The Church is a Zoo
Mar06

The Church is a Zoo

Building on my last post: Why do the people who thrive spiritually at your church thrive? This is the habitat question. There are three ways to find out. 1) Guess, 2) Educated guess, 3) Ask them. Three seems the most logical except that many people don’t know themselves why they are thriving. So, let me encourage you to follow the steps in order. Take your best guess. Look at the evidence. Then, verify by talking to people. Ask them:...

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What’s the Habitat?
Mar04

What’s the Habitat?

Our churches are habitats. By this, I mean we create a particular environment in which certain kinds of people can thrive. Others can survive in it. Others can’t at all. The desert is great for scorpions and snakes. It’s bad for polar bears. You’ve created a habitat through your vision, mission, systems and “vibe” you put out as a church. The way of life at your church is a habitat in which certain kinds...

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Friday Stream of Consciousness – 110
Feb28

Friday Stream of Consciousness – 110

Here’s what’s on my mind this Friday morning: Last week, four people were baptized into Christ at NVC. I never get tired of baptisms. Sports Talk Radio is becoming more and more like listening to political talk radio. Piers Morgan was canceled. Who could have seen that coming? Most people. An 11-year-old girl shot and killed a Mountain Lion that was stalking her brother. Wow. It was just a short time after her 9-year-old brother had...

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Do You Believe in Those You’re Leading?
Feb25

Do You Believe in Those You’re Leading?

People are led best by people who believe in them. If people sense we don’t like them, we think they are not as bright or hopeless…we’ll never be able to lead them effectively. True, there are some dysfunctional relationships out there in which people lead through violence, emotional abuse, or fear. But, that’s not biblical leadership—that which is rooted in love and oriented toward hope. People can sense how we “are” toward them. If...

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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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The Real Reason I Hate Running
Feb18

The Real Reason I Hate Running

There are some downsides to having the soccer coach as your baseball coach. The greatest of these is: He loves running and making the team run. To this day, I don’t enjoy running very much. He’s the reason. Running was used as a punitive tool. He would say it was instructional and developed character. Here’s how he coached: Step in the bucket? Run a lap. Pop up a bunt? Run a mile. Walk a batter as a pitcher? Run a mile. Hit a batter?...

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