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Sep
30
2013

Catalyst Bound this Week

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This week I am headed to Catalyst in Atlanta. I will be in town Wednesday through Friday night and would love to connect if you are there. Leave a comment on this post, or click here to email me and set something up!

Sep
26
2013

The Church Leader’s Most Important Tool

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The other day I heard Alton Brown talking about a recent interview he had been a part of. The interview went like this: Interviewer: What is the most important tool in the kitchen? Alton: The kitchen table. Alton then went on to explain how the interactions around the table are the reason for the meal and everything that goes into the meal. Without the kitchen table, it is all pointless. This has gotten me to […]

Sep
24
2013

Focusing on the Kingdom & Doing What We Can

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I spent this weekend with a small group of pastors that I have had the opportunity to coach, and Bob Roberts Jr. Bob is the Senior Pastor at Northwood Church and has written a ton of books on cultural engagement, and through Northwood is doing some incredible things across the world in the name of advancing the Kingdom (check out what Northwood is publicly doing in countries that are considered “closed”). As Bob shared the story of Northwood and how they have found […]

Sep
19
2013

Enjoying Who You Preach

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When I was growing up I thought one of the coolest jobs a person could have was to work at a bike shop. Where we lived, a bike was more than a rite of passage, it was necessary for one’s social development, and the only mode of transportation for pre-driver’s license long distance travel. During my high school years I worked for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ Northern Central Railroad Trail, a former railroad […]

Sep
16
2013

When a Church (Finally) Gets it Right

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This month Ministry Briefing changed from a monthly to a weekly publication. This means we are able to get news and information out to our readers in a much more timely basis (and YOU can get one week free by clicking here). Now that I got the commercial out of the way, I wanted to highlight a story in the September 13th edition of Ministry Briefing: White Baptist Church Apologizes for Ban Against Black Members in the 60’s […]

Sep
12
2013

Winning Hearts & Minds or Who Welcomes Guests?

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Seth Godin recently quoted what is known as Krulak’s law: Soldiers in the field interacting with local people are the most important element of nation building and counterinsurgency. Former Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Charles Krulak knew that generals don’t hold the key to winning the hearts and minds of the citizens of occupied countries… it is the privates and corporals. It is not the officers, but the common, everyday soldier that locals interact with […]

Sep
10
2013

Leadership Lessons from Monday Night Football

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My friend Brian Dodd is the master of the leadership list. He can watch a football game, an interview, or a conference and come up with 78 solid insights that church leaders need to pick up on. It is Brian who inspired me to write this post after watching the ugliness that was the Redskins playing the Eagles last night (it was either that or cry into my pillow all night). While I was glad […]

Aug
12
2013

Coming Attractions

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Preseason? Theresa and I were having dinner last night when she noticed preseason football being played on one of the televisions in the restaurant. She looked me dead in the eye and said “it’s preseason already?” It would seem that mid-August has caught both of us by surprise. In the next few weeks the temperatures will start to cool, the colors on the trees will start to change, and the watermelons in my garden will be […]

Jul
29
2013

The Cry of my Heart

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While I was on my retreat last week, Rend Collective Experiment’s song Broken Bread really started messing with me. The more I listened, the more I realized that this is the cry of my heart (though they word it much more eloquently than I do). Check it out: May I be broken bread, may I be poured out wine May I incarnate, Your kindness Lord Spend my life Jesus, anyway You please Whether on great things, […]

Jul
24
2013

Clarity Habakkuk Style

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Ten days ago Theresa and I began a week of intentionally praying for clarity about a few options that we have for our future. Since the passing of my father-in-law, we have been slowly preparing ourselves for a return to a church staff role. Recently we began to begin an active search, which led us to realize that we need to begin developing clarity around where we feel the Lord calling us. Over these ten […]

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