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Sep
5
2012

Utterly Amazed or God’s Definitions

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Every Tuesday morning I wake up at 5:00 AM in order to be on-time, and alert, for a men’s Bible study. Yesterday morning, we spent some time soaking in Psalm 37 with a lively conversation. As the conversation progressed, the conversation was quite animated for 6:30 AM, covering everything from why people don’t follow Christ to why bad things happen to good people. As we read the passage, and discussed it, I was particulary struck […]

Aug
31
2012

The Filter: Rick Warren, KISS, & Hurricane Isaac

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It’s Friday, time for a new project I am working on with Todd Rhoades: The Filter. After a successful first try last week (successful meaning neither of us got fired), we are back for the second of what I hope to be many weekly conversations about ministry stuff. This week Rick Warren talks submarines and tangerines; churches who want to rock and roll all night; Hurricane Isaac as divine retribution; and our stupid ideas of the […]

Aug
24
2012

The Filter Beta Test

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A while back Todd Rhoades and I had the crazy idea of starting a podcast. We would get together on a weekly basis and talk about the news of the week and comment on the things we thought were interesting, weird, or flat out goofy. Earlier today we tested our idea out, and had a lot of fun doing it. We had originally intended to keep the Beta version private, but after watching it we figured […]

Aug
14
2012

Pray for Pete Today?

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Update: Pete is doing better. The doctors have diagnosed him with yet another bout of pneumonia, but he is feeling better, and fighting off the infection. He is no longer experiencing the severe pain and he is slowly regaining his strength. He will be in the hospital for a little while longer, but he is in much better shape. Thank you for praying! Today I was supposed to be sharing a little more about my […]

Aug
13
2012

Leadership Summit Day Two: Elephants & Extinction

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Today we will skip my summer series on leadership lessons from my garden to recap day two of the Willow Creek Association Global Leadership Summit. To revisit my summary of day one, click here. Whether intentional or not, it would seem to me that the goal behind this year’s summit was to go after some of the elephants in the rooms of the evangelical church. Thursday’s conversations included succession planning, and the generational divide… two […]

Aug
10
2012

Leadership Summit First Day: A Bad Day for Elephants

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Today is day two of the Willow Creek Association’s Global Leadership Summit. Yesterday was one of the better days, Summit wise, that I have been a part of… but it was a bad day for the elephant in the room. Over the course of the day Bill Hybels, Jim Collins, and Groeschel touched on a couple of the elephant in the room issues currently going on in the church world, and did it well. Here […]

Aug
1
2012

Mixed Messages, or Why Bother Changing?

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I have been in the Atlanta area all week for the Send North America Conference. Sunday, after visiting my old church (12 Stone), I went for a ride all over North Georgia. Somewhere in my travels I drove past a church that had apprarently just renamed itself. How did I know that they had renamed themselves? A banner set up outside the church proudly proclaimed the following: Same church, same vision, new name! Having read […]

Jul
31
2012

Send North America 2012

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I am currently in Woodstock, Georgia for Send North America 2012.  After an interesting technology day (more on that later this week), the conference started off well, and it has been great to reconnect with some old friends and hear stories of what God is up to all over the country. Last nigth we had the opportunity to hear from Louie Gigglio and Ed Stetzer, and they both shared pretty powerfully… but they each shared […]

Jul
27
2012

Taking Care of Some Housekeeping

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Fridays are typically a day that I reserve for discussing financial aspects of church leadership.  While I am sorry to disappoint those that look forward to those posts, I have a handful of odds and ends that I have been putting off for a little while, and hope that you will extend a little grace my way. This is a random assortment of things that I have been meaning to share, but haven’t gotten around […]

Jul
22
2012

Elsewhere: A Bible, Journal, Pen, and a Pillow?

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Earlier this week I had the opportunity to guest post on Scott Couchenour’s blog, Serving Strong.  Scott has a great ministry serving pastors and fighting burnout… and I love his approach to blogging.  Check it out if you get a chance. Ten years ago as a student at Nyack College I sat in this same building… weary, in a headlong dash towards burnout, and frustrated. The previous six months had been a whirlwind: a move from Atlanta […]