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7 Tips For Better Social Media Connections

In the world of social media, there's a common scenario that goes a little something like this: FOLLOWEE TO NEW FOLLOWER: Hi! Thanks for following. Check out my services and my blog, and like me on Facebook! In other words, I don't know you or care who you are. I just want you to know me and buy my stuff. When you first connect with someone new over a social media platform, it's far better and wiser to establish a genuine connection. Here are seven tips for a better way …

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2 Criteria for Redefining Success for Sanity’s Sake

What is success? Most people define it in one of three ways: How many possessions do you own? How much power do you wield over others? How much prestige do you have among peers? American Christians tend to blend right in. We even apply these standards to churches and church leaders. Which church has the biggest budget, the nicest building, or the largest weekend attendance? There's nothing wrong with any of those things - money is good, influence is invaluable, and …

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7 Business Skills You Need If You’re Blogging for Income

Blogging is a business, so in addition to good writing and a basic grasp of technical things, you need a certain set of skills if you're ever going to earn an income from blogging. Consider what Richard Branson said about his own career in publishing: I wanted to be an editor or a journalist… but I soon found I had to become an entrepreneur in order to keep my magazine going. ~Richard Branson Source: Copyblogger So what exactly are the business and entrepreneurial skills …

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You Might Have TBD (Too Busy Disorder)

I ran across this site via Dan Cathy's website. The videos are hilarious... but sadly have a familiar feeling sometimes... The Work Talker from TBD on Vimeo. …

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Nineteen Reasons Baptists Should Stop Voting on Stuff

I'm not seriously calling for the abolition of voting among churches, just a severe reduction in the practice. I'm a strong believer in the autonomy of the local church, but I'm the first to admit, I don't like church "business." I was once the Pastor of a church in central Arkansas that had battled years of political scheming and the resulting resentment. We once moved an old metal desk out of the auditorium into a side room and I got in huge trouble because the moving of …

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Book Review: De-Railed by Tim Irwin

Derailed: Five Lessons Learned from Catastrophic Failures of Leadership by Tim Irwin is one of the most frightening books I've ever read... and if you're in leadership, you should buy it and be frightened by it as well! Irwin does a masterful job of presenting a comprehensive take on the subject of failure. Irwin lays the groundwork by speaking of the qualities that prevent derailment that should be a part of every leader's life. Thomas Nelson's description of the book …

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If You’re Not On Twitter, You May Not Exist

I’ve said for years that if you can’t be found in Google search results, you may not exist. (I also heard this from Phil Cooke.) I don’t mean that about people – just websites. Now I’m beginning to say the same thing about Twitter. If you’re website’s feed isn’t fed to Twitter in some way, shape, or form, you may not exist. read the whole article here --> weblogbetter.com …

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Relating the Ten Commandments to Business

I have a firm opinion that living out the Christian faith in the workplace is one of the most powerful keys to reaching our culture for Christ. This begins with a testimony of integrity. My friend Joshua Ramsey has written a pretty neat article about integrating the Ten Commandments into life in the business world. Wanted to pass along the link to my readers. …

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