The Best Leaders Give Their Vision Away

When we planted our church I had a vision. It was actually a ten-year old vision. The vision was broad. I felt God wanted to have a church that reached people where they were, not with rules to perform to for approval, but with unconditional love and grace. I recruited a co-pastor who could share that vision. I recruited a core team who could own that vision as their own. My co-pastor and I recruited a worship leader who believed the vision. Then step-by-step we began to give away our vision. […] Continue Reading…

Prom Night Reflections

It’s prom night! My 17 year-old Nate looks sharp as he heads out for a night of fun. I had the privilege of serving as co-chair of the After Prom event, which is a planned overnight activity designed to give students a safe night of fun, so I will be out all night and have church in the morning. I guess it is my last opportunity, however, to serve in this role. […] Continue Reading…

I Almost Fired My Wife One Time

There are times when an employee is no longer a good fit for the position and sometimes for the organization. At times like this a fine line exists between what is fair for the organization and what is fair for the employee. The bottom line is that doing the best thing for the organization often involves making hard decisions. Leaders who succeed are not held back because of the level of difficulty. […] Continue Reading…

Here’s What A Man Really Thinks

I don’t usually read forwarded emails (Please pay attention to that comment), but I received this about four times in one day and one was from my wife, so, sensing she may ask me about it later, I read it. Glad I did. Here are some things most men want you to know ladies, but for whatever reason they were afraid to say them. I’m not! […] Continue Reading…

What To Do With A Marriage After An Affair

I wish it never happened to anyone and I hope it never happens to you, but in my job I hear it almost every week. It’s a word we are afraid of, one that can destroy, and certainly one that will break a heart. Sometimes people admit to it, but mostly they deny it.

The word is AFFAIR. […] Continue Reading…

Twitter Taking Over Social Networking World (Duh!)

I tried to tell people. Next time follow my lead. Just kidding…kind of, but I was saying a year ago to watch out for Twitter and people kept making fun of my new hobby. Now we have Oprah, Ashton, and Andy Stanley on Twitter. Apparently it’s catching on fast in the world of sports too. Check this Tennessean story out! […] Continue Reading…

Grace Teaches…and So Much More

I love interacting with seminary students. As they have their minds stretched, they continue to stretch me attempting to wrestle through doctrine with them. That happened this weekend with a young man who attended our church prior to his call to ministry. We were discussing the concept of grace and I was reminded of a passage that has stretched my thoughts over the years. […] Continue Reading…