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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The Church is a Zoo
Mar06

The Church is a Zoo

Building on my last post: Why do the people who thrive spiritually at your church thrive? This is the habitat question. There are three ways to find out. 1) Guess, 2) Educated guess, 3) Ask them. Three seems the most logical except that many people don’t know themselves why they are thriving. So, let me encourage you to follow the steps in order. Take your best guess. Look at the evidence. Then, verify by talking to people. Ask them:...

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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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