Should Churches Be More Like Starbucks?

Good evening readers! I have been reading things on the internet for the last half hour or so, and came across this article I really had to share with you.

Some of you may have heard recently that Starbucks is coming out with a new size of cup called the Trenta. This cup is around 32oz and will start rolling out on Feb. 1st in select markets.

After I read about this, I posed the question to myself.. Is Starbucks a Christian company? I really wasn’t able to find anything, but I did find the following article that I would like to share.

Enjoy!

Should churches be more like Starbucks?

Oct 21, 2010 by Adam J. Copeland

My local Starbucks—and probably yours too—has a large sign on each door that proclaims, “Take comfort in rituals.” When I’m being cynical, I read it as a multinational company preying on our cultural longing for meaning by suggesting we can buy happiness with a $4 cup of coffee.

But when you know at least six local Starbucks employees, it’s harder to be cynical once you’re through the door, especially when they greet you by name, ask how your day is going and even give you free drinks from time to time just because. . .well, just because. As Beau Weston observes, these Starbucks employees are at least acquaintances if not on the way to being friends.

So maybe we in the church could move on from our cynical first reactions and take Starbucks’s advice and run with it.

Starbucks seeks to be a welcoming place where community can thrive. A Friday business meeting or sermon-writing time can be especially enjoyable at a coffee shop. Book groups meet at our local coffee shop, as does a knitting group, bicycle club and countless university study groups.

There are plenty of rituals in our congregations too, but many of them fail to welcome as well as some coffee shops. Do our churches judge visitors before they walk in the door? Do our congregations offer rituals that feed and connect to the present day or ones that merely echo past significance?

Are we seeking to make new rituals in our sacred places of worship, welcoming folks by name, hosting groups, sharing free meals? Or are we selling God short?

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What are you thoughts? What would happen if our church would get more connected with the people who attend there?

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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Addicted to Social Media..

Good evening everyone! I hope you are doing well!

Last night was the Golden Globes here in the USA. The Best Motion Picture Drama went to The Social Network.

Really???

How addicted to Facebook is society, that the best film of the year is this movie? I totally have to disagree with the Hollywood Foreign Press on this one.

Wow..

I am just curious, does anyone know of an award show for Christian movies? If so, I would be interested in finding out what it is, and who votes for the movies.

The point of this post is not to talk about movies. I guess what I am trying to get across is that our society is more focused on technology, and social media, and “connecting”, to actually CONNECT with people. I know we talk through Facebook and text, etc.., but how deep into someone’s life can you get without the occasional meeting in person?

Now this is solely my opinion, but I think the definition of connecting has been re-written, and it needs to go back to the way it used to be; where people communicate on that deeper level.

Let me know what you think…

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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Get To Know Me!

Hello again readers! I am writing this post a head of time in response to my post from yesterday. Good morning by the way!

I know that many of you that read my blog are friends of mine, but there are many of you that I have never met.

For the last year, I have been writing this blog, and have kinda hid behind the wall of not putting my “real” self out there. I have share with you my thoughts and opinions, but I have never given you a face of the person writing these blogs.

So here I am, and below is a little bit about myself.

My name is Tom McDaniel. I am currently am 29 years old and live in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA. I have been married to my wife Nicole for about a year and half. We currently don’t have any children.

I graduated from Kaplan University with a degree in Business Management. Although, I currently do not use the degree in my professional career, I plan to in the future.

My wife and I NorthChurch.tv in Oklahoma City. We have connected with a great group of people and love it there.

In my spare time, I am a technology junkie. I love reading about computers, video games, etc.. I also play softball for my church, and enjoy watching many sports.

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So there is a short bio on me. I hope you enjoyed it.

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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You Don’t Know Me..

Good evening everyone! I hope all of you are doing well tonight. I thought I would come on here and write a little bit.

So.. Have you ever had someone judge you without them really knowing who you are? I know I have. I think it happens to the majority of us everyday with out us even knowing about it.

On the other hand, thoughts about the way someone looks, their lifestyle, their driving, etc.. go through our minds on a constant basis. I am not speaking for everyone here, but really some people don’t even realize they do it. I am not innocent on this, even I do it.

Jesus calls us not to though. We aren’t supposed to judge someone at all. It isn’t our place to do so. We may recognize what they are doing/not doing as a sin, but that is all we can do. Judging is a #1 no-no with God.

Matthew 7:1 (American Standard)

Judge not, that ye be not judged.

The question I leave for you this evening is this..

Do you judge others? If so, why? How do you plan to change that?

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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Babies Babies Everywhere!

Good afternoon everyone! I hope everyone is having a great day. I am not feeling the best in the world today. So while I had some time, I thought I would blog.

You are probably wondering why I am blogging about babies today. Are me and my wife having a baby? No, but a lot of people around us have had kids recently/ are currently pregnant.

Most of these people are people who my wife and know from church or from work. All of these kids are really adorable. I know. It is weird to hear/read a man say that kids are adorable. Well… Sorry, I really like kids. I would really like to have one one day.

I guess the question I am putting out there for you guys to give me some feedback on is…

Should I be jealous of these other people?

I know God has His own timing on things, but it just seems that everyone around us is having one, and my wife and I are left out.

I also want to make it clear that I don’t want to have a child just because everyone else it. I am just ready in this point of my life to start that family.

So, as I mentioned above, I would like your input.

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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New Year’s Resolutions (A Look Back..)

Good evening everyone! Happy New Year! Welcome to 2011! I hope everyone had a great New Year’s Eve and Day.

Tonight I wanted to take the time to look back on my resolutions from 2010, and see which ones I kept, and which ones I didn’t. I also wanted to make some for 2011. The 2010 resolutions we posted around the last week of Dec. 2009. Check the original posts out if you want.

Resolution 1: Loose Weight– (FAIL)

Well that didn’t work. I gained probably another 20 pounds last year. I guess that is what married life does to you. I don’t know. So.. I am putting this one back on the list for 2011. I actually went to the gym tonight. We will see what happens.

Resolution 2: Get Connected on a Deeper Level– (Semi-Fail)

Well I have met some more people, and I have actually connected with some on a deeper level. I started playing softball, and naturally as a team you create that bond. I want to grow closer to these guys, and well other people from church, or even work. I will put this back on the list for 2011 as well.

Resolution 3: Serve God More (Semi-Fail)

I actually was a member of the camera team at North Church for a little bit. I also helped out at a soup kitchen, and helped give out winter items to the homeless. I am not trying to pat myself on the back at all. I give God all the glory on that. I do though am going to put this on the list again. Me and my wife are looking to serve together at the church this year.

Resolution 4: Give to Charity ( Semi- Fail)

When the earthquake hit Haiti, I donated money to two different charities. I haven’t donated since then. I have however given money to people in need that I know locally. Again, I am not trying to pat myself on the back. I am putting this on the list again for this year. I want to contribute more

Resolution 5: Become a Better Husband ( Semi-Fail)

Over the last year, I have worked at doing this. I have attended a class, read books, etc. I am putting this one on the list again. I guess there is always need for improvement, due to us not being perfect.

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Those are my resolutions for 2010/2011, but I wanted to add one as well.

Resolution 6: Blog More

I started this blog as a ministry to myself and to other people. I started off writing practically everyday. Life gets in the way sometimes, and I stopped doing that, or even blogging once a week at the most. Well, I want to bring up my game. I have several people who read this blog, and makes me feel good. I like doing this. So yeah.. Look for more to come.

So what are your resolutions this year?

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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