Archive for August 2007

Please Forgive Me

Every time I run into someone at least a bit of the conversation is about the power of kindness. I have had some tee shirts printed up that read “Please Forgive Me…” on the front.  That is a great conversation starter.  When people ask what that is about I tell them I’m a Jesus follower,…

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The Bird

Most of the people in the Tampa Bay Area are not from here – much like Denver, or Los Angeles or Las Vegas.  To clear up a misunderstanding, there are very few elderly-retirees living in the Tampa area.  This is not a “snow bird” area.  Those who do own condos in the Clearwater area (just…

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What’s Your Story?

As we are living life at a slow enough pace and with a friendly enough perspective, we are doing just two things – asking people their names as we introduce ourselves… AND asking them their story. Everyone has a story.  Everyone wants to tell their story.  Why?  No one is or has been willing to…

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Moving? Here’s a Tip

In the course of moving south recently Janie and I have researched numbers of ways of doing this.  The “givens” are… 1.    Nothing gets broken (duh – what’s the point if you have nice stuff that gets cracked up along the way regardless of savings?) 2.    Personal sanity.  Enough said. We discovered two ways specific…

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From Message First To Serving First

In every major city in the world today, it is no longer possible to approach an emotionally healthy stranger and engage him / her in conversation about spiritual things. True, there are exceptions, but those are the desperate, depressed even suicidal people – or those special situations that God simply sets up in his unique…

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Doable

The current stat that has held steady for decades – that only 3% of the attendees of even the most evangelistic churches will even one time share their faith in Jesus with anyone outside of their own immediate family, in their lifetimes… –  this stat will fall to pieces in the next decade. I may…

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From Expert to Novice

Somehow we clearly communicated that evangelism is for the experts only (please – let’s drop the word “outreach” – it is a false, non-biblical word that is entirely confusing – it now means advertising as much as anything – I implore you – words do make a difference – the culture around us isn’t one…

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Where On Earth Is The Church Going?

Ever wonder “Where will things be in ten years?”  I abide by the wisdom that our greatest mistake is to overestimate what can happen in the long run (ten years say) and to underestimate what change can happen in the short haul (five years). With that in mind, let me take a shot at what…

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South African Pastors

A couple of amazing South African pastors were here to hang out for a few days recently.  These guys are humble yet walk in the power of the Spirit in an amazing way.  I know they are launching new churches all over the southern African basin, but I could not get them to tell me…

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