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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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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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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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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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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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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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Syncing With The Spirit

When I hook up my iPhone or my iPod with my laptop all that is new is caught up. I make deposits in the Spirit...
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OUTREACH & EVANGELISM

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Mistake #13. Thinking I could do outreach alone.

Most of the mistakes we have been looking at are myths. As such they are partially true and just partially false. Thus there is...
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#16. Prayer Walk in Order to Get God’s Heart for Your Community.

What is prayer walking? As my friend Steve Hawthorne (author of the book of this title) defines Prayer Walking as “Seeking God for the...
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#15. Practice Reaching Out by Starting With the Poor.

In beginning your efforts to care for the Lost your main need to is gain confidence. It only makes sense that you start with...

LEADERSHIP

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Mistake #13. Thinking I could do outreach alone.

Most of the mistakes we have been looking at are myths. As such they are...
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#10. Don’t Take Yourself, or Your Results, too Seriously.

What you are doing in ministry is 100% experimental no matter what you may say...
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#8. Don’t Wait For Special Guidance To Start.

Some of the most spectacularly gifted people in the Church world are those who have...
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#7. Don’t Wait For Money To Start.

“We will start just as soon as we have the financing to do so.” It...
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#6. Don’t Wait For Encouragement From Your Church To Start.

It’s good to receive the right hand of fellowship as Paul referred to it. However,...

LIFE LESSONS

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#9. Determine This: “We will have big fun now!”

The goal in outreach is always to have fun. That may not seem like a worthy goal. That may sound unspiritual. It might even...

MEDIA

Ted Haggard

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...
it takes two

Mistake #13. Thinking I could do outreach alone.

Most of the mistakes we have been looking at are myths. As such they are partially true and just partially false. Thus there is...
on the streetcorner

#16. Prayer Walk in Order to Get God’s Heart for Your...

What is prayer walking? As my friend Steve Hawthorne (author of the book of this title) defines Prayer Walking as “Seeking God for the...
drink table

#15. Practice Reaching Out by Starting With the Poor.

In beginning your efforts to care for the Lost your main need to is gain confidence. It only makes sense that you start with...