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Q & A with Erwin McManus

July 27, 2004

If there was one Monday night intern meeting we were all stoked about this was it. It was the meeting to end all meetings. Three hours of Q and A with Erwin. Here are some of my notes. The discussion was way faster than we all could write. Knowing that beforehand, we video taped it. So I will also have an audio CD of it and a DVD. For now, here are the notes from my journal:

CHALLENGES HE IS FACING RIGHT NOW IN MINISTRY

“I live for challenges.”
logistics
his approach to ministry is always a positive and not a long-term risk to the Mosaic community
planting churches in every major city in the world
changing what Christians are known for

PERSONAL SPIRITUAL VIBRANCY

“I spend an immense amount of time in my imagination.”
an ongoing conversation with God
“I know who you are by what you accomplish, not by what you think.”

WHAT WOULD MOSAIC BE WITHOUT YOU?

a classic/normal contemporary church
“Mosaic is not reactionary to the modern church, I am.”

PREACHING

what does this passage say about the character of God? humanity?
preaching should change the way you see reality
“I heard God say, ‘If you preach, I’ll meet you there.'”
create a language that makes sense to people without God
“More than anything else, serve people with humility.”
“Earn the right to be heard wherever you go.”
“Listen, a lot, to people who are not committed to you.”
“Listen to voices that are shaping people’s thinking.”

MORALITY

an action that causes a human being to be healthy
immorality is that which causes a human being to be unhealthy

LIFE

“People who look rich usually aren’t.”
“We can live deep and exciting lives.”
“Fill your heart and mind with truths from the Scriptures.”
“Christianity is all about connecting to the heart of God.”
“If you don’t ask questions or have questions you’ve shut off your brain; if you don’t have doubts you’re not asking deep enough questions; the more you walk with God the more questions you have.”
“You cannot allow Satan to speak into your life and tell you that you are going to have a hand-me-down life.” (to a girl around my age who has already been divorced)
“You cannot live out the Scriptures outside of biblical community.”
“Who in the world can your heart break for?”
“Tragedies of the past can make you think you have no right to enjoy life.”
“If you have caused the tragedy, you must make restitution.”
“Positive experiences create new memories.”
“The church does not exist for believers. We are the church, and we exist for the world.”

TO ME IN RESONSE TO THE QUESTION OF BEING OVERWHELMED BY THE PROSPECT OF CHANGING THE WORLD

It’s good that you want to change the world. Don’t lose that. You are in like 1% of the population who wakes up and wants to change the world.
“Don’t grow old.”
“Don’t short change any one act of faithfulness.”
“Change the world somewhere. Start somewhere.”

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