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Dec
3
2012

Five Weeks After Sandy

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I got to watch something pretty cool happen last week. On Thursday, a group of nearly thirty people left Columbia, Maryland to come help families on the South Shore of Long Island begin the long, slow, process of recovering from the effects of Sandy. On Friday and Saturday the team put in two long days of back-breaking demo work, tearing out the insides of people’s homes, which will allow them to start rebuilding. It has […]

Nov
30
2012

The Filter for November 30

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This week’s Filter is finally here! This week: Fireman Ed, Pat Robertson was wrong, Rick Warren goes Gangam Style, and much, much more! Show Notes: Why we need to let our online memories go (0:01) Schullers lose in big-time in court… still get $615,625 (4:05) Pat Robertson admits he missed God’s voice on the election… (6:10) Is John MacArthur going multisite? (12:25) When America’s Pastor Goes Gangham Style (15:19) Rick Warren on gay marriage (19:19) The Cheering Stops for Fireman Ed (24:50) […]

Nov
27
2012

The Nines Replay

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Just a heads up, in case you didn’t hear, the guys at Leadership Network are replaying The Nines today and tomorrow… It is great content, for free… Go check it out! Seriously, go!

Nov
23
2012

The Filter for November 23rd

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Just when you thought you were done with Thanksgiving, Todd and Matt take a break from Black Friday to bring you The Filter: Show Notes Tony Dungy visits school to pay back his parking mishap (7:25) Andy and Charles Stanley Open up to CNN on “Betrayal” (10:55) Judge orders teen to attend church (14:15) STUPID FILE: Telling the difference between the healthy and unhealthy pedophiles… (17:10) European Church Tax (27:01) The Demand Curve for Religion The effect of church […]

Nov
16
2012

The Filter for November 16

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Today’s Filter includes the return of Pat Robertson, church as a tourist hot spot, church staff members who sell beer, and getting taken to the woodshed. Show Notes Why Jesus Might Want to Punch You (and Me) in the Face (0:33) Pope Benedict to guide followers with personal Twitter account (3:57) Pastor/Worship Leader Open Brewing Company (6:45) Dustin Buff, Pastor Of Grace Church, Goes ‘Homeless’ As Experiment (10:56) North Point Raises $1.5 Million in ONE DAY! (13:41) Christ United Methodist […]

Nov
12
2012

Hurricanes, Snow Storms, and Gas Lines

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The last three weeks have been somewhat surreal. Many of you know that Theresa and I were on vacation during the last two weeks of October, leaving before anyone had even heard of Sandy. While our vacation was amazing (more on that later), we returned home to a Long Island that was reeling from the devastation that Sandy had left in her wake. While our home was relatively untouched, several of our friends and neighbors […]

Nov
9
2012

The Filter for November 10

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After a two week hiatus, The Filter is back and ready to go. Let us know what you think: Show Notes: The Election (4:25) FIRST-PERSON: What should Christians do now? (7:09) First Baptist Dallas Pastor:  Obama is ‘Paving the Way for the Anti-christ” (8:03) 7 Ways religious diversity played in the election (10:10) Election results raise questions about Christian right’s influence (10:42)  Billy Graham Turns 94:  “I Never Expected I Would Live this Long” (13:30)  Does Your Church Have a […]

Oct
26
2012

My Video for The Nines

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If you haven’t been watching The Nines, you really need to fix that! One of the topics for this years conference was social justice and the church… how can we, as church leaders, do this well? I took the opportunity to tell the story of how we approached social justice in Baltimore, and what it enabled us to do. Check it out: I am grateful for the help of my friend Ben Ward for handling […]

Oct
24
2012

The Nines Starts Tomorrow!

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Every year my friend Todd Rhoades and Leadership Network put together a great online conference called The Nines. This free conference is made up of church leaders from all over the nation coming together to share their wisdom on a number of topics. The theme for this year is Too Hot to Handle and covers several of the more controversial subjects the church is facing today: Elder Boards from Hell The Church’s Response to Homosexuality […]

Oct
22
2012

Off The Grid

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By the time you read this, I will be somewhere off the coast of Spain. Spain, you ask? Yes, Spain. On Friday afternoon we boarded a flight bound for Barcelona. After a couple of days in Barcelona, we boarded a ship that will bring us back to the United States, landing in Miami. So, what’s up with taking the slow boat to America? Over the course of our marriage, Theresa and I have learned that […]

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