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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...

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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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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Lesson #7: God Will Intervene

#7: God Will Intervene I was in a coma state for an extended time after my death. When I came out of the coma I...
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OUTREACH & EVANGELISM

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Something Cool for Winter: Salt Outreach

“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer...
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The Poetry of Kindness

I once met a poet and didn’t know it. There is a poetry to God’s kindness, and every once in awhile we are able to...
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How’s Your Smile?

Since I was a child I’ve been told there is a healing power in a smile. As with a lot of gifts, the giver...

LEADERSHIP

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20 Quotes to Encourage Church Planters

I’m pretty picky when it comes to quotes. I think you will find the following...
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Above and Beyond Charlottesville

Charlottesville a year later, a changed life...
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Student to Student Kindness

A high school student in South Carolina bought her friend shoes, and the gesture moved...
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Kindness in the News

Belle and Abby: Kindness in Middle School for All Belle holds open one door, Abby the...
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Do Something Productive

Imagine that you get a text from your boss tonight. He has called off all...

LIFE LESSONS

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Acts of Kindness

Your choices can make a change. Choose kindness. In our day and age, wars, conflict and political strife are all too common. Because of this, sometimes it is hard to feel...

MEDIA

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Kind is the New Classy

As a woman in today’s world, you know the pressure you feel on all sides to conform to society’s expectations. In her new book, Kind...
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Scriptures on the Kindness of God

Scriptures on the Kindness of God I placed a banner on a wall in my classroom that says, “Work Hard and Be Kind.” I’m not...
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Acts of Kindness

Your choices can make a change. Choose kindness. In our day and age, wars, conflict and political strife are all too common. Because of this, sometimes it is hard to feel...
Church Plants

20 Quotes to Encourage Church Planters

I’m pretty picky when it comes to quotes. I think you will find the following list filled with memorable sayings that will come in...