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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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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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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Friday Stream of Consciousness – 107
Jan31

Friday Stream of Consciousness – 107

Here’s what’s on my mind this Friday morning: Mom is home from the hospital. She got home just in time to celebrate her birthday. So far, she’s recovering nicely and barring any setback, she’ll be ready to return to her normal awesomeness soon. It was great spending some time with just me, my sister, mom and dad, on her birthday. Mom said it’s a huge blessing to her that Tammy (my sister) and I are...

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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 – 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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