Grace That is Really Grace Is EPIC Grace

Epic Grace - Poster

Most of the books that I read on the subject of grace tackle it from a theological point-of-view in which the subject of grace is systematically defined and expounded upon. And I love books that comprehensively address grace, a topic with which it seems I’m never familiar enough. But sometimes, I like to read a book […]


Let Go of Old Labels and Live a Limitless Life

Limitless Life

I’ve been anticipating the release of my friend Derwin Gray’s new book Limitless Life for many months now. There are books that come along that hold the key to restoration and healing for a great number of people, and I believe this is one of those books. Derwin addresses a subject near to all of us – […]


10 Ways to Raise the Spiritual Temperature of Your Church

Raise the Temperature

There is a cold, hard fact I remind myself of often as a Pastor. No one does more to determine the spiritual temperature of my church than me, the Pastor. It’s part of shepherding. I’m the lid. I’m the limit. I define passion as the heated desire with us to do or to be something. Paul talked about being on […]


5 Facts About Passionate Leadership

Fire

One of my favorite little Bible verses might seem somewhat obscure, but in its original language, it’s packed with meaning. Paul wrote to the Romans, “I am eager to come and preach the gospel to you…” (Romans 1:16) The word translated as eager comes from a compound Greek word that means “on heat,” or as we would […]


Fast, Fluid, Flexible… and Flourishing

Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt), MOVING his family to stay alive. “Movement is life.”

I recently watched the blockbuster hit, World War Z. I had been anticipating it for a long time, and it didn’t fail to impress me with it’s non-stop intensity starting two minutes in and not ending until the credits roll. There is a moment when Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) is trying to give advice to an […]


A 4-Part Definition of Ministry

Ministry

Here it is: Ministry takes place when divine resources meet human needs through loving channels to the glory of God. – Warren Wiersbe, On Being a Servant of God According to Warren Wiersbe, one of America’s long-term leading thinkers on ministry issues, this definition consists of four vital parts. Our church staff just walked through his […]


Discipleship Is a Catch-and-Release Process

Fishing

Jesus stopped a few fishermen one day in the Sea of Galilee and challenged them to turn the world upside down by issuing a simple call… “Come, follow me, and I will send you out to fish for people.” (Matthew 4:19, NIV) Many have taught about how the disciples left their careers behind to follow […]


Why I Hope the Multi-Ethnic Ministry Conversation is Short-Lived

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I’m currently reading Building a Healthy Multi-Ethnic Church by Mark DeYmaz. It’s one of several books I’ve read on the subject because it’s a big area of concern for me as a Pastor who is planting a church in a community that is diversifying much more quickly than the churches within it. But I hope the multi-ethnic […]


A Dozen Ways to Kill a Great Idea

Skeleton

Ever watched a really good idea crash and burn? Me too. Here’s some brutal honesty… entire movements have gone down in flames because of boneheaded approaches to good ideas. This isn’t to say we can’t afford to make mistakes. In fact, the only way to know we’re taking risks is to make mistakes. We can’t afford not to make […]


Three Prerequisites to Leading Others Well

Ninety and Nine

Being loud doesn’t make you a leader. Neither does being popular. Leadership is influence, and influence means taking people in a direction they wouldn’t otherwise be going – hopefully forward. Ambition isn’t enough to qualify you to lead. There is more to the equation. You need to be led before you can really lead. This […]


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