Archive for January, 2010

More Ways to Respond to the Earthquake

Being on mission with Christ involves so much more than our financial contributions and I was looking for ways to respond to the the tragedy in Haiti that went beyond my giving.

This morning I was reading a post by Eric Foley at Transformational Giving and he pointed me to some ideas posted by Jon Hirst at Generous Mind. It went so much farther than what I wrote yesterday that I thought you might get some more ideas for your own response.

One of John’s suggestions was what I encouraged yesterday,

Give in community. Instead of making giving an isolated effort, give with your family, your church or your work. Transfer some of what you have learned to others and challenge them to action as well.

But he went on to offer 5 more simple ideas about our response to the earthquake. You can read them here.

What about you? Have you acted upon the tugging of the Spirit on your heart.

But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. – James 1:22 (NLT)

Grace and Peace,


P.S. I have done a little more research about Haiti and plan to share it with some of those in my circle of influence. I hope you follow through with some actions of your own. I would love to know what you and your groups are doing.

Clean Water for Haiti

Haiti was rocked by the strongest earthquake it has ever experienced in more than 200 years. The devastation and loss of life is wide spread as rescue operations continue. One the major concerns in a situation like this is clean water.

Dick Talley of the Texas Baptist Men says, “You can live a month without food, but you can live three days without water.” His organization is providing water filters which will save many lives.

Anytime you make a donation to to help in situations like this you should be careful which charity you choose. Having seen the Texas Baptist Men in action and having several friends who volunteer in their humanitarian efforts, I feel very comfortable making a donation through them.

You can learn more about the ministry of the Texas Baptist Men at their website and make a financial contribution to provide clean drinking water for the victims of the Haiti earthquake there as well.

As followers of Christ we need to join Him in his mission. We may not be able to go to Haiti to offer aid but we can support those who can. I plan to send a contribution to provide clean drinking water and I plan to ask the members of my church to help me.

Will you join me?

Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of belivers. – Galatians 6:10

Grace and Peace,

P.S. What are some things you and your group are doing to extend Christ’s love?

5 Reasons I Started Blogging

Here are five of the top reasons I started Coffee Cup Conversation.

1. To help Christians better live out the mission of Christ

Those of us who follow Christ are called to live out His mission and I want to help you to better live an incarnational, missional life.

2. To create and maintain a conversation for a network of fellow sojourners

We all need a network of friends who travel with us on this journey. Join me and let’s blaze a trail.

3. To make a difference

I want to see people’s lives transformed by Christ.

4. To share what God is teaching me

Your conversation with me will help me track what God is teaching me and give me a place to review my progress.

5. To keep me focused on the mission

I’m just like everyone else. I get distracted with the everyday tasks of life. Your joining the conversation helps me stay focused on the mission.

I definitely want to have a conversation with you so jump in there, make a comment and let’s have a cup of coffee.


I Found My Way Back

Hey! I actually remembered how to get back to WordPress and the blog so I could make another post.

My goal was to get Coffee Cup Conversation up and running before this weekend and I did it even though it was few days and a few posts late.

I am on my way to enter a conversation about simple church with my good friend Gerald Aalbers and his leadership team at Freedom Church in Manor, Texas. Be in prayer for us as we explore the practices of the incarnational, missional life.

Who knows who I might meet along the way to further the conversation. I hope to share a few stories and ideas with you about this trip when I get back.

I just realized that I accomplished my first goal of 2010! Doesn’t it feel good to get something done? How about you? What are some of your goals for this new year? Are any of them connected to your walk with Christ?


P.S. If you have any questions or want to chat feel free to make a comment.

Welcome to Coffee Cup Conversation!

Well, I’m two days past the goal I set to get this blog up and running and still not quite ready.  There are still some kinks to work out and some tweaks to make to the appearance.  I’ll be spending the next few weeks putting the final touches to the site but there’s no reason not to get started.

While I go about the process, I hope you find something you can use here. If you have any feedback or suggestions leave a comment or fire off an email and let’s get the conversation started.