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Volunteer Culture: Coaching and Correcting

You just landed on an every-once-in-a-while series called Primer Posts, a curated collection of my favorite articles and books on one particular topic. These are the resources I usually point to when people ask about getting...

Summer Reading List 2020: Mine

Earlier this week I pitched ten books that I think you should read this summer. But earlier still, I started polling friends on the socials to figure out what you’re reading that I should...

Ninja-Level Customer Service

Earlier this week I came to a COVID-19 crossroads: I realized for the entirety of this pandemic, I have not given a flying fig about what I eat. Chex Mix? Get in my belly....

About That Extra Mile…

In Matthew 5:41, Jesus pointed to a common practice of the day: Roman soldiers were allowed to conscript Jewish civilians into service and force them to carry their packs for one mile. In Jesus’...

Top Ten Quotes: Habits of Grace

Recently our staff team read through David Mathis’ Habits of Grace: Enjoying Jesus through the Spiritual Disciplines. I’m a multi-readthrough veteran of Spiritual Disciplines by Donald Whitney, so this was a fresh take on...

Q&A: How Can My Church Get Friendlier?

Q: The question I continually hear is that churches are NOT friendly and welcoming. How can we change that? [from the 2020 Blog Survey] A: Let me start with a little pushback: I’ve yet...