Monthly Archive for January, 2010

Mere Men

Sunday, January 24, 2010 was a significant Sunday for not just me, but our entire church.  After some tense weeks, lots of rumors, frustration, hurt, anger, and a slew of other things our senior leadership team had a significant breakthrough.  There had been some disagreements and tension within the five men that lead our church (this is all public knowledge). So the five senior leaders decided that something had to be done about the tension they were feeling with each other, which led to a two day get-a-way where they were going to solve it all.  
The 24th is when Pastors Steve and Bret came back and told the church what was going on and how it was getting resolved.  
Since we’ve been studying 1 Corinthians in January, Bret took us to chapter 3 verses 1 through 4 which says:

Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual but as worldly—mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere men? For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere men?

Bret then went on to say that he and Steve had been quarreling and that they were mere men.  We are called to live for Christ, which is a set apart life that is different in every aspect from our worldly ways.  However, we often times resort back to the old ways of living and when we do, we are acting like mere men.  
This is where my revelation came, though.  Yes, I know they will mess up, but I also know that they (and the rest of the leadership team) will continue to seek God and listen to His guidance in all things.  I had never thought of Pastor Steve and Pastor Bret as mere men.  When Bret said that he and Steve were mere men, my whole perspective on these Godly men changed.  I don’t think I’ll ever look at them the same again.




Thanks Pastor Steve and Pastor Bret for your openness and honesty about some tough issues.  Especially about this “mere men” thing that you have kept hidden for all these years.


Chris Chaudoin over and out

Passion 2010

So good times were had by all at Passion.  It was an awesome time of intense worship, solid teaching, breakout sessions, chalxin’ (yeah I said it) and hanging out with my wife.  Fourteen hours in a car together does good things to a marriage.  Lots of talking and processing on the way back.  I’d say my biggest takeaway came from my breakout session taught by Gabe Lyons who wrote the book Unchristian.  It’s about non-Christians responses to a survey about Christians and how they perceive them.  The thing that caught my attention though was he talked about the full Gospel vs. a half Gospel.  At its very basic the full Gospel includes creation at the beginning and restoration at the end, whereas the half Gospel only includes our sin and need of a Savior.  It has caused me to think a lot and I’ll probably read a book on it to delve further into the subject.  But for now, enjoy this video of highlights from Passion 2010.