Perseverance

December 8, 2014 | by: Dave Dunlap | 0 comments

Each day brings its own set of challenges. This week will be no different. Sometimes we find ourselves getting weighted down and discouraged. We all respond differently in these situations.... Keep Reading

Letting the Holy Spirit Take the Lead

November 3, 2014 | by: Dave Dunlap | 0 comments

How often are you faced with a situation wherein you are struggling with knowing what to do? Hindsight almost always provides more clarity, but that's only after you have had the opportunity to reflect on the situation. What if you are in the midst of a big decision that you are facing for the first time? Do not worry because the Holy Spirit can intercede and provide direction.... Keep Reading

Using Faith and Talent in Everyday Battles

October 17, 2014 | by: Dave Dunlap | 0 comments

Recognizing the gifts and talents God has blessed us with is a very important aspect, but we also need to add the faith component. ... Keep Reading

The Salt of the Earth

October 3, 2014 | by: Dave Dunlap | 0 comments

Throughout Jesus' teachings, He used parables to communicate principles of God's Kingdom. He said each believer's life should have the same impact on his or her world as salt has on food. Salt gives food flavor and brings out the best, while at the same time it serves as a preservative. What does this really mean for us?... Keep Reading

Reflecting on Temptation

July 18, 2014 | by: Dave Dunlap | 0 comments

You may be familiar with the aspect of the Easter story where Peter denied knowing Christ three times. Even Peter did not believe that this could be possible, but it came true. However, in order to discover this about himself, he needed to be placed in a situation to reveal his true condition. Consider your own temptations - what did you learn from them?... Keep Reading

Defining Your Value

July 14, 2014 | by: Dave Dunlap | 0 comments

For a number of folks, July is the time when we need to finalize our "mid-year" performance reviews. Again, these are from a workplace and secular perspective. For a number of us, we take that performance assessment as defining our self-worth - wrong answer. We are bombarded with media messages that say we are defined by what we drive, where we live, how many toys we own, and the size of our investment account. However, Paul said the purpose of his existence was "to know Christ, and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death." (Philippians 3:10)... Keep Reading

A Different Kind of Performance Review

July 8, 2014 | by: Dave Dunlap | 0 comments

For many in the workplace, this is a time of "mid-year performance reviews." Many of us run around trying to "delight" our employers by meeting or exceeding all the various elements of our performance plans. Fortunately, our Lord has a different measuring stick.... Keep Reading

Who is your "banner"?

July 8, 2014 | by: Dave Dunlap | 0 comments

God wants us to perform miracles through each of our vocations. At Rephidim, when Moses held his staff to Heaven, it served as a symbol of dependence and acknowledgment that Heaven was the source of the Israelites' power. When he dropped his hand, the power was removed and they began to lose ground in battle. ... Keep Reading

A Note on "Father's Day"

June 13, 2014 | by: Dave Dunlap | 0 comments

As we look to Sunday, some in the secular world have identified this day as "Father's Day," a day when we are to honor and give thanks for our earthly father. Whether our father is alive or passed away, it is the memories of our father and what he has instilled in us that plays through our mind.... Keep Reading

Fruit-Bearers

June 9, 2014 | by: Dave Dunlap | 0 comments

When God chose each of us, He knew what He was doing. Each of us may not have had the greatest skill, the greatest aptitude, or even the greatest personality; however, He always has something in mind for those he picks.... Keep Reading

Alliances

May 30, 2014 | by: Dave Dunlap | 0 comments

In today's world, we constantly hear of "alliances" or "business partners." Having good "alliances" it is not only critical in our business lives, but also our personal lives - our friendship and family relationships. Often decisions around business alliances are difficult. Are you looking to God to direct your way in forming and maintaining these relationships?... Keep Reading

Spirit Guided

May 5, 2014 | by: Dave Dunlap | 0 comments

How often are you faced with a situation, wherein, you are struggling with knowing what to do? Hindsight almost always provides more clarity, but that's only after we have had the opportunity to gather and/or recognize more of the "facts" in the situation. But what if it is the first time that you ever faced the issue and you don't have the luxury of time to reflect? Jesus said that the Holy Spirit would remind us of the things He desires us to know. ... Keep Reading

Why is Good Friday so "good"?

April 21, 2014 | by: Dave Dunlap | 0 comments

Why is Good Friday "good"? How can Good Friday be good when it commemorates the day on which our Lord Jesus Christ was crucified wherein the sins of mankind brought about the death of our Savior?... Keep Reading

Following His Call

March 28, 2014 | by: Dave Dunlap | 0 comments

How often do we get caught up in our "to do lists" and fail to execute on our #1 priority: "To love the Lord our God with all our heart, and to love our neighbor as ourselves."... Keep Reading

Listening to God's Direction

March 24, 2014 | by: Dave Dunlap | 0 comments

According to Gen 6: 9-10, "Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God." When it came time to execute God's plan, He chose Noah to build a big boat. Noah had no idea what a boat was or how to build one, let alone, how to "captain" one. God provided all the details. He gave him the dimensions: the height, width, space requirements - everything he needed to complete the task. God trusted Noah and Noah trusted God. Have you asked God for His wisdom and understanding and courage required to move forward this day in what He has planned?... Keep Reading

Adversity

March 21, 2014 | by: Dave Dunlap | 0 comments

Remember when Paul and Silas had just been thrown into prison and an earthquake erupted and the jail cell door sprung open? Fortunately they had the wisdom to sit quietly in their cell. They realized that there was a higher purpose for their time in prison. In turn, how do we face adversity in our day to day lives? ... Keep Reading

Honored Guest Or Key Holder?

February 14, 2014 | by: Dave Dunlap | 0 comments

For today, let's consider the passage from Revelation 3:20: "Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with Me." Often we hear of "inviting Jesus into your life". When we think about it, this can be done at a couple of different levels. We often invite Jesus in as an "honored guest". There is a significant difference between being a "guest" and actually turning yourself over to Him - Giving Him the keys to your life. ... Keep Reading

Standing In Today

February 3, 2014 | by: Dave Dunlap | 0 comments

What does it mean to be "Standing in the Gap"? There are numerous examples in Scripture of individuals who were called to "stand in the gap" on situations. Moses stood between God and the people of Israel when God was going to destroy the whole nation of Israel for turning from Him and worshiping the golden calf...... Keep Reading

Expecting Drama?

January 27, 2014 | by: Dave Dunlap | 0 comments

How often have we heard the instruction “Simply Obey”. It’s not always that easy or straight forward. Often our expectations of God’s involvement in our lives is much different than His Plan for us. In 2nd Kings, we learned of the man Naaman and how his expectations of God differed significantly from what God had in mind… God may choose the dramatic or the “ordinary.” Either way, both are miracles because God is the God over all creation.... Keep Reading

Workplace Accomplishments

January 21, 2014 | by: Dave Dunlap | 0 comments

Pride is probably something that we all struggle with each day. We often are tempted to believe that our accomplishments - accumulating wealth, managing people, and becoming known for our workplace expertise, etc. - are a result of our own abilities and efforts. This is when we are most susceptible to falling to the most devious sin in God's eyes -- pride.... Keep Reading

A Year Of Miracles

January 10, 2014 | by: Dave Dunlap | 0 comments

Here we are - Week 2 of 2014. For many of us, particularly in the work world, the new year means resetting our base lines and starting over. By now 2013 is definitely in the past. However, I would suggest that each of us to take a few minutes and reflect on how faithful and good God has been to us throughout 2013. Let's reflect back on our respective 2013's and the miracles He performed in each of our lives.... Keep Reading

A New Year Of High Expectations

January 3, 2014 | by: Dave Dunlap | 0 comments

We often get weighted down with the various aspects of our daily life. Often January 1st doesn't really change anything. Christ can - if we allow Him and invite Him to be an integral part of our daily life. This is a daily decision we must make. When we "fall of the wagon", we just need to get back up, dust ourselves off and go at it again.... Keep Reading

Do As I Say And As I Do

December 23, 2013 | by: Ted Kerr | 0 comments

I heard a story recently about Mother Theresa. In the mid-1990s she came to the United States by invitation to speak to a prominent group of politicians and business leaders. She had many good things to say that heartened all who were in attendance. However, at one point during her talk, she turned her comments to the super-charged topic of abortion...... Keep Reading

Problem Under The Hood

December 16, 2013 | by: Dave Dunlap | 0 comments

Over the last week I have caught myself several times in a state of mind that I did not like nor want. I was angry about a situation. For me, anger can manifest itself in me in a number of ways. Often its root cause is fear - fear over the lack of my ability to control the situation which then often leads to unmet expectations.... Keep Reading

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Boma School Puts Gifts to Work

December 5, 2013 | by: Ted Kerr | 0 comments

In February 2013 at The Pittsburgh Experiment Couple's Conference, several generous participants donated money to the Boma Primary School in the name of Titus Segu.... Keep Reading

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Disappointment Snowballs

November 1, 2013 | by: Dave Dunlap | 0 comments

How often do we find ourselves where one disappointment snowballs into a downward spiral? I had a couple of these situations occur, or I allowed to occur, for me this week. This devotional reading then came across my inbox to "slap me up alongside the head."... Keep Reading

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Out On The Plain

October 25, 2013 | by: Dave Dunlap | 0 comments

This week as has been more difficult than others. It seemed that my prayers for peace and good attitude were going nowhere. Not to my surprise, a devotional for today came through on the specific topic of "How and Where God Speaks".... Keep Reading

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Career Stepping Stones

October 18, 2013 | by: Dave Dunlap | 0 comments

We often hear of how God has "pre-wired" us for the work He created for us to do. Often this preparation takes years of training and experiences before we are ready to perform the work He has designed for us. We all have things inside of us that excite us when we think about it. God is the source of this passion. However, our career path may require many stepping stones before we reach the work that we were ultimately created for.... Keep Reading

Power In Our Weakness

October 14, 2013 | by: Ted Kerr | 0 comments

I came across a passage in my daily reading that really struck me this morning. The passage is: Mark 15:32 -- "Let this Messiah, this king of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe.” ... Keep Reading

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"Un Met Expectations"

October 11, 2013 | by: Dave Dunlap | 0 comments

Each day each of us deal with various aspects of "disappointment". In our work lives, our personal lives, often times, maybe even with God. In today's business language "disappointment" might be phrased as "un met expectations". We all have expectations - some realistic some unrealistic. We often hear, "You need to better manage their expectations". Easier said than done. What are our expectations of life? Of God? Of our relationship with God?... Keep Reading

A Critical Eye

October 8, 2013 | by: Dave Dunlap | 0 comments

Often times we may wonder if we are really making any progress in our daily journey. How often do we look at ourselves with a critical "eye" and really do a number on ourselves. We need to step back and reassess our perspective and what is happening around us. "...I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on My name and I will answer them; I will say, 'They are My people,' and they will say, 'The Lord is our God.'" Zechariah 13:9... Keep Reading

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Paradigm Shift

September 6, 2013 | by: Dave Dunlap | 0 comments

According to Webster "paradigm" is "a philosophical and theoretical framework of a scientific school or discipline within which theories, laws, and generalizations and the experiments performed in support of them are formulated" or a more simplistic definition, "a philosophical or theoretical framework of any kind". Our views and perspectives are based on our paradigms. What is your view of your relationship with God? Is He your best friend, someone you seek out to spend time with, or is He someone that, if you are lucky, you can carve out a few minutes to spend with Him while multi-tasking on something else as well? ... Keep Reading

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Head Versus The Heart

August 30, 2013 | by: Dave Dunlap | 0 comments

Over this past week, I was reminded how fragile our life is. A family that my wife and I are very close with growing up lost one of their brother-in-laws to a drowning accident last Saturday. A recent devotional focused on how the early church emphasized developing a heart toward God. Back then, the scriptures were not accessible like they are for us - let alone through the radio, iPods, etc. God related to his people on a personal and intimate level. Obedience was the key to a healthy relationship with God. Decisions were not made based on reason and analysis, but by obedience. "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom" (Ps. 111:10).... Keep Reading

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What To Do With "Bad News"

August 16, 2013 | by: Dave Dunlap | 0 comments

Last week we looked at how God uses the various "tests" in our lives as a way to enable us to grow. A segment of these "tests" often comes in the form of when we receive "bad news". How do we handle those situations? Whether it’s a letter from an attorney or the IRS, a follow up visit to your… Read More

Professional Trials

August 9, 2013 | by: Dave Dunlap | 0 comments

Over the last several weeks I have been going through series of changes in my professional life. I am undergoing the 3rd mgmt. change this year. As I am working through what means, I was reminded of a recent devotional that compared our heart to a crucible. The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the heart. - Proverbs 17:3... Keep Reading

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Why The Experiment?

July 26, 2013 | by: Dave Dunlap | 2 comments

Why do you come to the Experiment lunch table? Often when a new person comes to our Experiment table for the first time, we'll go around the table introducing ourselves and sharing some aspect of what The Experiment and our table means to them. The Experiment and our table helps me to look beyond the things of this world and to focus on Him and what He wants for me. "I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." - John 16:33... Keep Reading

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Do You Know Powerful People?

July 19, 2013 | by: Dave Dunlap | 0 comments

John 14:9 "Jesus answered: Don't you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time?'" In a recent devotional reading, the author used the above scripture reference to reinforce the point of knowing Jesus intimately. We know that the disciples had been with Jesus for three years. They'd seen miracles - dead men came back to life, the sick were healed, evil spirits cast out and water was turned to wine. They had witnessed Jesus perform hundreds of these miracles. However, even after these experiences, we realize that they probably didn't really know Jesus.... Keep Reading

Surprise! Interview With Alice Cooper

July 18, 2013 | by: The Harverst Show | 0 comments

We found a great clip of Rock's Ultimate Villain - Mr. Alice Cooper. The Harvest Show's video interview below is aptly uploaded under the title - "Surprise! Alice Cooper is a Christian".    The rock star was so famous for his on stage villain character that it's surprising to hear him ta… Read More

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Behind Political Correctness

July 12, 2013 | by: Dave Dunlap | 0 comments

We have heard a lot in recent years about being "politically correct." This is particularly true in the recent weeks regarding the debate around same sex marriage. There are many issues surrounding this but as I listen to the various debates I continue to come back to some larger questions that I believe we need to be asking ourselves: "Whose Earth is this anyways?" - "Who Really Is in Charge?" - and "Whose Rules should we be following?". ... Keep Reading

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Paying Someone Else's Bill

July 12, 2013 | by: Ted Kerr | 0 comments

A man who went away on business to a strange town entered a diner for lunch. The restaurant was mostly empty on this particular afternoon. As he reviewed the menu, he noticed the hostess seat an older couple just across the aisle from him. Tagging along was a young boy... ...Christians are like seeds scattered all over creation. As we go forth in love, we should expect to produce Spiritual fruits, and among them is an astonishing amount of joy in others. ... Keep Reading

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Eliminating Competing Priorities

July 2, 2013 | by: Dave Dunlap | 0 comments

"I have brought You glory on earth by completing the work You gave Me to do." - John 17:4 How often do we get caught up in our "to do lists" and fail to execute on our #1 Priority - To love the Lord our God with all our heart and to love our neighbor as ourselves. That's much easier said than done. We have so many competing priorities and limited time!... Keep Reading

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The Bystander Effect

June 21, 2013 | by: Rick Coss | 3 comments

Rick Coss shares as he feels the nudge of God trying to move in his life. Are we Standing By The Door, or Looking out the Window? Reflecting on experience from small group, our Holy Conversation event, and deciding to enter a 30-Day Prayer Experiment. ... Keep Reading

The Busy Samaritan

June 20, 2013 | by: Ted Kerr | 0 comments

As I meet with other business people, I am struck by the hurriedness in our culture. Unlike other unhealthy behaviors however, such as alcohol addiction or overspending, most people wear their hurriedness like a badge of honor: "Wow, sorry I haven't called you. I have been so busy I haven't had a chance!" (Luke 10:25-37)... Keep Reading

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Perception Is Not Reality

June 14, 2013 | by: Dave Dunlap | 0 comments

How often have we heard "Perception Is Not Reality". Often we experience what seems to be significant almost impossible challenges. This week was no different. In a devotional reading I was reminded how Satan uses these times to undermine our faith. "The lions may roar and growl, yet the teeth of the great lions are broken." - Job 4:10... Keep Reading

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Your Labor Is Not In Vain

June 7, 2013 | by: Dave Dunlap | 0 comments

A question to consider for today - "Where is your ministry?" 1 Corinthians 15:58 - "Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain." If our motive is to serve God where we are, then our labor "in the Lord is not in vain."... Keep Reading

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Who Do Your Peers See You As?

May 31, 2013 | by: Dave Dunlap | 0 comments

Luke 4:22: "All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips. 'Isn't this Joseph's son?' they asked". Back when Jesus walked and worked in the streets of Nazareth, many of the religious leaders and most to the "common" people of his day, other than those that witnessed His miracles first hand, viewed Jesus as just a carpenter not the Son of God. He was an unusual mixture of the common man who did daily work just like the other villagers in Nazareth. However, he was also becoming known as a rabbi who thought and did things "outside the box." So, when the public ministry side of his life became more known, this question "Isn't this Joseph, the carpenter's son?" was probably prevalent in all the "chat rooms" and "late night shows" of that time. The same thing happens today in our workplaces. "Isn't that John, the CPA, or Bill the restaurant manager, or Susie the bank executive?" The first question among our critics is "Where did John, Bill, or Susie get 'religion'?"... Keep Reading

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Is Perfectionism Standing In Your Way?

May 24, 2013 | by: Dave Dunlap | 2 comments

Proverbs 27:23 states: "Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herd" Many of us struggle with varying degrees of perfectionism in different aspects of both our work life and personal life. Many of us may work for managers who we label as "perfectionists". Many of us ourselves are "perfectionists'. We often view this as a powerful positive quality and necessary for success while many of us also know or experience the downside of perfectionism.... Keep Reading

City Transformation Begins in Two Places

May 17, 2013 | by: Anonymous | 0 comments

In order to transform a city or nation, it must take place in two areas; the marketplace and the local church. Paul was burdened for Athens when he saw all of the idols in his city. So, he began a strategy to win back his city by preaching in both the synagogue to the religious leaders and Jews and also in the marketplace every day. God is moving today in cities across the world through collaborative coalitions made up of priests, kings and intercessors. This is a city transformation trinity that the Holy Spirit is forming to rid our cities of idols and to restore the spiritual foundations. ... Keep Reading

Are You In A Place Without Peace?

May 10, 2013 | by: Dave Dunlap | 0 comments

This past week has been like many others for me - I continue to struggle with trying to maintain balance between my work and my personal life. Part of this struggle has to do with a lack of peace in my work world. I know that I am not any different than anyone else. ... Keep Reading

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Why Talent Alone Is Not Enough

May 10, 2013 | by: Dave Dunlap | 0 comments

In a devotional reading for this week, I was reminded that God equips each of us in such a way that is unique to our strengths and abilities. ... Keep Reading

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Are We Seeking His Hand or His Face?

January 18, 2013 | by: Dave Dunlap | 1 comments

Often in prayers to God, we bring things to Him that we want Him to fix. Perhaps there is something more that we should seek when we meet him in prayer.... Keep Reading

Turning Mud into Miracles

January 11, 2013 | by: Dave Dunlap | 0 comments

In reflecting back on 2012, one Experiment Small Group saw the hand of God at work in some unexpected ways.... Keep Reading

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Your New Life Resolution

January 4, 2013 | by: Dave Dunlap | 0 comments

As we start 2013, many of us come into it with high expectations for this new year. We are going to do things differently this year. But how many of us have been able to maintain our New Year's resolutions being only 4 days into the new year? Perhaps we should re-think our approach to New Year resolutions.... Keep Reading

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The Need for Perseverance

December 28, 2012 | by: Dave Dunlap | 1 comments

Are you feeling weighed down and discouraged? Perhaps you are feeling like you are ready to quit. If so, read this quick message about the need - and the source - of the perseverance needed to make it through life. We welcome Dave Dunlap as a new contributor to the Doorkeeper Blog.... Keep Reading

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Why Starbucks Can't Give Away Coffee

November 26, 2012 | by: Ted Kerr | 0 comments

Why can't Starbucks give a cup of coffee away to people who are coming into their stores to buy a cup of coffee?... Keep Reading

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Only You Can Be You

November 7, 2012 | by: Ted Kerr | 0 comments

Quite frankly, in a great many things in life, only you will do. So go out today, and everyday, and be you to those who need you.... Keep Reading

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Important, Powerful and Relevant

October 10, 2012 | by: Tom Petro | 0 comments

Long-time Experimenter and former Trustee Tom Petro writes about the mission of The Pittsburgh Experiment. "This work is every bit as relevant today as when the first group convened at the Harvard Princeton Yale Club over fifty years ago."... Keep Reading

Welcome to The Doorkeeper Blog

September 21, 2012 | by: Ted Kerr | 0 comments

Welcome to The Doorkeeper Blog of The Pittsburgh Experiment. Each week the blog's authors will explore contemporary issues from the perspective of an Experimenter. We encourage you to read the weekly posts and then share your own thoughts. If you would like to become a regular contributor to The Doorkeeper Blog please send an email and a sample post to Ted Kerr at ted@pittsburghexperiment.org.... Keep Reading

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