Archives For Kile Baker

Pain

I’ve gone through a fair amount of physical pain lately, which made me realize something: pain is one of the biggest prioritizers in my life. Physical pain will cause us to stop whatever we’re doing and go to the hospital. Traumatic emotional pain will shut off our mind almost completely as we attempt to deal with the onslaught of feelings or numbness. And as scripture tells us, the pain of being distant from God or being disobedient to Him can have drastic consequences both immediately and eternally.

One of my favorite quotes from my wife is about pain, and what it’s purpose is: “Pain is your body’s way of telling you to pay attention to it.” It’s a very simple, but very applicable lesson to most things in life. Pain = attention. When something goes wrong long enough to grow into a big problem, or when an intense event happens that immediately stops the normal function of something, some sort of pain is usually the result. It’s a big neon arrow that say’s “YOU SHOULD PAY ATTENTION RIGHT HERE”.

So what should we pay attention to exactly?

I believe there are four elements that we need to…

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Just about everyone has an opinion about God. Right now, there are about 7 Billion people on the plant, with 1.2 Billion of them being Catholics and 800 million protestant Christians. That’s alot of people with opinions about God. For better or worse, what we think about God shapes how we interact with others, what we think about ourselves, and ultimately our worldview.

This is true across the board – whether you follow God, don’t believe in Him, hate Him, or believe in him but choose not to follow what He says. How we live our lives is directly tied into what we think about when we hear the word “God.” All the questions and comments that flood into our heads when this word is spoken tells us a lot about our Theology. Or to put it more pointedly: Everyone who has an opinion of what God is like is a Theologian.

If you do a simple google search for ‘theology’, the first thing that pops up is this:

the·ol·o·gy, (THēˈäləjē/)
noun: theology
▪ the study of the nature of God and religious belief.
▪ religious beliefs and theory when systematically developed.

While you may not picture yourself…

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I used to go to church to make fun of Pastors. No joke. I would take notes as they preached and wait behind to tell them the 15 ways they were wrong. Not only that, but I used to read the Bible only to look for contradictions in order to argue Christians out of their faith. Sometimes it even worked, sadly.

Now most atheists aren’t this way, but some of them have strong opinions about religion, God, and the people who follow Him. Which is why it’s important that we – as Christians – minimize our mistakes when we do get the opportunity to talk with them about Christ.

Two Things:

Before we get into the 5 mistakes, I do want to mention two things:

First, for the material in this post I will be drawing mainly from three different sources: my time as an atheist; my mistakes in talking with atheists after becoming a Christian; and the wisdom of those who graciously gave their opinions and experiences on this topic – thank you!

Second, I want to assert that ‘talking to atheists’ means a respectful and wanted conversation by two or more people that have…

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I’m a huge basketball fan. My team is the San Antonio Spurs, and they have a rather unique way of running their team on long road trips. Instead of playing their best players to get the immediate wins, they rest the stars to get the best from them when it matters later. I think this same type of strategy can be used with our volunteers, as resting can help them perform better, but more importantly restores their joy and increases their longevity.

One of the first things I did when taking on a large leadership position at my last church was to give permission to one of the foundational volunteers to take a much needed break. This person was highly influential, a great leader, and one of the pillars of our church – however it was becoming apparent that their energy and joy were running on empty. I knew that I still wanted them to serve, but just not in the way they were. They needed a recharge. Here’s what I did and what happened:

Discover & Recover

  • Discover what’s going on.  When meeting with a volunteer, the first part of the conversation should never be about what they…

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