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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 #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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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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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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The Ideal Sized Congregation? Try 500!

Great churches come in a variety of sizes, very large ones, medium-sized ones, and smaller ones. It is a mistake to read the above...
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OUTREACH & EVANGELISM

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Outreach in the Age of CV-19

Outreach In The Age of CV-19  This may be a time of world crisis, yet for those who have “ears to hear,” we have reason...
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94 Servant Evangelism Ideas for Your Church

Servant Evangelism (SE) connects people to people in a natural, easy, low- risk, high grace way. Who doesn't like to be given a cold...
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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...

LEADERSHIP

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Last Thoughts on Luther’s Prayer… For This Week

I sat next to a “religion” prof at a Catholic University (remain unnamed) on a...
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Speak With Passion

For those reading this blog who will speak/communicate this weekend, no matter how you do...
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Living in the Land of Risk

Had an amazing lunch with an old friend this week. He is not so much...
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Things to Do before You Die

I have been noticing the many books and sites popping up lately, “1000 Things to...
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Petty-ness That Divides Us

I like Tom Petty and his band the Heartbreakers. Trivia – they got their big...

LIFE LESSONS

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Last Thoughts on Luther’s Prayer… For This Week

I sat next to a “religion” prof at a Catholic University (remain unnamed) on a flight recently.  We had a delightful chat across the...
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Confession Time

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Speak With Passion

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Things to Do before You Die

MEDIA

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Confession Time

Was on TBN last week on Tuesday PM on a nationwide broadcast that ran from 10:00 PM till midnight, EST and all other simultaneous...
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Outreach in the Age of CV-19

Outreach In The Age of CV-19  This may be a time of world crisis, yet for those who have “ears to hear,” we have reason...
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Doable

The current stat that has held steady for decades – that only 3% of the attendees of even the most evangelistic churches will even...
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94 Servant Evangelism Ideas for Your Church

Servant Evangelism (SE) connects people to people in a natural, easy, low- risk, high grace way. Who doesn't like to be given a cold...