We Owe Single People an Apology
Mar10

We Owe Single People an Apology

We owe single people an apology…and a change. We’ve meant well, but we’ve been wrong. Single people are a treasure to the church and deserve equal status with those of us who are married and/or with children. Not all, but many churches pass them over for leadership opportunities, staff hires, or key roles of service in the Kingdom. Tie goes to the married person. We preachers too often leave them out of our...

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Friday Stream of Consciousness – 109
Feb21

Friday Stream of Consciousness – 109

Here are some things on my mind this Friday morning: Thin Mints are the only real Girl Scout cookies. The softball season starts Saturday. I’m head coaching Olivia’s team (10U) and assistant coaching Anna’s team (12U). It is so much fun. Now, it’s time for championships I miss playing baseball. So, I’m think for my 40th birthday present to myself (not up for a couple of years…but still), I might...

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Replacing a Great Leader Without Replacing Them
Jan06

Replacing a Great Leader Without Replacing Them

Have you ever wondered why it is so hard to replace a great leader? We often think it’s the unique gifts of that leader that will be difficult to replace—so, we seek a leader with similar gifts to replace them. We believe our church, organizations, etc., needs those gifts to survive. Sometimes, that may be the case. But not usually. Usually, there is a leadership system in place that requires those gifts in a single person—that’s why...

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My Top 10 Posts of 2013
Dec30

My Top 10 Posts of 2013

Below is a list of my top 10 most popular blog posts of 2013. Thank you so much for reading this blog and for caring about your growth as a Christian and/or church leader. Every blogger has moments when she or he asks whether it’s worth it to make oneself vulnerable through an outlet like this—and whether or not the work involved in blogging is worth it. Your readership this year has encouraged me greatly. I’ve been blogging for...

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Stay Away from the Ministry Casino
Dec04

Stay Away from the Ministry Casino

Risk is usually called, “stepping out on faith,” in church. That’s a shame, because they aren’t the same thing. There is such a thing as stepping out on faith. It’s just not the same as taking faith-based risks that make common sense. For instance, “stepping out on faith” might mean a church aspires to a particular goal or vision God has for them that will require stretching and perhaps some...

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What’s Your 95mph Fastball?
Nov25

What’s Your 95mph Fastball?

A couple of months ago I had lunch with one of those Yodas–those wise, older pastors who have been in ministry so long they ooze wisdom without knowing it. This gentleman could offer commentary on nearly anything and it would be laced with something helpful. He’s been at the same congregation for more than thirty years, and in ministry for more than thirty-five years. That takes some doing. It doesn’t just happen. It takes...

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