Welcome to my blog. Below you will see a list of blog posts and summaries. To read a post, simply click on the title and you can read the full post and comment if you like.
As of mid May, I have started Twittering. This vehicle will allow me to be more current and is a better fit for my impulsive personality. My intention is to share leadership lessons, parenting tips and plenty of personal comments on what's happening in my life and ministry.
My Twitter address is DaveStone920
Over 120 of us took a tour in the Tunnels tonight to see an original section (still connected) of this remaining wall from the Temple that was almost totally destroyed in AD 70.
We are having some fun!! The Outlook is big over here.
Bill Weedman is the Campus Administrator for our Indiana Campus. Bill’s a long-time member of Southeast and has served in various capacities for many years. Bill retired a few years ago as a Major from the Louisville Metro Police Department. He knows a few things about team work, but may also prove to be a strong candidate for security—which was especially made evident in this video from our All-Staff Meeting last month.
Rusty Russell, the Campus Pastor of the Indiana Campus, announced Sunday (May 2, 2010) that for some time he’s felt called to preach. It was three years ago when he began serving in that role to help launch the new campus and assemble a staff. But after a great deal of prayer, Rusty has chosen to pursue a Senior Ministry at a smaller church somewhere. Preaching is a love that he’s always had, but he feels like he’s ready to take it to a new level. We will miss him greatly, but we are excited to be sending another Southeast staff member out to preach the Word.
While in Destin, Florida last week I got to be a part of a special moment in the life of a Southeast family. 12 year old Sloane Swift and her family have been going to Destin a couple of times a year for the past ten years. So, Sloane’s request to be baptized into Christ right there in the Gulf of Mexico didn’t seem odd—it seemed appropriate. It was a powerful witness to many and Sloane’s tears were a reminder to me of her sincerity and commitment. Watch and enjoy...
March Madness is upon us. We love the Lord more than basketball, but sit back and enjoy some of our staff sharing their college team for whom they cheer!
Blizzards may be an overstatement—but this is Louisville, Kentucky and southern Indiana, an area which typically gets around ten inches of snow a year. Wow! What a start. We’ve had snow on four of the six weekends this year. Fortunately, the majority of it came on Saturday morning or Sunday night.
The past couple of weeks we’ve been talking about stewardship. What do we do with the money that the Lord has entrusted to us? How do we use it to His glory? I’ve been so proud of the way you all have been stepping up in your “extra giving” by contributing supplies to the Haiti Relief Fund. At the time of this posting you all have brought in 32,967 lbs. of supplies including 407 cases of water and 395 tents and given over $396,993.
Remember this: “Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.” 2 Corinthians 9:6 NIV®
A friend of mine passed away on Friday, January 15th. I first met Francene Cucinello six years ago when I was a guest on her show to discuss the release of the movie, “The Passion of the Christ.” The time on the show went well, and a friendship was formed.
She had a godly upbringing by a mom who is a true servant. After the funeral service on Monday, Margaret Cucinello stood for hours, greeting every person who wanted to share a “Francene” story or an encouraging word with her. What a classy woman to talk to so many strangers on the most difficult day of her life.
It’s been a while since I’ve WRITTEN a blog... I enjoy showing you video posts but I need to do a better job at writing out my thoughts. To say the past six weeks has been a roller coaster would be an understatement.
As I shared in a recent sermon Beth’s father, Bob Bowman, was diagnosed with cancer and passed away two weeks later. We were in Israel at the time and said our goodbyes over a cell phone. I’ve never seen an individual go down physically as quickly as he did. Bob was a believer who loved the Lord, and he used his gift of singing to minister to many.
Friday October 23rd we will welcome nearly 1,000 church leaders from around the region (and country). They are coming to be encouraged in ministry and to experience what happens at Southeast. You are all invited to attend the Friday night service. It will start at approximately 7:10 pm and be over before 9pm. We would love to have a number of Southeast members in attendance that night to join us for a great night of Worship. In addition, I’ll have the privilege of preaching on my favorite topic: Sharing your faith with others.
You may not know this but I am a Hoosier by birth. I was born in the thriving metropolis of Richmond, Indiana. At the time my parents lived in Ohio but the closest hospital was in Indiana. Maybe that’s why I have such a special place in my heart for our new campus!
Saturday at high noon will be the annual Louisville Cardinals vs. Kentucky Wildcats Football game. It’s an opportunity for fans to wear their colors and cheer for their favorite. If you don’t live in this area then you may not understand. But most locales have some rivalry that creates excitement and actually runs the risk of polarizing families and friends. This one is ours.
Wow, what a day! Labor Day ended up being a great time of fellowship for our community. I’d never been to a FamilyPalooza. This was the second year of this incredible outreach event. While it’s difficult to count a moving target, our best guesstimate would be around 9-10,000 people! Hats off to the Children’s ministry who was in charge of the event. Wise decision to move to a larger parking lot! But like every sizable event at Southeast it ends up being a team effort with a lot of departments: Facility Care, Events, Volunteer Service Ministries, Security, Guest Services and plenty of others! You all are amazing at how you organize and pull off large events with excellence and friendliness.
What’s on my mind? That’s easy. Yesterday was our monthly All-Staff meeting. It was pretty typical in that we laughed our heads off, clapped our hands off and some even cried their eyes out. What a string of hyperbole (as my Dad used to say to me, “If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a million times, stop exaggerating!”). But in this case, I’m really not. Don’t take my word—ask any of the 315 Southeast employees who actually look forward to these meetings.
Welcome to my Blog! This is all new for me but I hope that it will give you a glimpse behind the scenes of Southeast Christian Church and my job and life. I’ll try to use this as a means of communication. However, I will NOT be able to respond to comments. My plate is pretty full and I’ll be doing good to be able to post a couple of times a week. Some will be written, others will be video clips that you’ll enjoy—hopefully! Pass this Blog address on to others; it may serve as a front door for them to grow spiritually or learn about Christianity.