Jun
16
2014

The Covenant Talk

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With my student ministry background I tend to get nervous any time a subject is described as “The ____________ talk.” Having had the responsibility of giving “The Sex Talk”, “The Alcohol Talk”, “The I know what you were doing when you were supposed to be sleeping at the retreat Talk”, and countless others, I broke into cold sweats when our professor asked us whether we have had “The Covenant Talk” on Friday morning. Fortunately I didn’t have to give […]

Jun
11
2014

Regaining Our Identity

Who are you ?

One of the themes that I can’t help but notice as we work our way through the Old Testament is that of identity. So much of what we are reading is telling, and retelling, of the story of who the Israelites are. Whether it is the story of Abraham and the covenant, the story of Joseph, or of leaving Egypt, the value of knowing who we are, and where we have come from is incredibly […]

Jun
10
2014

Links Worth Reading: June 1-7

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Every day I share several links through my Twitter and LinkedIn accounts as well as the Church Simple Facebook page. These links are sometimes church related, sometimes leadership focused, and sometimes they just catch my eye… but I believe that they are helpful for church leaders. Here are the five posts from last week that people were most interested in: Is your church really safe, from Ben Reed 10 Things Happy Couples Do Differently, from Kent Julian Practices that Help […]

Jun
9
2014

Leaning into I AM

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On Friday I shared a little about the way our pride can take control and cause us to take matters into our own hands. The danger of writing about these things is that you begin to think through how it applies to your own life. During the course of our classroom conversations on Friday, our professor reminded us that the main character of the book of Genesis is God. We love to say that the main […]

Jun
6
2014

Humility in Leadership

The Man

Several years ago I remember hearing someone describe scripture as being like a polished diamond: you can gaze upon a diamond and see the light do amazing things and then with a slight turn, you see something completely new through another facet. As I continue to dive into the Old Testament for my summer semester class, I continue to be amazed by how a fresh reading of familiar scripture reveals things that I had never […]

Jun
4
2014

Most Popular Links: May 25-31

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Every day I share several links through my Twitter and LinkedIn accounts as well as the Church Simple Facebook page. These links are sometimes church related, sometimes leadership focused, and sometimes they just catch my eye… but I believe that they are helpful for church leaders. Here are the five posts from last week that people were most interested in: The Fastest Way to Become a Pharisee… | More Than Dodge Ball Ways that pastors […]

Jun
3
2014

Nehemiah, Ezra, and the American Church

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In an earlier post, I mentioned that as part of my current course work I will be sharing some reflections on what we are discussing in class. Scriptures I covers Genesis through Nehemiah, and yesterday we began our discussion by focusing on Ezra and Nehemiah. While discussing the historical context of the books, our professor suggested that for us, as seminary students looking to do ministry in our current context, that these two books are a […]

Jun
2
2014

The Apologetic Update Post

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I know, it is a bad cliche: infrequent posts over the course of six months, with an occasional apologetic update post. I really hate those. Yet here we are. I would be lying if I said that one year ago I thought I would be living in Texas and going to school. Since our move in December life has moved incredibly fast and I am amazed that it is June. So, how about a run […]

Apr
22
2014

Preparing for Mother’s Day

Smile!

Easter has passed and now is the time to look forward to some of the upcoming “unofficial church holidays.” In the weeks to come, churches across the country will be celebrating Mother’s Day and, to a lesser extent, Father’s Day. As you go about planning your services on those days, I’d like to share with you an interview that my friend Todd and I filmed with Ben and Laura Reed last year. Ben starts off by sharing […]

Mar
17
2014

Can Young and Old Leaders Coexist?

young and old conflict

When I look at the current church landscape, one of my biggest concerns is the generational divide in leadership. As the boomers get closer to retirement and the millennials come into prominence, stories of friction between the two generations abound. Last week Dan Rockwell, of Leadership Freak fame, shared two fantastic posts on this issue: Why Young Leaders Drive Old Leaders Crazy and Why Old Leaders Drive Young Leaders Crazy. I asked Dan to sit […]

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