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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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art rogers
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kiki cherry
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dorcas hawker
arkansas rasorbaptist
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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
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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


Monday, March 27, 2006

Ignorance is Not Bliss.........

I Corinthinans 12:1 says:
"Now about spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be ignorant."
C. Peter Wagner said he was at meeting of what some would call the "spiritual giants" in the world. He was not leading the meeting. He was amazed when the leader asked them to name spiritual gifts at their responses. These were Godly leaders that most of us would know and they could only name 8 spiritual gifts. What was really sad is they only answered 3 that were mentioned in the Bible. Last night I started teaching Spiritual Gifts at my church. The good news is my people did better than those "spiritual giants." But they still fell short naming the Spritual Gifts mentioned in the Bible. I don't know if I could name all of them without studying the list. But I have been studying the gifts of the spirit since I was in high school. I am convinced that knowing them and using them are keys to healthy spiritual and church growth. Wagner says: "Ignorance is not bliss." I agree. We need to use the gifts that God has given us. If we don't it is like a 8 cylinder engine only running on one or two cylinders. I can't wait to see how God uses our people when they realize the Holy Spirit power that God has given them!

posted by Kevin Bussey at 3/27/2006 09:09:00 AM


Blogger Alan Cross said...

I agree with you 100%, Kevin. Spiritual Gifts come from God and He has given them to us for the strengthening of the church. He must be amazed at the ones that we pick and choose to focus on and how we redefine those we eliminate. As Baptists, it seems to be something that we are afraid of because it is not entirely something that we can control or make happen - that ability has to do with the flesh and the gifts are of the Spirit. Any understanding of them causes us to be dependent upon God and to allow Him to work through us. That seems to be pretty scary for most of us, so we tear that part out of our Bible, or we use ridiculous exegesis to redefine them.

Wouldn't it be better if we are a little more humble, admitted that we didn't know everything, and then asked God to teach us? Instead of being afraid of abuses, we could actually pastor people in how to use the gifts according to the instructions in the Bible. That seems too difficult and scary for most, so, instead of following scripture, we eliminate the gifts all together.

If our Father gives us gifts to make us strong, and we say, "No thank you, we don't believe in that," and then we have really weak churches, then who is to blame? Obviously, an overemphasis on the gifts is unhealthy, but what you are doing is bringing us back to a semblance of balance.

One other thing: My wife is teaching the ladies of our church on Spiritual Gifts this Thursday night. She has been doing a lot of studying and it has been great to talk about this topic together (that is why it is so fresh on my mind). I am sure that she would love to see any handouts or materials that you have. I always like to see what regular pastors like me are learning in addition to the "experts"!!!

3/27/2006 09:47:00 AM  
Blogger Kevin Bussey said...


you are right about humility. I would rather have a church that was excited about God and what he is doing than telling God what he can't do. Thankfully, our people seem hungry to serve Him!

3/27/2006 12:48:00 PM  

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Advanced Strategic Planning: A New Model for Church and Ministry Leaders
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The Best Question Ever
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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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Spiritual Leadership: Moving People to God's Agenda
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