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Leadership Book Interview: Hugh Halter on The Tangible Kingdom Primer

Hugh Halter serves as national director of Missio, an apprenticing network for the missional movement. Along with co-director Matt Smay and...

My Thoughts on STORY 2010

Finally getting a chance this morning to decompress my time at STORY this past week… First of all, let me say thank you to Ben...

What Are Your Themes?

C.S. Lewis said, "Every life is comprised of a few themes." I always quote that when I talk to writers and preachers. You...

11 Questions We Should Ask About Our Marriage!

#1 - When was the last time we had a long talk together without any interruptions?  (Like going for a walk without the...

Real Lasting Rest

Rest is found in trusting the Person who is in control of the things you don’t understand.

Pitch Your Tent in the Land of Hope

"Where you decide to pitch your tent is a critical decision," says Mark Batterson.

The Gracious Rescue of Surprise

When you scan the biblical story you can’t help concluding that following God brings a life of surprises. Whatever plans God’s ...

Losing my Religion ('s Influence)

How is "religion" faring in America? A new study by Pew Research shows that two-thirds (67%) believe religion is losing influence. This is...

Dangerous

Where in the world did we ever get the idea that God wants us to play it safe? Seriously…we say we’re followers of Jesus…and His...

The President Visits Your Church?

Did you read this news about President Obama going to church yesterday (publicly) for the first time in nearly six months. Seriously, it’s...

Not All Denominations are Dying

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to connect with some of the denominational leadership of the Assemblies of God. Unlike many denominations, the...

Will We Be Obedient?

  I am amazed at what God has done through the work of the people of Grace Community Church in the first five years. ...

Redefining Success

There’s so much more I can say but I tried to make my point in six minutes. Couple weeks ago, I self-filmed this video for...

Christianpox

“Get smart! Your leaders are handing you a pack of lies and you’re swallowing them! Use your heads! Do you think you can...

Friday Discussion: Christian Response to Customer Service

Let’s discuss…. As a former business owner, I am a huge proponent for treating a customer well. I don’t know that I would...

3 Critical Questions for Church Leaders

Ask these three questions to help evaluate your life and ministry.

Thursday Is for Thinkers: Rick Howerton

Today I am excited to have my friend and colleague Rick Howerton here at the blog. Rick is a leader in the small...

Need vs. Potential

I spent most of my day in a trustee meeting for the Des Plaines Charitable Trust. I love our meetings because all we do...

Calling for Contextualization, Part 7: The Contextualization Spectrum

You have heard me say that "the how of ministry is in many ways determined by the who, when, and where of culture."...

7 Ways to Prepare for More Effective Meetings

Successful projects and teams require meetings to accomplish goals and objectives of the organization. Busy leaders, however, are usually somewhat anti-meetings oriented...

‘Lord I Lift Your Name on High?’ Oakland Church Sues Police...

Zide Door in Oakland is suing police and the city over a raid of their facility, in which authorities confiscated $200,000 of cannabis and psychedelic mushrooms. Zide Door distributes the drugs to church members. 

Podcast Special: Dave Ferguson Gives 4 Habits for Healthy, Lasting Ministry

What are some of the practices that we can embrace as ministry leaders that will help sustain our joy through both the highs and lows of ministry? Join Dave Ferguson for a candid, backstage conversation.

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