Archives For Dr. Jay Strack

Rock the Universe 2013

Dr. Jay Strack —  August 12, 2013

As you know, Rock the Universe at Universal Studios September 6 & 7, 2013 has been a labor of love on our part for many years. Without question this year the top artists and worship leaders, Chris Tomlin, LeCrae, David Crowder and Casting Crowns are going to be here. Universal Studios graciously hosts the Youth Pastor Summit and Rock the Universe each year. Rock the Universe is a high energy, world class event where your students and young adults hear the gospel, great music and ride the best roller coasters in the Southeast. Of course, there is also the candlelight service to close out Saturday night.

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WHITE SMOKE IN ROME

Dr. Jay Strack —  March 7, 2013

An open letter to the College of Cardinals from a Protestant who believes that what happens in Rome still matters,

In this fourth quarter of civilization, we are faced with increased secularism, division between nations, and corruption among the trusted and true. It is because of this atmosphere that the College of Cardinals must appoint a transformational leader. As President of Student Leadership University, I have listened to the concerns and questions of emerging young leaders who report disillusionment on a global scale, and I believe emphatically that the church needs the ancient wisdom of the ages from Solomon to Peter Drucker in order to regain its effectiveness for this generation.

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Seeing the invisible!

Dr. Jay Strack —  October 30, 2012

I made a wonderful discovery early in my faith and I attempted to put skin on it and live it out loud as I continued on my personal leadership journey. My “aha” moment or Eureka moment is when I discovered that leaders were different in almost every area of their life!

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Americans loved to be terrified by free-roaming beasts, zombies, vampires and blood curdling screams. Haunted houses fill neighborhoods with the promise of a temporary fright that will chill your blood and race your heart. Universal Studio’s Halloween Horror Nights, voted #1 for five consecutive years, takes its visitors into an epic level of horror entertainment that backs up traffic for miles. It is expected that $2.87 billion will be spent on Halloween cost umes in this year of economic despair. (Personally, I am only in it for the free candy and the chance to wear my Gangnam Style Psy costume.)

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THE DAY LEADERSHIP DIED

Dr. Jay Strack —  October 8, 2012

I drove my Chevy to the levee for some think time. Just this morning 13 unsolicited texts, emails, messages and pop-ups hid among important information in my phone with a unified theme – the promise of leadership success. There were a few variations like success in business, relationships, in wealth or power, but all of them screamed one little word – “me.”

I considered the quote by Barbara Kellerman, a lecturer at Harvard University in her remarkable book, “The End of Leadership”:“Being a leader has become a mantra. It is a presumed path to money and power; a medium for achievement, both individual and institutional…”

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Rock the Universe Blog

Dr. Jay Strack —  August 23, 2012

In these final weeks of summer heat I know you are recuperating from an exhausting summer of ministry and mission events. (I’m leaving tomorrow for my 12th trip of the summer with SLU students going to China). As you begin preparing for your launch of a new school year and for many a new church year, I wanted to share with you a strategy that hundreds of churches and schools have used for over a decade.

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See You at the Pole

Dr. Jay Strack —  August 16, 2012

It is hard to believe that one of the very first See You at the Pole events starts at Fort Myers High School in February 1971. In the midst of what is now the historic Jesus Movement, a handful of us decided that our school needed this new found faith we had just experienced. So in the middle of racial tension, high drug use, a rash of suicide and tragic accidents. We began to pray for the Lord to touch our campus.

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When I first heard the news that Dwight Howard had decided to stay with my Orlando Magic I had a strange sensation.  It reminded me of the time when at the age of 12, I took a dare to ride the tallest roller coaster at the Florida State Fair 21 straight times.  Man was I glad to be off the topsy-turvy ride, but now that it was over it was well worth it.

 

The truth is that Dwight was the best player in the NBA draft in 2004 and 8 years later, in my humble but accurate opinion, he is still the one player you would want to build your team around.  Of course, the basketball junkies know all the stats – 6 time all-star, this year’s #1 vote-getter, 3-time defensive player of the year, and consistently one of the best in the league at blocking shots, muscling rebounds and field goal percentage. Let’s not forget, a gold medal winner in the 2008 Olympics, 3 time division title winner, and 1 conference title holder.

 

I had the privilege of standing on the court at the old T. D. Waterhouse Arena with Dwight in his rookie year.  After a Magic game we both spoke at a Faith & Family event, a I wrote down at the end of that night to pray for this young man that obviously was something special.  Today’s culture devours many of these special young individuals – we have drugs and thugs, guns and sex, and the glitter of experiences and possessions that end up in emptiness and a selfish lifestyle.  Dwight came to the NBA right out of high school and had to grow up quickly.  Not a perfect guy, but who among us can pick up the first rock?

 

Dwight could have chosen any path, but we have watched him grow into an outstanding, straight-up guy. Known in the locker room and the Orlando community for his loyalty, discipline, and most of all, for his generosity. Pat Williams, former GM and VP of the Orlando Magic, said it best, “Dwight is a young man on a mission, using his God-given gifts and talents in this community and around the world.  He is a real asset to any team in any community.”

 

The influence of “Superman” goes far beyond the dimension court.  Once during an All-Star Slam-Dunk contest he slapped a sticker on the backboard while making an incredible dunk.  All the press wanted to know what it said and noised it across the media:  the sticker was imprinted with Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  Dwight had no way of knowing but it opened the door for me to speak to hundreds of students in the Middle East.   I walked onto a dirt court with a half-deflated basketball in a Palestine school in an atmosphere filled with tension and distrust.

 

Standing in the midst of about 40 young men, I soon found out they were all NBA fans and all had a favorite.  One of the first questions they asked, “Do you know Dwight Howard?” That was all it took, the door was opened and communication established.  From that conversation friendships were born with many of those students coming to Student Leadership University.  I will be forever grateful for Dwight’s sticker.

 

This is a moment that can be duplicated around the world due to the popularity of basketball.  I pray that Dwight and the NBA players will come to understand that they could become one of America’s greatest exports, and it why I have to tell the truth, I’m glad that “Superman” stayed in Orlando.

 

(No offense to the dynamic Gov. Chris Christie there is Kryptonite in New Jersey)

 

By Dr. Jay Strack

Get in the Ditch

Dr. Jay Strack —  March 13, 2012

I have come to the conclusion that the more things change; the more some things remain the same. In the days of the Bible, we have a familiar picture in which the elders, Sadducees and Pharisees sit for hours at the city gates debating and judging the motives and methods of those trying to heal and to help. To many of the finepoints of Scripture and doctrine were points to be debated and crosses upon which to crucify. Even Jesus was forced to spend far too many hours avoiding “Gotcha” and evasive questions.

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The Platinum Rule

Dr. Jay Strack —  December 6, 2011

The Power of the Platinum Rule

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