Published: 2 years ago

For Them

Churches are notorious for building the kingdom. That seems like a good thing, until you realize that it’s not the kingdom with a capital “K” that the Bible talks about. Rather, it’s our own corporate kingdoms that we outfit with our amenities, our creature …

Published: 2 years ago

The Accidentally Illuminating Theology of Lumiere

A couple of mornings a week I take my daughter to kindergarten. We talk about lots of important stuff along the way: what snack is in her lunchbox. What snack might be in her lunchbox tomorrow. What snacks are the All Time Favorites that …

Published: 2 years ago

On Field Goals and False Idols

The following post includes the rare use of a sports metaphor to make a point. Yes. I know I don’t do sports metaphors. Yes. I know I don’t know anything about sports. Yes. I know this ought to be interesting. Let’s get started, shall …

Published: 2 years ago

“Please” is Never Enough.

Every Friday I dig into the archives and dust off an old post. If you haven’t read it, it’s new to you!   If you’re a pastor, no doubt you say “please” a lot. “Would you please help out in the nursery?” “Can you …

Published: 2 years ago

Thursday Three For All

It’s Thursday, kiddies: the day when I roll out a few things I’ve been reading over the past week. Three of ‘em, to be exact. Enjoy. (Remember: click on the bold print to read the entire article.)   How to Keep Leaders from Going Rogue. (via …

Published: 2 years ago

How Deep Does Your Trust Go?

In a recent post, I talked about our staff’s desire to assume the best: that the people around us are smart and have good intentions. And that’s an outstanding mantra…one that belongs on one of those office motivational posters under a picture of a …

Published: 2 years ago

When it Comes to Your Volunteers, Assume the Best

As far as coaching moments go, it wasn’t my best day. I was hanging out on a Sunday morning close to the main entrance of the building, observing our first time guest process. You know, the kind of thing volunteers love: nosy, overbearing pastors who …

Published: 2 years ago

Desperate Measures

In a recent conversation with a friend, we were bemoaning growth of all sorts: volunteer ratios. Attendance numbers. Waistlines after polishing off a fourth of a pecan pie. (Oops. Wrong blog post.) We concluded that there are weekends we walk away from church feeling …

Published: 2 years ago

Flashback Friday: What’s Your Capacity?

Every Friday I dig into the archives and dust off an old post. If you haven’t read it, it’s new to you!   Yesterday in our monthly staff meeting, we talked about burnout. Yes, burnout. For pastors. The guys who only work one day …

Published: 2 years ago

Thursday Three For All

It’s Thursday, kiddies: the day when I roll out a few things I’ve been reading over the past week. Three of ‘em, to be exact. Enjoy. (Remember: click on the bold print to read the entire article.)   Get the Wrong People Off the Bus. (via …

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