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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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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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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10 Things I’ve Learned from Starting a New Church – Pt. 2
Feb12

10 Things I’ve Learned from Starting a New Church – Pt. 2

Here are five more things I’ve learned starting a new church: 6. Who is fighting with you is more important than who is fighting against you. There will spiritual opposition to any new church. Nearby churches will be suspicious. Dying churches will be afraid and, like Saul seeking David’s death, try to do you harm. If your church breaks denominational norms, expect bullets from that direction as well. However, if God is for you, who...

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10 Things I’ve Learned from Starting a New Church
Feb10

10 Things I’ve Learned from Starting a New Church

I have a friend who has started a new church. He suggested I write a post listing some lessons I’ve learned from helping start New Vintage Church in Escondido. It’s been an awesome journey, and if what we’ve picked up along the way can help others involved in the noble vision of church multiplication, I’d love to help. So, without further ado, here are the first five of ten things I’ve learned while starting a new church. I put these...

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Is Your Church a House or a Temple?
Feb03

Is Your Church a House or a Temple?

I’ve observed over the years churches view their facilities in one of two primary ways: as a house or a temple. I’ve led in churches small and large with facilities ranging from cheap and rented to multi-site worth tens of millions of dollars. In each place, regardless of the size or value of the facility, some viewed the facility as a temple and others as a house. How you view your facility will determine to what extent...

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