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Filling Up Those Kindles!

kindlereader.jpgWow…I’ve really been blessed by those who have responded to my request for help with a Christmas project to give a Kindle loaded with Christian and theology books for my pastor friends who are planting churches in central Cuba!  They have started arriving at my office and I can’t wait to start loading them up with books for the Cuban pastors.  (I still need about 12 more if you are thinking about helping out.  If you don’t know what I’m talking about, click HERE.)

Now is the time for me to start getting the books to load them.  I’ve made a “wish list” on my Amazon.com page that has links to various books I’ve located that I’d like to put on the Kindles and I’m in the process of contacting my Spanish-speaking friends in order to get more recommendations.  Some of the books are as cheap as $.99 and most are around $9.99 with a couple that are $14.99.  Still cheaper than individual books and I can load them onto multiple Kindles as well.  I hope to put as many as 100 books on each Kindle to start their Libraries.  I hope within a few years they will be permitted access to the Internet and they can continue with their Libraries — though a $14.99 book represents at least 2 weeks pay for them.

If you would like to purchase a book for the pastors, you can go to THIS LINK.  It will allow you to purchase the book and it will be sent to me.  I don’t read Spanish, but that won’t matter — they do!

Thanks again for your participation and feel free to send THIS LINK and THIS LINK to others to see if they’ll get involved or you can post it on your Facebook wall or Tweet it as well.

Will you give me your Kindle for Christmas?

Well, it’s not really for me.  I have a Kindle.  Better yet, I have an Ipad.  That’s why I don’t use amazon-kindle-3.jpgmy Kindle anymore.  But I know someone who can — my pastor friend in Cuba.  They can’t download books there with Amazon’s “whispernet”, but I can load a TON of theology books in both English and Spanish (he’s bilingual), take it to him, and he can literally have an entire library of hundreds of books on one single E-Reader.  Can you imagine what an amazing tool this could mean for him?

So, I’ve got thirty other Cuban national pastors that we support and work with who barely own a Bible and virtually no theology books.  I started thinking — with Kindles now available for as low as $100, what if I could get 30 friends to send me their old one or buy a new one for a Christmas gift and I could load them with good books and take an entire library for each pastor with me on my next trip in February?  Wouldn’t that be awesome?

Maybe you are like me and had a Kindle, but like the IPad reader better, so you aren’t using it any more.  I’ll be brash — I’d like for you to give me your old one.

mcuba.gifMaybe you enjoy doing something nice for someone at Christmas — How about doing something for a guy who makes less than $1 per day and lives in a house with no air or heat or hot water or toilet seat and who has never driven a car and doesn’t have a library and sometimes doesn’t have electricity or running water?  Think that might be something pretty special for them?  I know so!  So order a Kindle (your choice) on Cyber-Monday and send it my way.  I promise you that every single one of them will get to a pastor in Cuba.

Perhaps you can’t afford a Kindle, but you will send an Amazon gift card via email or snail mail.  That would be awesome, because right now, I’m buying all these books on my own.  That would be a big help in any amount.

I promise that 100% of what you give will go directly to Cuba.  Nothing stays here and nothing cuban-church.jpgsticks to me.  It all goes.  Some of you have been tremendous blessings over the years to the Cuban church planters who are part of our ministry.  I have to be very careful about how I report about them or identify them for their own safety, but it would make you cry to hear their stories — at least it always does me.

So think about it — I know it’s brash to ask straight up like this, but it’s not for me and I know how bad they need these kinds of tools there.  I’ve probably got 10,000 books in my two houses and two offices.  They may have 3.  They are better men than I could ever hope to be in ministry — they know suffering every day.  I don’t.  They have cute little kids and sweet wives.  They are real people who weep and worry and hurt.  I want to help them.  Will you join me.

So….send me your Kindle.  It will be a huge blessing to a  wonderful pastor in Cuba.

To contact me: email me @ dburrell@lifecharlotte.com or you can send your Kindle to:

Dan Burrell
c/o Life Fellowship
16507 Northcross Drive, Suite B
Huntersville, NC 28078

Joining Forces with The Institute of Biblical Leadership

web-logo2.pngSeveral years ago, during a time in my life when I was under huge stress, had been betrayed by several close friends and members of the staff from the large church where I was the pastor and was trying to figure out what God was going in my life, I became acquainted with the ministry of The Institute of Biblical Leadership.  Usually when I had previously been involved with an organization regarding leadership, I was interacting as a colleague or even as a lecturer or an officer.  Now, for the first time in my life, I was in need of someone to help me find order in the chaos of my own life and leadership.  It was IBL that helped me refocus and regain my footing in what was some of the darkest days of my professional life.

It was the beginning of a relationship that has recently included an opportunity to join the Board of Directors. Ironically, aibl1.jpg(or perhaps, providentially) it is located in the same tiny mountain community where we have a family retreat.  Lake Lure, North Carolina is located in the foothills and first mountains of the Blue Ridge chain near Asheville and Hendersonville.  It’s “old” North Carolina and sits along side a beautiful and historic lake.  It is there that leaders from all over the world have visited to unload some of their baggage, re-energize in a beautiful setting and receive Godly counsel from IBL Founder, Dr. Russ Lloyd and Executive Director,  Dr. David Phalen.

But coaching and counseling are just the beginning of what IBL does.  In addition, they train church lay leaders on how a church should be structured with Biblical Leadership.  (A service, had I utilized it when I was a Lead/Senior Pastor, would have saved me  hours of aggravation and problems.)  Internationally, they train national pastors around the world.  The produce training materials for local churches and similar ministries.  They do crisis intervention with people in the ministry who have experienced failures or struggle with weaknesses.  Finally, the provide consulting for churches seeking to make internal changes in leadership or organizational structure, including those who are in interim situations and without pastoral leadership.

aibl2.jpgIBL fills in gaps that are not not being filled anywhere else or by few other organizations and they do it with a servant’s heart and a Biblical foundation.  They are supported by churches and individuals who understand the need for Biblical leadership and structure in the local church and ministry organizations and who also know that many times pastors have no one to whom they can turn with confidence that they will receive Biblical support while acknowledging the unique pressures and circumstances around being a ministry leader.

So as my own personal ministry and journey have taken multiple unexpected turns in the last four or five years, the leadership IBL have been  counselors, mentors and now colleagues.  I look forward to investing in a ministry that stood in the gap for me on a personal and professional level and which provides support and encouragement for ministry leaders at every level.  From someone who felt like no one was or could understand what was happening in his life at the time, having the opportunity to meet leaders like Dr. Lloyd and Dr. Phalen was just what I needed as they allowed me to vent, question, challenge and wonder.  In response they listened, counseled, admonished and ministered.  I want to help them meet and be available to others who might just need that support.

If you are a lay leader seeking information, training or coaching for your church as they form or search for a pastor, if you are a pastor who is in a time of stress, transition or even rebuilding, if you need someone to come and train your team and make them function more Biblically and effectively or if you are looking for a ministry that is worthy of your support, prayers and even gifts during the difficult days of this economic recession, The Institute of Biblical Leadership should be ministry you consider.  Take some time and visit their website.  If you have any questions, contact me at DLBurrell@Liberty.edu.  You’ll be glad that you did!

I’m honored to now be part of the IBL team.  Plan on hearing more about this ministry in the days to come on this site.

At Last! Charles Wood Launches His Blog – The Woodchuck’s Den

I’ve been nagging my friend and mentor, Dr. Charles Wood, for years about turning his huge archive of articles that he has written over the years into a blog.  For some reason known only to him, he has resisted.  To me, it’s been like having a library behind lock and key.  Finally, the doors have been opened and all can enter!

Dr. Wood is a “semi-retired” pastor who is still a prolific writer, sometimes guest speaker, occasional adjunct professor, an expert on stamp collecting and one of the few men I’ve ever had in my life who put up with incessant questioning and probing and other flaws and listened, counseled and let me vent.  Truly one of the most influential men I’ve had speak into my life during my adult ministry.  He is a friend, father figure and a real “hoot” if you hang around him much.

Do yourself a favor and bookmark his blog website and then return to it often.  Read the past articles.  Send him questions and ideas — he might even write on them sometime.  I can’t recommend him more highly — he is truly a treasure!

You’ll find his blog link in my blogroll or you can go to it directly HERE.

Need a Good Book to Counter Rob Bell’s “Love Wins”?

The Lead Pastor at the church where I work has just written a great little book that takes on Rob Bell’s “Love Wins”.  Published by Multnomah Press, this concise rebuttal will give you just enough information to answer Bell’s Universalist position and help you discern the Truth when you hear this topic discussed in the future.  For a limited time, it’s available early as an eBook on multiple formats including Kindle and eReader for only $4.99.

HERE‘S the link to it.  Get yours today.

Would You Help a Kid Go to Camp?

Albania has always had a special place in my heart.  It was the first mission field I visited and I spent the better part of a decade traveling back and forth there doing evangelism and church planting right after communism fell.  It was the poorest country in the Soviet Block of communist countries.  It would take a full book to tell you of my adventures from there and the incredible provisions of God as we opened up what was the most totally atheistic country in all the world.

I still keep in touch with many friends I made there and hope to return some day.  My friend, Mike Fiocchi is the American missionary pastor of New Hope Baptist Church in Tirane which the church I pastored in Florida helped to start with a missionary from off our church staff, Dave Young.  It is exciting to see how this church continue to flourish in a country that was devastated by communism and atheism.  Recently I become aware of a special opportunity to be part of the ministry there by supporting an Albanian young person to go to a life-changing camp.  Without our help, the teens simply cannot afford to go.  Most Albanians survive on just a few thousand dollars a year — it’s still the poorest country in that part of the world.  Would you read the letter below, take a look at this picture and consider making it possible for one of these teens to go?

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This is a picture of the New Hope Baptist Church of Tirane, Albania at the Camp from 2010.  Arben Guxha is the man in the blue shirt to the far right.  He was one of the teenagers in the youth group when I was active in church planting and evangelism in Albania in the 1990′s and our church in West Palm Beach helped found New Hope Baptist in the capital city.  Arben is now one of the pastors in the church.  

 

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May 2011

Dear Praying Friends,

Forty years is a long time. Obviously, eighty is twice as long! We have not been asked for eighty years; rather, eighty campers. In 2010, we went to camp with sixty two campers. Five trusted Christ as personal Savior; four were baptized; and two completed discipleship classes.

One of those campers, Fatjona, is helping in the Sunday school ministry. Another, Gjergji, is helping with reading Scripture in the worship services and often witnesses for Christ in his public school. For the furtherance of the cause of Christ, we are anticipating the same type of testimonies repeated in the summer 2011 youth camp. Our theme is “Exodus.” For the campers, our desire is to see young people leaving the old life and living the new spiritually vibrant life.  Our camp workers are trained better. Our creativity is engaged to effectively reach more young people.

Throughout the year, our church offerings have totaled $600. We still need $4,000. As a local mission church, we depend upon the Lord to use His people around the world to meet this type of need.

We appreciate your prayers and financial support for this summer youth camp outreach on August 23-27, 2011. Will you please pray about how you might be able to help? Please designate support for “Summer Youth Camp 2011.”

Baptist World Mission
PO Box 2149
Decatur, Alabama
Phone: (256)353-2221

We thank you in advance for your consideration.

Sincerely in Christ,

Mike Fiocchi for New Hope Baptist Church
Albania!

Need a Reasonably Priced Photographer? Check This Out

Here’s a shameless plug for my daughter, Megan, who has an emerging photography business.  If you live in the Central VA, North Carolina or upstate South Carolina area, you should check out her blog.  She does weddings, family settings, children, reunions, special events, parties, advertising and more.  Includes the photo shoot and editing.  She’s really quite creative and you’ll be impressed by the uniqueness of her portfolio.

You’ll find her blog HERE.

Time for my Annual March Madness Challenge!

Due to popular demand, I have resurrected my annual ESPN.com NCAA Championship March Madness Challenge after a one-year hiatus.  To enter, go to ESPN.com and click on Tournament Challenge.  I have a private group called “Dr. B’s Challenge”.  You’ll need the password to enter, which is: Burrell.  You may enter two brackets if you’d like.  Feel free to invite your friends as well.  The winner gets to buy me lunch! :-D

Looking forward to the trash talk!

Introducing “The Beauregard Report” — Political Commentary for the 2012 Election Cycle

If you like politics, let me recommend a new political blog just in time for the start of the 2012 election season.  Founded by one of my former students, you’ll find commentary about politics, the candidates and other perspectives from a variety of viewpoints.  And as a matter of full disclosure, I’m one of the contributors.  Subscribe to the feed and visit often!

Check it out HERE.

Pensacola Christian College to Seek National Accreditation

In a development that I can only describe as extremely surprising, Pensacola Christian College has announced today that they will be seeking Accreditation with the Transnational Association of Colleges and Schools (TRACS).  Several years ago, I wrote a series of articles on the plight of Christian higher education and this was one of the main areas in which I challenged schools like PCC and BJU.  Those articles caused no small stir across the blogosphere.

I’ve worked closely with TRACs in recent days as a consultant for a college and they are a sound organization which is rapidly filling a void among Christian colleges and universities that previously had deigned outside accreditation.  They have added some great team members to their organization in the last year after Dr. Paul Boatner took over the presidency.  A few years ago, Bob Jones University announced their intention to seek TRACS Accreditation which was an equally monumental shift.

TRACS is located in Forest, VA and Jerry Falwell and Liberty University were major players in this organization in its early years.  Several years ago, LU dropped their TRACS affiliation having obtained regional accreditation from another source.

This action will now place further pressure on the remaining smaller colleges who have resisted any kind of academic oversight or affiliation on the grounds that it might interfere with their independence and theological positions.   However, in today’s era of questionable colleges, savvier students and parents and a shrinking student pool, this move is not only necessary — but LONG overdue.  Congratulations to TRACS and to PCC for finally doing the right thing.

The announcement from PCC President Arlin Horton can be found HERE.