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3 Lessons from Papa Bill
March 18, 2017
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3 Lessons from Papa Bill
I loved my Papa Bill. This week, after 86 years of life, his body gave way to the entropy of time. When I found out the end was near I got in my car and drove to Florida from Boston. Normally I don’t make that trip by car, but having just been hit with a […]
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Of Discipleship and Destiny
December 3, 2016
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Of Discipleship and Destiny
It was a fresh, autumn day. “Fresh” is that euphemism that Scots use to describe utterly terrible, grey, rainy weather that most other places in the world would deride. Call it a coping mechanism. Anyway, it was fresh with a bit of sun that day. I just moved to Edinburgh with my wife, our three-month-old daughter, […]
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7 Things Christians Must Not Do After the Election
November 9, 2016
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7 Things Christians Must Not Do After the Election
My fellow Christian Americans, Last night, Donald Trump won the election and will become the 45th President of The United States of America. This mourning — I mean, morning — I saw a lot of sad, angry, rude, happy, anxious, fearful posts and faces. I was disappointed months ago when the nominating process was over because […]
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5 Axioms Shaping My Leadership Right Now
September 13, 2016
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5 Axioms Shaping My Leadership Right Now
Leadership is a gift and a skill. I read a good number of books on leadership, some more helpful than others. But I find that Proverbs-style, pithy, and portable phrases are helpful to me. Like actual proverbs, you can chew on them. So, here are five (mostly unoriginal, yet totally helpful) axioms that are shaping […]
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Leading Means Listening
March 2, 2016
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Leading Means Listening
As a leader, I’m often asked what other leaders should be doing to lead well. What techniques should we employ? What data are we missing? What styles of communication work best? Very rarely am I asked, “How should we leaders be listening?” But, when I see Jesus leading, I see him doing a lot of listening. Here […]
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How To Keep Going When It Sucks
February 10, 2016
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Sometimes, life sucks. You get bad news. You feel depressed. Your kids act up. Your relationship breaks up. You’re walking in the promises, alright. Just not the promises you wanted. You’re experiencing that oft-ignored verse, “In this life you will have trouble…” (John 16:33). I get those days. Here’s how I get past them: (Note: […]
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3 Axioms Helping My Leadership
February 2, 2016
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  Axioms are self-evident, pithy truths that fit well in ones mental pockets. Here are three that are really helping me right now. Small is Big I struggled to believe this one. I like big. Big crowds, big results, big faith, big budgets … all that sounds fun. But here’s the deal, big is illusory. […]
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His Faithfulness Observed
February 1, 2016
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This Sunday we celebrated our fifth birthday at Aletheia. It was a great day—a wonderful moment to celebrate all that God has done over the last five years. Very often I will write to solve a problem, share a skill, or add a thought to an ongoing issue in church planting or in culture. But to […]
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3 Questions Pastors Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Ask Their People
January 28, 2016
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I love being a pastor. But, having been around a lot of pastors at our various confabs around the world, I’ve noticed something unhealthy. Some of my brethren are afraid to ask their people tough questions. Actually, let me include myself in that. Sometimes I am afraid to ask my people tough questions. But, ask we […]
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Trusting God Means Taking Risks
January 25, 2016
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Trusting God means taking risks. The thought is pretty simple, really. Trusting God means trusting Him, not your ability to understand everything He does. As a pastor, I watch people get confused by this one a lot. “Where’s God right now? What’s He doing” “Pastor, why did He let me experience this?” “I don’t understand what […]