New Initiatives Coming This Fall

Recently I posted about the need to use the summer to plan for the fall. Read that post HERE. I have been heeding my own advice and dreaming and planning for the fall. This is going to be an exciting time. We are experiencing record growth, God is showing up mightily in people’s lives, and we think this fall is going to be crazy. […] Continue Reading…

Some Economists Want More Stimulus

Did you know there are economists who claim the government needs to pump even more money into the economy? Which number stimulus package would this be? Who will pay for this one…China maybe? Seriously, aren’t countries about tired of loaning us money so we can place it back in the economy? Just wondering…. […] Continue Reading…

Guest Post: Creating Systems For Worship Teams

I decided my 18 year-old son’s latest post was important enough to steal it from him. I only wish I had written this first. Great thoughts. Nate has led in our student worship area for the last couple years and done an amazing job. Our church is going to miss him this fall as he begins his college days at Moody Bible College in Chicago. You can follow Nate’s thoughts at his blog Moons from Burma. […] Continue Reading…

Random Observations from our trip to Lithuania

I have pages of random observations from my time in Lithuania. I thought I would share them with you randomly. These are my opinions and these notes come right form my personal notes as I made observations while in the country and from conversations with Lithuanians. In the coming weeks I will unpack some of them more. […] Continue Reading…

10 Tips For Handling Conflict

In every life situation involving people, whether among family, friends or co-workers, there will be potential for conflict. In fact, if relationships are normal, conflict is inevitable. It seems to reason then that learning to deal with conflict successfully should be our goal, especially those of us who desire to lead organizations.
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Michael Jackson Facebook Page Explodes

The news has been full of Jackson’s untimely death and memorial services. I heard a projection that it will be the largest memorial service of all time. The economy of California, which has been struggling more than most of the country, is expected to see a surge of spending from the travel to Jackson’s memorial services. […] Continue Reading…

Congratulations Lithuania on 1,000 Years! (How to make a vision last!)

I cannot imagine history in terms of the thousands, but it is standard in this part of the world. One thing that spoke highly to me is the pride that was displayed in the people that night. For one thousand years the country has suffered periods of wars, domination and corruption, but one thousand years later they still have pride in their nation. I love the perseverance in that fact. […] Continue Reading…

Preaching at City Church, Klaipeda, Lithuania

For over a year Grace Community Church has partnered with City Church in Klaipeda, Lithuania. This partnership has at this point consisted primarily of frequent Skype or Tokbox conversations between me and Pastor Saulius of City Church. I love to invest in other pastors and churches and this provides a wonderful opportunity to learn from each other. […] Continue Reading…

The Real Top 10 Reasons I Love America

Yesterday, as I was preparing to leave a foreign country to return home after almost two weeks away from the United States, I posted a quick entry called 10 Reasons I Love the USA. A comment to my earlier post convicted me that I needed another post. I often write tongue-in-cheek satire posts that are a reflection of some of the random thoughts that go through my mind at times. This post was one such entry. […] Continue Reading…