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Feb
3
2014

Portrait of Community: Lars and the Real Girl

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Friday night I watched a movie that I never would have seen, had I not received credit for watching it. The movie was called Lars and the Real Girl, and it paints a picture of community that is utterly beautiful. The film focuses on a socially awkward young man named Lars, who has serious struggles in the relationship department. For much of the film I found myself cringing at the awkwardness that is the character of […]

Nov
11
2013

It’s Not What You Know…

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Todd Henry’s Accidental Creative podcast hit me with a simple one liner, that brought a few things into focus for me last night. A simple line, that he probably didn’t think a whole lot about, tied together some of my recent thinking on disciple making: It’s not what you know, it’s what you do that matters. Way back in the day, during my undergrad career, we learned that there were five purposes of the local […]

Nov
4
2013

Our Most Important Metric

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I read a fascinating piece on Digital Trends yesterday that has me thinking about what we design things for. The article talks about Nurburgring, a world renowned racetrack, and how automobile manufacturers use the track to test high performance cars, leveraging that data for marketing purposes. While this sounds like a phenomenal idea at first, they may be a few unintended consequences with this strategy. Peter Braun, author of the article, sums it up beautifully in […]

Oct
11
2013

Is this REALLY Necessary?

Answers in Genesis mockup

While putting together this week’s Ministry Briefing (oh by the way, we release them every Friday now!) I came across a story from the CNN Belief Blog about an advertising campaign recently launched by Answers in Genesis. The campaign consists of a series of billboards in New York, San Francisco, and LosAngeles much like those seen in the picture. The text of the message sends a pretty blatant message: To all of our atheist friends: Thank […]

Sep
18
2013

Conversations: What Canada Can Teach Us

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Canada is a wonderful country. The cities are beautiful, the people are incredibly nice, and they gave us hockey (what more do you need?). But Canada also has the potential to give the evangelical church in the United States another, very important gift: wisdom and experience. Ten years ago Canada legalized same-sex marriage. Today, in America, we are rapidly moving towards legalization of same-sex marriage in all fifty states. Whether this scares you, or excites you, […]

Jul
17
2013

Intentional Clarity Protects Culture

Corrosive Sign

Define bimonthly. Go ahead, define it. Theresa and I were reading over a job description earlier this month where the phrase preach bimonthly  was used. As we discussed our thoughts on the document, I told Theresa that I thought preaching bimonthly was a little much, while she thought it wasn’t enough. After staring at one another, trying to figure out how they could be so wrong, we came to the realization that our definitions of bimonthly […]

Jul
8
2013

Nine Months After Sandy

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Sandy hit Long Island nine months ago… Over the past nine months, I have had the pleasure of hosting several work teams that have served all over the island. Yesterday, I had the opportunity to hang out with a team from the Mid-Maryland Baptist Association. This is the fifth team that they have sent to Long Island, and they have done some phenomenal work since the storm hit. This week they will be doing a […]

Jun
26
2013

A Sad Commentary on our Engagement Level

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Last week Fast Company’s Co.Design ran a piece on the “Offline Glass.” This specially modified glass was designed to combat the effects of smartphone addiction by having a chunk of the base removed… requiring your phone to be placed under it to prevent spillage. Check it out: First of all, I think this is a pretty cool idea. Second of all, I hate it. I watch that and think “I’ve been that guy.” You probably have […]

Jun
16
2013

Stop Lying or Developing Consistent Messaging

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Seth Godin had a great piece that church leaders need to process last week: America’s Favorite Mushroom. That’s what it said on the side of the semi roaring down the highway. Does America even have a favorite mushroom? As in, “no, I don’t want those mushrooms on my pizza… they’re not my favorite brand.” Empty slogans, carefully constructed brags, assertions that don’t matter—this is not effective marketing. There’s no question that people respond to safety and mass acceptance. The […]

Mar
18
2013

Five Months After Sandy

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As some of you may know, I have been spending many of my weekends in the Eastern Long Island Town of Mastic Beach. The town is somewhat forgotten, few news crews have visited, and many residents are struggling to get their lives back on track after the storm ravaged their homes. One of the more devastating effects of Sandy was that it destroyed the barrier islands that protected this community. The lost of the islands has caused […]

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