The Bag of Bones

Yesterday Wendy and I went to visit a pastor friend/couple of long-standing we haven’t seen for a decade. We just picked up where we left off. It was about as rich a visit as four people could ever have. This morning I still feel the glow. We visited the church where my friend is Interim Pastor and heard his very thoughtful

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Fear and Me

I had a friend and mentor say to me many years ago, “The hardest door to get through is my own.” That surprised me because he seemed to have more readiness to engage strangers than I ever imagined I could have. Now I am him. Others think I find it easy to talk to new people. For me, it is

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Knowing What to Say

Here is how I try to coach people. I got this from Paul in I Thessalonians 5:14. The following three categories could represent the approach a person needs in a season of life or might even be a settled personality with long standing evidence. Most people you meet need one of these three approaches. Most of us are better at one

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Cowardly Lions

Everyone knows that courage is an important character trait. It is a non-negotiable personal quality for success. Most of us will admit we lack courage — at least a times. And yet it is a gut punch if someone notices and names it for what that lack is — cowardice. Courage in Theory In theory, we plan to speak or

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Where are the Sirens?

I learn a lot from guys like Thom Rainer and Ed Stetzer. I read this post this morning. You should read it too since you care about the subject. Why Dying Churches Die His points are bang on. Now the solution is to find corrective measures for the six points he makes. I read yesterday that attendance at the 47,000

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Attractional [Yuck!]

I just don’t like the word “attractional” when it comes to church. It is not that I think anything about church should be unattractive. It should be the most attractive, warm, engaging and inspirational place in the community. But … Jesus said, “Go!” not “Attract!” Go Not Attract When “Attract!” is a substitute for “Go!” a church is in the

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