Avoid These 5 Staffing Mistakes
Apr11

Avoid These 5 Staffing Mistakes

“The single most important thing great companies did that good companies didn’t was make superb people decisions.” That was from Jim Collins at the Catalyst West conference last year. Collins is one of my favorites…OK, my favorite, author on leadership from a business perspective. The research his team has done over the years has changed even the everyday language of leadership for many. While not everything...

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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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The Truth Shall Make You Odd
Mar13

The Truth Shall Make You Odd

Recently, I’ve been reading a book called, The Truth Shall Make You Odd: Speaking with Pastoral Integrity in Awkward Situations, by Frank Honeycutt. There are several strengths to this book–such as writing style, fresh takes on familar texts, etc. However, it was the title of the book that drew me to it. Telling the truth in awkward or painful situations is a vitally important subject for God’s people and...

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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┬áso 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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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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