There’s No Such Thing as Non-Receptivity
Jul29

There’s No Such Thing as Non-Receptivity

Well, at least, not the way we mean it when we say it. What we usually mean is, “The people there are virtually unreachable,” or “Our resources are better spent elsewhere because there are areas in which people seem more ‘ready’ than in _________.” It’s a way of trying to get the most bang for our buck or missionary. It’s also sometimes our way of avoiding tough ministry. I get it. I...

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If They Ain’t Against You, They’re for You
Jul23

If They Ain’t Against You, They’re for You

My parents didn’t raise me to be a sectarian. I don’t know where I got it from. I was born and raised in the Church of Christ, which I’m sure had something to do with it—though most churches I interacted with weren’t the, “We are the only ones going to heaven” kind. I didn’t know, back in those days, what to do with people of other tribes. What to do with all these Presbyterians, Baptists, Calvary Chapelers, Methodists, and the like?...

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Leadership Lessons from Overseas – Why Go?
Jul22

Leadership Lessons from Overseas – Why Go?

This morning, I’m leaving with some other pastors for a vision trip sponsored by Compassion International. I’m sorry to say, the last time I was overseas for mission purposes was in 2001, when I spent some weeks in Kiev, Ukraine with Let’s Start Talking. I’ve been to mission points in Mexico and throughout the Unites States since then. I’ve even planted a church and the churches I’ve served have...

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Friday Stream of Consciousness – 88
Jul19

Friday Stream of Consciousness – 88

Here are some things on my mind this Friday morning: I’ve resisted commenting on the Trayvon Martin situation because there are a lot of people out there doing a lot of commenting and I just didn’t see how it would add anything except increased anxiety. The whole situation is sad and complicated. My heart goes out to Trayvon’s family and those who feel there has been an injustice here. There are no winners in a...

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How Envy Becomes Respect
Jul15

How Envy Becomes Respect

A number of years ago, I sat in an Applebee’s with a fellow minister in our area. It was a typical pastor-lunch-share what’s going on kind of thing. Both of us were considered, “up and comers.” We were close in age and even among well-meaning men who love the Lord, competition can crop up subtly. His preaching/teaching gifts were ahead of my own, but our church was growing faster than theirs. All of this was just enough pomp and...

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Friday Stream of Consciousness – 87
Jul12

Friday Stream of Consciousness – 87

Here are some things on my mind this Friday morning: We can tell who our real friends are by how they treat us when it’s not cool to be our friend. Adult friendship dynamics are simply an amplification and slight sophistication of the schoolyard. People will give to need, but they give to vision more than need. I get to team up with our teens this Sunday. I’ll preach and they’ll lead the church in worship. I’ve...

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