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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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Talent Ain’t Enough
March 31, 2016
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Talent Ain’t Enough
If you’re leading a church, you’re probably gifted. God’s given you some skills which you bring out on a regular basis to build the church. Maybe it’s a preaching or leadership. Perhaps you’re a great evangelist or strategic thinker. Whatever your talent is, it ain’t enough. Your talents aren’t enough to do what God has […]
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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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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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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 […]
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3 Reasons to Keep Going
January 11, 2016
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You’re in the middle of something right now — maybe even something great — and you want to quit. Don’t. Some activities, habits, and attitudes we should quit. I’m not talking about those. I’m talking about quitting on your calling, your relationships, your work — the things you know you should do. Do you ever just […]
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3 Great Expectations for 2016
January 1, 2016
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Expectation is a very visible emotion in my house, especially at this time of year — especially among my kids. Expectation for fun, presents, and all-around Christmasy goodness. I’d imagine they have such great expectation because, for the most part, Hope and I are pretty good parents who like to give them good stuff. Well, […]
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Vision Entropy
January 12, 2015
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The Second Law of Thermodynamics states that entropy within a closed system will always increase over time. Or, put more simply, energy always runs out, but never gets automatically put back. Vision is the same way. When we start, we usually start with vision. Motivated by a clear picture of the future and all the […]