The final session featured Erwin McManus. Erwin is the Lead Pastor of Mosaic, but goes by the descriptions of innovator, cultural architect, activist and filmmaker. All those descriptions fit.

Erwin threw down the gauntlet early on in his talk, and backed it up.

Click on the speaker to read my notes from their session: Bill Hybels, Len Schlesinger, Cory Booker, Brenda Salter McNeil, Seth GodinSteven FurtickBill Hybels/Wess StaffordMama Maggie Gobran/Bill HybelsMichelle RheeHenry CloudJohn Dickson and Patrick Lencioni.

Chasing Daylight by Erwin McManus

  • What’s necessary is a mind shift when we need to act.
  • We need to have a different relationship with the future.
  • Ecclesiastes 1:2-11
  • My favorite book in all the scriptures is Ecclesiastes. I have an uncomfortable relationship with chapter one. I struggle to agree with Solomon. We hold scriptures high when God sees it our way. Other scriptures pull against us, tear our souls, God is trying to free us from hindrances.
  • I’m convinced that Solomon was wrong, though. I can prove it.
  • I hear this statement a lot, “There is nothing new under the sun.” I hear it from other faiths as well. It’s like a theologically pat on the head when said to someone, “Son, there’s nothing new under the sun.”
  • Solomon was wrong, there is something new under the sun. Things Solomon says in Ecclesiastes are said out of despair, and we realize it, but not with “nothing new under the sun”. We allow it to be an excuse for apathy.
  • Cross red sea, water form rock, virgin birth, Jesus in flesh, the miracles, God crucified and resurrection of dead…so new. God said start paying attention or else you’ll miss the new. “I am doing a new thing.” Will you be aware of it? Will you perceive it?
  • If you live yourself outside of God, you will live a life of monotony and endless repetition. When you enter into God, everything becomes new. His mercies are new every morning. We become a new creation, we have a new convenant, you can’t put old wine in new wineskins.
  • God was creating. He was an artisan. He rested on the seventh day. We need to take a deep breath and celebrate him as a creator. God isn’t finished. He is still creating.
  • “Let’s make history!” “Let’s change history!” God isn’t interested in changing history. We can’t say let’s create the future, we’re talking about God’s arena. We’ve lost the distinction of created order and creative order. When we live outside God we are in created order. When we live connected to God, we live in creative order. We become God’s instruments for creating the future. Evil men do not wait for God to create the future they have in mind. Good people sit idly by waiting for God to create a better world.
  • God saved humanity through Noah. We have a harder time saying “Noah saved the human race”. But he did. He heard the voice, he chose to obey, he built the ark, he did the job.
  • What’s after the postmodern world? Whatever we choose. Why do we wait for someone else to create the better future?
  • We need to be cultivators of human talent. Stewards of human potential.
  • In Acts 7, Stephen said, “When Moses was born he was no ordinary child.”
  • It’s said, “Some men were born great, others attain greatness, others have greatness thrust upon them.”
  • There has never been an ordinary child born on this planet…ever.
  • Most of us die painfully, tragically ordinary. Somewhere the extraordinary is beat out of us, lost to us, and the church needs to nurture the human spirit. We should want people to want to bring their kids to the church because they will be nurtured.
  • What if we were known as the epicenter of human creativity?
  • The moment I met Jesus Christ, something came alive in me.
  • There are a lot of people going to die with the dreams trapped inside of them.
  • The church needs to reclaim its place as epicenter of creativity.
  • No conflict between human creativity and glory of God. You at your best is not intimidating to God.
  • We need to become narrators of human story. We use to be best poets in the world.
  • No book could relate and explain my life better than the scriptures.
  • We’ve taken a false narrative in the church now. We pretend we’re perfect. We need to retake the truth telling power of the gospel.
  • Look at Nathan and how he confronted David through story.
  • Whoever tells the best story shapes the culture.
  • Falsehood is spread through a good story.
  • I was telling a story to Soledad O’Brien, and she kept wanting to hear more. It ultimately led to the Gospel story. She kept asking, “What do I do?” Through story, connected with Gospel story, she became a follower of Jesus.
  • It’s not hard to bring people to Jesus when you tell them a story that draws them in.
  • There’s a future to be created.
  • Jesus makes all things new.

2 thoughts on “2011 Leadership Summit (Session 8 / Erwin McManus)

  1. I don't often get a chance to read your blog, but I'm always glad when I do. I very much enjoyed your notes from McManus. I'll have to come back soon to read the notes from the other speakers. Nicely written. Nicely shared. 🙂


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