Breaking News: The True Story About Tiger Woods

The breaking news involves Tiger Woods. You may have heard all the rumors, watched ESPN and all the other newscasts try to get “to the bottom” of the story, or even read that Tiger personally admits he disappointed his family by not being true to the values he believes. […] Continue Reading…

Church Marketing Lessons From The Grocery Store

One thing it means to me is that whatever we value most, needs to be at “eye level”, or promoted in a way that it receives the most attention. In my experience, sometimes churches, even in my own church, do better at promoting things that have lesser importance, and sometimes don’t promote enough the things that deserve the most attention. One example is that we often promote our programs more than we promote the person of Jesus. […] Continue Reading…

Building A Team Around The Strengths Of The Team Members

Another variable in determining strategy that is often overlooked is the strengths of the people within the organization at the time. I posted before about the way organizations typically replace senior leaders. (Read that post HERE.) Organizations usually replace the top position with someone opposite from the one that leaves. They do this to build on a strength they feel the former leader didn’t have. […] Continue Reading…

10 People/Resources Shaping My Life Online

I am attempting to lead a church. As a consummate seeker of wisdom, I have dozens of blogs on my Google Reader list, and I could have listed so many more here, but these are the ones I never miss the opportunity to read. I read mostly for purpose. I love fun posts, but because time is precious, I am purposeful in what I read frequently, hoping it will help me in the work I do. Each of these sources is different, but all help shape my current thought process. […] Continue Reading…

Daily Manna: Understanding This Verse Will Change Your Life

Let me try to explain. Throughout the 16th chapter of Exodus, Moses recounts the story of the Israelites gathering manna, which were thin flakes of bread. Every morning, each person gathered the manna by a measure called an omer. For 35 verses in chapter 16, if you are inquisitive like me, you are wondering, “Moses, what is an omer? How much is that?” […] Continue Reading…

Gaining Wisdom From Great Leaders, Great Churches, and Great Companies

I had a great couple days this week hanging out with Casey Graham of The Change Group as he visited with Kristin Ruther from The Aspen Group and Tim Stevens and Kem Meyer at Granger Church one day and then Scott Hodge from Orchard Community Church the next day. It was challenging, tiring, and personally rewarding. […] Continue Reading…

Thanksgiving Pie and Obedience To God

So why do I share this? Well, it gives you another pie recipe you can try, but really to illustrate that, if you don’t follow the directions carefully, your recipes will fail. So it is in the Christian life, or any life for that matter. God has a plan. He has spelled it out in His Word. If we follow it, we will experience rich reward. His first command is to “love the Lord with all our heart”. Then, we are told to “love your neighbor as yourself”. The rest of the commands are in the Book. We aren’t saved by works and we don’t remain saved by works, but Jesus said “If you love Me, you will do as I command.” So our proper response to God’s love is obedience. In fact, it’s how life works best. […] Continue Reading…

What Does It Mean To Surrender To Christ?

You have asked a difficult question to answer. If you can fully understand surrendering, you can help a whole lot of people…and sell some books. Surrender is almost as mysterious as when Jesus was talking to Nicodemus in John 3 about being “born again”. It’s a concept hard to get our minds to comprehend. […] Continue Reading…