about a host of things…..but putting all my fears in God’s hands……am going to do my best to “walk the walk”, as this group has taught each other time and time again!

But enough about me……

Sending a reminder for this Friday’s and next Friday’s lessons:

FEB 14:  Read Chapter 5, “Risk is Right…..”  Leader is David Parker

FEB 21:  Read Chapter 6, “The Goal of Life….” Leader is Jason Schubert

Both lessons will be at The Cornwell Center; 7:30 am gather.  7:45 am “show time”!

We still need leaders for Chapters 7, 8, and 9 (FEB 28, MAR 6, and MAR 13 respectively).  Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f084badaa2ea4fb6-fmmf2

Have a great two weeks!  I’ll see you when we gather on FEB 28.


Power’s Out….but We’re On!

Big storms hit Charlotte today, knocking out a lot of electricity for hundreds of folks, including yours truly!  But I’m thankful for a safe home, a dry bed, and many blessings!  (But God, a little electricity so my boys will stop stressing about their homework, please!)

Rob Miller will lead us this week on Chapter 4 of our current study. He promises lots of interesting insights…..you know….”nuggets” in his terms!

So whether you’re reading tonight by candlelight or you’re ahead of the game and already read the chapter, or if neither of those apply, we’ll see you in the morning. Cornwell Center, 7:30 am to chat; 7:45 am for “nuggets”!

Stay safe, Charlotte!

Oh, to be Single again!

Out of the gate, let me clarify that, this week, by “being single” I am not stating any regrets in my marriage!  Don’t start any rumors…..amen??!!  Keep reading…..

This week, we’re studying Chapter 3 of our study series, “Magnifying Christ through Pain and Death“.  And for once, I’m going to give away the punch line to this week’s message:

Being single….means focusing on the cross, the resurrection; what our author calls, “the burning center of of the glory of God…..”.  Still further, Piper writes:

“…every enjoyment in this life and the next that is not idolatry is a tribute to the infinite value of the cross of Christ….and thus, a cross-centered, cross-exhausting, cross-saturated life is a God-glorifying life–the only God-glorifying life!  All others are wasted….”

Now I’ve given away the punchline….the dead-aim, beady focus on SINGULARITY.  Not in companionship….rather in glorifying our Creator.

Heavy stuff…and if you come on Friday only citing the focus I’ve outlined above, then you’ll miss out on a really, really great chapter!  Luckily, if life and work and family get the best of you before Friday, our leader this week is Jon Paschal.  Boom!  Now there’s a singularly focused dude!  

See you on Friday at The Cornwell Center.  We’re locking the doors at 7:45 am….so don’t be late!   Kidding…..sort of….!


Talking Breakthroughs…..

Have you ever been banging your head against the wall, time and time again, over something you just can’t figure out?  For me, it’s my golf game.  I remember when I first got into swimming in the Atlanta triathlon community.  My swim coach would say…”hold your hand like this….enter the water like that….now drag your arm and ‘catch’….and don’t forget to breathe bilaterally”…. Back then, I also knew very little about the game of golf, but I found myself saying as I was breathing bilaterally, “This seems more complicated than golf!”.

But eventually, I would find some breakthroughs in my swimming.  And, fast-forwarding to today, there are similar days on the golf course where everything falls into place…..moments of breakthroughs!

This week, we’ll be talking about Chapter 2 of our new study, “Don’t Waste Your Life“.  Similar to my comments above, our author describes times early in his Christian journey where he struggled with key concepts; especially as they related to the Bible.  I won’t give away all the details…hence you need to do some (or all) of the reading!  But you’ll see where Piper finds his breakthroughs and, more importantly, how those discoveries paved the path for years to come.

I’ll be leading us this week in our discussion on chapter 2.  Gather at 7:30 am at The Cornwell Center.  We’ll kick things into gear at 7:45 am.