We are On the Same Team
Sep24

We are On the Same Team

We’re on the same team, and I’m glad. So, let’s not compare ourselves to one another or compete with one another. It’s a real discipline to learn how to be around other churches constantly without beginning to compare. Many pastors are preoccupied privately with what others are doing–whether it’s someone or some church they look up to, or a fellow church in their community. Some view those churches...

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Friday Stream of Consciousness – 43

Here are some things on my mind this Friday morning: Say it ain’t so, Lance. Lance Armstrong dropped his appeals of the U.S. doping agency’s charges, thus allowing them to strip him of all of his Tour de France titles. In addition, he’ll be banned from cycling forever. He still maintains innocence. It kills me to say it, but, “Come on, Lance.” You’ve done a good thing with Live Strong, but you have...

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Motivation – The Unsung Virtue, part 1
Aug13

Motivation – The Unsung Virtue, part 1

There is a noticeable difference between the motivation of leadership in healthy, growing churches and those stagnant or in decline. This is a painful reality, but a reality all the same: some churches thrive because they care more. Their passion is stronger and they simply work harder at ministry. They aren’t as sloppy. They don’t mail it in. They serve the Lord at or around the freeway speed limit while others slow down...

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Friday Stream of Consciousness – 29
May25

Friday Stream of Consciousness – 29

Here are some things I’m thinking about this Friday: Sitting down and sharing a meal or cup of coffee with a friend is still one of my favorite things to do in the whole world. I still love working with college students. They are bright, fun, passionate, and usually open to new ideas. I still can’t figure out why the Miami Heat are so polarizing. I’m more on the “hate ‘em” side of love ‘em or...

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Before You Remodel
May21

Before You Remodel

When it comes time to remodel a house, the fun part is picking out the floor plan, the colors, window treatments, landscaping, and the like. What isn’t so fun, if one chooses to do the work oneself, is the prep work. If you are painting, it means scraping. If you are putting in sprinklers, it means digging trenches. If you are moving walls, it means sledgehammering and massive cleanup. Yet, if you don’t do it, the...

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