Did You Feel That?
Jan27

Did You Feel That?

It’s important we check the softness of our hearts now and then. It’s good to be tough, to not get overwhelmed by things when chaos breaks out–or to make matters worse by freaking out along with everyone else. However… What’s even worse is to be a leader who can’t feel pain. When someone in the church or a loved one goes through something awful, can you feel it? I understand self-protection. I...

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When the Tail Becomes the Dog
Jan21

When the Tail Becomes the Dog

Mission is critical. By “mission,” I mean the big “M,” what we were put on earth to do. For the church, it’s making disciples of Christ and teaching them to obey all Jesus commanded. Many of us think that means baptize people and keep them in church. It’s so much more than that, because making a disciple is different from making an initial convert, and “all that Jesus commanded” is a...

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Friday Stream of Consciousness – 103
Dec20

Friday Stream of Consciousness – 103

Here are some things on my mind this Friday morning: Well, I’m not going to lie: Phil Robertson is on my mind. I don’t know what I can add to the conversation here that hasn’t/isn’t already being said. But here are couple of thoughts that aren’t necessarily at the center of the debate that are worth consideration: Personally, I find the most nauseating response to the Phil Robertson controversy that of...

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Haters
Dec18

Haters

I heard Rick Warren make a statement recently I’ve been thinking about since: “Never criticize what God is blessing.” For some people, this is really difficult. For whatever reason, some believe that if a church or ministry prospers, they must be doing something wrong. They are “watering down” the Gospel, they are feeding people’s selfishness, using worldly methods, etc.—fill in your own favorite. In sports, we call such people...

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Is Your Church a Bad Hospital?
Dec11

Is Your Church a Bad Hospital?

I sent out a tweet last week that drew quite a bit of response—and I thought I would elaborate a bit upon it. Here it is: “The healthy leave unhealthy churches and the unhealthy leave healthy churches. Pay attention to who leaves, not just who arrives.” There has never been a church no one has left. Every church “loses” people. Nevertheless, a fear of losing people keeps many churches from doing what needs to...

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Redeeming “Those” Seasons of Ministry
Nov13

Redeeming “Those” Seasons of Ministry

A lot of pastors serve God in fear. Fear of pain. Fear of criticism. Fear of failure. We often do so because we’ve had such seasons already—and aren’t particularly fond of their sour taste. Will that thing, that event, season of ministry… continue to define you negatively or positively? Those seasons impact us in ways that will either shape us into wiser, more mature pastors or shape us into jaded, perhaps timid, or indefinitely...

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