about me

Kevin Bussey (aka k-dawg)
Lead Pastor
Charlotte, NC, USA

Samford University: B.S. Public Administration, 1985
University of Alabama at Birmingham: M.A. Education, 1988

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary: MDivBL, 1995

Married to:
Cassandra (6-25-88)


quote of the week

"Pastor I don't like your plans" Bisagno, "what are your plans." man, "I don't have any." Bisagno, "I like my plans better than yours." .

Dr. John R. Bisagno:

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marty duren
joe kennedy
art rogers
stuart delony
wade burleson
kiki cherry
david phillips
dorcas hawker
arkansas rasorbaptist
cb scott
ben cole
tim sweatman
jason sampler
mark mansheim
adam feldman
scott freeman
wes kenny
alan cross
john stickley
bowden mcelroy
c w
jamie wootten
nate goodwin
paul littleton
jeff richard young
J. A. Gillmartin
villa rica
phillips lynn
micah fries
preachin jesus
morris chapman
tim sweetman
kevin lancaster
jeremy roberts
al mohler
ronnie floyd
david rogers
sbc bloggers
greg pouncey
jason burns
howie luvzus
gary lamb
angela davis
neil elmore
jason shepherd
monday morning insight
wayne cordeiro
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my parents ministry
starbucks gossip
the ooze
willowcreek association
purpose driven
northpoint community church
springs church
albert pujols
shaun alexander
john maxwell
element 2
dale jarrett
bama magazine
bible gateway
biblical studies foundation

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listening [to]

building 429: rise

chris tomlin: live from austin music hall

various: music inspired by the chronicles of narnia

fusebox: once again

passion: How Great Is Our God

storyside:b : everything and more

delirious?: the mission bell

hillsong united: look to you


Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Meeting Needs?

Our staff is reading Ten Questions To Diagnose Your Spiritual Health by Donald Whitney. Whitney tells a story when Christianity was under attack from the Roman empire. Aristides was a Greek Philosopher who became a Christian and was called to make a defense before Antoninus Pius. Here is part of his defense: "They (Christians) love one another. The widow's needs are not ignored, and they rescue the orphan from the person who does him violence. He who has gives to him who has not, ungrudgingly and without boasting." I wonder how often we do this today. I am guilty!!!!!! Our traditional churches are so busy, Preaching the Word that we have no time to meet the physical needs of people. The Gospel is very, very, very important and without it people will go to hell, but some won't listen if we don't meet their physical needs. The early church understood this. Acts 4:33-34 says that the early Christians sold all they had to meet the needs of others. James 2:15-16 warns us against giving "verbal peace" to someone without meeting their physical needs. Donald Whitney warns, "Evangelism that ignores hollow-eyed hunger or other crying needs of the ones being evangelized is a physical contradition to the spiritual message." I fear that we as church leaders have created a monster that makes our people so busy they can't truly minister to the needs of people. There are things going on at the "church building" every night of the week. We build "Family Life Centers" to "protect" our families from the evil in the health clubs. God forbid we see a beautiful woman in spandex! (or a man in a speedo) Oh, the horror! We schedule "revivals!" Only God can bring revival and if we practiced II Chronicles 7:14 we might see it. We give money to missions and that is great, but how many actually have been on a missions trip? Jesus met people's spiritual needs but he also met many of their temporal needs. I am so concerned about the busyness of the church. Joe Kennedy mentioned some of my concerns in his post the Art of being busy. Great job Joe! When I was on staff @ Peachtree Corners Baptist, I was so busy I didn't even know my neighbors. I finally connected with a guy down the street only after he was convicted of selling drugs. What might have happened if I met him earlier? Then this week the father of one the kids Hope plays with told Cassandra that he and his wife were getting a divorce. He is really struggling. Late last night after Jacob's football practice I went down and reached out to him. Crap, I should have done this earlier but I feel I'm always away from my family doing "church business." This to me is a sin!!!!! The church needs to cut out all of our programs and junk so we can have "seeker or non-christian" friends. Donald Miller talked about this last week at Catalyst. I'm just being real, I am struggling with this. I want to be around more lost people. I want to make a difference in their lives. Get me out of the church! Get me away from only Christians! I want to meet needs. I want to be their friend. Just my rambling thoughts!

posted by Kevin Bussey at 10/12/2005 10:45:00 AM


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Advanced Strategic Planning: A New Model for Church and Ministry Leaders
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Choosing to Cheat : Who Wins When Family and Work Collide?
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The Best Question Ever
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Radical Reformission, The: Reaching Out without Selling Out
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A New Kind of Christian: A Tale of Two Friends on a Spiritual Journey
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The Story We Find Ourselves In: Further Adventures of a New Kind of Christian by Brian McLaren

Too Busy Not to Pray: Slowing Down to Be With God
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A Passionate Church
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A Passionate Life
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Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality
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Searching for God Knows What
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Spiritual Leadership: Moving People to God's Agenda
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Connecting with people
getting what you don't deserve!
Marketing and Church
Made it home alive!
It's hard to leave Catalyst
Blown Away
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Leaving in the morning!
Bigger Than me!
Control Freeks

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