Nov
6
2013

Peter Greer & The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good

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Be warned: this might hurt a little. Peter Greer is the President and CEO of Hope International, a Christ centered microfinance organization, and the author of The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good. After serving around the world, doing incredible things for the Kingdom, Peter started to notice that his motivation was changing. Slightly, ever so slightly, Peter was becoming more excited about things like publicity and his own kingdom, rather than pursuing the Kingdom. This is the […]

Nov
4
2013

Our Most Important Metric

Hairpin in alps

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 […]

Nov
1
2013

Finance Fridays: Preparing for Year End (part one)

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Today is November first, we currently have sixty days before the end of the year. With this in mind, I want to take the next three Fridays to discuss what churches need to focus on as year end approaches. To do this, I have asked several of my friends to help share their wisdom with the Church Thought community(click here for part two, part three). Today, I have asked my friend Brad Leeper to spend […]

Oct
30
2013

Conversations: Rick McKinley

This Beautiful Mess

Let’s get something straight right from the start: this post might give the impression that I have a man crush on Rick McKinley. I do. Now that we have dealt with the obvious, let’s talk a little bit about the conversation that Todd and I recently had with Rick. Twelve years ago, Rick McKinley and a small group of people set out to plant a church in one of the most unchurched cities in America: Portland, […]

Oct
29
2013

Through Lines and Disciple Making

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Yesterday I introduced the idea of a through line, the big picture passion that allows us to fully engage in the more trivial parts of our daily endeavors. I shared the story of Curtis Martin, NFL Hall of Famer, and how he really didn’t care all that much for football. Today, I want to focus on a short section of Curtis’ induction speech: My pastor at the time was a guy by the name of Leroy […]

Oct
28
2013

Through Lines: Curtis Martin Didn’t Like Football

curtis martin

Todd Henry has been talking a good bit about the concept of a through line lately. As Todd describes it, the through line is the why behind the things that you do. You may not love everything that you do, but there is a reason that you continue to do it every day. In a recent podcast he recounted the story of NFL Hall of Fame running back Curtis Martin, who shared in his enshrinement speech that he […]

Oct
23
2013

Make Your Church Magnetic

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Over the last few months it seems as though I have had more conversations about creating an environment that welcomes the spiritually unresolved than anything else. Between you and me, I love helping churches think through how to create a more welcoming culture. This is why I am so excited about today’s Ministry Briefing Conversation. I don’t know of a church on the face of the planet that doesn’t want to be a place where the […]

Oct
21
2013

Shifting Baseline Syndrome and the Church

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Last week the Harvard Business Review Ideacast taught me a new term: shifting baseline syndrome. In a conversation about how corporate cultures change, the idea of the shifting baseline syndrome was borrowed from the world of ecology. The term was first introduced to the world by Daniel Pauly, a French marine biologist, to describe how we as humans react to the changes in our environment. In a nutshell, shifting baseline syndrome is defined this way: Shifting […]

Oct
16
2013

Forgiveness: Cheaper than Therapy

Mykey Robinson

This week’s Ministry Briefing Conversation is with Mykey Robinson, the author of Cheaper Than Therapy: How To Forgive and Overcome Anger, Anxiety, Fear and Stress. Mykey has spent years on church staff, working as a counselor, and serving in hospice settings, and through it all has learned a good bit about forgiveness, and how important it truly is. This conversation will be helpful for church leaders in two ways: Mykey shares some great insight on helping […]

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 […]

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