Sep
9
2013

Tips and Tactics Aren’t Enough

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My Tuesday morning Bible study has been slowly working its way through First and Second Timothy. I have enjoyed working slowly through these passages since it gives me a good bit of time to really marinate on Paul’s words to his protege. Over the last couple of weeks I have been really soaking on chapter six, verses 11-14: But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the […]

Sep
6
2013

Finance Fridays: Year End Giving in September?

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The September edition of Ministry Briefing has a story that caught my eye related to how people approach year end giving: A recent Google study suggests that waiting until Thanksgiving to begin year-end giving appeals limits the effectiveness of your appeals. The study suggests that of those who are looking to make year end gifts, three quarters began their research and decision making process in September. The story originally ran in The Chronicle of Philanthropy, […]

Sep
4
2013

Hook Ups, Billy Corgan, & Business on Facebook

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I can not believe that September is here. It seems that it was only yesterday that I was planting our garden, and chasing away the baby rabbits attempting to much on my watermelon vines. With the beginning of the new month, I am excited to announce the release of September’s Ministry Briefing. This month we have another two hundred stories that will help you stay in know, keep up with culture, and develop better sermons. […]

Aug
16
2013

Commit to a Strategy and GO!

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The other morning I stopped off at a local 7-11 in order to get my morning shot of caffeine. As I shuffled towards the front door, I was stopped by a charter bus driver who was semi-panicked. Asking me if I lived in the area, he proceeded to tell me that he was trying to find a local high school. He showed me the directions he printed off of mapquest, and then told me that […]

Aug
14
2013

When Churches Confuse Atheists for Disciples

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The current edition of Ministry Briefing covers a story that has fascinated me. The story, Behold the Six Types of Atheists, gives an overview of the study done by two men from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga unpacks the six different categories of atheists. Upon first glance it would seem that researchers Christopher Silver and Thomas Coleman have discovered that atheists, like christians, draw from a fairly diverse crowd… one that can not be defined with one […]

Aug
12
2013

Coming Attractions

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Preseason? Theresa and I were having dinner last night when she noticed preseason football being played on one of the televisions in the restaurant. She looked me dead in the eye and said “it’s preseason already?” It would seem that mid-August has caught both of us by surprise. In the next few weeks the temperatures will start to cool, the colors on the trees will start to change, and the watermelons in my garden will be […]

Aug
9
2013

Global Leadership Summit Day Two

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And another Summit is in the books. I am coming away from this year’s edition feeling stretched, challenged, excited, and exhausted. Every year on the Friday night after the Summit my brain feels like tapioca. This year is no different, and I will be soaking on what was spoken about over the next several weeks. As I did for day one, here are the links for my notes on day two: Joseph Grenny: Mastering the […]

Aug
9
2013

Global Leadership Summit: Andy Stanley

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I’m going to be honest… when Andy Stanley speaks, I have a hard time taking notes. He has a way of communicating that sucks me in, and doesn’t let go. His message this afternoon did that to me yet again. He started off talking about Matthew 16:18, and how Jesus was clear that the ekklesia was not going to be overcome by anything, or anyone. Over the next thirty minutes or so, Andy drove this home, […]

Aug
9
2013

Global Leadership Summit: Transitions

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Bill Hybels, Jim Mellado and Gary Schwammlein took the stage to share a little bit about the transition taking place at the Willow Creek Association. As you may know, Jim Mellado has left his position as the president of the Willow Creek Association after twenty years. I wasn’t planning on writing about this session, but something happened that I believe needs to be highlighted. Willow Creek has a tradition of sending off leaders who are […]

Aug
9
2013

Global Leadership Summit: Dr. Henry Cloud

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I am a pretty big fan of Dr. Henry Cloud’s. His talk this afternoon was entitled “Reversing the Death Spiral of a Leader,” and he brought it. Henry started off by reminding us all of something that we all know… but don’t like to admit: the hardest thing for a leader to take charge of is himself. From there he spoke about how we all go through tough seasons, and have a tendency to get into spirals […]