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Recent Blog Posts

  • Ministry is not a solo sport [Quote]

    God would never have given us the great Commission—to go into all the world and preach the gospel—if He never had intended for us to actually move forward. We are called into this great work, but none of us can do it alone. […] Read More

  • Parenting with Empathy: Navigating Challenges and Growth

    Parenting is a rewarding journey filled with joys and challenges. One of the most common sources of stress for parents is witnessing our children face the same obstacles and struggles that we encountered during our own childhood. The desire to protect and […] Read More

  • Fighting to Put Family First

    Yesterday, I wrote about the importance of leading your family first. You can read more about it here. Often times we can learn by example…and an example of a ministry leader that failed at leading his family is Eli in the Old […] Read More

  • Lead Your Family First

    Do you ever find yourself playing with your kids but thinking about work? I know I have. As a pastor, there have been times when I’ve been so preoccupied with thinking about the church that I’ve missed out on golden opportunities with […] Read More

  • The Start Up of You

    In their book, The Start Up of You, LinkedIn cofounder and chairman Reid Hoffman and author Ben Casnocha show how to accelerate your career in today’s competitive world. The key is to manage your career as if it were a start-up business: […] Read More

  • The State of the Bible in 2013

    What do Americans believe about the Bible? How does it shape and influence their lives. Here are the latest findings from the American Bible Society. Some of their key findings are: 1 in 6 people reported buying a copy of the Bible […] Read More

  • Celebrating 5 Years of Adoption

    On April 1, 2008 our family experienced the joy and privilege of adoption first hand. Our daughter didn’t arrive the natural way with hospitals, doctors, and labor pains. Instead, Emma entered into our family through foster homes, social workers, and long international […] Read More

  • Passover: Redemption’s Story

    At the first Passover (Exodus 12), a lamb was killed, and its blood was placed on the doorframe of every Jewish home. This was so God would “pass over” the homes of his people and spare the lives of their firstborn sons. The day God […] Read More

  • Passion Week – Infographic

    Here’s a chronological timeline of the major events that happened in Jesus’ final week. You’ll find the Gospel reference, location of the event, and possible time of the event. It’s a great overview of Passion week. Enjoy! You can download a copy […] Read More

  • Failed Expectations

    Palm Sunday was the peak of Jesus’ popularity. People were shouting for God’s glory and waving palm branches as he rode into Jerusalem. It was a ticker tape parade in honor of this leader, Jesus. It was practically a coronation by popular […] Read More

  • Why We Love The Underdog

    It’s been a blast watching Florida Gulf Coast make March Madness history. Over the weekend, they became the only 15 seed in NCAA history to reach the Sweet 16. Even though their run in the tournament has ruined everyone’s bracket, we all […] Read More

  • Productive Conflict

    “Productive conflict” seems like an oxymoron to most teams. If you’re anything like me, the words “productive” and “conflict” don’t seem like they should even be in the same sentence, unless, of course, that sentence reads something like: “Conflict is not productive.” […] Read More

  • Are Your Values Really Core?

    Regardless of whether or not they are printed, framed, and hung on an office wall…core values exist in every church and organization. Leadership teams spend meeting after meeting and off-site after off-site crafting their core values into pithy (and tweetable) phrases with […] Read More

  • What Every Parent Wants

    Influence…every parent wants to have influence with their kids. But how? Think about someone who influenced you over the years. It may be someone you admired…someone you looked up to…someone you listened to. Now, with that person in mind, think about one […] Read More

  • Why Men Are NOT Volunteering At Church

    Why Men Are NOT Volunteering At Church

    Have you had a difficult time getting men to volunteer at your church? Ever wonder why men are not volunteering? First of all, this is not a post downplaying the importance of women serving in ministry. The truth of the matter is […] Read More

  • 3 Keys to Empowering Your Team

    Your organization will never reach its full potential until you turn your people loose to do the job. The three keys to empowering your team are responsibility, authority, and accountability. Responsibility It begins with releasing responsibility. This first step is often the […] Read More

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