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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 #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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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 #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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Six Mega-Church Pastoral Leadership Myths

I spent over 20 years starting, building and leading what became a megachurch in Ohio...
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Mistake #14.5 Reluctance to Start.

This is the last entry of this series of Mistakes in Outreach. When it comes...
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Mistake #14: Waiting for Someone Else to Start

I have been a reluctant leader at most points along my leadership journey. I am...
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Mistake #12. Giving Up.

God’s heart is broken over our hearts. His overriding desire is to bring the world...

LIFE LESSONS

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Mistake #12. Giving Up.

God’s heart is broken over our hearts. His overriding desire is to bring the world into his family. This is simply too important to...

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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...
church

Six Mega-Church Pastoral Leadership Myths

I spent over 20 years starting, building and leading what became a megachurch in Ohio as you may know. I look back on that...
curious

Mistake #14.5 Reluctance to Start.

This is the last entry of this series of Mistakes in Outreach. When it comes to applying all of this—in beginning to walk out...