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Jul
17
2013

Intentional Clarity Protects Culture

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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 […]

Mar
14
2013

On the Imminent Death of Google Reader

That loud shout you heard this morning was me upon learning that Google Reader will be killed off this summer. After spending the morning in repentance for the not nice things that I may have thought about the Google, I have now come to the realization that it is time for me to move forward and develop a new way of approaching life in a post Reader world. So let’s talk about this a little bit. For […]

Mar
5
2013

When Did We Lose Our Sense of Wonder?

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Every February, for the last few years, Theresa and I make a trip out to Benihana, a Japanese steakhouse chain. The pilgrimage is a birthday tradition (birthday boy eats free!), and we have enjoyed the experience each time that we have gone. For those of you unfamiliar with the Benihana experience, a chef prepares your meal for you at your table, where you eat with eight of your new best friends. The chef puts on […]

Jan
22
2013

Micah 6:8 and Theological Stands

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This morning at the men’s study that I attend we somehow started talking about Micah 6:8: He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God? All morning I have been thinking about what this looks like in our current culture. What does it mean to do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God? As I […]

Jan
2
2013

Will YOUR Church Fall Off the Fiscal Cliff?

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Unless you have been living under a rock over the last few months you are probably sick of hearing about the fiscal cliff. Much has been made of the tax hikes, budget cuts, and potential ramifications for the church. In this episode of the Ministry Briefing, Todd Rhoades and I discuss how your church could be affected by the cliff. How does the fiscal cliff affect YOUR church?

Jan
2
2013

Are YOU a Wimpy Pastor?

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In a recent interview by Bill O’Reilly, Dr. Robert Jeffress made the statement: Wimpy pastors produce wimpy Christians — and that is why we are losing this culture war. Todd Rhoades and I discuss the interview on this episode of the Ministry Briefing… check it out and let us know what you think: Are YOU a wimpy Pastor?

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