Feast (Every)day!

It’s Thanksgiving week! Let the feasting begin! Here are a couple Thanksgiving fast facts for you: 46 million: the amount of turkeys that will be killed this year to provide food for our feasts across the nation. 4,500: The amount of calories that average American...

If you build it, will they come?

RENT A SPACE & SPREAD THE WORD   My dad’s favorite movie when I was growing up was Field of Dreams. In that old movie, Kevin Costner gets a vision to build a baseball field as a voice tells him, “If you build it, they will come.” He builds a regulation-size...

A Life of Sacrifice

“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13 (ESV) There may be no other profession that lives this verse out more regularly or literally than our military. The constant sacrifice, distance, emotional and physical...

Waiting… Waiting…

The Wifi is too slow. The shipping costs too much and can’t get it here quick enough. The traffic isn’t moving fast enough. The microwave can’t spin our food quick enough. We live in an anti-waiting culture. But what if I told you waiting is good? “From of old no one...

Encouragement Challenge

We’ve been talking a lot recently about encouragement. Partly because it’s a weakness of mine I’m trying to improve on, and partly because the Bible commands it and exemplifies it. We’ve discussed the need for encouragement to be daily, strategic, and specific. But...

A Proverb a Day

They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away. I say a Proverb a day keeps the devil away…or at least at bay. Today we launch an online reading group through the book of Proverbs and my book Better Than Gold. It’s not too late to join! You can order a book on my...

Boo! Let’s Talk About Something $CARY!

PUT THE “FUN” BACK IN “FUNDING”   Like it or hate it, resources are required to reach people. So where does the money come from? Good question. Here are a few things I’ve learned about church planting funding…   Be faithful now so you’ll be ready later. I...

Get Specific

“Buy spaghetti sauce.” That’s specific enough information for my wife, who regularly purchases spaghetti sauce, but not nearly enough specificity for me. Have you looked at the spaghetti sauce aisle recently? Who know there were 6,429 different types of sauces,...

Strategic Encouragement

I’ve done a few personality tests over the years, helping me determine how I’m wired and how I work (I’m an INTJ for anyone who knows what that means). One test I took recently was regarding empathy. Let’s just say I rate low on the empathy scale! I’ve known that...