A Millionaires March On Washington

James Murdoch one of the owners of hyper conservative Fox News just gave $1Million to the Anti Defamation League to protest Trumps equivocation around C’ville. Tim Cook the gay liberal CEO of Apple was inspired by Murdochs gesture and gave another million to the ADL for the same reason

Look, we don’t need a million people we need a few millionaires to descend on Washington ASAP.

And leading that group of elites ought to be the 5 living ex presidents and their wives.

These people have influence, money and access to a jet to get them there fast.

The 5 living ex presidents need to convene for a photo op on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Make sure that the cameras show Bush I being carried up in his wheel chair giving a thumbs up sign and his patented smile.

Obama with Michelle immediately to his left, should speak for the group. The four white guys and their wives should be arrayed behind them. (this is all about optics)

Distribution trumps ideas

Trump has a million mics and cameras trained on his every move and word.

These 5 ex presidents can get those same mics and cameras shifted to them if they will convene in one place for a few minutes.

Heres’ the speech they should give…

“Donald- you are the President but you don’t own The Presidency

The President is a role, The Presidency is an institution.

You don’t understand the difference which is why we were forced to show up today.

Donald, America is about more than you or any of us. Its about an ideal that we all strive for. We all failed in our attempts to do that as well.

But The Presidency survived our mistakes, We’re not confident it will survive yours

Which is why we were forced to show up today

When hundreds of young white men marched in C’ ville proclaiming “Jews Will Not Replace Us” and you remained silent – you crossed a line

When a young woman protesting these guys was run over and murdered by a Nazi and you said “there are good people on both sides” – you crossed a line.

The Presidency will not abide your silent assent.

Which is why we were forced to show up today”

Dear Ex President Millionaires – If you lead they will follow 

Here are the names of your fellow millionaire friends who will stand on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial with you, if you ask.

Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Paul Allen, Lebron James, Stephen Curry, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, The Murdochs, Jane Fonda, Louis CK, Aziz Ansari, Tom Hanks, Oprah, Ellen DeGeneres, Julia Roberts, The Koch Brothers, George Soros, Lily Tomlin, Mitch Mc Connell, Cheryl Stanberg, Meg Whitman, Susan Sarandon, Bradgelina :-), Russel Wilson, Mark Zuckerberg, Tom Brady, Paul Ryan, George Clooney, Jay Z, Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Steve Spielberg, Meryl Streep and… etc etc

You get the idea.

Celebrities love being wth other celebrities. Think of the killer photo ops.

Think about all the money you could raise for ISNA,ADL and the NAACP 

Forget about getting a million people to DC. No need. They don’t have the power you do

Lets get a few of the right millionaires there and as they say the rest is history.

 

 

Conservative Opposition Researcher To Present at #HackTheMinistry

A few months ago I noticed some incisive tweets coming from a woman in DC named Celia Riley, who while clearly conservative was nevertheless fearless in calling out #45 for his inappropriate comments about women, muslims or anyone else that happened to cross

his mind at 3 AM. Her Twitter bio is as follows “Practical idealist. Sarcastic realist. Consistent outlier. Tweets are my neighbor’s cat’s and he’s not to be taken seriously.” which I really liked.

I also sensed that Celia was a follower of Jesus so I reached out to her to see if she would be interested in being a presenter at Off The Maps October 12th coming out of retirement party called #HackThe Ministry. She said yes!

Why do I want Celia here?

Because we need to hear from followers of Jesus who are doing ministry inside of circles that don’t often intersect with our own.

We need to encourage honesty and integrity and courage in young leaders and influencers who are trying to make a difference in their world

We need to validate people who have the chops to go into “professional” ministry choose instead to follow Jesus into their world – where they “take Jesus public”

We need some conservatives to mix with many of us who are more liberal than we realize so we can be kept honest ourselves

Finally as a fan of women leaders, thinkers and influencers, Im thrilled to have Celia join our team of about 25 presenters for our one day event in Seattle.

Celia Riley has played a key role in Republican campaigns and opposition research projects nationwide for almost 10 years, including helping carry out the Republican takeover of the House in 2010. She has worked as a Senior Analyst for the NRCC and managed a competitive intelligence team for the Freedom Partners’ network of free-market organizations. Now as an independent contractor most of her clients are conservative but she considers herself “bureaucratically thoughtful.”  read more here

Get your “first in” tickets here for this one of a kind experience

Travel to new places in your spiritual thought life

 

Once A Month Church Experiment Ends

There are two kinds of explorers, those who return saying “you should have seen what I saw” and those who return with a map. John Fremont was the latter, which is largely why a city in California is named after him and we still remember him.

When he explored California, Fremont took a cartographer along. The map they produced turned an exploration experienced by few into a travel destination for many.

Most people don’t like taking the risks associated with exploring but if you hand them a map they’ll consider traveling.

While I don’t explore mountains or rivers, I do explore ideas. For the past 1.5 years a group of friends and I have been researching an idea called Once A Month Church.

Here’s our map

Church is church

Context is everything. Regardless of what you may want the word church to mean, the fact remains that when you say church people think church service. Meaning, you can do whatever cool things you want to do as in being the church but you better not forget to do church somewhere along the line or people (church people that is) wont come along for the rest of the ride. This turned out to be the deal killer for me. I realized somewhere along the line that I’m fresh out of church service coupons. They got used up somewhere in the 80s and 90s.

I mean no judgey-ness. It is what it is. Church is largely a “service” for people who were raised in church. If you have positive childhood memories associated with Sunday school then “going to church” will on balance be something you want more of and want your children to have. Of course given the growing number of “nones” and “dones” the trend lines don’t offer much hope but at least for the next 50 years some version church services will remain in demand.

All that to say that I think Once A Month Church could provide an existing large church with declining attendance an alternative church service choice for the increasing number of people who are already attending once a month anyway. Don’t fight them. Surprise them with your leadership and service. Be authentic. Tell them you understand that they’re busy etc. Provide them a killer church service once a month. They will bring their non church going friends along just to show them how cool their church is and you’ll get the opportunity to meet people who otherwise would never consider darkening the door of your building.

Once a Month Church as a Church Planting Strategy Does Not Work

Merely providing a killer church service once a month for a brand new group as a starter strategy is a non-starter. If that’s all you’re providing for people then it’s simply too infrequent for people to stay connected. They’ll find a “real” church that provides the support services they’re accustomed to and then break away from that group once a month to hang out with you and your friends.

People Want Small Groups

I’m not saying they want to attend groups, I’m saying they want a choice of groups to attend when it fits their schedule. Actually all of us are like that, unless we’re either leading or  lonely, we automatically revert to being the consumers our culture has trained us to be and which the church clearly models itself after.

If you have a cadre of small group leaders who want “just enough church” then OAMC could be a very effective model. If you are the “pastor” of OAMC you get to give these leaders permission to lead. Your job then becomes consistently meeting with those leaders one on one and leading a once a month church service. They develop people and you develop them. You provide the monthly ritual and they have something they can bring their friends to that isn’t small and intimate. These highly motivated innovators will hustle to grow their groups and to stay connected with people. This is where the real action is. OAMC is a powerful adjunct to this model of church. The OAMC church service is the symbolic centerpiece but not the actual centerpiece.

Money

Leading a once a month church service and meeting one on one with small group innovators does not require a paid professional. I think a network of groups that gathered once a month could grow to about 150 in attendance without any paid people (excepting for child care and an online admin). The most important person to not be paid is whoever is thought of or called Pastor. Once that person gets money a symbolic social transaction has occurred that permanently changes the experience. Its not that money is bad or that the person couldn’t use the money its simply that given that the majority of people who attend church were raised in church they naturally associate payment for an exchange of services. This transaction numbs them and they begin to think like consumers. You can avoid all this simply by not being paid.

 Thats it…

 

Why Trump Won’t Make it to the Election

I couldn’t believe it when I heard Bill Clinton had sex with an intern right inside the White House. I knew he was a womanizer but certainly after becoming President he would at least have the presence of mind to “get a room”. But no, Clinton was shameless in his abuse of power over a young woman and then he continued the cover up by lying on national TV “I never had sex with that woman” only to come back later and admit “well I guess I did”. Congress tried to impeach him but the economy was on his side and hey “who’s perfect anyway”.

Men with NPD love the risk of being one step ahead of the people they’re using. In fact they cant stop themselves from upping the ante – even if its right inside the White House. They’re on a constant search for a stronger dose- it centers them – makes them feel all is well – at least temporarily.

Trump is our newest national NPD devotee. There is no more doubt left to pick up. He’s losing those who are supposed to be his closest allies and taunting them like a school yard bully as they walk away from him. He finds it impossible to say the words “Im sorry” as if uttering them would make him the biggest loser in his own mind game. He cant even bring himself to utter the non apology apology perfected by another famous NPD practitioner named Driscoll “If what I said offended anyone I’m sorry” (translated- those who criticize me are full of shit so I wont apologize to them directly instead  I’ll blame them for being offended by my bigotry, misogyny and straight up meanness and package as if it was an apology) At least Driscoll got that one down. Trump cant even bring himself to play that game.

Mr Khan! You already know who Im talking about don’t you. He the unknown muslim lawyer with the hijab wearing silent wife who lost a son in one of our recent wars. The Khans are  “gold star” parents. Since most of us are not, we rarely hear about this distinction. Its a club no one wants to belong to. Mr Khan brought the gravitas, passion. equanimity. leadership, intelligence and dignity that Trump is completely, totally and utterly devoid of. Trump has spent his whole life desperately trying to be a “winner” in his own eyes. He has had no time to actually develop a character with any depth. And now his faux character is beginning to catch up with him. And like the Chinese sage said “character is fate” Mr Khan is America at its best. Standing in his shadow Trump is exposed for the shallow self focused person he actually is. It is powerful theater and Trump is going to get the hook soon.

Here is what I predict

  1. Trump quits – he clearly does not want to be The President of The United States of America-  He is too lazy to learn, to self focused to listen and too heartless to change (Dude is 70 – its over)
  2. Christians celebrate since for them Trump is clearly a placeholder. For them the ticket may as well read PENCE-trump. They know in their hearts (god may have even given one of them a prophecy already) that Trump won’t make it to the election because “God will not be mocked” – God will do something to make sure the real man of God is placed in the sacred office- oops I meant the secular office
  3. My timing is off and Trump does get elected (which is becoming an almost statistical impossibility but hey “With god all things are possible” I mean look at what Wayne Grudem said 🙂 In this scenario Trump makes it into office and then in the first 100 days he is impeached for – well… for being his narccissistic, delusional, “I alone can fix it” self – Now Christians really celebrate. They got their cake and get to eat it too. Pence steps up and Ryan becomes VP. Praise the Lord and lets head back to the 50s.
  4. Dobson, Graham and Robertson all admit that they actually knew this was what god wanted all along and anoint Pence gods man- No help needed now from Nebuchadnezzar.
  5. Either way Trump is gone quickly and he returns to reality TV to launch his new Trump network headed by Roger Ailes where millions of his followers can tune in everyday to hear him talk about how the USA is a bunch of losers.