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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...

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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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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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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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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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Hamburger Give Away

Doing something a bit different today. Going out to serve part of the city by giving away grilled hamburgers and hot dogs to people....
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OUTREACH & EVANGELISM

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Mistake #7. Too Few Outreach Opportunities.

Sometimes we think about doing outreach only now and then. But it takes a steady commitment to reach our community if we hope to...
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My Top 10 Outreach Misfires: Mistake #4. Not having patience with people coming to...

“How long does it take for someone to come to Christ?” Can we put a timeframe on people’s trek to Jesus? To listen to...
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Mistake #3. Outreach without simultaneously listening to the Holy Spirit.

If we hope to succeed in outreach it is essential that we walk in a spirit of prayer. We need an acute awareness of...

LEADERSHIP

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Ready, aim. Ready, aim…

Ready, aim. Ready, aim… Sometimes leaders come across like they are a stuttering, dyslexic firing squad...
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Mistake #8. Not Enough Mentoring.

The typical way leaders depend on raising up people involvement is to exhort them into...
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Mistake #6. Not Taking Enough Risks.

We tend to be perfectionists as Believers. It is easy to conclude that if God...
at the intersection

My Top 10 Outreach Misfires: Mistake #4. Not having patience with people coming to Christ.

“How long does it take for someone to come to Christ?” Can we put a...
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Words + Deeds = Amazing Momentum!

Words of love need to be connected with deeds of love. Human nature being what...

LIFE LESSONS

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Top Ten Mistakes in Outreach

I’m listing a few days worth of thoughts on mistakes I’ve made in the area of outreach. I’ve made plenty! I’ve had to pare...

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...
Admiral David G. Farragut

Ready, aim. Ready, aim…

Ready, aim. Ready, aim… Sometimes leaders come across like they are a stuttering, dyslexic firing squad – continually using this as the motto above. That’s all...
reflection

Mistake #8. Not Enough Mentoring.

The typical way leaders depend on raising up people involvement is to exhort them into service. "If you know what's good for you-you will...
man drinks fountain

Mistake #7. Too Few Outreach Opportunities.

Sometimes we think about doing outreach only now and then. But it takes a steady commitment to reach our community if we hope to...