I Want to Get Sick
Mar24

I Want to Get Sick

“I want to get sick so I can be in the hospital,” said my daughter Olivia in the car on the drive home one day. She was only about 7 at the time, but that quote sticks with me. We usually assume everyone who is sick (emotionally, physically, spiritually) wants to be well. We pastor this way, thinking they just need a little help or some of this or that. We sometimes find, however, the problem never seems to get better. Why...

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Learning from the Greatest Coaches
Mar18

Learning from the Greatest Coaches

One place few Pastors look for leadership wisdom is the realm of coaching. I love reading books by coaches. Books by John Wooden, Pete Carroll, Phil Jackson, Joe Torre, and others are a part of my library. Some of the best leadership lesson I’ve gleaned over the years have been from coaches–my own, and the great ones of sports. Great coaches, like great church leaders understand how to mobilize people toward a common...

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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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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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