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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Friday Stream of Consciousness – 106
Jan24

Friday Stream of Consciousness – 106

Here’s what’s on my mind this Friday: It’s been quite a week. Mom had open heart surgery yesterday to undergo a valve replacement and bypass. She came through like a champ, no doubt on the answered prayers of many. To those of you who did–thank you so much. Thanks for being patient with me this week as I took it slow from a blogging standpoint, of necessity. I’ve always tried to ride the fence of trying to provide consistent,...

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Friday Stream of Consciousness – 104
Jan10

Friday Stream of Consciousness – 104

Here are some things on my mind this Friday morning: This Sunday is Vision Sunday at New Vintage Church. It’s something I’ve done for the last ten years or so wherever I’ve served. It’s a time to thank God for all the great things He’s done and recalibrate our vision for the year ahead. I also reveal some new initiatives for the upcoming year. We get to formally introduce our first staff hire since our...

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Ricochet
Dec16

Ricochet

Ricochet is, “the motion of an object or a projectile in rebounding or deflecting one or more times from the surface over which it is passing or against which it hits a glancing blow.” We use it a lot in terms of firearms or, for instance, the bouncing of a racquetball off a wall during a match. However, let me suggest your life is creating a series of ricochets–good and bad. We are given the opportunity to cultivate lives of...

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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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