Published: 8 years ago

FI Fridays: Singing Baristas

Today we continue the series First Impressions Fridays, where we focus on First Impressions.  Each Friday.  Makes sense, doesn’t it? Not every Starbucks has a singing barista.  But mine most certainly does.  Some mornings, his impromptu ballad about coffee crumb cake brings a welcome …

Published: 8 years ago

That Rings A Bell…

I thought we had a policy against moonlighting.

Published: 8 years ago

THIS IS(n’t) IT

Let’s get one thing straight: I’m not a culture-hater.  True, I don’t always understand the culture (who is this Miley Montana chick, and why is she on my TV/radio/lip gloss tube/oh-wait-I-meant-to-say-brass-knuckles?) but I don’t hate the culture.  I’m not scanning the airwaves trying to …

Published: 8 years ago

The Day We Baptized Everybody

Picture it: Sunday morning, 9:50 AM.  We’re roughly 45 minutes away from the first of two baptism services of the day.  Two of my First Impressions Team members walk up and say, “Ummm…did you know the portable baptistery is leaking in Suite 111?” My …

Published: 8 years ago

Lord of the Beans

Sometimes I underestimate my flock. If you’re not a Summit attendee, you may not know that I’m the Campus Pastor of our Brier Creek AM Campus.  If you are a Summit attendee, you should know that I have never ever referred to you as …

Published: 8 years ago

You Can Get Here From There

It’s time, dear readers, for the semi-every-other-little-while list of weird search terms…those odd descriptors that people typed into Google and ended up right here on ye olde blogge. (No extra charge for today’s British flair!) Here are the actual search terms, followed by bonus …

Published: 8 years ago

My Life As A Fry Cook

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve had the way cool opportunity to volunteer at the ballpark where my kids play.  The concession stand lady has been on vaca, so I’ve subbed a few nights as the short order cook.  Before you can scream, …

Published: 8 years ago

St. Francis of Assisi Revisited

Preach the gospel at all times.  When necessary, use words. But don’t use your words obnoxiously, or shout them while you’re 30,000 feet in the air. And definitely DO NOT pause from using your shouting words in order to bite fellow humans on the …

Published: 8 years ago

Deconstructing Criticism: Ask For It

(This is the last in a five part series. Catch up on the rest of the posts below.) What’s the best way to get criticism?  Ask for it. We ask for it every single week here at the Summit through our guest response cards.  Whenever …

Published: 8 years ago

Deconstructing Criticism: Giving It

(This is the 4th in a five part series. Catch up on the rest of the posts below.) Everyone’s a critic.  Even you.  Especially you.  And yes, there are times when criticism is well-grounded, edifying, and helpful.  However, there are guidelines to follow.  Here …

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