An Exercise in Futility — Part One


_1403395_us_senate300Today I was once again reminded of why we are structured the way we are at Southbrook Church. Sure, there are plenty of good reasons we’ve chosen the structure we have—great churches I respect tremendously function similarly—places like Saddleback Church (with Rick Warren), Fellowship Church (Pastor Ed Young jr.), Northpoint (Andy Stanley), New Hope (Wayne Cordeillo)…Honestly, it’s no coincidence that the best, most effective, kingdom minded churches eventually come to the same conclusion regarding structure.

Moving from a medium sized church to a large or mega church and doing so quickly all but mandates the change.

We hit the wall and made the shift over three years ago.

Is it perfect?

Tell me what is and we’ll move to that in a heartbeat. No, it isn’t perfect, but it’s the closest thing to it that we’ve found and we’ve been fortunate enough to be guided in the process by churches and leaders we all greatly admire.

Whenever I grow frustrated or nay sayers come along (and they always ‘come along’) God will somehow remind me that this is where we need to be to accomplish the vision He’s called us to as a church.

Today he used this, Us Senate playing games to stop progress Check it out. Talk about an exercise in futility! It’s amazing we get anything accomplished EVER as a nation with this kind of silliness going on! This article is worth reading if you need a good laugh, but the long and short of it is that the Senate majority leader, Jim Webb arrived in the huge chambers where the Senate usually meets to debate and vote and with the bang of a gavel, declared the first session open on Sunday morning before closing it seconds later, without any of his colleagues present in the hall. <— Read that again.

The brief ceremony will be repeated every two to three days until January 18, when lawmakers resume their work after the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.


to prevent President George W. Bush from making appointments on recess.

This is worse than an eight year old who sits on the playground clutching his football and refusing to let anyone play (at recess) unless they play be his own nutty little rules.

Who loses?


The entire nation, because, in this case there were conservative judges waiting to be appointed who line up nicely in their positions with 80% of American’s. With nonsense like this going on the chances of them ever being seated is about zero, however, because special interest folks want to control their power positions rather than do what they were elected to do, getting nothing done remains the order of the day—every day.

Almost sounds like church.