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Jun
14
2013

Blue Hydrangeas for Flag Day

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I love blue hydrangeas. Throughout our life together, as Theresa and I have moved to new places, I make a point of planting blue hydrangeas somewhere in the yard. I like that the plant itself is relatively low maintenance, that it flowers throughout much of the summer, and that it takes up a good bit of space. But what I really love about blue hydrangeas, and the reason why I keep planting them, is the […]

Jun
12
2013

Repenting and Apologizing for Methodolatry

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We in the church world have a tendency to go after “the other.” Arminians versus Calvinists. Pre-trib versus post-trib. My church versus your church. Attractional versus missional. So often we are known for what we are against, as opposed to what we are about. There seems to be a push back to these kinds of conversations of late (Larry Osbourne’s book Accidental Pharisees is a great example of this pushback), and a desire to move away from […]

Jun
11
2013

The Power of Showing Up

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Early on in my ministry life, I worked with middle school students at a church in the Atlanta area. My time there was incredible, I learned a great deal, and I was able to be a part of some amazing things. But as I think back on that time, the thing that comes to mind more than anything else are the people. I was privileged to be a part of an amazing team of people […]

Jun
4
2013

Slowly Returning to the Saddle

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Last week saw the close of one of my heaviest travel seasons to date. Between conferences, vacation, consulting trips, and discussing potential church staff positions, I have been all over the place during the last two months. As a result, I have fallen behind in posting here… which is something I am looking to rectify this week. In the meantime, here is a quick list of what has been going on, and where things are […]

May
13
2013

North, to Alaska

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As you read this, I am somewhere in Alaska. Every year, around this time, Theresa and I take off for points unknown. This year, points unknown happens to be Alaska, where we will be checking out glaciers, bears, and other kinds of Alaska stuff. While we are gone, I am going to be taking a break from the internet… no email, no Facebook or Twitter, and I’ll be taking a break from the blog as […]

Apr
23
2013

Exponential 2013

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Greetings from Orlando! It’s that time of year again… Exponential is here. This year the church planting conference has sold out, meaning that there will be somewhere near 5,000 church planters hanging out at First Baptist Orlando for the week… it’s gonna be a party! If you are here, I’d love to connect, if not you can check out all the Exponential hijinks online, since they are streaming a lot of the sessions for free. Click here for […]

Apr
17
2013

What Q Day Two has me Thinking On

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Day two of Q LA was another day of drinking from the fire hose… It started off with Mark Burnett, finished up with Gabe Lyons, and had a bunch of solid communicators in between. The thought that I am currently stewing on the most has to do with the correlation between the rise of the screen in our day to day lives, the numbing effect that comes from that, and the rise of sex trafficking […]

Apr
16
2013

What Q LA Day One has me Thinking About

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Yesterday was the first day of Q LA. The pace has been fast and furious, much like drinking from a fire hose… but it has been good. More notes to follow, but here are a few things that are tinkering with my mind.

Apr
1
2013

Ministry Briefing for April & A Free Chromebook!

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This morning the newest edition of Ministry Briefing went on sale. I am pretty excited by this project that Todd Rhoades and I launched at the beginning of the year. I am also pretty excited about a promo that Todd and I are running this month where we are giving away a free Acer Chromebook… but more on that later. The Pitch Each month, we sift through thousands of articles, blog posts, and studies and summarize those that […]

Mar
27
2013

Ministry Toolbox: Scheduling Meetings

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You may have noticed that people are getting busier. This can make things tricky when it comes to trying to schedule meetings with people… this is why I have started using Schedule Once and Doodle. Group Scheduling There are few things as frustrating to me as trying to schedule a group get together. The church leaders that I work with are extremely busy, making it difficult to get together with them one on one. Attempting […]

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