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My Favorite Mistakes of 2016

As each year ends, I like to look back at both my successes and misses. Both of them help me to adjust my trajectory...
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Jesus is the Model

I have been overseeing a threaded online discussion with dozens of pastors from around the world.  Has been interesting as always. My beginning - "Jesus...

MUST READ

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Trader Joe’s Employees – My Kind of People

A friend and I attended a pastor’s conference awhile back. It was a pretty relaxed group; some might say too relaxed! At the end,...
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Mega-Churches or Medium-sized Churches…?

Someone sent me a tweet recently I’ve been thinking about. He asked about mega-churches and if many of the people they attract simply come...
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Was Osama Bin Laden Saved?

The cover of Time magazine recently featured Pastor Rob Bell and his controversial new book that hones in on the weighty issue of eternity....
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Why Kindness?

I was asked to write two book forwards this week.  This is something I have done for a number of writers – more in...
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Lesson #10: Turtles Last Longer Than Rabbits

#10: Turtles Last Longer Than Rabbits You’ve heard Aesop’s story about the tortoise and the hare. In this classic tale, the hare takes off quickly...
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Lesson #6: “Big God!”…Your Perspective on Him Will Change.

#6: “Big God!”…Your Perspective on Him Will Change. When death has come your way, your image of God will be altered. It has to. The...
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Should Ted Haggard Have Been Forgiven Earlier?

By now you’ve probably seen the Oprah interview with Ted Haggard and his wife Em. If you haven’t seen it yet you can catch...
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7.5 Lessons I Learned About Outreach At Burning Man

The famous Burning Man Festival is happening right now in the desert north of Reno right now. About 50,000 people from all over the world...
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Have You Considered Starting A Sunday PM Service?

There has been talk of late about the downside of starting Saturday evening services. Having pioneered that time slot from the get-go as an...
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OUTREACH & EVANGELISM

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Extending Your Half-Life In The Community

The term Half-life refers to how long something continues to have an influence on a system. For example, how long does a medication remain...
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Spread Out Your Outreach Attempts

I have always liked fishing. Since I was a little kid I have enjoyed getting out on the water and going after fish –...
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Sunflower Seeds and Peggy’s Loss

Today I went out with a serving team to give away free flower seeds near our church in Oregon. One lady I ran into...

LEADERSHIP

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How To Be Creative

I recently saw the film Midnight In Paris, a powerful flick whose backstory is about...
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Buying Into Your Preferred Future

No matter who you are, no matter what you do, today you are moving toward...
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Talk Up The Gospel 2

There are a couple of caveats regarding the new openness isolation has created to the...
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Outliers

Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers looks at those who are outstanding in our culture. I gave...
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A Walk of Obedience

Janie and I did an internship at a large Vineyard church on the west side...

LIFE LESSONS

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Being Yourself or Being Outward

Like most people, I’m an introvert by nature. The ironic truth is, I struggle with the notion of doing an outreach every time it...

MEDIA

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Was Osama Bin Laden Saved?

The cover of Time magazine recently featured Pastor Rob Bell and his controversial new book that hones in on the weighty issue of eternity....
The Day I Died

The Day I Died-Speaking Event in So Cal

Special Speaker: STEVE SJOGREN Sunday, October 6-9:30 am and 11:00 am, and 6:00 pm If you, or someone you know, are fearful of dying, curious about...
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Do the Work

It’s all about doing the work, not talking about the work. Leaders aren’t leaders until they lead. Writers aren’t writers until they write. Worship leaders are so...
daisy

Being Yourself or Being Outward

Like most people, I’m an introvert by nature. The ironic truth is, I struggle with the notion of doing an outreach every time it...