Two Things is mostly just an idea. Two Things connects the hearts, wisdom and experience of proven "fathers and mothers" to the next generations
by giving them the opportunity to share two things they would like to pass
on - live and unrehearsed.
Long gone are the days where multiple generations live together,
take meals together, and sit and talk together. While there may still be respect
for "elders" there is little or no natural way to interact with them. Many
twenty and thirty-somethings have moved far from their families of origin. It is
very rare, even in church settings, for exemplary individuals but who are not
part of the pastoral team, to have a chance speak meaningfully to the next
What is a Thing?
Two Things is designed to give such individuals a chance to
share directly and effectively Two Things that they would want to pass on to the
next generation. The only framework for the Two Things is that they must be
- is personal, and of significance in their lives;
- has stood the test
of time; and
- relates in some way to how they walk out their
relationship with God, life and others.
Who shares a Thing?
The individuals come from many walks of life but they all
share a few things in common in the eyes of others:
- they are at least 50 years old (ok maybe a couple slight
exceptions for those we did not want to reveal their age!);
- they have made life decisions and lifestyle choices that
have made them successful in life and recognized by others as significant in
the kingdom of God;
- they have a track record of changing their world in
profound ways by their lives and efforts; and,
- they might be a little embarrassed to be so recognized!
Look below for brief biographies and posting
of the eventual audio and pictures post-speaking.
When and where were Things shared?
Two Things was a series of talks. It may happen again. Maybe you or your church
or organization would like to do a series.
Here is the lineup - read the bios below:
- Dave DeLoach
- Laura and Chris DuPré
- Stan and Alice Weber
- Jim Henderson
- Wes Yoder
- High and Lisa Harris
- Barbara Robinson, Betsy Headden, Dabney Mann
night - our version of Celtic Women)
- Brown and Debbie Bannister
Got a thing for Things?
If you want to try Two Things at your church or
group and like the result send us your audio and related
information for possible posting. Connect at
to Two Things April 14, 2010(coming soon)
Originally from Minnesota Andy Reese is vice president of an international consulting
company (www.amec.com) and a leading expert and author on sustainability and
Andy has a passion to see that young people are healed emotionally and sent
along the path of their destiny with God. He operates a non-profit organization to facilitate the freedom ministry model
called Sozo (www.sozo.me). He has written a book on being an
emotional and spiritual "first responder" - Freedom Tools (Chosen Books). He is also passionate about all things intergalactic - and
gives a popular multimedia presentation on the
immensity and majesty of God and the incredible story of the Star of Bethlehem (www.starstory.me).
He is married to Susan The Amazing, the father of four mostly grown children, and lives
in rural Franklin, TN.
He serves as facilitator of Two Things so he can learn wisdom without it
being all that obvious.
Two Things guests
partially unauthorized biographies
Brown Bannister has been a top Christian producer for many years in the
Nashville area winning a bucket of Grammy and Dove awards and being named
producer of the year several times. He helped pioneer the Christian music
business working with many top artists. He has produced and sold over 75 million
(yes six zeros!) albums.
In a business that is often very "competitive" Brown has built a reputation
for both excellence and compassion while maintaining a focus on what matters
most. His gentle good humor and honest engaging character has set him apart and
You might see Brown holding the first down markers at a local football game,
hosting a dinner for worshipers, playing old Younglife songs around the
campfire, or working quietly behind the scenes at a church production. Extra
credit goes to anyone who has Brown's 1981 pop album!
Topics: The Undeserved Favor of God and Trust and Fear in Life's
Debbie Bannister has been described to us as a "ball of energetic joyful warmth."
She is known for her engaging friendship, for her open honesty and
vulnerability, for her loyalty to her family and friends, and for her
unflinching love and passion for Jesus.
She is always up for fun, focused on home and children, given to friends and
projects that bring people together. Equally comfortable (she might say
"uncomfortable") in large public venues or intimate one-on-one conversations her
goodwill and wisdom have changed many around her.
Debbie and Brown have five children and live outside Franklin, TN.
Topics: Go to the Banquet and What Keeps us from Intimacy?
Dave is one of
you will ever
Dave was born in
Germany and has
lived in about
from the wild
west to Alabama
Tennessee. He has
worked in a wide
range of jobs
money changer to
consultant and data
He would not
admit it but he is a world class guitar player and teacher, having developed an
approach to learning guitar used by some leading players and schools including Berklee College
of Music in
Dave is known
for his crazy
sense of humor,
and wry way at
looking at life.
fully, he once
took a 5,000
mile road trip
with a friend in
a pickup truck
with no maps and
miles in 16 days
to Memphis on
says, "I have 240 semester hours of college behind me, but learned the real
stuff by venturing 'out there'". Since age 23, life with Jesus, the Holy Spirit,
and Father God has been the epicenter of my existence."
been married to
fun!) for 27
years and father
Topics: Uncomplicated Faith and Life as Adventure
Originally from Upstate New York, Chris DuPré and his family moved to
Franklin, TN in the fall of 2004. For the previous thirteen years, Chris had
been in Kansas City where he worked as worship pastor at
Metro Christian Fellowship. In 1999 he helped Mike Bickle establish the
International House of Prayer. Chris was instrumental in mentoring and training worship leaders, singers and
instrumentalists. Chris recently served as Associate Pastor at Grace Center
Church in Franklin, TN.
Chris today is writing, speaking and
traveling with a desire to communicate in every form possible, God's desire to
convince the human heart of His great affection, thereby empowering them with
His strength and purpose. Chris is known as a wise and fun papa by a large fan
club of young people - who have all learned to love his humor!
Chris and his wife Laura have three daughters as well as three grandchildren.
Topics: Advance Forgiveness and The Intense Affection of God
April 14, 2010
is a lover of God and a lover of people. Enjoying the art of
hospitality, she treasures the hours spent around the table with family,
friends and guests from around the world, fostering relationship and
drinking together "the cup of life". She is known for her ability to
love well her friends and family making each feel special and singled
She and her
husband Chris have been happily married 32 years and have three grown
daughters and three beautiful grandchildren.
Topics: Making a Life Choice and
Hugh Harris grew up in Texas and became an accounting and then film and
music project consultant. But his heart was always for kids and the poor. He
eventually became principle of a small Christian school. In 2004 he worked with
a group to begin Franklin Christian Academy, where he
currently serves as Headmaster. He has a degree from Baylor and a masters in education.
He is known to go after the ones left
behind, breath life into them, and move them along in life. There is
many a young person who credits Hugh with turning their lives around and getting
them through high school. He is always up for a game of basketball, a cup of coffee, and
listening ear and practical wisdom. His objectives in the lives of young people are to provide
challenging academics, life-giving community, and transforming discipleship.
Lisa Harris graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Science and
received her Masters in Education Administration in May of 2008. She currently
serves as Franklin Christian Academy's guidance counselor and teaches a senior
level Perspectives on World Missions. Her desire for each student when they
graduate from FCA is that they know their life is not their own, and the best
adventure is following Jesus.
She also works for Servant Group International, training,
recruiting and monitoring teams of Christians to go and serve in northern Iraq.
Her travels have taken her to India, the Middle East, Haiti, Indonesia, Mexico, Turkey and Europe.
She has a gift and knack of looking right into the heart of a matter and calling
people to be their best.
and Lisa are the parents of two mixed race adopted children, and reside outside
Topics: You Life is Not Your Own and Taking Risks
Topics: Marriage Baggage and Having Fun Fun Fun Together
12, 2010 crazy women night
Betsy was born and raised in Nashville. She was radically saved during
the Jesus movement as a young adult, and is still radically in love with her
Savior. Some have described her as a warrior bride. Pursuing the heart beat of
God is her lifelong quest. His passions have become her passions in this
pursuit. Betsy has been on many missions endeavors into Israel and the nations.
She has an ability to connect people with the Lord in a more intimate way,
preparing them to come more fully into their destiny.
Betsy and her husband Henry live in Brentwood and have two awesome adult
children, a wonderful son-in law and two beautiful grandchildren.
Passion for God and Purpose in Life
The Three Women Questions and Answers
Barbara, Betsy and Dabney
(aka "the glory girls")
answer some questions f
rom the audience, and tell
stories on each other
in the process.
"Dr. Jim" was a successful pediatrician with a fast growing
practice in Nashville TN when he and his wife got an invitation from God to move
to England and then on to India three years later. There they helped run a hospital serving the "least of these." After
many years they returned to Nashville.
Their heart to serve those in need remained and today Dr. Jim serves on the
medical staff at the Siloam clinic in Nashville's Edge Hill area. Siloam Family
Health Center cares for the uninsured in Middle Tennessee by providing
high-quality, affordable health care designed to meet the physical, emotional
and spiritual needs of patients. The clinic aligns staff, volunteers and donors
to carry out this ministry of health, healing and hope for people who have few
options for medical care (http://www.siloamhealth.org).
Jim is known for his earnestness and humility while offering excellence in
all he does. he has long ago chosen to value things from God's perspective and
it shows in all he does. Jim and his wife Lynn have three children and live in
Topics: Daily Repentance and
Practically Resting on Jesus' Righteousness
Click below for the Jim and Wes Q&A Session
(and you thought they were vulnerable before)
12, 2010 crazy women night
Four years ago Dabney, along with her husband Doug, founded Global Glory,
Inc., a ministry dedicated to serve and encourage the Third-World Church,
materially and spiritually. For well over 25 years prior to that, they have served believers in
Israel, China, Iraq, Pakistan, Thailand, Burma, the Philippines, Papua New
Guinea, Cuba, Nigeria and Mozambique, as well as other nations. She has also
initiated a well drilling program.
Dabney and her husband Doug have built a
reputation as edgy Christians unafraid to tackle God's toughest assignments both
in town and around the world. They are full of life and fire and have been a
crazy inspiration to all around them for many years. Dabney says, "What an adventure its been, chasing Jesus around the planet."
Dabney and Doug Mann have been married 45 years, and were saved 39 years ago,
during the Jesus People Movement. They have lived in Franklin since 1973, have
two awesome sons, two brilliant beautiful daughters in law, and five incredible
Topics: Moving With God Through the Years and Hearing
God to Change Your LIfe
12, 2010 - crazy women night
Barbara Robinson is a woman after God's
heart, and knows that God is also pursuing her. Though, due to her upbringing,
She has not always known this about herself. Barbara has found herself in many
different places around the world in ministry situations with her husband
Mickey. Mickey and Barbara travel Internationally with their ministry, Prophetic
Her heart is to find the hidden treasures in
each one of us and to see the Lord gently release people into their own destiny
for His honor and His glory. She is an amazing combination of simple faithful
love, gentleness, and no holds barred honesty. Fun is a word that describes what
she imparts to others everywhere she goes, so get ready!
They have raised four children, who all love
the Lord, and are raising their own families in different parts of the country.
She currently resides in Thompson Station, Tn. with her husband.
Topics: What Freedom Means and Your Innate Creativity
April 21, 2010
Stan Weber was born in North Dakota and developed a passion for the poor and
underserved at an early age. After completing college he worked in a ministry in
Vicksburg, MS. Over 25 years ago he came to Nashville and began to serve on
staff with Christ Presbyterian Church in inner city ministry.
He and his wife moved to the Edge Hill neighborhood making the statement,
"Many of those ministering come and go. We are putting down roots where we
serve." In the last two and a half decades Stan, his wife Alice, and his team
have build Salama Urban Ministry into a world changing force and a model to many
Salama (Swahili word for peace) has served the Greater Nashville area through
providing life-changing programs that equip children with skills needed for
success in life and to nurture lives of integrity and hope through the
foundation of faith. They form long-term relationships that mentor others into
Stan is known for his easy and infectious laugh, engaging personality,
ability to form honest and deep relationships, focus on real people and real
issues, and ability to stay humbly behind the scenes. He is equally comfortable
in the boardrooms of great corporations and in the toughest neighborhoods in
town. He has built a reputation of trust and excellence over many years of
Topics: Delighted in by God and Suffering in Life
Alice was born the oldest of six to Dutch
immigrant parents who operated a dairy farm in Alberta Canada ("oh yeh, hockey
She has been involved in ministry in Mississippi and, for the past 25 years, in Nashville
in ministry to the underserved. She worked for many years with Salama ministry
developing and running the educational outreach. She is presently lead teacher
in a model classroom at Glencliff Elementary School which serves ten
ethnicities, and helps other teachers learn how to teach in such multi-cultural
She and her husband Stan have been married thirty years and have four
children. They have resided for many years in the Edge Hill area of Nashville.
All who know her would say she is a bundle of creative energy, humor, and warm
love. She loves to play scrabble though Stan wanted to make sure we said that
she normally loses to him.
Topics: Building your Story in God and 360
Degrees of Leadership
Click below for the Weber Q&A Session
(more reality than a body has a right to expect!)
Wes Yoder, of Amish and Mennonite extraction, moved to Nashville in 1973
from Lancaster, PA to work in the music business, which led to a career as
literary agent and owner and founder of the highly successful and leading
Ambassador Speakers Bureau. He has helped start and steer the careers and
lives of many notable artists and speakers. His first book,
Bond of Brothers: Connecting with Other
Men Beyond Work, Weather and Sports will be published by Zondervan in October, 2010.
Wes Yoder is also an elder at Grace Chapel in Lieper's Fork, TN and is
widely known for his gentle wisdom, warm humor and sound counsel... and his
amazing craftsmanship! He and his
wife, Linda, live in Franklin, TN.
Topics: What God Chooses for You is
Always Better than What You Choose for Yourself and
If you Know Yourself, You Know Every Other Man in the Room
Speaking - Just Doing (but you can go along!)
Bill Zoephel and his wife Karen embody the scripture about being
"filled with good works". When asked to speak Bill looked very
thoughtful and then said that when you ask a person with a serving gift to speak
it sometimes does not come across in a group. He said he and Karen preferred to work quietly behind the scenes and in secret
and that speaking to groups did not work well with that approach to life. But
sharing one on one - THAT works.
If you look carefully you might catch Karen and Bill running the food pantry,
helping a couple in need, caring for children, always faithful, always quiet,
always unseen except by our Father who is in secret and who dwells in secret and
Bill and Karen will not be speaking, but I did convince them to "be there" and I
promised to only embarrass them a little by pointing them out. Plan to take the
opportunity to speak with them. Better yet go with them for a space. Ask them about their two things - you will be
glad you did.
"Two Things gentlemen, Two Things"
Did you know there is a "law of two things"?
"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity,
and I'm not sure about the former." Albert Einstein
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Reese, all rights reserved.