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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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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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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 #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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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 #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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How to Release Love at Your Church

As you make loving others the priority of your church’s life all other goals that are important and biblical, tend to fall into place...
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OUTREACH & EVANGELISM

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Toilet Cleaning Considerations

I just came back with teams doing a restroom cleaning outreach. I seem to have some sort of touch with this outreach – in...
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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 –...

LEADERSHIP

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Perseverance is the Name of the Game

I recently connected with someone who is introducing outreach at his church and is receiving...
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Living At the Speed of Soul

There are lots of projects vying for my attention these days. A new book is...
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Stop Sensing You Are in Charge of Something

You are not responsible for making something happen. You don’t know what will happen as...
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The Senior Leader is the Primary Mentor…

The senior leader is the primary mentor... who guides the way in all things related...
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How To Be Creative

I recently saw the film Midnight In Paris, a powerful flick whose backstory is about...

LIFE LESSONS

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What a Waste of Time?

What is a waste of time these days really? In our rush to conserve precious, limited time, we can decide some vitally important things...
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Talk Up The Gospel 2

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Talk Up The Gospel

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Are You In A Tribe?

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...
trees on cliff

Perseverance is the Name of the Game

I recently connected with someone who is introducing outreach at his church and is receiving a less than enthusiastic response. Not surprising. In general, when...
river bank calm

Living At the Speed of Soul

There are lots of projects vying for my attention these days. A new book is in the offing. Multiple blogs. Weekend messages. Staff to...