Don’t Be “Real” or “Serious”
Jan14

Don’t Be “Real” or “Serious”

One enemy of things creative, relevant, and breakthrough is they often come from those considered not to be “real” or “serious” at this or that. Seth Godin writes: As in, “that’s not a real football team, they don’t play in Division 1″ or “That stock isn’t traded on a real exchange” or “Your degree isn’t from a real school.” Real contains all sorts of...

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Let Them Be – We Need Explorers
May14

Let Them Be – We Need Explorers

We believe in conventional wisdom, in tried and true ways, and in what the experts tell us. Good. That’s a great place to start. However, when someone comes up with a new idea–a church decides to try something else, someone suggests the conventional paths are full of potholes, or the “tried and true” ways are simply tried ways, they need not be labeled as “stubborn” or “arrogant.” One...

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Lead Yourself
May01

Lead Yourself

We Christians fancy ourselves as those striving to be “selfless.” After all, we follow one who came not to be served, but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many. We are to be serious about God’s mission. All of this should lead one away from thinking about oneself very often. Indeed, self-absorption is wrong. Self-absorption or selfishness is different than understanding we cannot fix others or motivate...

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Listening Tour

 A headline in this morning's Wall Street Journal read, "Obama Embarks on Listening Tour: Ohio Trip to Focus on Jobs, not Health Care." The term "listening tour," was put forth by an Obama campaign spokesperson, and jumped off the page at me. What an interesting phrase… listening tour. It's not that I have anything against listening. In fact, it's a good idea for church leaders to do some version...

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